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Apple designing curved screen phones?

Published by on Nov 11th, 2013, 2 Comments

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Now that smartphones can track all our activities, our health and probably predict when we are going to die, what’s next? Let’s step away from the usual 2D rectangular design! Well, that is what most manufacturers are thinking these days (Also see LG’s G FLEX phone). A source “close to the development” at Apple informed Bloomberg that the Cupertino based firm are currently designing 2 new smartphones (both said to be larger than the current iPhone 5s). Their curved displays are rumored to be 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively. Another exciting revelation is the rumored sensor technology. (more…)

Apple’s new campus given the go-ahead

Published by on Oct 17th, 2013, No Comments

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After campaigning for nearly three years, Steve Jobs’ dream of a magnificently modern Apple campus looks set to become a reality.

The proposed new campus, that has been dubbed ‘the spaceship’ because of it’s striking resemblance to an extraterrestrial mothership, has received the go-ahead yesterday.

The Cupertino City Council, in whom’s fate the Apple spaceship rested, unanimously approved the building of the campus.

Apple’s new home follows the motto of go big or go home. The new headquarters will be 2.8 million square feet, 4 stories high and the mammoth circular building will be home to more than 14 000 employees.

The building will basically be comprised of a four-story ring of glass, covered by a fully solar paneled roof.  (more…)

Ireland to close tax loophole exploited by Apple

Published by on Oct 17th, 2013, No Comments

appletax2If the Irish government’s plans come together, the tax loophole that Apple, Microsoft, Google and other companies have been using for years will be closed up. Reuters and other news services are reporting that the Irish Government intends to close the loophole, although another will remain.

Last May, a US Senate investigation revealed that Apple had sheltered billions in assets by declaring companies registered in the Irish City of Cork as not tax resident in any country.

Michael Noonan, the Irish Finance Minister declared Tuesday that he was going to make it against Irish law for an Irish-registered company to have no tax domicile anywhere. Apple and the other companies could still avoid big tax bills by nominating Bermuda, for example, as its tax residence, or any other country that does not charge corporate income tax.

Source: BBC Business

Steve Jobs’ childhood home a historical site?

Published by on Sep 25th, 2013, No Comments

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Steve Jobs has certainly left his mark on the world in more ways than one. And now it seems even his childhood will be preserved for fans and foes alike to revel about.

The Apple founder’s childhood home in Los Altos, California, is currently being considered as a possible historical site.

Jobs’ childhood home is quite a far cry from the mansion he spent his last few years in. The single story, ranch-style home features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A very average, middle class family home that was built in 1952.

The house also has an attached garage – and it is in that same garage that Jobs and his partner, Steve Wozniak started building the first 50 Apple 1 computers.

Jobs moved into this home with his foster parents in the 7th grade, and continued to live there throughout his high school career. While some teenagers would throw parties in their parents’ garage, Steve decided to start building his empire. (more…)

iOS 7 adoption rate beats out iOS 6

Published by on Sep 20th, 2013, No Comments

iOS 7Congratulations, Apple! All the hype you have created over iOS 7 has surely paid off – and it’s only been a day since it’s release.

Many Apple users across the globe have been waiting in anticipation for the launch of Apple’s new operating system. It was finally unleashed on the world yesterday, and boy did it do the rounds.

According to mobile web and analytics provider, Mixpanel,  the iOS 7 adoption rate has been 35% in the first 24 hours of it’s release.

The information however, is only based on approximately 300 million page views from devices in the US and Canada. So iOS 7 downloads around the world could only contribute to the final, all inclusive numbers. (more…)

Walmart to offer discounted iPhone 5C and 5S

Published by on Sep 13th, 2013, No Comments

America’s leading chain store giant, Walmart, has taken a swipe at Apple Inc. after they announced that they will be selling the new iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S for much less than the actual Apple store.Walmart

Walmart, which has been the king of chain stores in the States since it opened it’s doors in 1962, has shocked everyone and announced that they will be offering the all new, ‘cheaper’ iPhone 5C for $79.

This is, however, with a 2-year contract. Still, $79 knocks of $20 from Apple’s initial offering of $99. There has been a lot of talk on various forums about Apple’s price for the 5C.

Many people have felt that $99 is still expensive – even for this ‘inexpensive’ iPhone. (more…)

Nokia has sarcastic message for Apple

Published by on Sep 11th, 2013, 1 Comment

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After a long period of waiting, wondering and whispering, Apple finally revealed it’s new, low cost iPhone yesterday.

The iPhone 5C is Apple’s answer to a ‘lower cost’ mobile phone. While the phone is much cheaper in price – it is expected to retail for $99 in the US – it still promises to give you an undeniable Apple experience.

Instead of an aluminum back cover like the top of the range iPhone 5 and 5S, the iPhone 5C has a plastic back cover.

Even though the cover is plastic, it is still eye catching thanks tho the array of different colours it is available in.

Green, blue, pink, yellow and white are the colour option for the new low cost phone. Apple seems to be very impressed with the colourful palette themselves, as they continue to use this as the main selling point of the device.

On their website, Apple calls these colours “anything-but-shy” and says that the 5C is “not just for lovers of colour” but for “the colourful”. (more…)

Apple iPhone 5S launched, A7 chip “2 times faster”

Published by on Sep 10th, 2013, 3 Comments

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The new iPhone has been announced by Apple, together with a cheaper model. There are no surprises as to the look, design or iOS 7, but we do have some interesting titbits.

The new fingerprint reading home button is official and Apple showed it off at the launch event. The company demonstrated functionality for unlocking and buying stuff through iTunes. Cool, but what about third-party apps? We can imagine all sorts of neat uses not limited to buying stuff. For the time being, however, the authentication functionality is off-limits. The functionality is not being opened to developers initially.

Apple has also laid claim to a world first: 64-bit processing inside a real, ready-for-sale smartphone. According to Apple, the new A7 processor will power the iPhone 5s with a “desktop-class architecture” consisting of over 1 billion transistors. That’s twice as many transistors as were squeezed into the A6 and, for the sake of context, it’s not a million miles away from the 1.4 billion transistors found in a current Intel Ivy Bridge desktop-class PC chip. Scary thought. (more…)

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