TC Roundup: Nintendo's longtime president Satoru Iwata has died

13 Jul, 2015

The president of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, has died at the age of 55, according to a press release from the company. "Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth," reads the statement. Iwata underwent surgery last year to remove the growth and had resumed his duties after a brief period of recovery. (Business Insider)

Apple, with 20% of sales, takes 92% of smartphone profits: Of the total operating income of the eight largest manufacturers, Apple took 92 per cent last quarter—a remarkable achievement, as the Wall Street Journal notes, given that less than 20 per cent of smartphones sold last quarter were iPhones. That 92 per cent share is down a hair from the 93 per cent Apple grabbed the previous quarter, according to Canaccord Genuity's T. Michael Walkley. But it's up sharply from last year, when Apple and Samsung split the profits 65/35. (Fortune)

Microsoft to Launch Windows 10 on July 29: The upgraded operating system will allow users to switch seamlessly between personal computers, tablets, smartphones and other gadgets. Windows 10 is intended to give apps a similar feel on all devices and comes with a new Web browser integrated with Cortana, the company's voice-activated answer to Apple's Siri. (ABC News)

Apple releases the first iOS 9 public beta: Apple has been running OS X public betas for both Yosemite and El Capitan, but it only began offering public betas for iOS in March, and those were only for smallish point updates. Now the company is taking a bigger step: it just released the first public beta of iOS 9, the next major release of the company's mobile operating system due out this fall. (Ars Technica)