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All posts tagged "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...

  • Apple shows off some funky commercials for the Apple Watch

    Cupertino based tech giant Apple has launched six new 16 second long video commercials to show off the Apple Watch's prowess. The adverts are funky, quirky and playful. The ads are shot against a colour background, the framing is uncluttered, the cast is limited to a few characters and there are very few props. All six ads depict difference scenarios in which the the Apple Watch users require the assistance of the Apple Watch to perform a task. The adverts, titled Ride, Sing, Train, Date, Sprinkle, and Cycle highlight Apple Watch features like maps, recording capabilities, instant messages, heart beat...

  • Tech brands dominate the top 10 spots in Interbrand global brands list

    Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy firm, puts together an annual best global brands report, in which it details the 100 most valuable brands in the world. The 2015 list is out and tech brands are dominating the top ten, occupying more than half of the top ten spots. Apple and Google continue to dominate the top spots in the list. Apple is the most valued brand at $170.276 billion, a brand value increase of 43 percent from the previous year, whilst Google is estimated to be worth US$120.314-billion, with 12% brand value increase. The other tech brands in...

  • Chinese market can now access Apple Music, iTunes movies, iBooks

    Apple is getting cosy with China in a big way by launching Apple Music, iTunes movies and iBooks to customers in China. The Chinese government has not been kind to tech companies in the past, and Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, all have suffered bans. After its success in the Chinese market with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple has every reason to want to expand in the territory. The California-based tech giant's entry strategy does not look at all that unique to the Chinese market. The services will have the usual international list of content on their catalogue but will...

  • Apple sells 13 million iPhones in just three days

    On 25 September 2015, the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus went on sale. As per usual, queues outside selected retailers were long. Three days later Apple sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s plus models. This is, the company points out, a new record in the history of iPhones. Compared to last year’s numbers, Apple sold 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in its opening weekend and 9 million units of the iPhone 5S and 5C in 2013. Read more: Apple sold more smartphones than anyone else in Q4 2014 Last week, Apple...