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  • Rabid iFan enthusiasm wanes as Apple Music goes live

    Unless you've spent the past 24 hours stuck inside a sensory isolation tank, you're probably well aware of the fact that Apple Music launched to the public yesterday. The service -- which offers everything from streaming, to curated playlists, and virtual radio stations -- comes with a free three month trial, sparking downloads from genuine Apple lovers and the merely curious alike. It's a potentially important moment in the Cupertino-based giant's history. Given this, as well as the levels of excitement generated any time Apple does anything, it should hardly be surprising that it generated plenty of chatter on...

  • Android triumphs in the US for June quarter, assisted by Samsung S6

    The race between Apple and Android continues and has been going on for a long time and still not a clear winner. This quarter the one OS wins, the next quarter the other one does. According to new research, Android appears to be edging Apple slightly, at least in the US. The research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech looks at the last three months ending May 2015. The research shows that Android continues to reclaim market share in the US, increasing by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. The same research also point out that Android is not doing as well...

  • Apple Music is finally launching tomorrow

    Way before Apple even confirmed the news Apple Music, it had been worldwide rumour. After hiring music DJs and signing artists, Apple Music is finally here. Tomorrow morning at 11am ET/8am PT, Apple users will have access to a three-month period of the service. To get the update users will have to upgrade to iOS 8.4. An hour after, Beats 1 will launch, with the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast presented by DJ Zane Lowe. Apple Senior Director and former beats CEO Ian Rogers has laid out the details of the roll out. Apple had announced a few weeks ago...

  • Taylor Swift takes on Apple Music, stays winning against music streaming services

    Taylor Swift is on a roll. After winning a victory against Spotify, Swift's taken on another big music streaming service in the shape of Apple Music. And by the looks of things, she's won again, for now. Here's what Swift said in an interview with Yahoo when she was taking on Spotify: “The landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists,...

  • 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”...