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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • Apple’s new products star in stunning advertisements

    In Apple's bid to show off the features of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, the Cupertino-based tech giant has released three adverts highlighting the features of the devices. There's something that the company's getting right with these adverts: not only do they showcase the devices' features, but they also show pure human resilience and beautiful cinematography. The three adverts focus on the iPhone 7's  low aperture camera qualities, and the IP67 water resistance on both the iPhone 7 and Watch Series 2. Apple's iPhone 7 and Watch Series 2 now boast water resistance ratings, unlike previous generations The first ad,...

  • Is iOS 9 better than iOS 10? Twitter answers using GIFs

    Have you upgraded to iOS 10 yet? If you've taken the plunge and still have a functional smartphone, then you're one of the lucky few. This, at least, according to Twitter users' reaction this week. From mild problems like dodgy mobile radio signal reception, to more severe bricking issues, there are a slew of kinks Apple's facing after iOS 10 went public on 13 September. Even some tech elite, like prominent tech vlogger Marques Brownlee, found that the update bricked his iPhone 6S. Like Brownlee, nany other Apple device users took to social media to air their woes. Apple recently published...

  • Weekly Round Up Podcast #77: Facebook celebrates, Ventureburn awards & PS4 Pro launches

    Welcome to Weekly Round Up, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host to Matthew Alexander, Graham van de Made and Andy Walker. We're all about Apple, Facebook and entrepreneurship this week, with some Sony dolloped on the side We tackle some interesting topics this week, including Facebook News Feed's latest milestone and the launch and imminent South African arrival of the LG V20. We also touch on Ventureburn's latest Digital All Stars article, celebrating entrepreneurship in South Africa, and finally, we spend the latter chunk of the show...

  • 7 key numbers from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

    And just like that, the annual September Apple event has come and gone. We have new products -- from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, to the Apple Watch Series 2 -- and new games to look forward to. But what about some of the key numbers announced on the night by the likes of Tim Cook, Jony Ive and Tim Schiller? 17-million Tim Cook kicked off with an Apple Music announcement, revealing artists for the company's 10th Apple Music Festival, and a number of other milestones from the company's music stable. Apple's iPhone is the 'best selling device of its kind in...

  • Here’s what Twitter thought of the Apple iPhone event

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news on Gearburn here and here. From James Corden and Tim Cook opening the show with a terrible rendition of Carpool Karaoke, to the slew of usual Apple bingo shots consumed around the world, there was a lot to talk about at the Apple iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco. And of course, Twitter both laid into and praised the tech giant's products and performance on the night. How often do you think you'll lose your Apple AirPods? Twitter thinks daily #AppleEvent and "iPhone 7" began trending worldwide around...

  • Apple dropping 3.5mm audio jack a ‘revenue move’

    To the surprise of almost no-one, Apple revealed that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus would ditch earphone jacks in favour of the Lightning connector and wireless functionality. The company revealed wired earphones that connect via Lightning as well as "AirPod" wireless earphones that implement their new Apple W1 wireless chip. This new bit of silicon facilitates easy pairing with Apple devices. However, IHS Technology senior analyst Paul Erickson says Apple is merely trying to migrate users from established standards to their own standard, for the sake of revenue. Apple is trying to muscle in on the accessories market by opting for...

  • Say goodbye to outdated, abandoned App Store apps

    Apple has quietly announced plans to remove certain apps from its App Store. The company issued new guidelines on its developer section this week, revealing that it will pull apps that don't meet requirements. "To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to ensure that apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date," the company explained. "We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated." The Cupertino company said that the new process will begin on 7...

  • European Commission finds Apple guilty of tax evasion

    The European Commission this week has found Apple guilty of receiving undue tax benefits from Ireland worth up to €13-billion. "Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies -- this is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission's investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 per cent on its European profits in 2003 down to 0.005 per cent in 2014," ruled Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. It was now up...

  • Apple reportedly working on a Snapchat clone

    We've already seen Instagram copy Snapchat by implementing Instagram Stories (a take on Snapchat Stories), while Line's developer released a Snapchat-like platform of its own. The next company to get on the ephemeral photo/video bandwagon? Well, it could be Apple... According to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, the Cupertino company is working on a video sharing and editing application for its iOS devices. Bloomberg adds that the new app will let users record video clips and add drawings and filters to them -- sound familiar? From here, they can either be sent to contacts or to your timeline on existing social media platforms. Apple's Snapchat clone will...

  • iOS 10 could launch 30 September, according to Barbra Streisand

    How pissed off do you get if Android's Google Now or iOS's Siri mispronounces your name? Not as upset as Barbra Streisand we imagine. At least we wouldn't phone Tim Cook to rectify the situation, but Streisand did. The recording artist, in a recent interview with NPR's Scott Simon, made known her annoyance of Apple's Siri getting the pronunciation of her name wrong every time, and unveiled a few choice titbits on the release date of iOS 10 in the process. "Streisand with a soft S, like sand on the beach," Streisand corrects Siri, after Simon asked the virtual assistant a...

  • Report: Apple buys Silicon Valley health startup Gliimpse

    According to report by Fast Company, Cupertino-based mobile and services giant Apple has acquired personal health startup Gliimpse for an undisclosed amount. The niche startup is the brainchild of Anil Sethi who previously worked at Apple in the 1980s. He founded the company in 2013. As for what Apple actually bought, Gliimpse aims to make healthcare record collation easier for patients. "A Gliimpse is your health story. We help you collect your medical data from web portals, then help organize it into an easily shared and understood health story," the company explains on its about page. Apple's new acquisition Gliimpse 'is healthcare’s platform...

  • Apple replaces revolver with water gun, highlights new emoji coming to iOS 10

    While Google may have been leading the charge for more inclusive emoji in its operating systems, it's Apple that has beat everyone to actually including them. The company this week announced that "more than one hundred new and redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users this fall with iOS 10". "This exciting update brings more gender options to existing characters, including new female athletes and professionals, adds beautiful redesigns of popular emoji, a new rainbow flag and more family options," the company adds. Related: Facepalm, shrug and selfie emojis could be on their way soon But something it didn't mention...

  • How successful is Apple every second? This website breaks it down

    We all know that Apple is swimming in an embarrassment of riches, as evident by numerous reports and their most recent earnings. How do you better illustrate their success though? How about a pie chart? Or what about a breakdown of all their devices sold to date? Nah, those won't do... The Every Second website shows you just how successful they are every single second. The website illustrates how many iPhones, iPads, Macs and more the company is selling each second, complete with a live ticker keeping track. For instance, leaving the website open for just ten seconds shows the following stats... The website also outlines several...

  • Weekly Round Up #71: Nintendo NX leaks, Apple financials, Verizon buys Yahoo & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host, chatting with Ventureburn and Gearburn staffers Matthew Alexander and Andy Walker. The team discusses the recent Nintendo NX leaks, Apple's mixed-bag Q3 financial report, Yahoo's sale to Verizon and the new Blackberry DTEK50 Android-based smartphone. What are we watching, reading, playing: Both Andy and Hadlee are still playing the same games they were last week (notice the trend here?). Matthew's currently on a Ghostbusters binge, watching the first movie before he braves the latest. Tweet of the Week:...

  • Apple Q3 2016 earnings is a mixed bag, iPhone still its biggest product

    Many people cite Sony's PlayStation 4 as keeping the company afloat, but clearly Apple's in the same boat, using the iPhone as a paddle, bucket and plug for its current profit-leaking business model. The company today announced its Q3 2016 earnings, and it's a mixed bag. While its Q3 2016 sales and revenue beat forecasts, the company's still down on its Q3 2015 numbers. Let's start with the brightest spark: the App Store. "Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record,"...