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Make Your Next Device an Apple One

Gadgets and gizmos play a huge role in our lives these days. We are always going to be in a position where we want or need more gadgets. And this is when we need to make a decision about what we want to get. When it comes to any sort of technology Apple is certainly the way forward, and these are some reasons why.

Reputation

Think about why Apple is such a household name in the world of technology these days. There are a lot of things you need to make sure you make the right choice. And Apple is certainly the obvious way forward. They are pioneers of the industry and constantly breaking new ground and surprising the market. The iPhone changed the way we live, work and play nowadays. And Apple has a reputation as one of the most important and innovative companies out there. Why would you not want to use their products?

Quality

When you buy any sort of electronics or technology, you need to make sure it’s high quality. There are a lot of things that you need to sort out that will help you with this. Doing research and knowing what you’re talking about is generally a good idea. But, you also need to make sure you choose the best quality you can. And that’s where you can’t really go wrong when it comes to Apple. They provide you with the best possible products on the market. There is no one who can do what they do as well as they do it. And you need to remember this when you’re making your choice.

You’re Probably Used to It

If you’re any kind of tech-head these days, it’s likely that you have some sort of Apple product. And that’s why there’s even more of a reason for you to choose something from Apple. Once you get used to their operating system, you will not want to use anything else. The iPhone OS is one of the best and most user-friendly in the world. So it’s something you want to continue to use over and over again. The good thing is that so many devices these days are made by Apple so you can keep using it.

Apple is Changing the World

It’s pretty clear the huge impact that Apple has had on the world, and on technology. Can you even remember a time before things like iPhones and FaceTime? And, the great thing is that Apple is not content with just sitting back and resting on their laurels. Indeed, a visit to http://maccrunch.com will provide you with the latest news and developments on all things Apple. You can see how much they are still trying to develop bigger and better products. Apple has truly transformed the way we communicate, and they look set to affect things for a while yet.

There’s no doubt that Apple is probably the number one brand in consumer electronics at the moment. And this is because of their innovation, brand identity, and amazing products. Visiting will http://techland.time.com provide you with plenty of reasons why Apple is so successful. And this should help with your decision-making. If you’re thinking about going for another device, you should make it something by Apple.

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iPhone 7 Plus Said to Have 256GB Option and Larger 3,100 mAh Battery

There is no official announcement yet about the launch of Apple’s still undisclosed iPhone 7, however, rumours about iPhone 7 have started flowing in. Even hardcore iPhone enthusiast will agree that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus didn’t quite get it right when it comes to radical changes in design and features. If rumours are right, then that is just about to change.

The latest speculations from Apple Rumour site suggests that the next iPhone could come with a bumper storage and phenomenal battery life. The iPhone 7 could feature a 256 GB of storage – the highest in Apple’s lineup of iPhone till date and be powered by a 3,100mAh battery. It isn’t clear if Apple would do away with the 16 GB base storage choice for its new iPhone 7. The mammoth battery for any iPhone till date would be 12.7 per cent larger than the iPhone 6 Plus’s 2,750mAh battery.

It is further speculated that the phone will be as thin as the new iPod touch but will retain the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen (iPhone 7 Plus) sizes.

Earlier speculations have pointed at the removal of the ubiquitous headphone jack from the next iPhone. It has been rumoured that the new iPhone 7 will not have the 3.5mm headphone jack and instead feature an all-in-one lightening connector allowing the smartphone to be thinner at 6.0mm and 6.5mm with a waterproof design.

The iPhone 7 devices may further include a faster TSMC-built A10 chip and Intel 7360 LTE modem with 3 GB of RAM. They could feature a non-metallic casing with hidden antenna bands.

Further rumours coming from the same site- MyDrivers, indicate that Apple is also working on an iPhone 6c which is likely to come with a 1,642mAh battery and 2 GB of RAM.

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Apple Criticises UK’s Proposed Spying Law, British Media Say

London (AFP) – Technology company Apple criticised draft British legislation designed to stiffen surveillance powers on Monday, saying the proposed bill could “spark serious international conflicts”, British media reported.

Home Secretary Theresa May said November’s Investigatory Powers Bill would make existing surveillance laws more transparent and update them to take into account the growth of online communications.

Rights groups have condemned the draft legislation as an attack on civil liberties, while technology firms have said the plans are ambiguous, compromise customer security and would create a legal minefield.

“It would also likely be the catalyst for other countries to enact similar laws,” Apple said in a document sent to a parliamentary committee scrutinising the new legislation, British media reported.

The legislation could paralyse “multinational corporations under the weight of what could be dozens or hundreds of contradictory country-specific laws” Apple’s submission continued.

The parliamentary committee, which fields opinions from experts on proposed legislation, said it had received a submission from Apple, but it had not yet passed through formal protocols for publication on its website.

Apple’s British and US media offices were not immediately available for comment.

Technology companies fear they may be forced to hand over data held in other countries, which Apple said could “immobilise substantial portions of the tech sector and spark serious international conflicts”.

The proposed legislation would give British intelligence agencies partial access to Internet browsing records and outlines powers for the bulk collection of data.

Worryingly for technology firms, the bill spells out how agencies can “interfere” with electronic equipment such as computers and smartphones to obtain data, which may require the “assistance” of communications service providers.

“The bill as it stands seems to threaten to extend responsibility for hacking from government to the private sector,” Apple said.

Also of concern for technology companies is an obligation in the bill for communications service providers to be able to retain and intercept certain types of communications and “remove any encryption”, the draft law says.

Apple said that would require technology companies to adopt weaker encryption standards that would make “the personal data of millions of law-abiding citizens… less secure”.

“A key left under the doormat would not just be there for the good guys. The bad guys would find it too,” the company said.

At the time of unveiling the bill, officials said separate existing laws on data interception, encryption and electronic interference would only be consolidated in one piece of legislation, and would not be strengthened.

May said the new legislation would not force foreign-based companies to meet “domestic retention obligations” for communications data.

She also said the bill’s most intrusive powers would be under a “double lock” requiring her authorisation and that of a judge.

However, technology firms and many members of the public are concerned that governments already have too much access to communications data after revelations of widespread surveillance by former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

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Cook Bashes Talk Apple Is Dodging Taxes

San Francisco (AFP) – Apple chief Tim Cook emphatically rejected accusations that the world’s richest company is sidestepping US taxes by keeping bundles of cash overseas, suggesting that the claim was politically motivated.

World leaders last month approved a crackdown on tax avoidance by multinationals such as Apple, Google and McDonald’s, major firms whose rock-bottom tax bills have provoked widespread outrage in the United States and beyond.

Cook argued that Apple pays the biggest tax tab in the United States and that it keeps more money overseas than other company because two-thirds of its business is there.

Cook’s staunch defense of the California-based technology colossus came during an interview with Charlie Rose in a 60 Minutes news program interview to be aired on Sunday on CBS.

“That’s total political crap, there is no truth behind it,” Cook responded when pressed about the highly contentious tax issue in a short preview of the interview.

“We pay every tax dollar we owe.”

Cook laid the blame on an outdated US tax code, calling for it to be revamped for modern times.

“This is a tax code that was made for the Industrial Age, not the Digital Age,” Cook said.

“It’s backwards. It’s awful for America.”

The empassioned response from Cook followed Rose contending that many members of Congress believe Apple is perpetuating a scheme to pay little or no taxes on $74 billion in overseas revenue.

“I’d love to bring it home,” Cook said of cash kept outside the US.

“But don’t because it would cost me 40 percent to bring it home and I don’t think this is a reasonable thing to do.”

It comes a year after the “LuxLeaks” revelations that some of the world’s biggest companies — also including Pepsi and Ikea — had lowered their tax rates to as little as one percent in secret pacts with tax authorities in Luxembourg.

US President Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron joined fellow leaders in endorsing a clampdown drawn up by the wealthy nations’ Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The OECD calculates that national governments lose $100-240 billion, or 4-10 percent of global tax revenues, every year because of the tax-minimizing schemes of multinationals.

Its 15-point plan, adopted after years of negotiations, seeks to oblige multinationals to pay tax in the country where their main business activity is based.

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Apple Digital Wallet Heads To China

San Francisco (AFP) – Apple announced a major partnership with China UnionPay to put is digital wallet to work in the world’s most populous country.

China UnionPay customers will be able to add their bank cards to Apple Pay on iPhones, iPads, or Apple Watch wearables, the companies said in a joint statement.

“China is an extremely important market for Apple and with China UnionPay and support from 15 of China’s leading banks, users will soon have a convenient, private and secure payment experience,” said Apple senior vice president of software and services Eddy Cue.

The service could be available early next year, pending approval of Chinese regulators.

Apple touts its digital wallet as letting people make purchases easily and securely, encrypting and hiding away personal data to thwart thieves.

UnionPay operates China’s national inter-bank clearing and settlement system and reported having issued more than five billion cards to date.

Apple launched its digital wallet last year in a move capitalizing on the popularity of its mobile devices and taking on rivals such as Google and PayPal, which are also competing in the market.

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Apple Insider Becomes Chief Operating Officer

San Francisco (AFP) – Apple on Thursday made shifts to its executive team, naming its first chief operating officer since Tim Cook moved into the chief executive job some four years ago.

Jeff Williams became Apple’s chief operating officer, formalizing a role some contend he was already handling at the California-based technology colossus.

Williams joined the company in 1998 and “played a key role in Apple’s entry into the mobile phone market with the launch of the iPhone,” according to a release.

Since 2010, Williams duties have included overseeing Apple’s supply chain along with service and support.

“Jeff is hands-down the best operations executive I’ve ever worked with,” Cook said.

Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, a familiar face to any who have tuned into the company’s product unveilings, will expand his role to include heading the online App Store, according to the company.

The head of Apple’s chip business, Johny Srouji, was named senior vice president for hardware technologies.

“Johny’s team delivers world-class silicon designs which enable new innovations in our products year after year,” Cook said.

Cook also announced that Tor Myhren will join Apple early next year as vice president of marketing communications, reporting Cook.

“We are fortunate to have incredible depth and breadth of talent across Apple’s executive team,” Cook said.

Cook was chief operating officer at Apple from 2007 to 2011 and took over as CEO from co-founder Steve Jobs, who died that year.

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Samsung Takes Apple Patent Case To US Supreme Court

San Francisco (AFP) – Samsung, on the losing end of a massive smartphone patent lawsuit, appealed on Monday to the US Supreme Court in hopes of overturning a ruling that it pay $548 million to rival Apple.

The two hi-tech behemoths went to court over the designs that have now become commonplace on most popular smartphones, with a court ruling in 2012 in favor of Apple.

At issue were design features by now familiar to consumers: a black, rectangular, round-cornered phone front, a surrounding rim, known as the “bezel” and a grid of 16 colorful icons.

Those design elements were protected, prompting the jury to award Apple all the profits from sales of smartphones containing those features, Samsung lawyers said in their filing.

“While Samsung prefers to compete in the marketplace, not the courtroom, the company feels that it is important to appeal this case to the US Supreme Court on behalf of all US companies, big and small, that could be affected if this legal precedent stands,” the company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

Several of the world’s technology titans filed briefs supporting Samsung while the case was in federal circuit court in Silicon Valley, according to the firm.

Attorneys for the South Korean consumer electronics titan argued that the massive payout was not warranted, because smartphones “contain countless other features that give them remarkable functionality wholely unrelated to their design.”

“Even if the patented features contributed one percent of the value of Samsung’s phones, Apple gets 100 percent of Samsung’s profits,” the appeal said.

In response to an AFP inquiry, Apple said it stands by its comment after the trial victory in 2012.

“The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money,” the Apple statement said.

“They were about values. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.”

– Samsung pays up –

Samsung early this month agreed to pay smartphone rival Apple just over $548 million in the years-long patent battle in federal court in California.

However, the agreement came with one key proviso, as the two tech giants agreed to continue “to pursue the existing cases in US courts.”

Samsung said in a legal filing that it would pay Apple the partial judgement awarded but that it reserved the right to get money back if the amount is modified or overturned on appeal or if the validity of patents at issue is successfully challenged.

Apple said in the joint filing that it disagrees with Samsung’s contention that it has a right to be reimbursed.

A court in September awarded Apple the partial judgment. Samsung’s options narrowed to simply paying the money or trying to take its fight to the US Supreme Court.

The hefty sum is significantly less than the billion dollars Apple sought at the outset of the 2012 patent trial in Northern California, and doesn’t put to rest an argument over who should pay Apple’s legal costs said to total $1.8 million.

In another sign that the legal fight would drag on, Apple also asked the court for a green light to file a motion asking for supplemental damages for products that weren’t calculated into the award.

Samsung and Apple decided last year to drop all patent disputes outside the United States, marking a partial ceasefire in a long-running legal war between the world’s two largest smartphone makers.

The arch-rivals have battled in close to a dozen countries, with each accusing the other of infringing on various patents related to their flagship smartphone and tablet products.

But neither has managed to deliver a knock-out blow with a number of rulings going different ways, and in an announcement they agreed to drop all litigation outside the United States, suggesting a line was finally being drawn.

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Apple Surprises The Market – Releases First Battery Case To Capture Accessory Market

In a throughly surprising move Apple announced the launch of an external battery case for iPhone 6S. Apple claims that this new accessory can extend the battery life of iPhone 6S by over 25 hours. The new accessory is reasonably priced at $99 and is available in two colors – Black and White.

Stay tuned to know more about this new accessory launched by Apple.

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#Samsung Will Pay #Apple $548 Million For Infringing Patents

Samsung has finally accepted to pay the $548 Million fine for infringing the patents owned by Apple. However Samsung did not give up before without offering a tough fight. It tried its best to avoid paying Apple, but Samsung now says it will hand over the $548 Million it owes to Apple for infringing the patents and designs.

Samsung filed the papers in the Federal Court in San Jose, California on Thursday, saying that it will make the payment by December 14 2015, if Apple sends them an invoice.

Asked if it had done so, Apple declined to comment on Friday.

The final amount accepted is much less the amount stated in the original verdict, as the US appeals court last May decreased the amount by $382 Million.

Samsung has not given up hope even after agreeing to pay the amount, it has told the San Jose court that it expects to be reimbursed if it succeeds in the forthcoming appeal.

“We are disappointed that the court has agreed to proceed with Apple’s grossly exaggerated damages claims regardless of whether the patents are valid,” a Samsung spokeswoman said in a statement.

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Review of the Targus 360 Rotating Stand & Case for iPad 2

(THZ045AP) is a dual function case and stand for the Apple iPad 2. What is unique about the case is how it allows your iPad 2 to be rotated into both portrait and landscape positions.  In addition, a microfiber faux suede interior protects the screen of your tablet against scratches when travelling, while an elastic band keeps the flap tight.

What I liked about the Targus case:

  • High quality build and stitching that you can expect from Targus.
  • Extremely easy to your iPad 2 into the form-fitting plastic hard shell; it remains snugly in position once installed. Clearly, Targus took great pains to make the fit just perfect.
  • Elastic band is positioned nearer to the edge than similar cases. This is an excellent design decision in my opinion, as this makes it far easier to slip the elastic band into position or out of the way.

The Targus 360 Rotating Stand & Case for iPad 2 is available in Singapore as of June 2011, at a suggested retail price of SG $99.90.

According to Targus, you can find it at the following locations:

  1. Targus® Boutique – Funan Ctr #05-09
  2. Apple Shop @ Best Denki – Century Sq, City Sq, Compass Pt, Great World City, IMM, Junction 8, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Takashimaya, Vivo City
  3. Challenger – Ang Mo Kio Hub, Bedok Pt, Clementi Mall, Eastpoint, Funan Ctr, Hougang Mall, IMM, Jurong Pt, Nex, Parkway Parade, Plaza Singapura, Sembawang, Tampines 1, Thomson Plaza, Tiong Bahru Plaza, United Square, Vivo City, White Sands
  4. EpiCentre – 313 Somerset, Bugis, ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, Suntec City, Wheelock Place
  5. Infinite – Millenia Walk #01-108, Vivo City #02-11
  6. Inforcom Technologies – Funan Ctr #04-20
  7. istudio – Change Alley, Changi T3, Novena, Orchard Central, Paragon, Plaza Singapura
  8. Multimedia Integrated – Funan Ctr #05-06/08
  9. PK Computer – Funan Ctr #04-07
  10. South Asia Computer – Funan Ctr #03-01
  11. Sprint-Cass – Changi T1 to T3

Check out the latest Targus 360 Rotating Stand & Case for iPad 2

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