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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • How do tech giants contribute to the clean, green energy economy?

    Most of us consider the internet to be a virtual world in which we can learn, communicate, store data and perform a host of other useful activities without actually having much of an effect on the physical world. It's important to note, however, that the energy required to run the internet must come from actual, brick-and-mortar electricity suppliers. As the popularity of computing devices increases, particularly in the mobile and home automation spaces, we can expect there to be more Internet traffic and therefore a corresponding increase the the amount of energy expended. While the ink's still wet on December’s...

  • Apple HomeKit: Google’s big challenger to your smart home

    A decade after delivering the iPhone to the masses and changing the communications landscape forever, Apple is at it again. This month, at Apple’s WWDC 2016, company executives unveiled ambitious plans for Apple’s HomeKit smart home system. According to reports, HomeKit will have an AI component far better than anything in the works at Google and Facebook, Apple’s two principal competitors in the smart home space.

  • Weekly Round Up #67: E3 2016, Microsoft buys LinkedIn & Apple’s WWDC 2016

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. The Weekly Round Up is a day late this week due to some demons lurking in our SoundCloud account. But, we've hired resident DOOM expert Graham to slay them. Speaking of Graham, he plays host this week, and talks to Hadlee and Andy. While most of the podcast is dedicated to E3 2016 and all the news from this year's expo, they also discuss Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn, and the news from Apple's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco. Tweet of the Week: ...

  • iPhone 6 ruled as a rip-off of Chinese phone by Beijing patent authority

    Looking back, Apple probably wouldn't mark 2016 as a good year. After it was embroiled in a battle with the FBI in early 2016, it had to relinquish exclusive rights to the iPhone name in China just two months ago. Now, the company has suffered yet another setback in the country. The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has today ruled against Apple in its latest patent dispute. Its iPhone 6 (and Plus) design were found to infringe on patents owned by Chinese mobile phone company Baili. According to Bloomberg, the Apple devices were found to be too similar to Baili's 100C phone. Related: Apple...

  • Here’s why Apple spent $1-billion on Chinese cab service Didi

    Apple has made headlines this morning after it announced a US$1-billion investment in smart cab service Didi. The investment thus pits Apple directly against current cab king Uber in China, with the latter being backed by Google and Chinese web giant Baidu. Aside from Apple, Didi already has heavyweight backing in the form of Tencent and Alibaba. Why would Apple invest in the service though? Well, aside from the expected financial return, the Cupertino firm's explanation was a tad vague... A focus on services instead? "We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the...

  • Apple loses exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ name in China

    This has to be one of the strangest legal battles of the year, but Apple has now lost a case against a company in China selling its products using the iPhone name. No, these products aren't smartphones in the same vein as Apple's, but rather a range of quite fetching smartphone cases, bags, wallets, and other leather products. Chinese company Xintong Tiandi was awarded the rights to use the name IPHONE on its products back in 2010. As Apple couldn't prove that it was an established brand in the Chinese market prior to Xintong Tlandi's reservation of the name (it only began...

  • Special Podcast #19: Analysis of everything Apple launched on 21 March 2016

    In our latest Special Podcast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made about the latest Apple event of 21 March 2016. The team weighs in on everything Apple launched on the day, including the latest addition to the iPhone range: the 4 inch iPhone SE, a lower entry price for the Apple Watch, a 9.7 inch iPad Pro, its recycling robot Liam, and the new iOS 9.3 update. Listen to the full podcast below. Read more: iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted Analysts get the iPhone SE, but aren’t sure...

  • Sacha Baron Cohen previews new movie, Apple product launch style

    Sacha Baron Cohen knows how to troll. Even his movies can be viewed as one long troll. At the Oscars, for example, he was specifically asked to come as himself, a request that perhaps should not have been made in the first place because he showed up as Ali G without the academy's knowledge. And now to promote his movie, The Brothers Grimsby, he has created an Apple product launch parody video. The Brothers Grimsby is a comedy opening this week, 11 March 2016, in which Cohen plays a die-hard football fan who insists on joining his secret agent...

  • Tim Cook takes the worst photo with an iPhone, faces Twitter ridicule

    Apple has long promoted the iPhone camera capabilities, in fact it is one of the selling features of the iPhone. The company has a campaign called 'Taken on an iPhone' to showcase the iPhone's camera capabilities. It would appear however that Tim Cook, the man at the helm of the Cupertino based tech giant, cannot take beautiful photos with the iPhone. During the Superbowl 50 yesterday, Tim Cook took a picture of the Broncos as they celebrated their win. The picture was out-of-focus and had too much meaningless foreground. Twitter, that ever-ready-to-ridicule-beast, wasted no time in tweeting at Cook, some...

  • Weekly Round Up #50: Alphabet beats Apple, Travelstart’s $40m, Uber’s new logo, smartphone rumours

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee. The team talks about Alphabet becoming the most valuable company in the world, Travelstart raising a cool US$40-million from Amadeus Capital Partners and MTN, Uber's new rather bizarre looking logo and the new round of rumours when it comes to smartphones. The team speaks about what they are watching, reading and listening to. And the Tweet of the week has something to do with South...

  • IDC: people are still buying smartphones in their billions

    The rate at which smartphones ship is incredible. And with more and more people joining the list of smartphone owners, the shipment of phones is going to grow. Not only that but it appears it is influencing the invention of cheaper handsets with manufacturers casting their nets wider instead of making only premium models. In the latest preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped a total of 399.5-million units during the fourth quarter of 2015, recording a 5.7% year-on-year growth. In the year 2015, according to the IDC, a total of...

  • New Amnesty International report links Apple, Microsoft, Samsung to child labour in mines in DRC, Africa

    Ever wondered how your smartphone is assembled and where all the minerals that make up its tiny component pieces come from? Not many people do, but a new report suggests that maybe you ought to. The report, published by Amnesty International, claims that Cobalt mined by child labourers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is being used by companies such as Apple, Samsung and Microsoft as well as auto manufacturers like Volkswagen and Daimler AG. Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International, said “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask...

  • Weekly Round Up #41: Mxit closure, Venture Capital, Halo 5, Twitter and Apple financials

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker, Sales Manager Nick Thomson, and Staff Reporters Graham van de Made and Jacques Coetzee. The team discusses the collapse of Mxit, SAVCA's survey on Venture Capital in South Africa, Halo 5, Twitter and Apple financial reports for the Q4 2015. The team talks about what games, television series, movies they are looking forward to playing and things get awkward when Stu reveals that he is looking forward to playing a...

  • Apple Q4 2015 earnings reveal 48.04m iPhones sold in the quarter

    Apple has announced its numbers for the quarter that ended on 26 September 2015 and the Cupertino-based tech giant is doing exceptionally well. The company recorded revenue of US$51.5-billion with net profit totaling US$11.1-billion. In Q4, the company sold 48 million iPhones, 9.8 million iPads and 5.7 million Macs. All in all, Apple has sold over 300-million devices this year. These include 231-million iPhones, 55-million iPads, and 21-million Macs. The company also increased its global market share for both iPhone and Mac. According to Apple, International sales accounted for 62% of the quarter's revenue. Major contributors to this quarter's numbers were...

  • Will the Surface replace laptops or fizzle out as another fad?

    Over the years, we've seen several technology fads come and go, such as the netbook. With the top consumer tech companies all announcing Surface devices, will these be our latest tech fad? Let's face it, the real technological fad right now is that of wearables. This buzzword is everywhere and every company is trying to capitalise on creating watch-like peripherals packed with sub-par features. Wearables have been touted as devices that will change our lives forever, but in truth people want self-lacing shoes or instant drying jackets. At least we're not all walking around with Google Glasses, right? Surfaces, on the other...