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  • 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 However cute that sentiment may be, Apple's official iPhoto application started feeling outdated after 13 odd years of updates.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...

  • Apple’s latest quarter was the biggest in world history

    Apple has just reported its results for the first quarter of 2015 and they're the biggest in history. Not just Apple's history though: the Cupertino-based giant had the most successful quarter out of any company in history. Its quarterly revenue stood at a massive US$74.6-billion, with its net profit for the quarter reaching US$18-billion. In the same quarter a year ago, it brought in US$57.6-billion in revenue and net profit of US$13.1-billion. The results were predominantly fueled by record iPhone and Mac sales as well as the App Store bringing in higher revenues than ever before. More than ever...

  • 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:...

  • Apple awarded patent for a wireless action camera, GoPro shares tumble

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO based on IP it acquired from the now defunct Eastman Kodak in a deal from 2013. The patent details a remote digital camera system that can be controlled from a smartwatch. The patent is a threat to GoPro which has, since its 2004 launch, dominated the action camera market. There have been other attempts at challenging GoPro, including the ISaw A3 Extreme action camera, which we reviewed on our sister site Gearburn, but the GoPro has managed to shake off that competition. However, in Apple, GoPro is facing a...

  • Je Suis Charlie iPhone app gets over 1 million downloads in just two days

    Of course there's a Je Suis Charlie app. In the name of freedom of expression and as a tribute to the massacre of 12 people in Paris, France last week, a Je Suis Charlie (or I Am Charlie) app has been launched on iTunes, achieving massive popularity around the globe. A rather quick launch at that as iOS apps usually face lengthy approval processes from Apple. The developers from Nice Martin reportedly contacted CEO Tim Cook via email, asking for special treatment and support. As you can imagine, Cook isn't alone in his stance as over 1 million people (and growing...

  • 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 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...

  • Apple patents an iPhone drop mechanism that alters device angle in freefall

    We've all experience it: that horrifying moment when you drop your smartphone, wondering whether your screen is about to be smashed to pieces. That worry could however be a thing of the past. Apple was granted a patent by the USPTO on Tuesday. The patent describes a system that can recognise an iPhone drop. The mechanism will react to an iPhone in mid-air, re-orient it, and alter the angle of its impact with the ground after determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent uses existing tech, including...

  • Twitter can now identify apps users have downloaded for targeted advertising

    In an effort to gather as much information about its users' habits for more relevant advertising, Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone. The company released an announcement on its website and this is said to begin with the new version of its iPhone app which rolled out yesterday. A new Android version will roll out sometime next week. Twitter says it will alert users of its new data policy via an in -pp notification before it starts collecting any personal information. It also stresses that it is only collecting the list of applications users have installed...

  • 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...

  • Universal Pictures rescues Steve Jobs biopic

    The uncertainty around the Aaron Sorkin-headed Steve Jobs movie is surprising. How is it that a biopic on one of the most successful business man struggles to find a studio and a leading actor? But all is not lost as Universal Pictures has picked up the biopic and will produce it after Sony dropped it after two years of development. Incredibly, the picture was dropped without any explanation from the studio. A spokesperson from Universal Pictures confirmed that the studio has bought the title but has not confirmed the reports that the company paid US$30-million for it. Read more:...

  • Apple will donate some of its sales this shopping season to fight Aids

    Your next iPod or iTunes app could help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. The December holiday season is the most profitable time of the year. Statistics aside, have you seen what happens on Black Friday? People go absolutely ape for the latest laptops, flatscreen TVs and patio furniture. To raise money and awareness during this time, Apple -- proudly carrying the world's most popular brand title -- is having a fundraising campaign to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa after having partnered with the US-based NGO, Product (RED). For the next two weeks, a special section of the Apple's App Store called...

  • Wirelurker virus discovered, ‘heralds new era’ for Apple software attacks

    Reports of a new trojan-like malware being pushed around could spell real danger for Apple users, both mobile and desktop. The so-called Wirelurker has just recently been discovered by researchers from Palo Alto Networks -- a US-based network security company. The company notes that its findings are based on over six months worth of research. "We believe that this malware family heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms," researcher Claud Xiao from Palto Alto writes. Apple software is known to be extremely secure. iOS, for instance, was ranked as the most secure mobile platform earlier...

  • Steve Jobs’ original Apple-1 computer expected to fetch $500k at auction

    In 1976 at the age of 21, Steve Jobs sold an Apple-1 computer to Charles Ricketts from his parents' garage in California. This is the only known surviving Apple-1 computer with a direct link to Jobs and now it will be sold at an auction later this year on 11 December. As a result of its pedigree, its expected to fetch around US$500 000. Jobs originally sold the computer for US$600. The computer is reported to be still fully operational. An Apple-1 expert serviced and started it, running the standard original software program, Microsoft Basic, and an original Apple-1 Star...