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For Apple, the question is what's next?
The world watched on Wednesday as Apple debuted its iPhone 7, which is most notable for its absence of an analog headphone jack -- a standard feature in nearly every consumer electronics device that can play audio.
Apple also added a number of improvements, including a camera upgrade. But not a whole lot else.
Now speculation is moving to Apple's September event a year from now, in hopes that will mark a reset for the company, which analysts say is in need of a new killer category.
Many believe that Apple is going to wait until 2017 before it launches an entirely refreshed device, shifting from a two-year product cycle to three years.
That's happening because of a slowing market for smartphones, as well as the fact that smartphone functions have little room left for major enhancements.
Super Mario's iPhone debut boosts Nintendo shares
Nintendo’s surprise announcement that its popular game franchise Super Mario Bros will debut on Apple’s new iPhone sent its shares sharply higher on Thursday on hopes the firm has finally embraced mobile gaming.
Investors are betting the new game, Super Mario Run, will be another mobile hit for the Japanese company, similar to the wildly popular Pokemon GO, as it moves away from its console-focused strategy and embraces on-the-go gaming.
Nintendo shares jumped 13% to close at their highest since late July, adding $4.5 billion to the company’s market value, following the announcement at Apple’s iPhone launch event.
Gigaom Founder Om Malik says heart attack gave him perspective
Longtime tech journalist and Gigaom founder Om Malik tells Recode that his heart attack was "the best thing that happened to me."
On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, Malik said he was always "running hard."
"I was a daily journalist. If I don’t write every day, I lose my mind," he recalled. "For me, stories are like Lego blocks. If I don’t put one down, I can’t put the next one down."
But in late 2007, less than two years into Gigaom, Malik suffered a heart attack that the New York Times linked to the stress of being a 24/7 blogger.
"I look back and just say, maybe that was the best thing that happened to me," he added. "It forced me to prioritize: 'I don’t think breaking news is that important.' It put everything in perspective for me."
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