Apple Bears Blamed for Recent Market Volatility

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has suffered several price swings in the past month and, according to a Bloomberg report, the bears are out in numbers and causing increased volatility in the market.

Apple bears blamed for market volatility

According to St. Louis-based Stifel Nicolaus & Co. money manager, Chad Morganlander, "Apple is the largest publicly traded company in the U.S. and it has great influence on every index it’s in.” In fact, it is so influential that a 1% drop in its value results in a 5 point loss for the Nasdaq 100 Index, according to Bloomberg reporters Joseph Ciolli and Callie Bost. It also results in a $6 billion drop in the company's market value.

Halloween App of the Week: Five Nights at Freddy's

When I first saw customer reviews that said things like, Five Nights at Freddy's "is officially the scariest game I have ever played," I was skeptical. I thought there is no way an iPhone game, or really any video game, could be scary, but I was wrong. Five Nights at Freddy's has actually made me jump while playing it, and even if it doesn't scare you, it is still an intense game that is perfect for Halloween.

Five Nights at Freddy's

Like any cheesy horror movie the plot of Five Nights at Freddy's requires some suspension of disbelief, but its over-the-top premise is what gives it its charm. You're the new night watchman at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a Chuck E. Cheese's-like restaurant and arcade. Your job is to watch Freddy Fazbear and his animatronic pals from the safety of your office, which turns out not to be so safe. Freddy and his pals like to wonder around at night and awful things happen to humans who accidentally bump into them. Luckily you have two security doors to keep you safe, but due to corporate budget cuts you only have a limited amount of power to run your lights, security cameras and doors.

Piper Jaffray Predicts Modest 2015 Sales for Apple Watch

Although Piper Jaffray believes there is huge potential in the Apple Watch's future, the investment bank believes it may take some time for Apple's new wearable to truly catch on.

Piper Jaffray expects slow start for Apple Watch

In a note written to investors on Wednesday and provided to AppleInsider, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimated that Apple would sell around 10 million of its watches in 2015. This is a bit less than BMO's recent estimate of 12 million sales. He advised investors to hold "conservative expectations" for first year sales and wrote, "Overall, we believe that the Apple Watch is light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market, but consumer application may be limited initially until developers begin to

Doodle Jump Toys Now Available at Toys R Us

Following in the footsteps of Rovio Entertainment and its Angry Birds telepods, the indie developer Lima Sky has teamed up with the Australia-based Goldie Marketing to release a line of Doodle Jump toys exclusively to Toys R Us stores. The new toys are based on the different characters from the popular iOS game starring Doodle the Doodler.

Doodle Jump Toys

The toy line features 18 Mini Doodles, 6 Mega Doodles and 6 Plush Doodles. The Mini Doodles are available in 2 packs for $5.99 or as a set of 6 for $14.99. The 5-inch Mega Doodles are available for $12.99 each and the 8-inch plus dolls are available for $9.99 each.

How to Play Sound on the iOS Speaker with Headphones Plugged In

More control over audio has been a focus of many iOS jailbreak tweaks. Everything from volume amplifiers to sophisticated equalizers have made their way from Cydia to mobile devices. AudioOut is a relatively simple tweak that restores manual control of an automatic iOS function.

iOS 7 jailbreak speaker control

Every time headphones are plugged into the iPhone or iPad, sound output from the external speaker is shut off automatically. The sound is then routed into the headphones. iOS provides no option to change this default behavior. With AudioOut installed on a jailbroken device, it's possible to listen to sound on the speaker even when headphones are plugged in.

When an iPhone Falls, Does it Make a Sound?

Usually the only sound an iPhone makes when it plummets to the ground is a crack upon impact. Now thanks to the jailbreak tweak FreeFall the iPhone can scream in horror whenever it's dropped. In fact, the default sound effect triggered by the accelerometer is none other than the Wilhelm Scream.

FreeFall is available free from developer Steven Rolfe's repository at apt.steverolfe.com. Check here for instructions on how to add a new source to Cydia on a jailbroken device. Besides the screaming iPhone trick, FreeFall can also be used to play a custom sound.

iOS 8 Bug is Causing the App Store to Suggest Dating and Other Inappropriate Apps to Children

A new bug discovered in iOS 8 by Happy-Touch (via 9to5Mac) is causing the Kids section of Apple's App Store to display some inappropriate apps. For example, the Top Grossing apps for "Kids 5 and Under" is displaying titles like Game of War, which is recommended for 9-years or older, and the popular dating app Zoosk.

App Store Bug iOS 8

Unless your 5-year old has already started dating, you may want to pay close attention to what you download from the the All Kids, Kids 5 & Under, Kids 6-8, and Kids 9-11 categories until Apple fixes the problem. The bug only seems to a be affecting devices running iOS 8 or later, and it has been found on both the U.S. and Canadian App Stores, according to 9to5Mac.

Anticipating Big iPhone 6 Sales, Evercore Raises Apple Target Price to $125

Another investment analytics firm has joined the club and raised Apple's target price per share. Just a few days after BMO raised its target price to $110, Evercore Partners went a bit further, raising its price to $125 from $115.

Apple stock rising

In a research note to investors, provided to AppleInsider, Evercore analyst Rob Cihra maintained his "overweight" rating for Apple stock (NASDAQ: AAPL), meaning that he expects the stock to return above the average of the overall industry. He upped his fourth quarter iPhone sales estimate to 39 million, which would represent a 15% year-over-year increase. Fourth quarter results will be disclosed on Monday Oct. 20 at 5:00 PM ET.

Why Can't I Leave or Delete a Person from a Group Message in iOS 8?

One of the most anticipated features in iOS 8 was the ability to leave or delete a person from a group message, but some users are reporting that the new feature does not work. This is because there are several factors that need to be met before you can use the option to leave or delete a person from a conversation of 4 or more people. First, lets look at how to leave a group message:

iOS 8 Group Messaging

You can leave a group message by entering the message thread and tapping the "Details" button in the top right corner. From here, you can either silence group texts by tapping the "Do Not Disturb" slider, or leave the group entirely by selecting the "Leave this conversation" option.

AAPL Financial News Weekly Roundup: Bendgate, iPhone 6 in China and More

After dipping to $97.87 on Thursday, likely due to "Bendgate," Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares rebounded to close at $100.75 on Friday. The high close for the week was $102.64 on Tuesday.

AAPL stock news roundup and outlook.

Early in the week reports of the iPhone 6 and especially 6 Plus began to surface and the story gained traction and became known as "Bendgate." Investors took note and on Thursday a higher than usual volume of shares was traded (almost 100 million compared to a more typical 60 million) and the share price closed below $100 for the first time in two weeks. Apple responded saying that with normal use an iPhone 6 would very rarely bend, and that only nine people had officially complained about the problem since the phone hit the shelves. The scare passed and share price closed at over $100 on Friday.

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