In Slumping Tablet Market, Apple Still Rules

Global sales of tablet computers extended their slide in early 2016, with some bright spots at the low end of the market and more expensive “detachables,” a survey showed Thursday. Overall sales of tablets fell 14.7 percent in the first quarter to 39.6 million units, continuing a downward trend from 2015 when the once-hot market cooled, said the survey by research firm IDC. Apple remained the top seller with a 25.9 percent market share, even though its iPad sales slumped 18.8 percent from a year ago, IDC said. Samsung held…

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Apple Recruits Developer of Secure Messaging App Signal

An undeterred Apple continues to put efforts on ramping up security and privacy aspects of its products and services. The latest testament of this comes in a hire that Apple made recently. The Cupertino-based company has recruited Frederic Jacobs, one of the key developers behind critically acclaimed encrypted messaging app Signal. Jacobs sharedthe news with public on Twitter recently, noting that he has joined the iPhone maker as an intern. He will be working with the CoreOS security team. Given Jacob’s background, Apple is likely to utilise his expertise in…

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Apple Pay to Go Live in China on Thursday

Apple Inc’s Apple Pay mobile payment system will be available in China from February 18 for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) customers, bank representatives said in social media posts on Tuesday. The technology giant had previously said the system would launch in China in early 2016, making it Apple Pay’s fifth country as it accelerates development of a planned new revenue stream. ICBC is China’s biggest lender by assets. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on ICBC’s posts on the projected launch. The lender is set to…

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Apple, Samsung Accused of Using Batteries With Cobalt Mined by Children

Cobalt used in batteries for phones, laptops and electric vehicles could come from mines in Democratic Republic of Congo that use child labour, an Amnesty International report said on Tuesday. Working with campaign group African Resources Watch (Afrewatch), Amnesty accused technology giants including Apple, Samsung SDI and Sony of lax oversight of the supply of cobalt from mines in Congo to smelters and on to battery-makers. As a result, consumer products sold across the globe could contain traces of the metal produced each year by informal Congolese mines without companies…

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Donald Trump Says He’ll Make Apple Manufacture Its ‘Damn’ Products in the US

If Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States, he says he will make Apple manufacture its products in the country instead of outsourcing the job to foreign countries such as China. Trump adds that he will impose a huge tariff on imports. The Republican front-runner speaking at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Mondaycommented on Apple’s practice of manufacturing its computers and other devices overseas. “I think we’re going to get things coming. We’re going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this…

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iOS 9.3 Public Beta With Night Shift and More Now Available

Apple earlier this week released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3 with new features and enhancements. The Cupertino-based tech firm has now released a public version for non-developers. The firm also released its iOS 9.3 Beta 1.1 for the developers along with the OS X 10.11.4 for public beta testers. The OS X 10.11.4 beta was made available to developers earlier this week. Interested users can sign up for both the iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 public betas by joining the Apple Beta Software Program. The iOS 9.3…

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Over 200,000 people back petition for Apple to keep iPhone headphone socket

The internet has been abuzz these last few months with rumours that Apple is planning to do away with the iPhone’s headphone socket in time for the 2016 editions – it will enable the company to make the phone thinner than ever and flog a few wireless Beats headphones at the same time. If it actually happens. Apple has had nothing to say on the matter but that hasn’t stopped more than 200,000 people expressing their ire at this proposed change. “Apple is about to rip off every one of…

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