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Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

Xiaomi has moved from relative obscurity to become a top-5 global smartphone player in a year

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

An Apple a day don’t keep the Dr away

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“Get rich or die tryin’,” is the motto coined by rapper Curtis “50 (“fiddy”) Cent” Jackson and subsequently linked to rap culture worldwide. This week another famous rapper and producer, Dr Dre, became the richest of the rich – to the tune of $3bn – and is still very much alive.

Apple wraps up $3bn Beats acquisition

Dr Dre has become a rap billionaire and didn't die trying

Apple confirmed rumours on Wednesday night with an agreement to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, founded by rapper Dr Dre.

Nokia camera specialist moves to Apple

Partinen had a hand in the Lumia portfolio development

With Nokia’s brand soon to disappear from the smartphone business, one of the lead developers of the company’s camera technology is defecting to Apple. Senior engineer Ari Partinen said Friday was his last day with Nokia and he would soon be starting work in Cupertino.

Arachnophobia

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The Informer once spent a month in Costa Rica. What a beautiful place it is; spectacular jungles, intricate river networks, active volcanoes, perfect, deserted beaches. Admittedly the presence of MASSIVE spiders everywhere made for a holiday that wasn’t unequivocally relaxing. More than once the sights and sounds of the Informer high-stepping at full tilt like an NFL wide receiver, while shrieking like a B-movie scream-queen, disturbed the tranquility of the forest.

Apple impresses with quarterly performance

Apple has continued with its impressive financial performance, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the second quarter of 2014, as well as net profit of $10.2bn

Device manufacturer Apple continued with an impressive financial performance for the quarter to end-March, generating revenue of $45.6bn for the period, as well as net profit of $10.2bn.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Android builds global dominance around central European ‘stronghold’

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

Apple’s iOS devices generate the most traffic on mobile networks in many mature markets, while the rest of the world relies on Android, according to research released this week.

Google faces lawsuit for unauthorised in-app purchases

Google is facing a lawsuit in the US relating to its sale of in-app purchases to children without obtaining their parents’ permission

Web giant Google is facing a lawsuit in the US over in-app purchases made without the bill payer’s permission. The case is similar in scope to charges filed against Apple in January, in which the company agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC).

Apple CFO to retire; ex-NSN CFO to take the helm

Apple CFO Peter Offenheimer is to retire with former NSN CFO Luca Maestri his successor

iPhone maker Apple has announced that its senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September this year. He will be replaced by current vice president of finance and corporate controller Luca Maestri, who prior to joining Apple held the role of CFO at network infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (now Nokia Solutions and Networks) as well as document management firm Xerox.

Apple makes play for connected cars

Apple is eyeing the connected car market with the announcement of Apple CarPlay

iPhone maker Apple is eyeing the connected car market with the announcement of Apple CarPlay, which will be available on select new cars in 2014 and the firm claims it will be a smarter and safer way for consumers to use their iPhone in the car.

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Apple is under fire for blocking LTE access

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

Apple posts flat profit despite record sales

Apple has posted flat profit for 1Q14, year on year

Despite posting record quarterly revenue of $57.6bn in 1Q14, device maker Apple has worried investors by posting flat profit for the period year on year, seeing a drop in gross margin and revealing it is expecting to generate flat revenues in 2Q14 compared with a year earlier.

Apple ordered to pay $32.5m for unauthorised in-app purchases

Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission

Device maker Apple has agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers in order to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC). The firm will refund parents who claim the App Store processed sales of in-app purchases made by children without gaining their consent.

Android domination to continue in 2014; iPhone loses ground

The number of Android and iOS devices is expected to continue to grow throughout 2014, according to analyst firms.

The number of Android devices to ship in 2014 is expected to surpass one billion, while Apple could be losing ground in the smartphone space, according to two separate research reports.

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

Apple acquires Twitter analytics firm Topsy

Apple recently acquired social media analytics provider Topsy for $200 million

Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise as well as bolstering its consumer proposition.

It’s outrageous!

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It’s a bit of a Daily Mail headline but it captures the sentiment expressed by web giant Google this week after the emergence of a ‘top secret Post-it note’ suggesting the NSA hacked the data links between Google’s private cloud and the public internet in order to access Google-hosted information.

Global smartphone shipments grow 45 per cent

The number of smartphones shipped in 3Q13 has grown 45 per cent year on year

Global smartphone shipments grew 45 per cent annually to reach a record 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013, according to research published today. Samsung captured a record 35 percent share of all smartphone volumes worldwide, while Huawei jumped into third place in the rankings, reported research firm Strategy Analytics.

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