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  • Weekly Round Up #27: Apple Music launch and Uber petition against the city of Cape Town

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, Myolisi Sikupela and Graham Van Der Made speak about the long-awaited launch of Apple Music. They also chat about Uber, which seems to be facing trouble in every city it launches in. Following Apple's announcement of Apple Music, the world has, eagerly awaited its actual launch. On Tuesday afternoon an update of iOS was made available and its major feature was Apple Music. After using it we wrote about our first impressions of it. Though...

  • Apple Music’s opening hours: great sounds, smooth streaming, minor faults

    The wait for Apple Music yesterday was excruciatingly long. Now that it's here, it's not doing badly in its first 24 hours of use. Though it has features one can do without, it's really great in most respects. Much like a marathon, the first few hours have been great, but it's how things pan out in the long run that really matters. At first glance, one of the most impressive things about Apple Music is how it seamlessly integrates with the existing iTunes playlist. iTunes has always simplistic and the arrival of Apple Music to its nest does not ruin...

  • Android triumphs in the US for June quarter, assisted by Samsung S6

    The race between Apple and Android continues and has been going on for a long time and still not a clear winner. This quarter the one OS wins, the next quarter the other one does. According to new research, Android appears to be edging Apple slightly, at least in the US. The research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech looks at the last three months ending May 2015. The research shows that Android continues to reclaim market share in the US, increasing by 2.8 percentage points to 64.9%. The same research also point out that Android is not doing as well...

  • Apple Music is finally launching tomorrow

    Way before Apple even confirmed the news Apple Music, it had been worldwide rumour. After hiring music DJs and signing artists, Apple Music is finally here. Tomorrow morning at 11am ET/8am PT, Apple users will have access to a three-month period of the service. To get the update users will have to upgrade to iOS 8.4. An hour after, Beats 1 will launch, with the inaugural Beats 1 radio broadcast presented by DJ Zane Lowe. Apple Senior Director and former beats CEO Ian Rogers has laid out the details of the roll out. Apple had announced a few weeks ago...

  • Weekly Round Up #25: Apple special, is Apple innovating or stealing from others?

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee, Lethabo Mokgatle and Christopher Wilton chat about Apple’s WWDC 2015 event. Today’s podcast is a special, focusing on a single event, dissecting and weighing the software that Apple launched. The event was, as all Apple events are, highly anticipated. A day before the event a Sony executives let slip that Apple Music was going to be launched. And launch it did, roping in some of the most experienced music deejays around the world. The team...

  • iStore iPhoneography competition now open

    The iStore's iPhoneography competition is back and you can enter now. Apple has launched two campaigns to showcase the camera prowess of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The first was photographs and the second was, released a few days ago, videos. This competition continues on this and you can be part of it. The competition is adjudicated by iStore and it is now in its fifth year. Entries are opened now and will close on 28 August 2015. That means there is still plenty of time for budding photographers to take photos, as many as you can until you...

  • Apple design guru Jony Ive gets promoted to chief of design

    Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, the man credited with having most of the design of all Apple products at the palm of his hand, has been promoted to chief design officer. The title than Jon Ive is leaving is that of senior vice-president of design. Ive is by far the most talked about and popular designer in the tech space. Yves Behar is perhaps the only man that rivals him for such a title. Ive is known for being the main brain behind Apple’s unique industrial design aesthetic over the past decades, working under both CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim...

  • 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...

  • Samsung reclaims throne from Apple, ships 83.2m units in Q1 2015

    Samsung might have posted less than impressive financial results for its first quarter but it would appear that it's not all gloom for the company. According to the latest research by Strategy Analytics, Samsung has reclaimed the smartphone shipments crown in the first quarter of 2015. Going by the latest figures, smartphone shipments saw a growth of 21% in globally, reaching 345-million units in the first quarter of 2015. In this quarter, Samsung overtook Apple to reclaim the title of the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume. The South Korean company shipped 83.2-million smartphones in total worldwide and captured 24% market...

  • Smartphone shipments grow in Middle East, Africa as affordable devices become popular

    Smartphone shipments to the Middle East and Africa, according to a Q4 2014 Handsets tracker released by analyst International Data Corporation (IDC), experienced an unprecedented year-on-year growth of 83% in 2014. The growth was primarily caused by the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-SIM devices. In 2014, smartphones accounted for 41.9% of all mobile handset shipments to the region, up from 27% in 2013. The growth of more affordable smartphone, though a positive thing, has negatively affected feature phones. Year on year in 2014, feature phone shipments were down by 4.5%. Smartphones priced under US$100 captured 20% share of...

  • 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...

  • 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...