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Is Apple's world-record quarterly profit a one-time event, or can they beat it again?

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Is Apple's world-record quarterly profit a one-time event, or can they beat it again? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Wednesday Highlights: As the world sits back and lets Apple's global, historic record quarter earnings sink in, analysts ponder how and if the company can top it again, and ask where is the "inexorable rise going to lead"?; the numbers are "ludicrous"; Macworld highlights six important take-aways from the earnings call; the cash in Apple's coffer is sufficient to pay every American $556; one item for everyone's interest is that Cook says Apple Watch release to come in April, as opposed to previous expectation of March — reports aplenty on Apple's earnings in our Apple/Macintosh, Finances and Op/Ed sections; Yosemite 10.10.2 hit the download yesterday, fixes for bugs, WiFi woes, and more; Apple Store employees will go back to blue attire in February; filming underway for Jobs biopic; well, looks like Steve Jobs saw the future clearly — for Flash, that is — as YouTube sees the light, dives into the HTML 5 default; Foxconn reducing employee headcount, adding robotics; Apple Gazette's 6 tips for improved battery life on iPhone 6; switched from Android to iPhone, iMore shows how to move your music over; Peter Cohan at Forbes has six reasons he believes "Apple is still more doomed than you think".

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  • "Apple posts the biggest quarterly profit in history: US technology giant Apple has reported the biggest quarterly profit ever made by a public company."  BBC 8:06 AM
  • "Apple reports largest profit in history" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:45 AM
  • "Apple iPhone Sales Surge Leads to Biggest Profit for Any Company Ever" ABCNews 8:57 AM
  • "How does Apple top a record quarter?" ["Now, with Apple's share price heading back towards its all-time highs, it faces the greater challenge of living up to its own raised expectations."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Money, money, money... Where is Apple's inexorable rise going to lead? The world has fallen for products that go way beyond 'must-have'" The Independent 9:05 AM
  • "The 6 things you need to know about Apple's best quarter ever"  Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record" Reuters 8:15 AM
  • "Apple's Blow Out" Forbes 7:53 AM
  • "By the numbers: Apple's ludicrous fourth quarter" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "iPhone's double-edged sword: Big sales, big risk for Apple/Most of Apple's record revenue came from its smartphone business, but it's tricky for any company to rely so much on one product." CNET 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's China iPhone Coup Shows Angela Ahrendts Is Worth Every Penny"  Forbes 10:10 AM
  • "Apple benefits from the growing phablet market" Market Realist 8:12 AM
  • "Apple needs the iPad to be 'long arc,' enterprise driven"  ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Apple rich enough to pay everyone $556: Apple's printing money hand over fist. You knew that. What you may not know that Apple has so much dough, it could afford to pay every man, woman and child in the U.S. $556. Each."  USA Today 8:45 AM
  • "Apple and IBM to launch 100 business apps for iPhone and iPad during 2015" V3 8:26 AM
  • "Mac OS X Yosemite features, system requirements, bugs: Apple issues 10.10.2 update to solve WiFi woes" Macworld UK 8:23 AM
  • "Apple goes on bug fix spree with iOS 8.1.3 and OS X 10.10.2 release" The Inquirer 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Releases New Tranche Of OS Updates For Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, And iOS 8" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "Photos for Mac might be delayed for awhile" Cult of Mac 9:07 AM
  • "SynciOS Mobile Transfer - Mac App Review" Tapscape 8:34 AM
  • "How to easily print mail merged Pages documents" Macworld 8:32 AM
  • "Tips for locating (and deleting) iPhoto images" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "Tips For Controlling Your Mac With Your Keyboard" MacMost 9:17 AM
  • "Access Your iCloud Drive Files On the Web" MacMost 9:18 AM
  • "Firefox 34 and newer CCK2 lockdown detection Casper Extension Attributes" Amsys 8:40 AM
  • "Keyboard Shortcuts for 2015-01-28: Slack for Mac" Macdrifter 8:39 AM
  • "Edit 'Text' On A Mac, iPhone, iPad" Mac 360 7:44 AM
  • "One-Click Actions You Didn't Know Were So Easy To Use On Your Mac (with a warning)" NoodleMac 7:44 AM
  • "Free: A Very Good Word Processor" TeraTalks 7:44 AM
  • "Free: Mac Screen Utility, 3 Features" Mac 360 7:44 AM
  • "iWant: Default Settings for New Playlists in iTunes" Kirkville 8:39 AM
Press Releases
  • "MovieConverter-Studio Pro 3 released - Most Advanced Video Converter" prMac 7:34 AM
  • "Timeline 3D for Mac - Award-Winning Software Redesigned For Yosemite" prMac 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Industry body says Apple advocates rules that would give patent trolls access to injunctions" Foss Patents 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Store employees to get updated attire, go 'back to blue' starting Feb. 2" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "Apple takes high road in China smartphone standoff with Xiaomi" Reuters 8:42 AM
  • "Google Play downloads are growing, but Apple's App Store commands 70% of revenue" AppleInsider 9:18 AM
  • "Marissa Mayer Says Yahoo Would 'Welcome the Opportunity' to Become Default Safari Search Engine" MacRumors 9:59 AM
  • "More Goods News For Apple? 'Steve Jobs' Biopic Finally Gets Underway" Benzinga 8:12 AM
  • "Principal filming finally underway for Sorkin/Boyle Steve Jobs biopic, sticking with 'three keynote' focus" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Jobs Biopic Cast Named: From Avie to Chrisann, Hertzfeld to Scully" FairerPlatform 7:45 AM
  • "How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S" The Verge 8:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Kids under 13 spend an average of 2 hours a day playing mobile games" Gigaom 9:59 AM
  • "FCC to hotels: blocking Wi-Fi hotspots is illegal!" iDownload Blog 9:18 AM
  • "Head of games leaves Angry Birds company Rovio" Reuters 8:43 AM
  • "YouTube Puts Another Nail in Flash's Coffin with HTML5 on the Desktop" The Mac Observer 9:29 AM
  • "Flash is DEAD! YouTube goes all-in with HTML5" BetaNews 8:22 AM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 92: Jailbreaking accessibility" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch release date set for April" The Inquirer 8:07 AM
  • "It's official: the Apple Watch will see daylight in April, not March" TechnologyTell 9:28 AM
  • "Apple supplier Foxconn seeks to slim workforce over time, eyes robotics" Reuters 8:42 AM
  • "Speaker test ranks every iPhone model in order of loudness" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "iOS 8.1.3 closes off TaiG jailbreak" MacNN 9:59 AM
  • "Apple issues iOS 8.1.3 and Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 updates with security fixes" V3 9:53 AM
  • "iOS 8.1.3 reduces update storage requirements, fixes issues" TechnologyTell 8:35 AM
  • "New in iOS 8.1.3: Apple Brings Back OTA Updates, More" FairerPlatform 7:45 AM
  • "Apple is classy about jailbreakers with iOS 8.1.3 patch notes" Cult of Mac 8:28 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Huge Day For App Sales: Day One, Clear, Dropzone, Fantastical, Duet Display, More" Apple Sliced 9:49 AM
  • "ProCam XL 2 For iPad And ProCam 2 For iPhone Are Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:49 AM
  • "MocaDeco -Visual Creator For iPhone Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:49 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "Quad-Core 2012 Mac Mini Mysteriously Reappears on Apple's U.S. Online Store [Updated] MacRumors 8:10 AM

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  • "The Best iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus Battery Cases" 9to5Mac 9:50 AM
  • "Review: AndMesh Mesh Case for iPhone 6, 6 Plus" TechnologyTell 8:57 AM
  • "Portenzo Alano Wallet Case - Passport for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:39 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Spotify Gestures and History" MacStories 8:37 AM
  • "Music Maker Jam iPad App Review" Tapscape 8:34 AM
  • "Warship Solitaire iPad App Review" Tapscape 8:34 AM
  • "Stocard for iOS 7.0 or higher is like Passbook on steroids" Apple Daily Report 7:51 AM
  • "How To Turn Your iPad Into An External Display For A Mac" BohemianBoomer 7:44 AM
  • "'Particle Mace' Review - Come and Swing with Me" Touch Arcade 9:21 AM
  • "Winky Think Logic Puzzles Review: Winky Think Logic Puzzles include numerous tactile puzzles that will challenge all age groups." 148Apps 9:21 AM
  • "Wars and Battles Review: Wars and Battles puts up a good, but predictable fight." 148Apps 8:39 AM
  • "The Counting Dead Review: The Counting Dead eats away at your brain along with your time." 148Apps 10:12 AM
  • "6 Ways to Improve Battery Life on iPhone 6" Apple Gazette 9:01 AM
  • "How to get your Android music onto iPhone" iMore 8:31 AM
  • "Where to get the perfect custom iPhone case" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "15 reasons Android can be better than the iPhone" BGR 10:13 AM
  • "After setting iPhone record, what does Apple do next?" Associated Press 9:04 AM
  • "Opinion: don't hold your hopes high for next-generation Apple TV this year" iDownload Blog 8:52 AM
  • "What about iPad sales?" AppAdvice 8:52 AM
  • "iPad Turns Five – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 8:49 AM
  • "Dear Skeptics, Here's How Apple Will Continue To Demolish Expectations" Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "Never mind the Apple Watch: Where's Apple Glass?" iMore 8:31 AM
  • "Google's Eric Schmidt says Steve Jobs is his personal hero (LOL)" Cult of Mac 8:30 AM
  • "How many iPhones did Apple REALLY sell?" BetaNews 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Just Reported A Record Quarter, But Analysts Wanted To Talk About Only The US Dollar — Here's Why"  Business Insider 8:22 AM
  • "6 Reasons Apple Is Still More Doomed Than You Think" Forbes 8:13 AM
  • "Apple And The 'If You Can't Beat 'em Join 'em' Theory Of Business" Mac 360 7:44 AM
  • "The Rise And Fall Of Apple v. Microsoft" Mac 360 7:44 AM
  • "Hey, User! Do You Know What Your Apps Are Up To?" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "With Mac Pro power, comes great responsibility!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 8:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "4K timelapses & hyperlapses documenting the two year construction of the Leadenhall Building" 10:12 AM
  • "Upcoming Game Pro Pinball: Timeshock! Releases New Trailer Exclusively on 148 Apps" 148Apps 9:50 AM
  • "Snapchat's Discover: Daily Mini-Magazines from CNN, Cosmopolitan & More" MacStories 8:39 AM
  • "New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Exiles', 'Exit Strategy', 'Football Showdown 2015" and More" Touch Arcade 8:39 AM
  • "Panoramic Pod gets you perfect panoramas from your iPhone" TechnologyTell 8:35 AM
  • "Take control of Trello notifications with Sunrise Calendar for iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:31 AM
  • "Pushbullet takes continuity across devices and platforms to the next level" AppAdvice 8:30 AM
  • "Google Play Newsstand updated with Handoff support and offline reading of bookmarks" AppAdvice 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft tempts firms with free version of latest Power BI release and iPad app" V3 8:26 AM
  • "New Facial Massage App Will Revolutionize Your Everyday Beauty Routine" prMac 10:13 AM
  • "Popular repair services for iPhones just became less expensive" prMac 7:34 AM
  • "New Relaxation App Helps Combat The Post-Holiday Blues" prMac 7:34 AM
  • "Head Gear for iOS - Augmented Reality Video Messenger" prMac 7:34 AM
  • "BigMagnify 3.0.0 for iOS adds filters, stabilization, manual focus" prMac 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Honeymoon Is Ending For Microsoft's Nadella" [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface hits $1bn revenue: Mission accomplished?" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft kills the Surface 2 and Windows RT with it" The Inquirer 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Stops Making Surface 2, Pushes Windows RT Toward Exit Door" Digital Trends 8:20 AM
  • "HoloLens: Abracadabra! Microsoft unveils a great distraction" Computerworld 8:15 AM
  • "HoloLens: Look who's innovating/It's Microsoft, and its latest moves suggest a real shift in the corporate culture" Computerworld 8:15 AM
  • "IBM Layoffs Nowhere Near 112,000, Even With Divestitures" TheStreet 9:03 AM
  • "IBM Denies 100,000 Layoffs: IBM claims that it will lay off workers, but barely even a tenth of the 100,000 that was reported earlier. Moreover, jobs in the company's New York offices are expected to be safe" Bidness Etc 9:04 AM
  • "IBM plans to broadly offer its Identity Mixer technology" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "IBM details Identity Mixer for preserving user authentication privacy" V3 8:26 AM
  • "East Africa: IBM's 'Identity Mixer' to Help Users Better Protect Online Personal Data" All Africa 9:04 AM
  • "Dell aims upgraded laptop at Mac-using creative pros: Looking for a profitable niche, the PC maker gives its 15-inch M3800 workstation a 4K display, Thunderbolt 2 and new storage options to coax video editors and others who use Apple laptops." CNET 9:50 AM
  • "Dell sharpens Precision M3800 workstation laptop with 4K display" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "A 13-Year-Old Made A Revolutionary Invention Out Of Lego And Now Intel Is Investing In His Company" Business Insider 10:04 AM
  • "AMD's Zen CPU rumoured to replace Bulldozer" PCR 9:24 AM
  • "Arctic Islands is the purported codename of AMD's Radeon R9 400 series" TweakTown 9:24 AM
  • "Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?" The Register 8:14 AM
  • "Win Sun, lose Sun: How Larry's bet on old-world systems hurt Oracle" The Register 8:14 AM
  • "Cisco integration gives Samsung Knox users more options for secure connectivity" IDG News Service 8:20 AM
  • "EU wants single data protection law in place by end of 2015" V3 8:26 AM
  • "Internet of Things: Governments start to take a closer look" ZDNet 8:34 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "AAPL share price hovering near all-time high" TUAW 10:13 AM
  • "Apple added $50 billion to its market cap overnight after crushing earnings" Mashable 9:33 AM
  • "AAPL up 8% to near record highs, bringing the rest of the market with it" 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
  • "74.5 million iPhones is ...: Apple had a record-setting quarter during the last three months of 2014, posting the biggest corporate profit for any company in history." CNNMoney 9:18 AM
  • "Analysts race to boost Apple price targets" MacDailyNews 9:17 AM
  • "iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales" EE Times 9:04 AM
  • "'Apple Effect' in Full Force After Earnings Beat" Barron's 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Is Trading Near Its All-Time High After A Mammoth Earnings Report" Business Insider 8:22 AM
  • "Best and worst Apple analysts: iPhone 6/6+ blowout edition" Fortune 8:33 AM
  • "The 5 Craziest Numbers From Apple's Earnings Report" Time 8:34 AM
  • "Where does Apple go from here?" CNBC Videos 8:13 AM
  • "Apple shames Microsoft with record iPhone sales of 74.5 million in Q1" The Inquirer 8:07 AM
  • "Apple's latest quarter was the biggest in world history" Memeburn 8:25 AM
  • "Apple demand buoys SK Hynix and LG Display" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Cramer: Don't trade Apple—own it" CNBC 9:50 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks spark market rebound on Apple, Yahoo" USA Today 9:52 AM
  • "Stock Markets Jump After Apple Soothes Earnings Worries" TheStreet 8:45 AM
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stocks Rally As Apple Fuels Nasdaq's Outperformance" MarketWatch 9:51 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Higher: Apple's Strong Earnings Boost Shares in Premarket Trading" [Paid Membership Required] 9:51 AM
  • "Alibaba shares drop on Chinese report of fake sales" USA Today 9:52 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks rise to fresh one-month high as yen weakens/Shanghai stocks buck the trend and extend losses" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Greek stocks slide to lowest since 2012/Greek stocks tanked for a third straight day on Wednesday as the country's new government started to unravel key parts of its bailout agreement, while the broader European markets fell after a mixed batch of corporate updates." MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "Europe shares lower; Apple up 7%; Greece down 7%" CNBC 7:52 AM

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