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Looking at Apple’s revenue stream

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Last year, Apple made $182,795,000,000 — an impressive sum. However, let’s look deeper. Of that, money: $2,286,000,000 came from iPod sales $6,093,000,000 came from the sale of accessories $18,063,000,000 came from iTunes and software sales $24,079,000,000 came from Mac sales $30,283,000,000 came from iPad sales $101,991,000,000 came from iPhone sales To put things in perspective: Wal-Mart […] [Read More]
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CPTV utilizes digital media to get ahead of potential headache

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Last night, as devoted “Downton Abbey” fans sat at the edge of their seats watching the season premiere of the show on CPTV, a technical error left many viewers in the dark. The Connecticut affiliate did not ignore the frustrations of viewers. It rather offered an apology and several solutions. Within minutes of the botched […] [Read More]
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Uber prices to spike after ball drops

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If you plan on using Uber tonight, you may want to leave immediately after the ball drops — or wait a few hours. The car service anticipates providing more than 2 million rides in just 24 hours, breaking a company record. “We’re excited to be part of this celebratory night for so many people around […] [Read More]
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Facebook leads social media landscape

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Social media is continuing to grow — and Facebook continues to lead the pack. Facebook, the first social network to surpass 1 billion registered accounts, has 1.35 million active users as of this month, according to Statista. Google Plus has 343 million, LinkedIn has 332 million, Instagram has 300 million, Twitter has 284 million, Tumblr has […] [Read More]
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Increasing number of state residents using DMV app

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The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles reports that a growing number of state residents are utilizing its new free mobile app, DMV Mobile. The app, which is available on Apple and Android devices, enables users to: Determine wait times at area DMV offices Locate DMV and AAA office locations, and what each location offers Prepare […] [Read More]
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Consumers turn to mobile to complete their holiday purchases

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There is no question of mobile’s increasing dominance — and one new statistic confirms that. Amazon reports that 60 percent of customers placed an order from a smartphone or tablet this holiday season, with a peak on Cyber Monday, which fell on Dec. 1. To put things into greater perspective, 18 toys were ordered every […] [Read More]
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Slight amounts of smoke still rise from a house fire on Shippan Ave. in Stamford on Christmas morning, 2011. The fire claimed the lives of five people, including three children. Photo: Lindsay Niegelberg

Initiative designed to help prevent tragedies like one that killed Stamford family

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Three years after one of the deadliest fires in the region’s history, the New York City Fire Department has launched an innovative campaign to remind area residents of the importance of being safe during the holidays and throughout the year. Three years ago today, a fire ripped through a stately home overlooking Long Island Sound […] [Read More]
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Redskins’ Thanksgiving post goes viral — for all the wrong reasons

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If there’s one holiday the Washington Redskins should avoid promoting on social media, it’s likely Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, the team has been under fire as a result of its unwillingness to change its racially-offensive name — and yet the NFL team decided it was a good idea to mark the holiday with […] [Read More]
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