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  • Where will It end? Why Apple vs the FBI affects all of us

    Apple versus the FBI: which side are you on? Few technology stories, and even fewer cyber security issues, have broken into the mainstream media quite like this one. But the outcome of this epic tussle has hugely important implications for all of us – businesses and consumers alike. Apple and the Silicon Valley giants who broadly support its position argue that acceding to the FBI’s request to intentionally weaken iOS protections could set in motion a chain of events which undermine cyber security for hundreds of millions around the globe. Cracking the code We all know the background to this...

  • Tim Cook takes the worst photo with an iPhone, faces Twitter ridicule

    Apple has long promoted the iPhone camera capabilities, in fact it is one of the selling features of the iPhone. The company has a campaign called 'Taken on an iPhone' to showcase the iPhone's camera capabilities. It would appear however that Tim Cook, the man at the helm of the Cupertino based tech giant, cannot take beautiful photos with the iPhone. During the Superbowl 50 yesterday, Tim Cook took a picture of the Broncos as they celebrated their win. The picture was out-of-focus and had too much meaningless foreground. Twitter, that ever-ready-to-ridicule-beast, wasted no time in tweeting at Cook, some...

  • 8 reasons why your app isn’t making it onto the App Store [Infographic]

    So you've built an app that you're sure is going to change the world. You've put in the hard work, coding until the early hours of the morning, cajoling designer and content friends into lending you their expertise. But after you submit it to the App Store, it comes back rejected. "What the hell Apple?", you find yourself exclaiming in frustration, wondering what you could possibly have done wrong. Well as it turns out, there are any number of reasons for Apple rejecting an app. As the infographic below explains, apps can be rejected for everything from incomplete information...

  • Apple’s Q1 results: smartphone market maturity finally hits Cupertino’s finest

    Make no mistake, Apple had a very good Q1 , just not as good as many were expecting it to be. And according to analysts, that's because it's finally been affected by the same smartphone market maturity that's hit everyone else. The quarter saw Apple sell 74.8-million units. It's a record, but its only one percent up from the 74.5-million units it sold in the first quarter in the year 2015. And when it comes to Apple, people just expect more. It's worth noting however that the fact that Apple managed to increase iPhone sales at the same time...

  • Apple Q1 results a mixed bag, iPhone sales at 74.8m, iPad sales drop, revenue up

    Apple earnings are always a huge event but they are hardly ever exciting. Apple reports record sales and high revenue and everyone is left in awe and that is about it. The company's first quarter results for the year 2016 however are slightly different, in that though Apple is reporting record earnings, it has missed earnings expectations, iPhone sales seem to have reached saturation point and iPad sales have dropped. Apple said it recorded US$75.9-billion in revenue and with a net profit of US$18.4-billion in its earnings for the financial year Q1 2016 that ended 26 December 2015. That represents...

  • Apple raises the price of apps in seven territories, including South Africa

    Have you already adjusted your budget for the year ahead to include your new Netflix subscription and the ever-rising price of a loaf of bread? If so, then there’s one more thing you need to tick upwards – Apple just announced an increase in the cost of apps on its App Store for seven territories, including South Africa. Tech blog The Next Web reports that “following fluctuations in exchange rates, Apple has informed developers today that it’s planning to change the App Store pricing in a number of countries within the next 72 hours.” The territories affected by the price...

  • New Amnesty International report links Apple, Microsoft, Samsung to child labour in mines in DRC, Africa

    Ever wondered how your smartphone is assembled and where all the minerals that make up its tiny component pieces come from? Not many people do, but a new report suggests that maybe you ought to. The report, published by Amnesty International, claims that Cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used by companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft as well as auto manufacturers like Volkswagen and Daimler AG. Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask...

  • Apple users spent $1.1bn on apps over holiday season

    There really is no stopping Apple. The Cupertino-based technology giant on Wednesday announced that its customers had spent US$1.1-billion on apps and in-app purchases, setting back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. It also recorded the biggest day in App Store history on 1 January when customers spent over US$144 million, breaking the previous single-day record set just a week earlier on Christmas Day. "The App Store had a holiday season for the record books. We are excited that our customers downloaded and enjoyed so many incredible apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, spending over...

  • This is why the internet really needs green energy

    The physical realities of data are far from popular conceptions of the internet as a vapourless “cloud.” Online services, especially for streaming video content, consume vast amounts of power. Greenpeace has in fact noted that if the internet were a country, its electricity usage would rank sixth globally. We once built steel mills near energy sources, but now that’s where we construct data centres -- the factories of the digital economy. The virtual cloud starts with coal, which provides much-needed electricity as well as the greenhouse gases which greatly contribute to global warming. The consequences of warming world are...

  • How ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ inspired Apple’s mobile device line-up

    The Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad are products that were far advanced at their time of introduction and revolutionized each of their respective market segments. Together, they epitomize state of the art consumer electronics and the current digital/communication age. So it might surprise some Apple fanatics that their beloved devices were inspired by an old movie filmed in 1965, before most of these purchasers were even born. 2001: A Space Odyssey (released in 1968 by MGM Studios) was a Sci-Fi movie set in the near future, showcasing predicted futuristic technologies. For a detailed analysis of the science of 2001, please...

  • Apple Music now available for Android on Beta, missing some key features

    Apple Music has finally made its way to the Android ecosystem. The arrival on Android comes a few months after it launched on iOS. Apple is hoping to win over the Android market to its music streaming service. On Android, the app will have a three month free period, in which the Android users can test and then after choose to pay the monthly subscription fee when the period expires. In addition to having access the catalogue of Apple Music, Android users will be able to listen to Beats 1 radio. When we used Apple Music, during its three...

  • Apple Q4 2015 earnings reveal 48.04m iPhones sold in the quarter

    Apple has announced its numbers for the quarter that ended on 26 September 2015 and the Cupertino-based tech giant is doing exceptionally well. The company recorded revenue of US$51.5-billion with net profit totaling US$11.1-billion. In Q4, the company sold 48 million iPhones, 9.8 million iPads and 5.7 million Macs. All in all, Apple has sold over 300-million devices this year. These include 231-million iPhones, 55-million iPads, and 21-million Macs. The company also increased its global market share for both iPhone and Mac. According to Apple, International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter's revenue. Major contributors to this quarter's numbers were...

  • New iPhone 6s ads showcase its camera and Siri’s hands free feature

    Continuing its vigorous plan to show off the iPhone 6s and its features, Apple has released three new ads to show off the camera and Siri's hands free capability. The camera ad highlights the device's 4k video recording and live photo feature, adding that users can now take, find and share a photo in a new way. The Siri ads feature Jamie Foxx and are playful and humorous. These commercials are nothing new from Apple, the company has long fancied the iPhone as having the best cameras. The Siri ads are to showcase the hands free feature of Siri....

  • Tim Cook lifts the lid on Apple Music’s subscriber numbers

    Apple Music currently has 6.5-million paid subscribers, with another 8.5-million using the free three month trial. Those were the key numbers revealed by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Wall Street Journal's Live event on Monday. If accurate, the numbers suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant hasn't done a bad job when it comes to retaining subscribers once their initial free trial comes to an end. Not so long ago, it reported having around 11-million people on the free trial. It is worth mentioning however that at least some of those are bound to be people who forgot to...

  • Can Apple Music crack China’s fragmented streaming market?

    On September 30, Apple sent out a Press Release that is likely to have profound implications for the Music Industry. "Apple today announced that Apple Music, iTunes Movies and iBooks are now available to customers in China." Just like that, the world’s largest company opened up to the revolutionary new music service and cemented Apple’s place as a key player in the emerging landscape of the music industry. "Launching with millions of songs in its catalog, Apple Music in China features music from artists including Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M., as well as a...