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iPhone

  • Google Play may have more apps but iTunes is making way more money

    A new report by AppAnnie -- probably one of the most comprehensive application analytic firms out there -- found that although Google Play apps are being downloaded more and more each day, iTunes is seeing more return in cash. As you probably know, Android is the dominating mobile operating system in our world today. With just under 1.5 million apps at the end of last year, Google Play is home to about 300 000 more apps than its Apple counterpart. This echoes a report we saw last week that boldly claimed Google’s Play store grew by more than 50- 60% last year....

  • Mozilla Firefox might be coming to an iPhone near you

    It looks like Mozilla is planning on bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS. If current mobile and browser stats are anything to go by, this would be a smart move if the fiery fox is to dig itself out of a hole in terms of gaining market share. Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk said that “We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS." According to TechCrunch, Blakk was quoting Mozilla’s VP for Firefox Jonathan Nightingale. Mozilla Firefox is currently available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. iPhone and iPad users are...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Facebook launches anonymous chatroom app called Rooms

    The world's biggest social network, Facebook, just launched a stand-alone app called Rooms, which wants to bring back the good old days of chat rooms, with a twist of modernity. Designed by Facebook Creative Labs, Rooms is completely independent of its big blue parent. You don't need a Facebook account to sign in for instance; you can make up your own pseudonym if you like. When you sign-up to Rooms, you're asked to create a new category (called "rooms") -- anything from Berlin Graffiti or Backpacking Through Asia to Online Dating to City Gardening. It's almost like Reddit's threads, but with more...

  • 10 gorgeous iPhoneography snaps showcasing the beauty of South Africa

    The iPhoneography exhibits in Cape Town and Johannesburg have come and gone, but the images taken have etched their pretty little hues and contrasts into our minds. Now the general public has a chance to vote on what it thinks is the best of the best. "With more than 400 breathtaking images on display in Johannesburg and Cape Town," the press release notes, "we have decided to give the community the chance to vote for their favourite images in both cities. Every photo chosen as a finalist in both competitions will be entered into the Community Choice Award." At the end...

  • Think the iPhone is still just for developed markets? The BRICs would beg to differ

    There’s a great deal of focus on iPhone sales trends in North America and Europe, particularly from the tech blogger echo-chamber. That’s understandable, given that most of these writers and websites are based in the US, but increasingly the Apple iPhone is becoming an emerging market story. In the most recent (second) quarter, Apple reported a “new all-time record for total iPhone sales in the BRIC countries”. Bloomberg suggests that in the overall smartphone market, the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) account for more sales than all other emerging markets combined. Or, in fact, developed markets. That’s...

  • No iPhone decline in sight, analysts say sales climbed 16% last quarter

    As Apple gets ready to announce its financial results early next week, analysts are predicting another booming quarter for iPhone sales. A round-up of professional and amateur analyst predictions from Fortune shows that Apple is likely to have shipped around 55-million iPhones in the past quarter, up 16% from the same period a year ago. According to Fortune however, the real interest will be in how many iPhones it managed to sell before it struck a deal with China Mobile that has seen contract prices for the iPhone cut sharply in the country. Another point of interest is that...

  • TouchID was hacked, is two-factor authentication mobile security’s future?

    Fingerprint security -- while it may appear to be the most "high-tech" means of protecting access to secure information (every lab in a movie ever, your new iPhone 5S), it's actually quite a logically-flawed system simply because: you leave the key everywhere you go, and on everything you touch. So when it came to Apple's new TouchID system the main question on everyone's tongues was whether Apple's design could counter lifted fingerprints. According to a blog post by Marc Rogers on Lookout, the answer is not as simple as we might expect. He says that TouchID has flaws but, "the...

  • Sorry China, Apple’s stopped taking iPhone 5S preorders from you

    So much for the new iPhone being available in China early! It looks like many Chinese Apple fans will be forced to wait for the latest and greatest phone once again, as Apple has suspended online preorders of the iPhone 5S, although the slightly cheaper 5C is still available. Despite concerns that the 5S might not be well received in China, preorders of the device sans telecom bundles sold out in half a day after being launched yesterday. Fans can still order the 5S bundled through telecom partners China Telecom or China Unicom, but it’s not clear when they’ll...

  • BBM for iPhone, Android to save us from iMessage, WhatsApp on 21 September

    While BlackBerry is rumoured to be pursuing a sale -- to be wrapped up as quickly as November -- and preparing another round of layoffs, the embattled Canadian titan is still releasing devices and plowing ahead with plans to roll out BBM to the iPhone and Android platforms. The once exclusively BlackBerry-only club will open its doors on 21 September and there is no cover charge -- BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play and the App Store. Why would you leave the comfort of iOS 7's swanky new messages app or your swiss-army knife of...

  • The iPhone 5C was never meant for China, or any other emerging market

    So here we are, in the aftermath of the announcement of Apple’s new iPhones, and as usual the entire world has exploded. This time the story is that Apple has failed in China by offering what everyone thought was going to be its “inexpensive” phone at a price point that borders on offensive in the Middle Kingdom. If you google “iPhone China” right now, you get a lot of headlines like this, suggesting that Apple has failed in its attempt to appeal to China’s market with a cheap smartphone. Now, to be fair, it’s certainly true to say that the...

  • 80s rock star Peter Gabriel designs MusicTiles for iPhone

    MusicTiles is a new app for iPhone designed by acclaimed artist Peter Gabriel which will allow users, via a simple tile interface, to create, record and share remixes of their favourite music tracks. While it is also a rather obvious way for Gabriel to revive his status in the music world as his album So is featured quite prominently, the app does create a new and easy way for amateurs to play...

  • Google Maps makes its return to iOS in style

    Google Maps is back on the app store, and it looks like it's once again stolen the march on Apple. When Apple decided to abandon Google's mapping service in favour of its own, things didn't work out so well. Bridges disappeared, roads melted and, egg on face, Tim Cook had to apologise. All the while, Google tried to give iOS users the best experience it could via its web app and quietly got to work on an iOS Maps app. Now that app has arrived and it looks pretty damn good. Not for nothing does The Verge call it "the...

  • Why the iPhone 5 means that NFC won’t grow as fast as expected

    I think we've already forgotten that it took so long for us to get to the year of the mobile that was 2010, that we’re expecting similar speed in the roll-out of mobile payments solutions. Everyone and their grandmother expects that in the next year or two, your mobile phone will become your wallet and your credit card and that in order to pay, all you’ll need to do is wave it at a point of sale (POS) terminal or at another mobile handset, so that money can be magically transferred from your bank account. Credit cards and cash...