Facebook is radically altering the Like button, adding a range of six reactions emojis

Apple is leading the headlines this morning, but not because it just had its most profitable quarter ever. Why isn’t Tim Cook dancing on the ceiling? Why does Tim Cook look and sound so glum? Why is Sony making another Smurfs movie? Some things just don’t make sense – there’s no explaining the Smurfs – but the reason Apple is down and out is because the company’s sales didn’t grow as fast as expected, and that makes Wall Street sad.

In a call with analysts, Cook disclosed that Apple sold 74.8 Million iPhones in the fiscal first quarter. That’s actually a record, but it fell short of projections, and falling short of projections makes investors nervous. What’s worse, though, is the outlook for next quarter, which Tim Cook says is “bleak” due in part to a strong US dollar and the fact that China’s economy, though currently strong, is taking a downturn. So, forecasts for next quarter actually paint a decline in sales and revenue for Apple, which hasn’t happened in over 10 years.

If record-breaking profits, billions in the bank, and over 1 Billion active devices in the world isn’t enough to keep your spirits up, then, well, we suppose that’s capitalism. Welcome to it, and good luck, Apple, though something tells us you’re gonna be just fine.

Do you think it’s ridiculous that you have to pay a rental fee for a crappy cable box from your cable company? Yeah? Well so does the Federal Communications Commission.

That’s why the FCC will soon introduce an initiative that gives third parties an in on the whole set-top box game. Third parties like Apple, for instance. This initiative would essentially force cable and satellite providers to allow third-party set-top boxes to work with their services.

That means Apple could refashion the Apple TV to work with your cable service, and completely transform the TV watching experience, something it has been trying and failing to do for some time now. This way, you wouldn’t rent your cable box, you would own it, and you could pick it based on how much you liked the user interface, the apps it had, and how much you enjoy the remote control.

Naturally, there’s a consortium organized to battle this initiative, and would you believe Hollywood is actually involved? It seems content creators and content providers make strange bedfellows, indeed. This is a story to watch, so keep an eye out here at DigitalTrends.com for developments.

Finally, Brace yourselves, folks, because the Facebook like button – the one thing you can count on Facebook never to change – is totally getting changed.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Like button is getting replaced by something that will be called “reactions.” It’s going to be here before you know it, and it’s going to expand your responses from one like to a range of six emotions, including Angry, Sad, Wow, HAHA, Yay, and Love. Don’t worry, though, the Like button isn’t going away, think of these reactions as sort of an enhancement of the like button.

The reactions will be represented by animated emojis when you select them; for instance, the angry emoji’s face will turn red and look down angrily. It’s not a dislike button, which Facebook was apparently concerned would generate too much negativity, but it does let you express discontent without going completely negative. Likewise, you can laugh at something without just generically liking it or going so far as to love it.

It’s more clicks in Facebook, and in this age, more clicks equals more engagement, and engagement leads to revenue, which makes Zuckerberg even more outrageously rich than he already is.

Smart Home

You can now use Amazon Echo Buttons to set up multitasking Routines

Amazon announced that its Echo Buttons now work with Routines. You can craft custom Routines — multiple tasks performed together — and have Alexa carry out the command for you when you hit the Echo Button.

These laptop bags will keep your notebook secure wherever you go

Choosing the right laptop bag is no easy feat -- after all, no one likes to second-guess themselves. Here are some of the best laptop bags on the market, from backpacks to sleeves, so you can get it right the first time around.
Social Media

Twitter boss hints that an edit button for tweets may finally be on its way

Twitter has been talking for years about launching an edit button for tweets, but it still hasn't landed. This week, company boss Jack Dorsey addressed the matter again, describing a quick-edit button as "achievable."

Our favorite ebook reader is not a Kindle. Here are all the best options

If you're a bookworm, an ebook reader can be an important part of your life, one that allows you to read your books whenever and wherever you like. But which should you get? Here are five of the best ebook readers available.
DT Daily

DT Daily: Alexa helps you vote, our new series ‘Behind the Wheel,’ and more

Today on DT Daily we covered all the newest headlines from Apple AirPods to the World Drone Racing Championship. We also chatted with Tim Walbridge, the host of our new video series Behind the Wheel, and a very special guest.
DT Daily

DT Daily: John Oates, custom cars, and DT’s latest show

Episode 2 of Digital Trend's latest show, Behind the Wheel. features John Oates, Tim Walbridge, and a Porsche GT3RS, as the two take to the streets to discuss cars. Oates also discusses his custom Porsche 356 on today's episode of DT Daily.
DT Daily

Capsure CEO Jeanne Lewis talks about preserving the world’s memories

We were joined by Jeanne Lewis, the CEO and co-founder of Capsure, a new photosharing app, on this episode of DT Daily to discuss how technology can help us capture important moments.
DT Daily

DT Daily: Foldable phones, Facebook mulligans, and more

On the 12th episode of DT Daily, Digital Trends' live talk show, hosts Greg Nibler and Marie Pardo-Garber broke down the news of the day, including Samsung's foldable phone announcement, Facebook's upcoming "unsend" feature, and more.
DT Daily

Westward Distillery weighs in on the best American single malt whiskey

What does a quintessential American single malt whiskey taste like? Greg Nibler sat down with Sam Slaughter and Jordan Felix on DT Daily to talk whiskey and Portland's first grain-to-glass distillery.
DT Daily

Num Pang Chef Ben Daitz talks offers for successful collaborations

We were joined by chef Ben Diatz of Num Pang Kitchen on this episode of DT Daily to talk about his restaurant's latest collaboration with condiment company Sir Kensington's and the benefit of searching for outside perspectives.
DT Daily

DT Daily: Windows woes, A.I. news anchors, and Disney’s streaming service

On the fourteenth episode of DT Daily, host Greg Nibler and guest Nicole Raney talked about the biggest tech stories of the day, including a troublesome Windows 10 update, China's A.I. news anchor, and more.
DT Daily

DT Daily: iPhone X problems, Single’s Day sales records, and more

On the 15th episode of DT Daily, Digital Trends' live morning show, Greg Nibler and Marie Pardo-Garber examined the news of the day, including iPhone X screen problems, Alibaba's record-setting day of sales, and more.
DT Daily

Hip-hop artist Rakeem Miles talks musical upbringing, ‘Dante’s Toys’

Rakeem Miles may be best known for his musical endeavors, but he's looking to change that with his forthcoming animated show. On Monday's DT Daily, we discuss Miles' origins, what drives his passions, his favorite superhero, and more.
DT Daily

DT Daily: Amazon HQ2(s), Indiegogo’s CEO, and Chris Bevans of Dyne

DT Daily's host Greg Nibler discussed headlines including Amazon's HQ2s and Twitter possibly getting an edit button. We also brought on the CEO of Indigogo and the creative director of Dyne.