It's not uncommon for smaller hotels to include iPads in guest rooms as a way to keep guests entertained over the course of their stay. 24 karat gold iPads, however, are a luxury item only available in the richest of hotels, just like the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Of course, a Dubai hotel has 24 karat gold iPads.
The iPads are embossed with the company logo, and come complete with hotel food menus, and a virtual concierge to make accommodations more enjoyable while guests lounge in their beds ... more
Though Apple has not officially been accused of any wrongdoing yet, congressional investigators have found that the company has avoided paying billions in taxes. This has been done through using tax havens and corporate tax loopholes. Investigators even found that Apple has paid less than their public filings would indicate, saving the company billions of dollars every year from 2009 through 2011.
Apple released a statement by Tim Cook that defends the company. Cook denies charges that Apple used any “tax gimmicks” to avoid paying taxes, and that Apple’s ... more
A new phone must be around the corner, right? It's only a matter of time until we hear Apple's PR people have sent out emails, the beard says "yup", and we find ourselves on the outside, looking in once again. Until that day comes we get to burry ourselves in rumors, and try and make heads of what exactly is coming down the pipeline with the next iPhone.
This infographic from RIA.Ru shows off the evolution of major features and specs from one iPhone to the next from the original iPhone ... more
I have an Intel Mac Pro (1,1) collecting dust. Right now the thing just servers up some cool things we're working on for Macgasm (more on that at a later date). I've thought about doing a lot of things with the beast, but never once has the idea of turning it into a BBQ grilling machine crossed my mind.
Turns out someone's actually thought it up, and already put meat to aluminum. Not sure if Mr. Jobs would have been impressed or disgusted at this one though.
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American Apple Store visitors average a new high of $57 spent per customer. According to Asymco's Horace Dediu, Apple Stores have risen in revenue by 7% during the last quarter, with each store raking in an average of $13 million per quarter. According to Ascymo, Apple Stores brought in an average of 250,000 customers per store during Q1 2013 while each store has roughly 110 employees. Both of these numbers have increased exponentially since the launch of the iPhone in 2007.
Apple currently brings in the most revenue per square foot ... more
Samsung announced this morning that it will be hosting a global competition to find developers who will create third-party apps specifically for its Galaxy smartphones. The competition will award 10 winners with a combined $800,000 prize. Many consumers are under the impression that Samsung's apps just aren't as good as Apple's, an issue Samsung is hoping to solve with this competition.
Samsung is looking for apps that can be coordinated with its Group Play service, which lets users share content like photos, games and music between devices at the ... more
A couple of reports today are suggesting that Apple is advancing its development and production of the rumored smart watch. The reports come from the Taiwanese newspaper Economic Times. The first report claims that Apple has started testing 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK subsidiary TiRdisplay.
According to the report, RITEK's joint partnership with RitFast will also supply the touch sensor technology that will be used for the watch.
This report reflects earlier rumors about Apple's plans for RiTdisplay's 1.5-inch displays and Intel being involved in the project. Today's report ... more
The latest rumor from none other than DigiTimes claims that trial production of Apple's thinner and lighter fifth-generation iPad will begin soon with production really ramping up in July. As usual, DigiTimes is citing sources at Taiwan's supply chain for the information.
According to DigiTimes, the new iPad is expected to launch in stores as early as September and will have a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, which is the same as the fourth-generation iPad. The new display, however, will reportedly be built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, ... more
Apple has just kicked Bang With Friends, an app that launched earlier this month, from its home on the App Store. Apple has yet to release why it has removed the app, but judging by its title and purpose, we're pretty sure you can deduce where Apple's opinion is on this one.
The folks at Bang With Friends have responded to the removal by saying that the company is working with Apple for a reentry into the store. However, if you still feel the need to use the Facebook-based sex app, ... more
While Tim Cook had revealed earlier in the year that a "Made In U.S.A" Mac was on its way that would be manufactured in the U.S. rather than overseas, he has now revealed that a number of smaller parts for the Mac will be built within America as well.
Tim Cook sat down yesterday for an interview with Politco, where he said that the Mac will include parts manufactured in various states, in addition to the manufacturing of the entire computer which will also take place in the U.S. ... more
Like most on-the-go technology enthusiasts, I have multiple ways to connect to the web. I have my iPhone, my 4G USB card, and whoever’s free internet access I happen to be mooching off of at any particular moment. However, living in an urban environment, all three of these connections can get
I’ve had a long relationship with Realmac Software, and their applications. The first time I came across one of their products with Little Snapper, which I’m pretty sure showed up in my email because of a MacHeist bundle I had purchased early on in my Mac life. Since then, I’ve