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Apple Eyes Pay-by-touch for next iPhone

Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to add secure short-range wireless technology into the next iPhone, enabling new pay-by-touch capabilities in the latest bid for the smartphone to replace the wallet.   Several people familiar with Apple’s plans say NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing ... Read More »

Apple & IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility

By bringing together the analytics and enterprise-scale computing of IBM with the elegant user experience of iPhone and iPad, this partnership will deliver a new level of value for businesses. Apple and IBM announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps – bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to ... Read More »

Global Smartphone Shipments Reach 1bn in 2013

Global smartphone shipments surpassed 1bn in 2013.  IDC, the IT research group, estimated that smartphone shipments in 2013 rose to just over 1bn – a 38 per cent increase from the previous year and double the 494m recorded in 2011.  .  Investors seem to be concerned about the margins of the two largest manufacturers Apple and Samsung Electronics which are ... Read More »

High Tech Companies Join Forces to Limit Government Surveillance

According to Reuters U.S. high tech companies have joined hands to start a public campaign for new limits on how governments collect user information amid concerns of growing online surveillance. The companies — Google Inc, Microsoft Corp , Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Twitter , LinkedIn Corp, Yahoo Inc and AOL Inc — issued an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress to bring in reforms and restrictions on surveillance activities.  ... Read More »

Apple Acquires Social-analytic Company Topsy for $200M

Apple Inc. has acquired Topsy Labs Inc., social-media analytic company, for $200 million, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.  Topsy specializes in data obtained from Twitter Inc. which it analyzes to track the sentiments of consumers and measure the popularity of particular items or topics. Source: Marketwatch.com Read More »

Apple Reports Record Results

47.8 Million iPhones and 22.9 Million iPads Sold Apple® announced financial results for its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter ended December 29, 2012.  The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share.   These results compare to revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, ... Read More »

Forrester Research: Be Aware of an Approaching Tech War — Outcome is Going to Change Customers

As the Web becomes the AM radio of digital, the mobile App Internet will rise. This market will be dominated by two or three ecosystems — semi-closed worlds built on a closely fitting set of apps, phones, tablets, computers, operating systems, and partners. An ecosystem owner will possess extraordinary market power — able to dictate terms to content providers, customers, ... Read More »

Apple Moves a Step Closer to Offering IPhone to China Telecom Subscribers

Apple moved a step closer to accessing 33 million potential iPhone customers in China, as regulators approved specifications for a device that would run on the network of China Telecom Corp. The China Radio Management Office granted Apple’s application for a handset that operates on the CDMA2000 network standard, the regulator said in a statement posted on its website this week. The ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Steve Jobs, an Industry Icon has Passed On

Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store, died on Wednesday.  The Apple Macintosh appeared in 1984, bringing icons and the mouse to a mass audience. Small, light and affordable, it was even described as ... Read More »