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  • Apple halts online sales in Russia over ruble fluctuations

    Apple has halted online sales on all off its products in Russia due to fluctuations in that country's currency. This is one of the clearest signs sign of how the currency’s swings are having an effect on international businesses. The Ruble has been in free-fall over the past few days with the currency down by as much as 19% just today, with a surprise interest rate increase failing to stem a run on the currency. That in turn saw Apple stop sales from its web store. “Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely,...

  • Apple deleted music from users’ iPods without their knowledge

    A US antitrust suit against Apple has unearthed something pretty disturbing: The Cupertino-based giant deleted music from iPods if it was purchased from an Apple rival. In a case that has Steve Jobs’ posthumously testifying via emails Apple appears to be backed against the wall. It is claimed that Apple scanned for music purchased from rival services such as Amazon and forced users to delete all music from their iPods between 2007 and 2009. The jury heard from attorneys representing the plaintiffs in antitrust class-action lawsuit against Apple for abuse that the company scanned for music not bought from...

  • Apple patents an iPhone drop mechanism that alters device angle in freefall

    We've all experience it: that horrifying moment when you drop your smartphone, wondering whether your screen is about to be smashed to pieces. That worry could however be a thing of the past. Apple was granted a patent by the USPTO on Tuesday. The patent describes a system that can recognise an iPhone drop. The mechanism will react to an iPhone in mid-air, re-orient it, and alter the angle of its impact with the ground after determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent uses existing tech, including...

  • Twitter can now identify apps users have downloaded for targeted advertising

    In an effort to gather as much information about its users' habits for more relevant advertising, Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone. The company released an announcement on its website and this is said to begin with the new version of its iPhone app which rolled out yesterday. A new Android version will roll out sometime next week. Twitter says it will alert users of its new data policy via an in -pp notification before it starts collecting any personal information. It also stresses that it is only collecting the list of applications users have installed...

  • Apple market value hits $700bn

    Apple is on an infinite rise, it seems. A rise in Apple shares on Tuesday pushed the market value of the company above US$700-billion, making it the first company to hit that milestone. Apple shares rose nearly one percent in morning trade to US$119.75, giving it a market capitalisation of around US$701.7-billion. The shares did however fluctuate in a narrow range later in the day. The surge puts Apple way ahead as the most valuable company by stock market value, with Exxon Mobile (at US$403-billion) and Microsoft at (US$394-billion) lagging significantly behind. Investors and analysts were amped about Apple at...

  • Universal Pictures rescues Steve Jobs biopic

    The uncertainty around the Aaron Sorkin-headed Steve Jobs movie is surprising. How is it that a biopic on one of the most successful business man struggles to find a studio and a leading actor? But all is not lost as Universal Pictures has picked up the biopic and will produce it after Sony dropped it after two years of development. Incredibly, the picture was dropped without any explanation from the studio. A spokesperson from Universal Pictures confirmed that the studio has bought the title but has not confirmed the reports that the company paid US$30-million for it. Read more:...

  • Apple will donate some of its sales this shopping season to fight Aids

    Your next iPod or iTunes app could help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. The December holiday season is the most profitable time of the year. Statistics aside, have you seen what happens on Black Friday? People go absolutely ape for the latest laptops, flatscreen TVs and patio furniture. To raise money and awareness during this time, Apple -- proudly carrying the world's most popular brand title -- is having a fundraising campaign to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa after having partnered with the US-based NGO, Product (RED). For the next two weeks, a special section of the Apple's App Store called...

  • Wirelurker virus discovered, ‘heralds new era’ for Apple software attacks

    Reports of a new trojan-like malware being pushed around could spell real danger for Apple users, both mobile and desktop. The so-called Wirelurker has just recently been discovered by researchers from Palo Alto Networks -- a US-based network security company. The company notes that its findings are based on over six months worth of research. "We believe that this malware family heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms," researcher Claud Xiao from Palto Alto writes. Apple software is known to be extremely secure. iOS, for instance, was ranked as the most secure mobile platform earlier...

  • Steve Jobs’ original Apple-1 computer expected to fetch $500k at auction

    In 1976 at the age of 21, Steve Jobs sold an Apple-1 computer to Charles Ricketts from his parents' garage in California. This is the only known surviving Apple-1 computer with a direct link to Jobs and now it will be sold at an auction later this year on 11 December. As a result of its pedigree, its expected to fetch around US$500 000. Jobs originally sold the computer for US$600. The computer is reported to be still fully operational. An Apple-1 expert serviced and started it, running the standard original software program, Microsoft Basic, and an original Apple-1 Star...

  • Tim Cook calls Apple Pay a success with 1 million sign-ups in first 3 days

    Just three days after Apple's new and exciting payment technology Apple Pay launched last week, over 1 million bank cards had already been signed onto the service. Apple CEO Tim Cook dubbed this a major sign of long-term success for the NFC-based mobile payment system despite some brands rejecting the service in their stores. While only available in the US for now, Apple Pay enables people with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to pay for goods and services at "220 000 physical stores" by tapping their smartphones at the register, as well as online. The system relies...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about the software Apple launched today

    While most of the attention from today's Apple event was aimed squarely at the new iPads and Macs being launched, there was plenty for Apple's loyal legion of fans to get excited about on the software front too. From a new developer kit for the Apple Watch to a brand new update for iOS and (finally) OS X Yosemite's long-awaited arrival, there was a new breath of software for each of Apple's devices. Watchkit Almost inevitably it took Apple launching a smartwatch for the world to actually sit up and pay attention to the form. The question it singularly failed to answer...

  • Apple says iPhone 6 smashed 30 day sales record, gives no actual numbers

    Everyone barring the most stringent pessimists knew that the iPhone 6 was going to sell well, but just how well it's sold in its first 30 days on the market appears to have surprised even Apple. The Cupertino-based tech giant wouldn't provide exact sales figures, but CEO Tim Cook did take some time at during its iPad launch today to say that it was the biggest iPhone launch in history, "by a lot, a whole lot." Given that the phone is yet to launch in China and a few other key markets, it seems likely that records will continue to...

  • Yet another Apple iStore raided by bandits in Cape Town

    Last evening, shortly before Canal Walk mall closed its doors, armed men stormed and robbed the iStore. The robbery follows many similar incidents that have occurred in the Western Cape and Gauteng, South Africa. Robbers apparently left the store with Apple iPhones, iPads, Macs worth tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of Rands. Two months ago crooks reportedly made off with over R1-million worth of Apple products. iStores and malls across the country are definitely going to have to beef up security as this is not the first incident of late. Cresta Mall in Gauteng was also targeted in recent months...

  • Get the Popcorn: The ‘Netflix of torrents’ is finally available on iOS

    Popcorn Time, the popular entertainment platform that makes watching torrented movies and series a seamless experience has finally launched on iOS, making the so-called, Netflix of torrents, available to all major platforms. For markets like South Africa, such a service could pose a concern for media giants as it meets the high demands of consumers. For the uninitiated, the piracy app streams torrented content from the web which means that the viewers never holds the movies or series. Technically, this means its legal for the user, but perhaps more unethical. Of course, it's not available on Apple's official store and...

  • Conan O’Brien has figured a way to completely remove all traces of U2 from your memory [video]

    Our Stuart and Michelle took on Apple and called out the company’s creepiness regarding its automatic addition of the U2 album onto user's iCloud accounts, which led to a rather heated comments exchange on Twitter and on our site, and no less Apple's. A few days following the angry tweets, complaints and comments, Apple offered a support website to guide people through wiping the album from both your account and computer, for good. The anger quietened down and it gave the impression that things had settled. But TV host, Conan O’Brien, thinks this is not good enough, and he has thus...