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All posts tagged "Apple"

  • 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...

  • Weekly Round Up #16: the Apple Watch edition

    The most anticipated event in tech this week was the launch of the Apple watch on Monday. Apple, late in entering the wearable space, has been rumoured to be building a wearable that will make all the others bow down to it. Days later the debate about whether it has succeeded on doing so rages on, with views split right in the middle. The Apple watch was not the only thing that Apple launched on Monday, it also launched a new MacBook, a thinner MacBook. This week’s podcast is an Apple Watch and MacBook special, a collector’s item, as they...

  • Apple donates $50m to increase diversity in the technology industry

    It’s no secret that the technology industry has a diversity problem, especially when it comes to gender and race. To address its own issues on this front, Apple has announced that it will donate US$50-million to non-profits that focus on getting more women, minorities and veterans into the technology industry. The company is working with organisations like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and National Center for Women & Information Technology. The news, announced on an exclusive interview with Fortune, comes in the wake of Apple’s long awaited watch launch. In the interview, Denise Young Smith, Apple’s human resources chief,...

  • Apple shows off its photo prowess with Shot on iPhone 6 campaign

    With the tech press’ attention is firmly on the Mobile World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona, Apple has released a new ad campaign called Shot on iPhone 6, showing off photos taken on the device. In the past we’ve reported on iPhoneography, the South African photography competition for iPhone users, but now Apple has woken up to its own device’s popularity within the photo-taking sphere and is promoting it. This is not the first time Apple has promoted the camera capabilities of its devices. A few days ago, with a Martin Scorcese voiced ad, it promoted the iPad as...

  • Watch the iPad magician’s mind-bending tricks on Ellen DeGeneres [video]

    German magician and TV presenter Simon Pierro is at it again. This time he’s flaunting his niche iPad magic tricks on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show. And as always, he’s leaving as baffled in the arts of millennial magic tricks. For example how do you explain Pierro swiping a selfie out of an iPad into a physical photo frame? Pierro is famous for his iPad tricks and has numerous won awards for his performance shows. While he stays away from doing hat tricks and pulling doves out of his pockets, but this latest instalment performed on Ellen DeGeneres is...

  • Apple iWork, iCloud now available to everyone

    Anyone with an Apple ID can now access productivity tools like Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iCloud, regardless of their device. This cross-pollination of productivity apps is becoming ever so prevalent ever since cloud services such like Google Drive and Office Online, which are accessible regardless of the user’s operating system, became more and more widespread. Last year Microsoft’s Office suite — specifically Word, Powerpoint and Excel — became the most downloaded apps after they were introduced to iTunes with very cheap price tags. This move essentially enabled Microsoft to “hijack” Apple’s users. Last time checked, Google Drive is saw over 190...

  • Apple is dropping iPhoto, Aperture for cleaner Photos app

    Since 2007, when first introduced, the iPhone has taken the art of taking photos out of the hands of niche photographers and into the mainstream, where everything from selfies to citizen reporting now fit in the palm of your hands. However cute that sentiment may be, Apple’s official iPhoto application started feeling outdated after 13 odd years of updates. This is why Apple went back to the drawing board and is now introducing Photos. So what does dropping an “i” and adding an “s” really mean for Apple’s photographers? As the name change suggests, the app looks a lot cleaner. For...

  • Rise of the Android: 1 billion devices shipped in 2014

    Globally, the shipping of mobile phones has passed the one billion mark for annual shipments with 1. 28 billion devices in total passion from OEMs to retailers and carries for sale, in which, Android smartphones have continued to dominate, accounting for more than one billion handsets. That’s according to the latest figures from research firm Strategy Analytics. This is for the first time that any platform has surpassed the one billion mark for shipments, claiming in the process 81 percent of the whole market. Things were not so rosy for Apple, which accounted for 15% of the market in 2014,...

  • 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....

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook received compensation valued at $9.22 million in 2014

    Apple, as a public company, is obliged to divulge its financials. According to its latest financial reports, CEO Tim Cook received compensation valued at US$9.22-million in 2014, more than double his pay in 2013 which was valued at US$4.25-million, as belief in Apple new products pushed the iPhone maker’s stock to a record. The CEO’s compensation last year included security expenses of US$699 133. Cook’s package includes salary of US$1.75 million and US$6.7-million in non-equity incentive compensation for the fiscal year that ended in September, the Cupertino-based giant revealed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more:...

  • Smartphones now make up 75% of mobiles sold in Gulf States

    International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, has released new research that reveals that shipments of 4G LTE handsets to countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have increased by a staggering 400%. Increasing by more than four times over the last year. The research was conducted by IDC’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which provides a unique insight into the forces shaping the handset and smartphone markets in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. IDC’s market intelligence firms Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker shows that smartphones...

  • Xiaomi acquires 3% of Chinese games and software giant Kingsoft for $68M

    Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone distributor, has acquired 2.98% of Kingsoft, a games and software company, for HK$527 million (~US$68 million). The Xiaomi investment in Kingsoft is expected to be completed at the end of January. The company bought its shares from internet giant Tencent, which reduced its stake in Kingsoft to 9.6%. Xiaomi has been on a fierce trajectory since it broke onto the technology scene in 2010. It has taken its dominance of the smartphone scene in China and expanded effectively into other markets. Xiaomi became the world’s third largest smartphone company based on sales last year....

  • Google Play gained more new apps than Apple’s app store in 2014

    A new report by appFigures, an analytics service that monitors data from the thousands of apps that use its platform, claims that Google’s Play store grew by more than 50% last year, beating out the iOS app store for the first time as it did so. The report looked at Google Play, the iOS App Store and Amazon’s app store and reported that all three had major growth but Google Play’s was the most significant. Google Play ended the year with more than 1.43 million apps compared with 1.21 million on iOS. Amazon, although a distant third, grew its...