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  • 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...

  • Apple shows off some funky commercials for the Apple Watch

    Cupertino based tech giant Apple has launched six new 16 second long video commercials to show off the Apple Watch's prowess. The adverts are funky, quirky and playful. The ads are shot against a colour background, the framing is uncluttered, the cast is limited to a few characters and there are very few props. All six ads depict difference scenarios in which the the Apple Watch users require the assistance of the Apple Watch to perform a task. The adverts, titled Ride, Sing, Train, Date, Sprinkle, and Cycle highlight Apple Watch features like maps, recording capabilities, instant messages, heart beat...

  • Chinese market can now access Apple Music, iTunes movies, iBooks

    Apple is getting cosy with China in a big way by launching Apple Music, iTunes movies and iBooks to customers in China. The Chinese government has not been kind to tech companies in the past, and Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, all have suffered bans. After its success in the Chinese market with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has every reason to want to expand in the territory. The California-based tech giant's entry strategy does not look at all that unique to the Chinese market. The services will have the usual international list of content on their catalogue but will...

  • Apple sells 13 million iPhones in just three days

    On 25 September 2015, the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale. As per usual, queues outside selected retailers were long. Three days later Apple sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s plus models. This is, the company points out, a new record in the history of iPhones. Compared to last year’s numbers, Apple sold 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in its opening weekend and 9 million units of the iPhone 5S and 5C in 2013. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 Last week, Apple...

  • Less than a week after release, iOS 9 hits a record 50% adoption

    According to Apple, iOS 9 is on more than 50% of iOS devices less than a week after launching, making it the fastest adoption rate in Apple history. After 24 hours of its release, iOS 9 was installed on estimated 12% of devices. The new version of iOS was released on 16 September 2015. Compared to the adoption of Lollipop for Android phones, which in five months only reached 12 % adoption, iOS 9 is outperforming it by a huge margin. Apple did not provide details on which devices iOS 9 is present in. The OS is compatible with the earliest...

  • The Apple of Everything: why Cupertino is winning in the quest for the next big thing

    Few launches from the last few months contained more hype and frenzy than the recent Apple event -- which saw the launch of the iPhone 6S and other tech marvels such as the Apple TV and iPad Pro. I was not going to comment but reading the massive amount of analysis, commentary, and the usual trolling on various forums got me thinking. Apple launched, as it regularly does, a range of new and updated products. It does this every year around this time, and gets the product to market right on time to capitalise on the holiday frenzy that...

  • How Apple TV went from afterthought to exciting in one night

    Apple TV has long been regarded by consumers as an afterthought in Apple's product lineup. While each passing year brought new and much-touted updates to mobile phones, tablets and computing systems within Apple's offerings, changes to Apple TV have been much less frequent. With the announcement of a new Apple TV on September 9th, it seems the company is finally taking big steps to enhance the appeal and popularity of this television. This is the first new version since 2012, and plenty of features have been added, which make it better than the previous model and open up the...