Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to a trillion dollars

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When it comes to predictions for 2018, most financial analysts agree on one thing: one tech firm is likely to become America’s first ever trillion dollar company.  The question is: which one will it be? Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 1st, 2018 Link (includes a 2 min 38 sec video): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42901143 Discussion 1) At “$999 – the iPhone… Read more »

Here’s How Many Subscribers Shazam Could Bring to Apple Music

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Apple’s decision to acquire music discovery service Shazam last year could pay off in short order, one analyst says. The iPhone maker could add between 1.5 million and 7.5 million users to its Apple Music streaming service solely from its Shazam acquisition. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/01/26/shazam-apple-music-subscribers/ Discussion 1) Why did Apple buy Shazam? 2) What might… Read more »

China’s eight-year-long smartphone growth comes to an end

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China’s smartphone market has fallen for the first time, with annual shipments down by 4% in 2017, according to data from research firm Canalys. The decline ends eight years’ growth in the world’s largest mobile phone market. Smartphone brands Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continue to dominate the Chinese handset market. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42830375… Read more »

Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask

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A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple’s new iPhone X. The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset’s security. But other experts have cast doubt on what the “hack” amounts to. Apple has not commented beyond referring… Read more »

Chinese firm beats Apple in race to open India stores

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Apple has been trying to open stores in India for years, but a Chinese rival has got there first. The Indian government gave Oppo, one of China’s top smartphone makers, approval this week to establish retail outlets in the country. The decision is a boost for the company in one of the world’s hottest smartphone markets…. Read more »

The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

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For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately in Persian.  Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 28th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41355541 Discussion 1)… Read more »

Apple reveals ‘leap forward’ iPhone X

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Apple has revealed a high-end smartphone with an “edge-to-edge” screen that has no physical home button. The iPhone X – which is referred to as “ten” – uses a facial recognition system to recognise its owner rather than a fingerprint-based one. Source: BBC Technology News Date: September 12th, 2017 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41228126 Discussion 1) Is it really a “leap… Read more »