July 18, 2013 Last Updated 7:18 am

Nokia posts 24% decline in sales; Washington Post and Hearst Newspapers update iPad editions to fix critical app bugs

Morning Brief:

Finnish mobile-phone maker Nokia this morning reported dismal sales in the second quarter of 2013, with revenue declining 24 percent to 5.695 billion euros versus 7.542 billion in the same quarter last year.

Lumia-Phi-smWhile sales of Lumia products grew, sales of older mobile phone products continues to decline.

Overall, Lumia volumes grew to 7.4 million in the second quarter, the highest for any quarter so far and showing increasing momentum for the ecosystem. During the third quarter, we expect that our new Lumia products will drive a significant part of our Smart Devices revenue,” Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO, said.

Nokia, though, was able to trim losses, though their cash reserves fell.

The Nokia Siemens Networks division reported a 8 million euro profit, versus a loss of 226 million euros the prior year, but sales fell 17 percent on the quarter.

IBM also reported earnings according to the NYT revenue fell 3 percent on the quarter as that company, too, struggled with a changing marketplace.

seo_cw_productBoth the Washington Post and Hearst Newspapers issued vital iPad app updates today to fix serious issues.

The Washington Post for iPad update fixes what it called a “critical bug in Print Edition, which caused the pages to appear blank for some readers. Our apologies for the inconvenience,” the app description reads.

Meanwhile, Hearst issued updates for all its newspaper iPad editions. The app description simply says that the update involves “crash fixes.” The apps updated are for the San Francisco Chronicle for iPad, Houston Chronicle for iPad, San Antonio Express-News for iPad, and Albany Union for iPad.

Also “fixed” – so to speak – are the reader comments on the apps. They have been wiped clean.

Google issued an interesting update for its Chrome browser app for iOS devices. The update changes the way users can open links found online involving other Google apps. The update to Chrome issued today now allows users to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser – something especially useful for Maps, I should think.

Google also seems to be having a bit of fun, possibly at Apple’s expense, when it comes to version numbers, as you can see below:

What’s New in Version 28.0.1500.12
• Interoperability with other Google Apps
◦ Option to open links for YouTube, Maps, G+ and Drive in the app instead of the browser.
• Enhancements to voice search
◦ Text-to-speech for all variations of English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese, and Korean.
◦ Toolbar controls are always available when using voice search
• Fullscreen on iPad
• Data cost savings
◦ Reduce data usage and speed up page load times. View data savings in Bandwidth Management settings. This feature is being rolled out and will be available to all users over time.
• Access to browser history
• Stability / security improvements and bug fixes

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