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Apple Q2 Earnings: What to Expect



During Apple’s second quarter earnings call a year ago, CEO Tim Cook noted that the company would have “really great stuff coming in the fall, and across all of 2014.”

Apple made good on its promise to have a busy fall last year, releasing updates to its iPhone and iPad line, but the company has been noticeably quiet throughout the first third of this year. The new products, or lack of them, will likely be a point of focus when Apple’s executives join the Q2 earnings call this year.


‘We Have Finally Taken Back Boston’: A Runner’s Story



About half a mile into the 2014 Boston Marathon, my friend who was running alongside me turned and screamed, “This is the Boston Marathon!”

Part of what he meant, is that the Boston Marathon is an event uniquely wrought with emotion no matter the year. But 2014′s race promised something even more.

Almost the moment I stepped off the train in Boston last Friday, I bumped into someone wearing a Boston Marathon jacket from years past. The next day,…

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This Year May Be the Slowest Start to the U.S. Tornado Season, Ever



This year has had one of the slowest starts to tornado season since reliable records began in the early 1950s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In addition, the year has featured one of the longest stretches of time since Jan. 1 without a tornado-related fatality.

The quiet start to the year is no guarantee that the rest of the season will be quiet, especially considering that tornado season typically peaks in May and June. It is a function of the…

Birchbox Raises $60 Million to Shake Up the Beauty Industry



Birchbox, the popular ecommerce service for beauty products, announced Monday that it has raised $60 million in funding.

The Series B funding round was led by Viking Global Investors and brings Birchbox’s total funding to date to just more than $70 millionFortune, which broke the news, reports that the latest funding round values Birchbox at around $485 million

From the start, the Birchbox team has tried to rethink the experience for…

An 11-Year-Old Rapper Is Dividing YouTube



YouTube commenters have a lot of opinions, but one 11-year-old rapper is getting the brunt of their rage.

MattyB’s YouTube channel is a huge success by any standard. He’s amassed over 2 million subscribers and has published over 140 videos that include musical covers of Jason Derulo, Eminem, and Ke$ha. However, last week, MattyB uploaded a cover of the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.” And the reviews are mixed

Most commenters were quick to…

16 Easter Candies Dissected for Sweet Science



Easter is hopping its way into our candy-shaped hearts this weekend. Kids may be scrambling to grab as many confection-filled plastic eggs they can handle, but us responsible, mature adults can celebrate with a bag of Reese’s eggs all to ourselves

When you’re chomping down your sixth or seventh peanut butter-filled confection, you can’t help but wonder what’s inside that makes them so much better than the rest of the year’s plain-ole peanut butter cups

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From Selfies to Thunderclaps: 7 Ways to Pump Up Your Earth Day Celebrations



The latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that a changing climate will cause an array of new environmental problems — and there’s no better day to respond than on Earth Day

Over a billion people in 190 countries celebrate Earth Day each year with a variety of outdoor activities or action events, according to the Earth Day Network. The annual event, which began in 1970 and is celebrated on April 22, this year’s global focus is on green cities and…

Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year



Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports

The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. It will be followed by a mid-range device, which will launch at an unspecified date

Samsung was slated to launch a Tizen-based phone as…

Scientists Identify When Innocent Bacteria Became Flesh-Eating Horror



Bacterial diseases cause millions of deaths every year. Most of these bacteria were benign at some point in their evolutionary past, and we don’t always understand what turned them into disease-causing pathogens. In a new study, researchers have tracked down when this switch happened in a flesh-eating bacteria. They think the knowledge might help predict future epidemics.

The flesh-eating culprit in question is called GAS, or Group A β-hemolytic streptococcus, a highly infective bacteria….