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  • What did WWDC tell us about the future of Apple?

    The popular Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) began this year on June 8. This annual event enables Apple to inform developers about new products as well as upgrades to existing software and hardware. Just a few days ago, Apple released information about changes to dozens of its products, which is of interest to ordinary consumers and industry observers alike. Apple Maps has been notorious for its unreliability in the past, with CEO Tim Cook even apologizing for it and urging users to instead use third-party software. Apple has now added transit information to Maps for about a dozen Western cities...

  • Weekly Round Up #25: Apple special, is Apple innovating or stealing from others?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee, Lethabo Mokgatle and Christopher Wilton chat about Apple’s WWDC 2015 event. Today’s podcast is a special, focusing on a single event, dissecting and weighing the software that Apple launched. The event was, as all Apple events are, highly anticipated. A day before the event a Sony executives let slip that Apple Music was going to be launched. And launch it did, roping in some of the most experienced music deejays around the world. The team...

  • What does Apple News mean for SA publishers?

    Apple introduced its latest app, Apple News on Monday 8 June 2015, in California, however it will officially launch with iOS 9 later this year. In the same breath it has said farewell to its Newsstand app, which was fraught with issues from the start. The new app is an aggregated app, which will launch with a number of big media partners such as The New York Times and ESPN. It will pull content from a number of sites globally and present content to the reader in a magazine-style format. Users can also select topics or specific publications to...

  • All the facts, figures you need to know about Apple’s WWDC 2015

    Apart from WWDC 2015 being longer than the Avengers 2 movie, over a 1 000 Apple engineers from 70 countries attended the Cupertino tech giant's 26th developer conference. As ever, Apple is taking a swing at competitors on all fronts -- from desktop to mobile, payments and music. Unfortunately, we no new hardware products were revealed last night, but we did see Apple's new Mac OS X, its latest mobile operating system iOS 9 and a new streaming service, called Apple Music, among some other things. Above all its introductions, Apple CEO Tim Cook together with senior VP Craig Federighi, were...

  • The Apple of our eye: turns out people loved the WWDC keynote

    It may have clocked in at more than two hours in length, and there may have been no devices on offer, but it seems people were still overwhelmingly positive about Apple's WWDC keynote. According to sentiment analysis recorded by Oxford University's TheySay tool, the event as a whole and the keynotes itself received 93% and 94% positive sentiment respectively. Drawing on nearly 95 000 tweets recorded immediately prior to, during, and in the aftermath of the event, the company's analysis shows just how much good will there is toward Apple. "It is fair to say that no other...

  • Apple Music: the right move, or a pricey dead end?

    When Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, it changed the world's approach to digital music forever. There was a however a downside to that revolution. You see, it made iTunes, a piece of software that veers between frustrating and completely unusable, a worldwide phenomenon. If you wanted to use your iPod, a great piece of hardware, you had to have iTunes installed. And so it has been with every new piece of hardware Apple's launched over the past decade and a half. In fact, iTunes' responsibilities have actually increased over that period. As well as playing digital audio and...

  • iStore iPhoneography competition now open

    The iStore's iPhoneography competition is back and you can enter now. Apple has launched two campaigns to showcase the camera prowess of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The first was photographs and the second was, released a few days ago, videos. This competition continues on this and you can be part of it. The competition is adjudicated by iStore and it is now in its fifth year. Entries are opened now and will close on 28 August 2015. That means there is still plenty of time for budding photographers to take photos, as many as you can until you...

  • Vendors shipped 11.4m wearables in the first quarter of 2015

    According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 11.4-million wearables in the first quarter of 2015. Fitbit shipped the most units, with Xiaomi in second place. This is a 200% increase from the 3.8-million wearables shipped in the same quarter in 2014. Though there might have been skepticism from the market when it comes to wearables in the beginning, their popularity however is proving to be growing. Ramon Llamas, research manager of Wearables at IDC, explains this growth and says that "It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors' ability to deliver a diversity of...

  • 5 quick and nifty Apple iPad tricks

    There is something to be said for the ease and simplicity of use of Apple products. Most of the time, they just offer elegant and extremely user friendly solutions. Here are five useful tricks to enhance your experience with the Apple iPad. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Apple design guru Jony Ive gets promoted to chief of design

    Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, the man credited with having most of the design of all Apple products at the palm of his hand, has been promoted to chief design officer. The title than Jon Ive is leaving is that of senior vice-president of design. Ive is by far the most talked about and popular designer in the tech space. Yves Behar is perhaps the only man that rivals him for such a title. Ive is known for being the main brain behind Apple’s unique industrial design aesthetic over the past decades, working under both CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim...

  • The first trailer for Michael Fassbender’s Steve Jobs is out

    Universal Studios has finally released the first trailer for its Steve Jobs biopic. The controversy surrounding this film has built as much interest about it as the person it depicts. It is anticipated to be a better stab at Steve Jobs’ life than Jobs, in which Ashton Kutcher manages to look like Steve Jobs and not much else. The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder. Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, appears to have unleashed some jams on the script too (as he did on The Social Network). “The musicians play the instruments, I play the orchestra”...

  • Going to the office? BYO Apple Watch

    “Gorgeous”. “Beautiful”. “Actually useful”. “Epic”. The accolades from the reviewers of the Apple Watch keep pouring in and the new device – though not the first of its kind in the market – holds the potential of becoming as ubiquitous as the iPhone or the iPod. However, the expected popularity of the Apple Watch raises interesting challenges for CIOs and IT managers. The Apple Watch is merely a herald of an expected tsunami of BYOD smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) wearables into the workplace, potentially opening up new risks to corporate data privacy and security. It’s highly...

  • Apple turns manufacturing process green with WWF China partnership

    Apple is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund to help protect as much as 1 million acres of forests responsible for pulp, paper and wood products in China. This is part of the tech conglomerate's mission to take all its global operations off-the-grid. Although as 87% of Apple’s global operations is already run on renewable energy, which include its offices, data centres and stores, the multinational  is now looking to green up its manufacturing processes as well. "We’ve set an example by greening our data centres, retail stores and corporate offices, and we’re ready to start leading the way toward reducing carbon...

  • Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more

    A while ago Dropbox and Microsoft formed a partnership to bolster cross-platform integration, and now this relationships is beginning to bear fruit. In a Dropbox iOS update, the company has added new features, including the likes of file commenting and recent tabs. The commenting feature allows users to add comments on files via the Dropbox website. Users can gather feedback or respond to discussions even when on the go. This social media like feature is taken a step further by introducing notifications: “If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the...

  • Apple earnings report: iPhones destroy iPads, China pays off

    Tim Cook announced Apple's quarterly earnings yesterday, highlighting a couple of significant trends which can help us better understand where The Big Red is moving. Apple reported US$58-billion revenue and a nice US$13.6-billion profit. This was mainly fuelled by China, with larger iPhones leading the pack in products and services overall. Unfortunately for tablet lovers, Apple's latest array of golden-clad iPads is falling behind the limelight. China is paying off Revenue from China rose a massive 71% to US$16.82-billion since last year. According to the report, 69% of the Californian-based company's quarter revenue was made from those outside the company's motherland. "Apple’s forays...