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All posts tagged "iPhone"

  • 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’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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Two SA comedians car guard in the US to buy iPhone and Xbox [video]

    There is no doubt that we all love tech gadgets. True enthusiasts might even tell you that you need them. All the same, tech gadgets offer convenience and good times. It is also true that our gadget love often leaves us reaching deep into our pockets. What jobs would you do for the latest gadgets? Read more: Could Mumford and Sons be to blame for all those baby pics polluting your Facebook feed? Well two South African comedians hired themselves as car guards in the US and tried to make some money. Nic Smal and Gareth Allison, the guys behind Derick...

  • 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....

  • Samsung will make fewer smartphone models next year

    Samsung executives have confirmed that the company is betting on a more streamlined range of smart devices as it looks to claw back some of the profits it lost in the most recent financial quarter. Before releasing its quarterly earnings report last month, the company warned of weak demand for phones and increased marketing spend. Still the announcement to streamline its range of smartphones is hardly surprising. Read more: Samsung profits fall as it gets squeezed at both ends of the market The global smartphone leader's market share declined in annual terms for the third straight quarter in July-September. In...

  • 10 gorgeous iPhoneography snaps showcasing the beauty of South Africa

    The iPhoneography exhibits in Cape Town and Johannesburg have come and gone, but the images taken have etched their pretty little hues and contrasts into our minds. Now the general public has a chance to vote on what it thinks is the best of the best. "With more than 400 breathtaking images on display in Johannesburg and Cape Town," the press release notes, "we have decided to give the community the chance to vote for their favourite images in both cities. Every photo chosen as a finalist in both competitions will be entered into the Community Choice Award." At the end...

  • 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...

  • These iPhoneography SA winners are true iPhone shutterbugs

    Dubbed the world's most popular camera, the iPhone's savvy lens has been taking the web by storm ever since it got introduced in 2007. With platforms like Instagram and Flickr popularly fronting this technology (and the talents behind it), iPhoneography has grown to develop a rather impressive community. Take the fourth annual iPhoneography South Africa 2014 as an example. The event -- put together by iStore and MarcForrest -- saw an impressive exhibition with categories like Still Life, Abstract, Scenery, and Selfies, of course. Six winners from Johannesburg and six winners from Cape Town were named the top snappers in...

  • Apple’s old timey classic Watch needs to be a fashion statement in the age of tech

    After months of waiting, Apple has finally announced its wearable, the Apple Watch. Fanboys and girls everywhere have been waiting for the tech giant to get into the wearable space and it seems that the wait was well worth it, or was it? Apple argues that its watch represents a new chapter in the relationship people have with technology. Everyone's favourite tech company has really put some thought into the tech of this device. It is a square face, tough sapphire glass smartwatch with inductive charging. It comes with swappable bands, a heartbeat sensor and a rotating digital Crown, which...

  • Check out these 8 ingenious uses for your old iPhone or Android

    In with the new and out with the old, that's the name of consumerism. If you’re keeping up with the latest trends of what tech has to offer, chances are you’re carrying the newest iPhone or fancy smartphone. That also means it's pretty likely you’ll have one of its predecessors lying around in your bedroom drawer not knowing what to do with them. Instead of cutting the cord and passing your old smartphone on to a friend or selling it off for petty cash at the month's end, we’ve rounded up some ingenious life hacks that will help prolong the...