Apple Gets Patent on Smart Headphones


Apple has successfully applied for a patent on a set of headphones that combine fitness tools such as a pedometer and a heart rate monitor. The tech could replace existing fitness monitors based in watches, wristbands and training shoes. The patent filing actually dates back to 2008. suggesting it may have been something of a […]

Smurfberry scandal costs Apple $32.5 million

Apple had already agreed to settle a class action suit over children making in-app purchases without parental consent. Now it’s agreed to pay at least $32.5 million to settle a government action. The case again involves the way Apple changed its app store policies such that once you enter your password you (or more concerningly […]

Tech Giants Demand Online Surveillance Curbs


Eight of the biggest online tech firms have formed a campaign group calling for a major overhaul of the way the government uses the Internet for gathering intelligence. The group has urged President Obama and Congress to follow five principles to defend individual freedoms. The “Reform Government Surveillance” group is made up of AOL, Apple, […]

Ryan Seacrest spends $1 million on iPhone keyboard

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has invested a million dollars in a company that plans to sell slip-on physical keyboards for the iPhone. As well as funding the company, Seacrest is the co-founder alongside Laurence Hallier, chief of tech marketing firm Show Media. It’s reported that the company plans to raise $5 million to get […]

Samsung Spends an Estimated $14 Billion a Year on Advertising


Samsung is reported this week to be on course to spend around $14 billion on advertising during 2013. That’s led to questions about how effective the spend is compared with that of rival firms. The figure comes from the Reuters news agency, though it doesn’t make clear if that is an actual number from Samsung […]

Steve Wozniak Doesn’t Have Home Broadband


Steve Wozniak has revealed he doesn’t have broadband at home. He noted it while explaining why he has no interest in buying the latest model of iPad. Speaking at the Apps World event, the Apple co-founder was inevitably asked about the release of the iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini. He said even the 128GB […]

New 1-Pound iPad Air is 20% Thinner, Twice as Powerful [Video]


You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It’s just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one pound. The stunning Retina display sits inside thinner bezels, so all you see is your content. And an incredible amount of power lies inside the sleek enclosure. So you can do so much more. With so much […]

Apple the “world’s most valuable brand”


Apple has overtaken long-time leader Coca-Cola to become the “world’s most valuable brand” according to an annual report. Google took second spot in a list dominated at the top by tech firms. The report is from Interbrand, which has ranked Coca-Cola at number one for each of the 13 previous times it has carried out […]

Two Sure-Fire Reactions to the Release of Any New Apple Product [Comic]


Yep, that about sums it up! [Source: Brian @ Shoeboxblog]

Apple Addresses iPhone Fingerprint Security Concerns


When Apple announced the forthcoming iPhone 5S will have a fingerprint unlock mechanism, cynics were, to say the least, skepticalĀ about the security implications. Apple is now on a PR offensive to reassure potential users. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, Apple reiterated that at no point does the device store an image of […]

Man Builds a “Mini Macintosh” That is More Functional Than the Original [Pic + Video]


Featuring HDMI, 2 USB ports, an ethernet port, and running onĀ a Raspberry Pi board, John Badger created this “mini Mac”! It is 1/3 the size of the original Macintosh, but way more powerful! [Via]

SimCity Woes Continue on Mac


Mac owners sometimes complain about being left out when it comes to gaming. However, Electronic Arts clearly has an equal opportunity policy: its launch of SimCity on the Mac has gone as badly as on PC. The Mac launch had already been put back two months because, in the words of Kip Katsarelis of EA, […]