Former Brexit minister says May should delay Brexit deal vote: the Telegraph

Former Brexit minister David Davis said in an opinion essay published on Wednesday that UK Prime Minister Theresa May should delay the vote on her Brexit deal for leaving the European Union.

NASA probe finds a snowman-shaped relic of the early Solar System

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After the New Horizons mission zoomed by the then-unknown Ultima Thule object in the outer Solar System early on New Year’s Day, the spacecraft began returning data to Earth via a deep-space network. Although only about 1 percent of that data is now on the ground, scientists were able to share some top-line findings on Wednesday.

What they have found at a distance of 44 astronomical units (AU) from Earth, or 44 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun, is something of a wonderland. The Ultima Thule object, formally named 2014 MU69, is a 33km-long contact binary that somewhat resembles a snowman. Each of the two components is nearly spherical, coming together at a “neck,” and this has proved important to confirming scientific ideas for how the planets and moons of the Solar System formed. Overall, the object has a reddish hue, similar to the north pole of Pluto’s moon Charon.

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Pompeo demands answers on U.S. citizen held in Russia

The United States is demanding Moscow provide details on the detention of a retired U.S. Marine in Russia on spying charges, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, adding Washington may demand his return. Vanessa Johnston has the story.

Apple cuts revenue forecast on weak China sales

Apple Inc on Wednesday cut the revenue forecast for its latest quarter, citing fewer iPhone upgrades and weak sales in China, and its shares tumbled in after-hours trade.

Apple to Announce Q1 2019 Earnings on January 29, iPhone Unit Sales Won’t Be Included

Apple today updated its investor relations page to announce that it will share its earnings for the first fiscal quarter (fourth calendar quarter) of 2019 on Tuesday, January 29.

Along with the notice on when to expect earnings results, Apple today also announced revised guidance for the first fiscal quarter, which will make the January earnings call an interesting one.



Apple now expects revenue of $84 billion and gross margin of 38 percent, down from a guidance of $89 to $93 billion provided in November during the fourth quarter earnings call.

Apple CEO Tim Cook provided several reasons for the drop in an open letter to investors:

  • iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR launch timing compared to iPhone X timing in 2017
  • A strong U.S. dollar
  • Supply constraints on Apple Watch Series 4, iPad Pro, AirPods, and MacBook Air
  • Economic weakness in emerging markets, specifically China
  • Trade tensions with China
  • Lower than anticipated iPhone revenue, primarily in China
  • Weak iPhone upgrade numbers in some developed markets due to fewer carrier subsidies and low-priced battery replacements in 2018

The earnings call will provide more detailed information on Apple’s revised guidance, though the January 29 earnings report will be the first without specific unite sales data for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, which Apple said it would stop providing back in November.

It marks a major change in the way that Apple’s sales data is reported, making estimating iPhone, Mac, and iPad product sales more difficult. At the time the change was announced, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said that the company does not believe unit sales over the course of a 90-day period are an indicator of the underlying strength of its business.

Apple CEO Tim Cook today provided CNBC with a little more info on its decision, pointing out that the company never offered Apple Watch sales data because of the price range and the lack of value in sharing sales numbers. The iPhone, Cook says, is now in the same position.

It’s sort of like you and I going to the grocery store and putting things in our cart and coming up to the register and the person saying ‘how many you got’?

It doesn’t make sense to add them together anymore because the price ranges are so wide. We didn’t do it on watch from the beginning. We’ve never done it on iPod.

As we now step back from the phone, we now have phones being sold in emerging markets like the iPhone 6s for around $300 and so you’ve got a range from $300 to $1000 or in some cases over $1000 depending upon your selection of [storage]. And so this thing has lost its meaning.

Cook says that the sales data that it was providing to investors was conflating its value and its usefulness to determining the state of Apple’s business.

According to Cook, Apple doesn’t plan to never comment on units again and will provide data on unit sales if it will better explain results.

Apple is going to make additional disclosures, such as gross margin of services, a business that has grown significantly in recent years.

The quarterly earnings statement will be released at 1:30 PM Pacific/4:30 PM Eastern, with a conference call to discuss the report taking place at 2:00 PM Pacific/5:00 PM Eastern. MacRumors will provide coverage of both the earnings release and conference call on January 29.

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From park toilets to courts, U.S. shutdown jams up the works

As Ralph Snake walked across Washington’s National Mall on Wednesday, he stopped every few feet to pick up some of the litter that has accumulated in the once-tidy grassy expanse since a budget showdown partially closed the federal government nearly two weeks ago.