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  • Nokia wins patent skirmish – iPhone buyers pay royalties

    "We are very pleased to have Apple join the growing number of Nokia licensees": Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop. Nokia, still the world's leading mobile phone maker, stated that its competitor Apple had agreed to pay royalties for using Nokia technology in its devices. This will end all of the related ongoing patent disputes. "The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement," Nokia said in a statement. The Finnish mobile phone giant said details of the contract were confidential. In...

  • iBorg: three new ways Apple will assimilate you – and you’ll like it

    Apple has done it again – it has an amazing knack of taking technology that’s been on the market for years, packaging it, integrating it, and presenting it to the world as a revolution. While Jobs-haters have a point that Apple has done very little in the way of actual innovation (name almost any Apple technology and you’ll find a non-Apple variant that predates it significantly), the company has the magical ability to make it work. Seamless, easy, intuitive – and cleverly integrated so that it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. There are a host of new...

  • App of the week: Moneybook

    This week I take a look at Moneybook, a simple yet powerful personal finance app that looks great and is unrivalled in ease of use. Pay day: the long-awaited day of the month that sees your bank account being credited for all the hard work that you’ve put in over the last four weeks. For me, the week leading up to this pivotal day is a bit of a weird time, kind of bittersweet, actually. On the one hand I’m excited and planning what I’ll do with my newly acquired funds, but on the other hand it is also a...

  • iOS5, iCloud: iSee the future

    Apple has announced some dramatic changes to the operating system of their iPhone, iPad and Touch devices. At the core of the new updates is iCloud, a new music-streaming and online data storage service that can be accessed on devices from the iPad to the iPhone. The announcements were made at Apple's Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco by Apple executives that included a frail-looking Steve Jobs. iCloud essentially demotes the role of the computer to "just another device". Users' data will be stored online, meaning users will no longer have to connect their new iPads or iPhones to a...

  • Apple poised to introduce iCloud

    Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is taking a break from medical leave on Monday to preside over the opening of the company's annual conference for software developers. And in a break from Apple's usual practice of shrouding its events in an air of mystery, the California gadget-maker this time revealed ahead of time what it plans to announce at the event in San Francisco. Sort of. In a press release, Apple said Jobs and other executives will unveil the next generation of Lion, the software that powers Macintosh computers, and iOS 5, the next version of the mobile operating system for the...

  • Mac Defender becomes MacGuard, gets sneakier

    The Mac scareware that started popping up recently has got a little more insidious. Not quite a full-blown virus, it still requires a clueless or distracted user to install it, but the latest version does not require an administrator password to be entered. It started on May 2 (timeline here), where fake antivirus began to spread though poisoned Google image search results. It was pretty primitive, causing Safari browsers to run a piece Javascript that threw up a fake anti-virus scanner message. It was poorly done – even a thoroughly unsophisticated Mac user would be suspicious of a Windows XP...

  • Hackers aim ruse at Apple computer users

    Hackers are out to trick Apple computer users into infecting Macintosh machines with malicious code pretending to be legitimate security software. Apple on Wednesday was warning about a "phishing scam" that stealthily directs Mac users to fake websites which pop-up bogus warnings that computers are infected with viruses. Hackers attempt to scare people into installing programs that pretend to be virus blockers but are actually malicious code. "Its ultimate goal is to get the user's credit card information which may be used for fraudulent purposes," Apple said at its support website, which detailed how to avoid or remove the virus. Names of the...

  • Apple looks set to launch cloud-based music service

    Just weeks after Amazon and Google unveiled their music offerings, Apple appears set to raise the bar. The Cupertino, California-based gadget-maker is expected to launch a new Web-hosted music service next month, according to multiple reports, after negotiating deals with at least three of the four major record labels. The service is likely to be presented at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which opens in San Francisco on June 6 and which has been the venue for past launches of high-profile Apple products. According to The New York Times, Apple's service will allow music stored in the Internet "cloud" to be listened...

  • Apple update fixes iPhone tracking ‘bugs’

    Apple on Wednesday released updated software for iPhones to fix "bugs" that resulted in location data being unencrypted and stored for up to a year. A note included with the update said that the cache of saved data on devices was reduced and that location information would no longer be backed up at iTunes on people's computers. Turning off the location services feature on an Apple gadget will cause location data to be deleted, the update promised. The changes came in an iOS 4.3.3 software update for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. According to British researchers, iPhones and iPads running iOS 4,...

  • First-time iDevice buyers: Buy now or wait?

    If you’re big on Apple products, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with the Mac Buyer’s Guide maintained by MacRumors. If you’re a first-time buyer, the guide simply provides recommendations based on product cycles and rumoured release dates for new products and refreshes. Though not 100% accurate, the Mac Buyer’s Guide is a great resource to consider if you’re ever in two minds about buying a particular Apple product right now, or to wait a few months for the new version. Here follows a quick summary for all major Apple products to date. iPod classic Apple didn’t release an update for the...