Apple’s blockbuster quarter, repatriating money, PicGIF

PicGIF makes it easy to control and create GIFs
PicGIF makes it easy to control and create GIFs

Analysts raise Apple targets, see shares going as high as $156 after best-quarter ever — Apple exceeded Wall Street’s expectations led by the blockbuster debut of the iPhone 7 series. Its holiday quarter sent shares of the company’s stock higher and prompted analysts to revise their price targets upward. Even so, Google has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable brand, but Apple’s services business has sit Fortune 100 level. Company CEO Tim Cook said the company’s services business is on track to reach the size of a Fortune 100 company in 2017, and the goal is to double the division’s growth over the next four years. The market share for macOS (and for iOS) both rose in January, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare.

Tim Cook says repatriation of $231B in overseas cash would be ‘very good for the country and good for Apple’ — With the newly anointed administration of US President Donald Trump signalling a business-friendly environment, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said he’s hopeful that his company will be able to finally bring some of its massive $231.3 billion cash hoard back home at a ‘reasonable tax rate’. Meanwhile, Apple is weighing legal action against Trump’s immigration ban. [That’s one way to repatriate cash: in lawyers’ fees.]

PicGIF makes it easy, fun to create your own GIFs — Animated images, or GIFs, have been around for 25 years, but they saw a resurgence of popularity starting in 2013. If you want to make your own, PicGIF from Pearl Mountain offers a quick, easy solution. PicGIF is available at the Mac App Store for NZ$7.99/US$4.99 and requires macOS 10.7 or higher.