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  • Xiaomi may launch a premium limited edition smartphone with sapphire glass protection 8 hours 18 minutes ago

    Seoul: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has tapped South Korean manufacturers to produce sapphire covers for a limited edition premium smartphone that it may launch as early as the year-end, South Korea's Electronic Times reported on Friday. The report, citing no sources, said Xiaomi had ordered sapphire covers for 50,000 smartphones. The...
  • Smartphone growth in India slips; Samsung still at top: Report 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India, the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia Pacific, is witnessing a weaker pace of growth at 84 per cent year-on-year compared to the triple digit expansion seen in the first quarter this year. During the April-June quarter, smartphone shipment in the world's second most populous market grew 84...
  • Apple bans use of two hazardous chemicals in iPhones, iPads manufacturing August 14, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes five months after the activist groups China Labor Watch...
  • Apple's tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men; CEO Cook stresses need to make workforce more diverse August 13, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley's economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple showed 54 per cent of the company's technology jobs in the US are filled by...
  • Apple's next-gen iPad goes into production; likely to be unveiled by October August 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Apple Inc's suppliers have begun manufacturing new iPad tablets in an attempt to revive flagging sales of the tablet, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Apple, which helped create the tablet market in 2010 with its first iPad, has seen growth plummet from 2012, as larger phones...
  • A new app alerts people to avoid unsafe areas, provides safe walking directions August 9, 2014

    New York: A new app is here that alerts users to avoid "sketchy" areas and provides safe walking directions in the neighbourhood. The app has also invited some sharp reactions from people who think it will fuel racism. Launching it on the iTunes app store for New York City users, the app...
  • China says no government ban of purchase of Apple products August 8, 2014

    Beijing: Apple products such as laptops and tablets are not banned from Chinese government procurement lists, according to the country's chief procurement centre, refuting a report claiming Apple was blacklisted on national security concerns. According to a Bloomberg News report published on Wednesday, 10 Apple products, including MacBook laptops and iPad...
  • Samsung still the leader in the US mobile phone market: Counterpoint Research August 8, 2014

    New York: Samsung still retains a 36 per cent share of the US smartphone market, latest data from Counterpoint Research shows. It also led the overall US mobile phone market with a 37 per cent share. This is good news for Samsung which has lost the top spot this quarter in both...
  • A new set of purported iPhone 6 images surfaces on Twitter August 7, 2014

    A day after news broke out about Apple's 'iPhone event' on September 9, a fresh set of what is claimed to be the 'iPhone 6' has surfaced on Twitter. The tweet includes four images, showing the phone from the front, back and side. From its appearance, it is very likely...
  • China bans Apple products from government purchases: Report August 6, 2014

    Beijing: China has prohibited government agencies from purchasing Apple Inc hardware products due to security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing government officials familiar with the matter. Ten Apple products including versions of the iPad tablet and MacBook laptop have been omitted from a government procurement list distributed by China's...
  • Apple to unveil 'iPhone 6' on September 9: Report August 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Apple Inc has scheduled a "big" media event related to the iPhone for September 9, technology news website Re/code said, without citing sources. Apple usually launches the newest version of its iPhone in September. The company did not immediately return emails seeking comment. Analysts and media reports have said Apple...
  • Apple closes Beats music acquisition August 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple said Friday it closed its $3 billion deal for Beats, the high-end audio equipment and streaming music service, a tie-up that could allow the iPhone maker to reach new audiences. "Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family," Apple said...
  • Xiaomi replaces LG as the world's fifth largest smartphone maker August 1, 2014

    Beijing: China's Xiaomi has become the fifth largest smartphone maker in the world. The Chinese company reached this milestone in just three years. The electronics firm run by billionaire Lei Jun has captured five percent of the global market share in the last three months, according to new figures from Strategy...
  • Android's smartphone market share grows to 85%, iPhone falls to 11.9% August 1, 2014

    Washington: Smartphones powered by the Android operating system captured 85 per cent of the worldwide market in the second quarter, threatening to marginalise rival platforms, a new survey shows. Strategy Analytics said overall smartphone shipments were up 27 per cent from a year ago to 295 million, with most of the...
  • Apple to lay off about 200 people at Beats: Report July 31, 2014

    Apple intends to lay off about 200 people at Beats Electronics following its $3 billion acquisition of the headphone and music streaming services company, Bloomberg cited a person with knowledge of the restructuring as saying. The job cuts will mainly hit human resources, finance and other departments with significant overlap between...
  • Apple updates MacBook Pro laptops with Retina Display, cuts price of older model by Rs 11,000 July 30, 2014

    Bangalore: Apple Inc said it updated its MacBook Pro line of laptops with a high-resolution Retina display, faster processors and higher memory. Apple also lowered the starting price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro by Rs 11,000 to Rs 78,900. MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Pro are available through...
  • Microsoft pits Apple's Siri against Cortana in new ad July 29, 2014

    Though Windows Phone smartphones are nowhere close to being a credible competitor to Apple's iPhone, but Microsoft does see its personal assistant app Cortana as a credible answer to Siri. In this new ad Microsoft pits Cortana against Siri to highlight the features that Apple's personal assistant lacks. ...
  • Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance July 26, 2014

    Toronto: IBM Corp's recent move to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unperturbed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance this week,...
  • Apple iPhones let others access your personal data; are there 'back doors' running on every iOS device? July 26, 2014

    San Francisco: Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicised techniques by Apple employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which...
  • Tablet market growth slows, Apple and Samsung lose ground July 25, 2014

    New York: Apple and Samsung have lost ground in the tablet computer market as growth cools in the once-hot segment, the research firm IDC said Thursday. An IDC survey said sales of tablets in the March-June period were 49.3 million, up a modest 11 per cent from a year ago but...
  • Swatch working with Apple on iWatch? The Swiss watchmaker says no July 25, 2014

    Zurich Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch, a wearable device with interactive functions. Technology website VentureBeat said in a report on Wednesday Apple was working with "at least one partner, Swatch" on a smartwatch project, citing an...
  • Facebook achieved in two years what took Apple three decades July 25, 2014

    New York: In the days after its infamously mishandled initial public offering in May 2012, it looked as if Facebook would struggle to become a must-own for fund managers. Now the company's $190 billion market value makes it bigger than such bellwethers as Coca-Cola and AT&T. It's not a member of...
  • Android grabs 70 per cent of the tablet market, Apple's market share slips to 25 per cent: Survey July 24, 2014

    Washington: Global sales of tablet computers edged higher in the second quarter, in the slowest growth since 2009, research firm Strategy Analytics said Wednesday. The research firm said global tablet shipments reached 52.9 million units, up just six per cent from the same period a year ago. Growth was led by devices...
  • 90 per cent of Twitter's tech employees are male July 24, 2014

    San Francisco: Twitter acknowledged that it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley. The lack of diversity in Twitter's workforce of roughly 3,000 people was spelled out in data released Wednesday by the San Francisco...
  • Apple's profit climbs along with iPhone sales, but iPad sales slump July 23, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple on Tuesday reported that its quarterly profit climbed with strong iPhone demand, but a decline in iPad tablet sales put a damper on its results. The California-based company posted a profit of $7.7 billion on revenue of $37.4 billion in the three months period to June 28, an...
  • Apple gets patent for 'iTime' smartwatch July 23, 2014

    San Francisco: A US patent made public on Tuesday bolstered rumours that Apple has designs on a smartwatch. "The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch," said a summary in Apple patent paperwork on record with the US Patent and Trade Office. The patent describes an wrist band, possible with a touch screen,...
  • Apple to produce up to 80 million iPhone 6 units: Report July 22, 2014

    Bangalore: Apple has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm)...
  • Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to enter mass production this month: Report July 20, 2014

    Taipei: Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronic goods, will begin mass production of Apple Inc's next-generation iPhone this month, local media reported Friday. Mass production of a 4.7-inch successor to the wildly popular iPhone 5 series of smartphones will begin during the third...
  • Bill Campbell, one of Steve Jobs' most trusted advisers, steps down from Apple board July 18, 2014

    San Francisco: One of the most trusted advisers to late Apple CEO Steve Jobs is retiring from the iPhone maker's board of directors. Bill Campbell's departure after 17 years on Apple's board cleared the way for the company to appoint Susan Wagner, a founding partner of money manager BlackRock, as a...