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Apple will visit Russia to talk about iPhone





TechCrunch reports that Apple executives are visiting Russia to talk about Phone sales.

Although Apple has yet to confirm what iPhone handsets it will launch next, the meetings are a sign of how Apple may be preparing to launch new, possibly cheaper devices, to revisit a market that has seen demand for its products, but also one where it has faced challenges working with carriers, the presence of a crazily-priced grey market and, according to eager distributors, short supply issues that do not meet demand.

Apple will be sending its top executives to have a meeting with retailers in Russia. No details of the topics to be discussed are known.


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Thursday, August 29th, 2013. 0:38

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Creative WP-350: bluetooth headset



Wireless technologies become more and more popular nowadays. Creative WP-350 allow not only to play music via BlueTooth without cables and wires, but also give users the opportunity to control their gadgets.

Our lab received Creative WP-350 several weeks ago. We were able to test it in various environments, configurations, as well as with different players, smartphones, and even tablets.

The box has the headset, small travel pouch, mini-USB cable for charging, and user manual.


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iPhone 5C in different colors [video]



Have a look at the video featuring the unboxing of part components for the rumored low-cost iPhone 5C.

Sonny Dickson, who has already presented several leaks, claims that the colors shown in the video will be the only ones available for iPhone 5C.

Dickson denies any report concerning black iPhone 5C shell.


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Friday, August 23rd, 2013. 2:08

iPhone 5C to make Apple the market leader in China



According to Katy Huberty, analyst from Morgan Stanley, Apple may become market leader on Chinese smartphone market thanks to iPhone 5C launch.

The report of the analyst is based on recent AlphaWise survey among 2,000 Chinese mobile phone owners.

Have a look at the findings:

Consumers' interest rate in iPhone will remain high is Cupertino company continues its high-end strategy

● 23% of potential smartphone buyers are ready to purchase the iPhone. The figure has risen from 19% in January 2013.
● Apple gets a higher brand-loyalty rate than any other smartphone producer.


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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. 16:44

Analyst predictions on iPhone 5C



KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, a popular analyst who made a number of accurate Apple forecasts, has published a few predictions concerning  Apple’s upcoming low-cost iPhone 5C.

According to recent information, the iPhone 5C will coast around $400 - $500. In August it will get more than 700 million subscribers through China Mobile. It will eat into iPhone 5S and iPhone 5 share of the market, taking 25 and 35%  correspondingly.


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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013. 2:24

Apple's Recruiting Engineers in Taiwan



According to the latest news, Apple’s looking for hardware engineers in Taipei, Taiwan. This week the company has posted several job postings on its official website. What is the reason for such a strong demand for new people? Here’s what Digitimes thinks:


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Sunday, August 18th, 2013. 18:53

Analyst forecasts concerning iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S



Gene Munster, a famous analyst, has published a research note concerning his thoughts about the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.

According to Munster, the iPhone 5C will not boast  Siri and it will replace iPhone 4S and will be selling for $300 off contract.

In terms of the phone itself, we expect the cheaper phone to have a plastic casing, 4" display, and lower end internal specs (processor, camera, memory, etc.) than the 5S/5 line up. Additionally, we believe that Apple may exclude some software features, such as Siri, which we note was not an option on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 upon launch.



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Foxconn profits raise by 41% due to high iPhone sales



According to The Wall Street Journal, Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, widely recognized as  Foxconn, has experienced an abrupt upsurge of 41% of the second quarter profits. Foxconn is Apple's leading iPhone and iPad assembler, and the increase in revenue is accounte to by high iPhone sales rates.

The report notes that 40% of Foxconn's profits come from Apple.  In the second quarter of 2013 the figure of net profit of Hon Hai Precision Industry reached the top point of NT$16.98 billion (USD $566.7 Million) as compared NT$12.06 billion (USD $402 million) from the same period in 2012.


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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013. 15:55

Pegatron revenue upsurges thanks to iPhone production



According to Reuters, Apple supplier Pegatron is likely to enjoy a 50 percent increase in Q3 revenue.  The supplier reaches the figure despite the stable decline of its PC business continuing. The sector responsible for the revenue upsuge is the iPhone. The following announcement was made by Pegatron after the company did not live up o analyst's expectations concerning revenue in Q2.

“We expect revenue in the non-computing segment to grow by 40 to 50 percent in Q3 due to new consumer products. Q4 will also be higher,” said company CEO and President Jason Cheng in an investor conference.

Pegatron is most likely to be responsible for production of the low-budget iPhone 5C – the plastic iPhone. Moreover, Digitimes rumored that it may turn to be the second iPhone 5S supplier, although Foxconn is responsible for the major production. Both handsets are expected to be announced by Apple on 10th September.


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Monday, August 12th, 2013. 20:02

Publishers object to Apple's e-book case punishment



Five publishers are against the decision of the Department of Justice concerning the punishment for Apple after the  rumored anti-trust iBookstore case.

According to court decision ,Apple was proved to be guilty of fixing e-book prices and therefore forcing the customer to pay higher prices. Apple claims the accusations to be faulty and now the company is planing to appeal the decision.

In a court filing Wednesday afternoon, the publishers said that the U.S. Department of Justice’s demands on Apple would eliminate the use of the “agency model” for the sale and distribution of e-books for a period of five years, by prohibiting Apple from entering such agreements.


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Friday, August 9th, 2013. 0:48

Apple is preparing Samsung device sales ban



Apple is again raising the issue of patent wars with Samsung. Cupertino company is planning to ask a U.S. appeals court to ban certain Samsung devices that were found in violation of Apple patents. It is not long since Obama vetoes the ban placed on Apple products for a similar reason.

The company will ask a U.S. appeals court tomorrow to block sales of Samsung models a California jury found violated patents for the iPhone’s look and features. Later, a U.S. trade agency is expected to say if it will halt some Samsung imports based on other Apple patent-infringement claims.


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Friday, August 9th, 2013. 0:30

Apple is searching for a head of Retail department



Apple stll has not found the head of Retail department, although the sales of Cupertino company are dropping for the first time in a 4-year period.

Apple's search for a replacement, handled by recruiters Egon Zehnder International, has gone slowly, people familiar with the matter said, and the company has yet to settle on a finalist after interviewing several external candidates. Among those interviewed but rejected as a poor fit were wireless and telecommunications-industry executives, one such person said. A CEO of a privately held retailer in France spurned Apple's overtures, believing it would be hard to change Apple's culture as an outsider, another person said.

Now Apple has tuned from searching inside the company to outside, as no current candidate is suitable for the post. After the firing of previous Retail sales John Browett,  CEO Tim Cook is handling the retail responsibilities. It was Browett's idea to focus Apple's retail stores on sales and cost cutting rather than on customer service. As a result, the employees were upset as well  as the customers, whose satisfaction is declining gradually. The idea seemed unreasonable and John Browett left the post after 6 months.

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Sunday, August 4th, 2013. 19:17

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ITC ban on Older iPhones, iPads was vetoed



According to WSJ, the Obama Administration has vetoed an ITC ban on the sale of older iPhones and iPads. The law would have prohibited selling of such models as AT&T iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman made the decision to veto the ban on the Apple devices, citing concerns about patent holders gaining "undue leverage." He said Samsung could continue to pursue its patent rights through the courts. The action marked the first time since 1987 that a presidential administration had vetoed a product ban ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Since now the problem has risen of allowing companies to use  standard essential patents to block rival products.


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Written by Lizzen

Sunday, August 4th, 2013. 18:35

Buy a Retina MacBook Pro on Best Buy Online and Get an Apple TV for Free



If you always wanted to have an Apple TV you can get it for free. Well, almost. The free Apple TV deal is now available on Best Buy website for all those, who buy a 15-inch high-end MacBook Pro with Retina display.

The first model you can buy is a $1999 MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. The second one is a $2599 laptop with 16GB of memory and 512GB SSD. As a pleasant bonus, you will surely get an Apple TV.

This special offer is not widely advertised and only available for online buyers.

Apart from this sale, Best Buy offers some other discounts for the students, who purchase Apple laptops and desktops. For instance, a student can get a $100 off the price if indicates a school email address.




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Written by NickTarasenko

Friday, August 2nd, 2013. 13:34

Foxconn is emplying staff for Low-Cost iPhone and iPhone 5S



It is reported that Foxconn is employing staff to produce the requested amount of Apple's next generation iPhone (iPhone 5S) and the low cost budget iPhone (iPhone 5C).

Hon Hai Group, or Foxconn, is about to employ around 90,000 workers to improve the  productivity of its Shenzhen facility. Before the plant reached 210,000 workers, with a peak of 300,000.

The additional employees will help with orders for Apple's iPhone 5S, the one boasting the rumored finger print scanner, upgraded processor, improved camera and more. The low cost iPhone is speculated to be the iPhone 5C will feature a plastic shell in multiple colors with comparable specs to the current iPhone 5.

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Written by Lizzen

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013. 23:54