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, […]

eBook Pricing Becomes the Never Ending Story

If you thought the e-book pricing controversy was over, think again. Apple and major publishers, former partners in what was judged an unlawful price-fixing deal, have now fallen out over the proposed punishment for Apple. To give the Cliff’s Notes version of events we’ve covered several times, once upon a time the likes of Amazon […]

Obama overturns iPhone/iPad import ban

President Obama’s administration has overturned a patent ruling that would effectively have banned some iPhone and iPad models in the US. A government official said the rare veto was necessary to protect competition and consumer interests, but it’s the issue of standards-essential patents that is really the key here. The case is separate to the […]

Rogue iOS App Makes Evil Transformation

Researchers at Georgia Tech say they’ve found a creative way to bypass the iTunes store security reviews: by having an app mutate once it’s installed. The same researchers also say they’ve found a way of carrying out a physical attack on iOS devices, though Apple has already mitigated it to some extent. Tielei Wang of […]

Apple in-app purchases: more parents could get refund

Apple has confirmed details of the settlement for people whose children made in-app purchases without their knowledge. It works slightly differently to the way it was originally planned, meaning more people may qualify. The settlement relates to the way Apple changed its rules on in-app purchases and passwords. After the change, once you typed in […]