Apple to give first official indication of Watch sales in quarterly earnings report

The company has kept quiet about sales figures for the Apple Watch, which went on sale in April, but analysts’ estimates are low after tepid reviews

All eyes will be on Apple’s Watch sales when the tech behemoth reports its latest quarterly earnings later today. There may not be much to see.

Analysts have called for caution ahead of Apple’s earnings call today, during which the company is expected to give its first official indication of Apple Watch sales figures since they went on sale in April. However, Apple will probably leave the exact revenue for the product in the “other” category and few are expecting detailed figures for an Apple product that has got off to a mixed start.

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At the limit of Moore’s law: scientists develop molecule-sized transistors

Researchers find transistors can be produced consisting of atoms 600,000 times thinner than a human hair – paving way for atom-scale chips

Scientists have created a transistor made up of a single molecule. Surrounded by just 12 atoms, it is likely to be the smallest possible size for a transistor – and the hard limit for Moore’s law.

The transistor is made of a single molecule of phthalocyanine surrounded by ring of 12 positively charged indium atoms placed on an indium arsenide crystal, as revealed in the scientific journal Nature Physics.

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BBC iPlayer ‘watched by more than 60 million people outside the UK for free’

Research finds more than 38 million people in China are using VPNs or proxy servers to watch BBC shows – and could be a useful source of revenue

More than 60 million people around the world are bypassing internet restrictions to watch the BBC’s shows online.

New research has claimed that 65 million people from abroad watch the broadcaster’s licence-fee funded iPlayer service using proxy servers or virtual private networks, which are able to mask the location of the user.

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Twitter removes background images from timeline, but there’s already a fix

A coder has already produced a chrome plugin to reverse Twitter’s change, allowing background images to be restored for users

Twitter users are no longer able to set their own background pictures as they browse the site, after the company quietly turned off the much-loved feature and replaced backgrounds with a uniform light grey.

User-set backgrounds will still be visible when a specific user’s feed, or individual tweet, is visited. But when browsing the home timeline, users are now faced with a plain background, rather than one of their own choice.

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