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Apple

  • 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...

  • Global smartphone shipments reach 291.2m units in Q1 2015

    The global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of 2015 reached 291.2-million units, a drop of 9.2% compared with the prior quarter, according to the latest research by TrendForce. Samsung is dominating the smartphone market with a market share of 27.8 % in the first quarter of 2015, improving from 24.7% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple came in at number two on the list with a market share of 19.9%, its share declining from 23.2% from the fourth quarter. The success of Samsung is owed mostly to its flagship, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge proving to...

  • Weekly Round Up #9: Trevor Noah’s Twitter fracas, April Fools’, iFix and Mercedes-Benz pick up

    Today is the last day of work, before we take to the Easter Holiday. As usual though we've rounding up the week in tech for your listening pleasure. This week was always going to be one with good laughs, given that it included 1 April. The internet did not disappoint, dishing up funny and made up stories. Memeburn wrote its own and Gearburn rounded up the best April Fools' articles in the technology space. The biggest news this week however came on Monday, when Trevor Noah was announced as the next host of The Daily Show. Not long after, people...

  • Apple’s reuse and recycling programme now accepts Android trade-ins

    Apple has announced that its iPhone trade-in programme will now include select Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones. The trade-in programme, available both on the company’s online and in-stores, includes certain models of Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, Sony, and BlackBerry devices. Upon trading in a device, customers receive credit for their old smartphones. The credit comes in two ways, an Apple Store gift card or bank transfer, that must be used toward purchasing of a new iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 For now, the trade-in...

  • Tim Cook puts foot down against discriminatory religious, same-sex legislation

    Tim Cook isn't very happy with some bills being introduced in Indiana, Arkansas and a bunch of others states in the US. In a op-ed on The Washington Post, the Apple CEO points out that newly introduced legislation in two dozen states would allow people to discriminate against others based on their religious and sexual orientation. Cook stated that Apple will remain open to everyone, regardless of the new laws in Indiana and Arkansas: Our message, to people around the country and around the world, is this: Apple is open. Open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they...

  • Weekly Round Up #16: the Apple Watch edition

    The most anticipated event in tech this week was the launch of the Apple watch on Monday. Apple, late in entering the wearable space, has been rumoured to be building a wearable that will make all the others bow down to it. Days later the debate about whether it has succeeded on doing so rages on, with views split right in the middle. The Apple watch was not the only thing that Apple launched on Monday, it also launched a new MacBook, a thinner MacBook. This week's podcast is an Apple Watch and MacBook special, a collector's item, as they...

  • Apple donates $50m to increase diversity in the technology industry

    It's no secret that the technology industry has a diversity problem, especially when it comes to gender and race. To address its own issues on this front, Apple has announced that it will donate US$50-million to non-profits that focus on getting more women, minorities and veterans into the technology industry. The company is working with organisations like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and National Center for Women & Information Technology. The news, announced on an exclusive interview with Fortune, comes in the wake of Apple’s long awaited watch launch. In the interview, Denise Young Smith, Apple’s human resources chief,...

  • 4 reasons why The Watch won’t be Apple’s next big hit

    There will be those who flock to buy the new Apple Watch. Like zombies under a spell they will rush for the latest Apple trinket. I have heard media commentator after commentator get all hot under the collar about this new device. Are they under "the spell"? This particular Apple trinket will not succeed and hit the mainstream like the wildly successful iPhone, the iPod and the iPad. In fact, one site went as far as calling it "A flop. A failure. A fiasco." I agree, and here are four reasons why: 1. Dismal battery life, by watch standards The battery lasts...

  • The Apple Watch event: I’ve seen this film before

    If Apple's keynotes were a film franchise, they'd be playing to empty theaters by now. Things were pretty innovative at the start, to be sure, and the return of the main protagonist after years in exile was something to be celebrated. But in the past few years, his successors have put in performances so formulaic that seasoned members of the tech press can probably predict what puns Tim Cook will break out on the day. The latest event threw out no surprises: there was a watch that we all knew was coming, a slightly lighter, slightly thinner (gold) Macbook,...

  • Apple shows off its photo prowess with Shot on iPhone 6 campaign

    With the tech press' attention is firmly on the Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona, Apple has released a new ad campaign called Shot on iPhone 6, showing off photos taken on the device. In the past we've reported on iPhoneography, the South African photography competition for iPhone users, but now Apple has woken up to its own device's popularity within the photo-taking sphere and is promoting it. This is not the first time Apple has promoted the camera capabilities of its devices. A few days ago, with a Martin Scorcese voiced ad, it promoted the iPad as...

  • Jury orders Apple to pay $532.9m in patent trial

    A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay US$532.9-million to Smartflash LLC, a company that licences patents and does not sell anything, Bloomberg reports. The jury ruled that the company’s iTunes software used a Smartflash LLC’s patented inventions without permission. Smartflash LLC has something of a history of suing big companies, including Amazon, and is also currently suing Google and Samsung. The company, which appears to play exclusively in the patent space, claims that Apple infringed three patents, and was seeking US$852-million in damages. Apple argued against the accusation and said that the damages should be...

  • Watch the iPad magician’s mind-bending tricks on Ellen DeGeneres [video]

    German magician and TV presenter Simon Pierro is at it again. This time he's flaunting his niche iPad magic tricks on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. And as always, he's leaving as baffled in the arts of millennial magic tricks. For example how do you explain Pierro swiping a selfie out of an iPad into a physical photo frame? Pierro is famous for his iPad tricks and has numerous won awards for his performance shows. While he stays away from doing hat tricks and pulling doves out of his pockets, but this latest instalment performed on Ellen DeGeneres is...