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All posts tagged "iPad"

  • 5 quick and nifty Apple iPad tricks

    There is something to be said for the ease and simplicity of use of Apple products. Most of the time, they just offer elegant and extremely user friendly solutions. Here are five useful tricks to enhance your experience with the Apple iPad. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Jury orders Apple to pay $532.9m in patent trial

    A federal jury in Tyler, Texas has ordered Apple to pay US$532.9-million to Smartflash LLC, a company that licences patents and does not sell anything, Bloomberg reports. The jury ruled that the company’s iTunes software used a Smartflash LLC’s patented inventions without permission. Smartflash LLC has something of a history of suing big companies, including Amazon, and is also currently suing Google and Samsung. The company, which appears to play exclusively in the patent space, claims that Apple infringed three patents, and was seeking US$852-million in damages. Apple argued against the accusation and said that the damages should be...

  • 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 to increase iOS app prices

    Apple is increasing billings on its app store. The Cupertino-based giant revealed that “prices on the App Store will increase for all territories in the European Union as well as in Canada and Norway, decrease in Iceland, and change in Russia. These changes are being made to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) rates and foreign exchange rates.” The move by Apple is a response to the pan-EU policy which requires the company to deduct VAT based on its rates at the customer’s location, rather than the company’s. Until now, the European policy had affected only the developers’ margins...

  • Apple halts online sales in Russia over ruble fluctuations

    Apple has halted online sales on all off its products in Russia due to fluctuations in that country's currency. This is one of the clearest signs sign of how the currency’s swings are having an effect on international businesses. The Ruble has been in free-fall over the past few days with the currency down by as much as 19% just today, with a surprise interest rate increase failing to stem a run on the currency. That in turn saw Apple stop sales from its web store. “Our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing,” Alan Hely,...

  • Apple market value hits $700bn

    Apple is on an infinite rise, it seems. A rise in Apple shares on Tuesday pushed the market value of the company above US$700-billion, making it the first company to hit that milestone. Apple shares rose nearly one percent in morning trade to US$119.75, giving it a market capitalisation of around US$701.7-billion. The shares did however fluctuate in a narrow range later in the day. The surge puts Apple way ahead as the most valuable company by stock market value, with Exxon Mobile (at US$403-billion) and Microsoft at (US$394-billion) lagging significantly behind. Investors and analysts were amped about Apple at...

  • ‘Serial’ breaks iTunes record for fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads and streams

    The podcast Serial, an offshoot from US radio show This American Life, has reached 5 million downloads on iTunes. Serial began as an experiment in “audio storytelling” based on reporter Sarah Koenig’s investigation into a real-life murder mystery. Serial is also available to stream or download from its own website, as well as through other podcasting apps and aggregators. Apple says real-life murder mystery is the fastest podcast to ever reach the 5-million milestone. It features in the company’s podcast charts in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, but is also in the top 10 in Germany, South Africa and India....

  • Game of Thrones fans, there’s a new app that teaches you Dothraki

    Ase shafki athdrivar. If you cannot read the above sentence, it's okay. You're not part of a fictional horse-riding, sword-waving warrior race. Seriously, if you cannot read the first sentence, it is because it is in Dothraki, a language from the Game of Thrones series. With a little effort though, you could learn it, especially with the help of a brand new app. Random House wants to help fans of Game of Thrones become fluent in the language that's spoken by the warriors with a mobile app called Dothraki Companion. The app has been released for iPhone and iPad and was...

  • 10 pieces of consumer tech that have transformed PR over the past decade

    While we may not yet have the hover boards, flying cars and self-lacing shoes promised in 80s cult movie Back To The Future, the past 10 years have seen the introduction of an unprecedented number of cool, useful tech products and services that have made the life of the modern PR so much easier. Some among us may remember a time before mobile phones, when we had no way of keeping in touch with important calls after hours. Or even worse, who remembers a time when press releases were printed and hand-delivered (in a personalised manila envelope no less)? Since our...

  • Less tech, more Louis Vuitton: welcome to the new Apple Inc

    The new Apple Inc. fully emerged at the October product announcement event, and a fascinating company it is too. Apple is looking more and more like the Louis Vuitton of the tech world. Like Louis Vuitton, Apple has become a premium lifestyle brand that most would love to own, but unlike Louis Vuitton many actually can. Nonetheless Apple is now a slick, almost bespoke operation with high quality products, services and retail environments, and operates all of them with polish and finesse. Tim Cook unleashed a massive range of updates on the hardware front, from cutting edge Macbooks to an...

  • Apple freebies, #Music killed and Capt America back: #StuffToKnow this week

    So Apple is giving away its desktop operating system for free, but you'll still have to fork out for a thinner, lighter iPad. The site they shutdown the US government for keeps crashing. Mark Zuckerburg could make Scrooge McDuck envious of his money pit and Twitter turned off the mic of the #Music app before it even had a chance to walk on stage. TECH From iPad Air to Mac Pro: everything you need to know about Apple's fall event Okay so nothing really impressive, the only substantial announcement as far as new gadgets go would be the iPad Air which is...

  • Global device market on the up thanks to cheaper tablets, smartphones

    The global tech giants will be pleased to hear this. We're still buying devices in their billions, with little sign of a slowdown in sight. There's one big exception to that rule though: we're buying less PCs than ever. In fact, reports tech research house Gartner, worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32-billion units in 2013, a 4.5% increase from 2012. The vast majority of that growth however comes from tablets and smartphones, especially among those at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Tablet shipments alone are expected to grow...

  • iOS 7, scan the world in 3D and Affleck responds: #StuffToKnow this week

    Well it finally arrived, and wow is iOS7 simply stunning. There are a few things in different places and that will take getting used to -- it's like having a fresh new iPhone. Kickstarter is helping a company scan the real world via a docking station hooked up to your iPad (I kid you not it’s amazing). Oh yeah, and we can run our computers on light soon. Cool, huh? TECH Apple iOS 7 review: a major makeover that takes some getting used to, but ultimately delivers A truly elegant complete revamp of the iOS interface was finally released on Wednesday. It...

  • Knomo Kyoto iPad bag review: looks great but costs the earth

    Knomo’s Kyoto, a tiny leather bag for the iPad and iPad Mini, is another exceptionally well-made product that’s unfortunately too expensive to recommend. For what the Kyoto does (it holds one or two iPads and a smartphone), it’s hard to justify the £115 (US$177) price. The Kyoto is also not that comfortable to wear, as the body strap kind of cuts into the flesh for some reason. This doesn’t mean that it isn’t a well-designed bag though. I’d go as far as to say that the Knomo range of leather bags are some of the best I’ve ever seen, regardless...

  • The power of the Apple brand: iPad still top tablet in Asia

    Take a little test by yourself: say the word "tablet", and what is the first thing that pops into your mind? The iPad. While there are many other tablets out there, the iPad is the first one everyone thinks of. Even in Android-dominated Asia, the iPad still owns the Asian market in terms of sales. Analysys International reports that the US tech company still dominates after third quarter sales puts them at 71% of the market. Second place Lenovo only comes in at 10%. This is quite significant considering that in the region's largest market China Android makes up about...