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  • Apple deleted music from users’ iPods without their knowledge

    A US antitrust suit against Apple has unearthed something pretty disturbing: The Cupertino-based giant deleted music from iPods if it was purchased from an Apple rival. In a case that has Steve Jobs’ posthumously testifying via emails Apple appears to be backed against the wall. It is claimed that Apple scanned for music purchased from rival services such as Amazon and forced users to delete all music from their iPods between 2007 and 2009. The jury heard from attorneys representing the plaintiffs in antitrust class-action lawsuit against Apple for abuse that the company scanned for music not bought from...

  • Christian Bale latest star in line to play Steve Jobs

    Christian Bale looks set to be the latest Hollywood A lister to play Steve Jobs. Sources confirm the actor is in talks to star in Jobs, Sony’s biopic about the late Apple co-founder and technology deity. Sony acquired rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011. The movie will be directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Danny Boyle is a capable director having directed Slumdog Millionaire and the cult film Trainspotting, among others. Aaron Sorkin is, of course, famous for the slew of hit films he’s written, including A Few Good Men and The Social Network. At...

  • Serious iFan? Perhaps you should take a trip to the Apple Pop-up Museum

    If you have an predilection towards tech and you’re a serial Apple fanatic, this will delight you. What used to be an Atlanta-area CompUSA store has now been transformed into the Apple Pop-up museum; 6 000 square feet of Apple gadgets and paraphernalia from the beginning in 1976 to the present. It will be showcasing an Apple I, the first disk II and controller card, an original Apple II, an original Lisa and a Xerox Alto, among other rare Apple artefacts and fun items that will take you down memory lane like an original iPod Shuffle and the clam-shelled...

  • Apple stock goes past $500, one share now more valuable than an iPad

    Apple shares went past the US$500 mark for the first time. That means a single share in Apple is now more expensive than an entry level iPad. Stock in the Cupertino-based tech giant has been on a continual growth trajectory ever since it announced stellar first quarter results. Apple posted quarterly revenue of US$46.33-billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06-billion. Highlighting its increasing global dominance, the company reported that international sales...

  • Mixing user experience and usability so that everyone wins

    I recently introduced myself to someone and when I explained that I’m a User Experience Designer, his eyes lit up and he said “Ah, you’re the usability guy.” “Yeah, kind of” I responded. He looked at me, confused. “What’s the difference?” he asked. For apps and websites, usability refers to how easily your site visitors can complete a given task e.g. filling in a checkout form. In the emerging markets particularly, usability is still a differentiator. This is why the savvier industry players have started to focus on creating work that people will find usable. They know that simple usability...

  • 5 predictions for tonight’s iPhone launch

    The town hall at the Apple Campus in Cupertino at 6pm GMT will be home to the tastiest gadget news this side of the border. Those who have been camping out online for iPhone news have patiently waited for this day, this esteemed hour. What will come of the launch? We predict the results: No iPhone 5, A definite iPhone 4S File this one under “rumour”. No one knows what Apple is planning, with...

  • ‘One more thing': A look at Jobs’ time at Apple [Videos]

    Steve Jobs’ resignation as Apple’s CEO has set the tech world ablaze. Consumers have already begun speculating about Apple’s future without its fearless leader. Even if you don’t use a Mac, iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you have in some way been influenced by the products developed under Jobs’ prolific reign as chief executive of Apple. Memeburn decided to take a look back at some of his iconic moments as lord and master at...

  • 7 insights from the future we live in

    Nick Bilton’s new book I live in the future & here’s how it works is well-written with lots of examples and scientific research. Bilton is the lead tech blogger for the New York Times. He doesn’t subscribe to the paper, though, because he gets his news filtered through his social feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, his local Brooklyn neighbourhood blog). For those of you who already live in this new digital world, there won’t be much new here, except good examples to explain it to your friends. As with most books, by the time they’re published, the contents aren’t...

  • What has the digital revolution actually done for musicians?

    There are few industries that have felt the move to digital and online more acutely and publicly than the music industry. The rise and fall of Napster, the move from CDs to mp3, viral sensations, piracy, the iPod, iTunes, Spotify. Many have fallen and floundered in the change, others have fed and flourished. As established ‘music industry’ revenues sit at record lows, Apple’s rise to one of the most successful companies in the world counts the success of the iPod as one of its primary turning points. While Lily Allen throws in the towel, claiming one cannot make money...

  • App of the week: Taptu

    Sticking with my news reader obsession, this week I take a look at Taptu, a free news, Google Reader and social media aggregation app that has caught my attention over the past few days. As I mentioned last week when reviewing the Reeder app, I am a news junkie and actually have to stop myself from refreshing my Google Reader tab every five minutes. I have my favourite sites that I read every...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or...

  • Apple dealing with ‘the mother of all backlogs’

    A healthy dose of good news were mixed in with a few worries this week, as Apple reported that it had nearly doubled its quarterly net profit on record iPhone sales but iPad sales dipped, and the company is dealing with the “mother of all backlogs” in meeting demand for the tablet computer. Apple said Wednesday that net profit rose 95 percent in the second quarter of its fiscal year to US$5.99 billion...

  • Steve Jobs to be deposed in iTunes antitrust suit

    A federal judge has cleared the way for Apple’s ailing leader Steve Jobs to be deposed in a class-action lawsuit charging the iPod maker turned iTunes into a digital music monopoly. US Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ruled on Monday that attorneys for the plaintiffs may question Jobs for a limited time of two hours, but only on the topic of an iPod update making RealNetworks digital music inoperable with iPod MP3 players. The suit...

  • Comparative pricing study: How do you like them Apples?

    Admission to the cult of Mac doesn’t come cheap, and if you’re a South African Apple product owner, you’ve paid more for that right than anyone in any other country in the world, with the exception of Brazil. I was surprised to read the analysis of a recent IDC report noting some bonkers growth figures for Apple in the last fiscal quarter. Growth was largely in the government market segment at 549.5%, and very large business, at 108.6%, but even consumer sales grew 17.1% despite the overall market receding 0.6%. Considering that PCs have saturated most of the market...

  • Apple intros new tablet-inspired MacBooks

    Apple on Wednesday released a sleek new MacBook Air notebook computer inspired by its winning iPad tablet devices. “We asked ourselves what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up,” Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said as he unveiled two new laptop models. “This is the result.” A MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch (33.8-centimeter) screen and measuring just 0.68 inches (1.73 cms) at its thickest point and its 11.6-inch (29.5-cm) “younger brother” went on sale Wednesday. They cost between US$999 dollars and US$1 599 dollars. The laptop computers dumped hard drives or optical drives in favor of solid state drives that...