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Do you remember where you were nine years ago? Some of us were probably sitting by our computers waiting for Google to invite us to join Gmail, the search giant's fledgling email service which has grown to be equally huge almost a decade later. And if that's not enough milestone for you, Roku has now sold its five millionth player since 2008! We've owned at least five of them during that time, so are you one of those who have the other 4,999,995?
Electronic Arts announced Wednesday that the Mac version of SimCity will finally arrive on June 11 as an Origin digital exclusive. The purchase of the Mac version will also include free access to the Windows version, with the Mac version also being available free starting on that date to those who have already purchased the PC version. “We didn’t want to make any compromises when it came to the Mac so we created a native version that is optimized for the hardware and OSX," explains Maxis Senior Vice President Lucy Bradshaw. The classic game is completely cross-platform compatible, so one Origin account login will give players access to both versions.
Reuters reported Wednesday that Foxconn parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. saw a 19 percent decline in first quarter sales, which the manufacturer is blaming on "disappointing demand" for the iPhone. Assembly for Apple products is estimated to be as much as 70 percent of the company's revenue, with sales totaling $26.96 billion for the first three months of this year. "This shows that Hon Hai's revenue depends too much on Apple, and iPhone orders corrected more than expected," remarked Ming-chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities.
On the eve of rolling out an all-new user interface to its older models, Roku announced the company has sold five million players since the very first Netflix-only model launched in May, 2008. Since then, the company has added more than 750 new channels, which have collectively streamed eight billion video or music selections over the last five years. Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood also noted that 25 percent of Roku players "stream more than 35 hours per week to a TV" -- by Nielsen estimates that Americans watch 34 hours of live TV each week, that means one in four Roku customers are likely spending the majority of their TV time with one of its players.
ZDNet reported Wednesday that a leaked roadmap out of Microsoft paints a bleak picture for Mac users hoping to get a shiny new version of Office this year, as well as those hoping the productivity suite will arrive on iOS anytime soon. According to sources, "Gemini" wave 1.5 will bring an update to Office for Windows as well as an all-new Mac version in April, 2014 -- a full year from now. The long-rumored iOS and Android versions appear to be even further away, pegged for the fall of next year instead of an early-to-mid 2013 timeframe which many pundits have predicted. Will anyone still care about Office for iOS by then?
Hard to believe, but this month Google's Gmail turns nine years old, and the Official Gmail Blog is celebrating with an info graphic called "The Evolution of Gmail," which charts a course from the April 1, 2004 launch until today. What began as an invitation-only beta with 1GB storage quickly added Calendar, chat and free IMAP options, arriving as a native Android app with the debut of T-Mobile's G1 on October 22, 2008 (an iOS app would take another three years!). Last year, Google celebrated by boosting Gmail storage to 10GB -- but no word on any goodies being added to the mix this year as yet.
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