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appleApple Inc. is best known for consumer electronic products like the Apple Macintosh computer, the iPhone smartphone, the Apple iPod, and the iPad, a tablet computer.

The company after more than a century of decline managed to return back to profitability in 1998, and the release of the first iPod, a music player with digital flash storage, paved the company’s way to success back in 2001.

Several iPod generations were released by Apple before the company shifted its focus towards the smartphone market where its iPhone, a modern smartphone with touch-input, made a lasting input and managed to repeat the success story that began with the Apple iPod line of products.

The iPad, a touch-based tablet device followed soon thereafter and it too managed to become an instant success. While not the largest maker of phones, Apple today – 2013 – is one of the largest phone makers in the world and the only company that manages to keep its market share during the rise of Google’s Android operating system. Apple’s iPad is the number one tablet in the world right now.


If you have followed Apple's -- rather uninspiring -- event yesterday you may know that the company announced a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, a smaller version of the IPad Pro released last year. During the presentation, Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, made two statements in regards to PCs. First, he […]

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Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari seem to own the web browser market, but that does not mean they are the only choices -- Torch, for instance, is up and coming and many smaller businesses continue to claw for market share. Now the browser front has become just a bit smaller as Camino has […]

Welcome to this new monthly series here on Ghacks. Each month I'll be looking through all patent applications submitted by Apple, Google and Microsoft to find the most interesting applications from a user perspective. Patent applications may provide us with information about technologies that are already in use or will likely be used in the […]

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I have removed Java from my system some time ago and never looked back. I understand that some of you need Java for certain web activities, like online banking, but I think it is fair to say that the majority of Internet users does not need Java anymore, at least not in the browser. Java […]

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Remember the Ping network that Apple integrated into its iTunes software? No? Then you are not the only one. Introduced in iTunes 10 in 2010 Ping was Apple's attempt to create a social network of their around around iTunes and Apple products. The product does not seem to have been overly successful, considering that Apple […]

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With Apple's latest update for Mac OS X came Safari 6, an update to the default system web browser.  And just like Microsoft does with Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10, it looks as if the new browser version is exclusively tied to that operating system. Note: Technically, Microsoft is tying the IE browser […]

To mark the download of the 25 billionth app from the Apple App Store the company has released a series of all-time top 25 lists for app downloads.  Unsurprisingly games are at the top of the lists in a big way with Angry Birds being the all-time top paid for app, Fruit Ninja at number […]

2012 or early 2013 will be the time I finally take the plunge and buy an Apple iMac.  This might surprise those of you who know me as, being a Windows MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) awardee and a Windows author I'm certainly not the typical Apple, Mac or OS X type.  I don't even […]

Apple's terms and conditions for using its new iBooks author program have now been revealed and Dan Wineman of Venemous Porridge has picked it apart to find a few clauses that could give rise to concern for authors.  The new programme is intended to do for self-publishing what the iTunes store did for podcasts, and open […]

So what is the future form factor of the PC?  If Intel are to be believed then the ultrabook is the computer we will all want, and I'm waiting on one or two of the first ultrabooks to arrive shortly for review.  What is becoming clear though is that the 'beige box' that is the […]

Christmas was a good week for all of us, but a great week for apps with analytics firm Flurry reporting a 60% leap in app downloads on the previous week.  The figures which cover smartphones and tablets for just iOS and Android operating systems estimated that 6.8 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas day […]

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iOS devices are a wonder. This article is being typed on one right now. Sometimes, however, these robust and snappy little things go “boink.” One of the more common issues a user will perhaps encounter is when the iOS device (iPad, iTouch, iPhone) gets stuck in recovery mode. If you are reading this article, you […]

When I was young I remember looking at the pre-Christmas toy advertisements on the TV and wanting the latest Six-Million Dollar Man action figure in the Action Man range, the latest new engineering kit from Mecanno, a Lego castle (or two) and perhaps a chemistry set so I could practice blowing things up. Over the […]

Those of you who know me will know that I'm not a fan of the ongoing patent wars in which, rather than try and either beat competitors with innovation, outstanding product design and excellent quality customer service or, heaven forbid, realise that the market is actually big enough for everybody and live side by side […]

Steve Jobs famously was Apple.  He ignored focus groups in favour of his own gut instinct and, as such, the latest rumour doing the rounds could well turn out to be completely true. The Times newspaper in the UK has reported that before his death last week, Steve Jobs left a clear four year product […]

Apple co-founder and the man responsible for making the company so successful in recent years has died at the age of 56.  Jobs had been suffering from pancreatic cancer since 2004.  He took medical leave from the company in January this year before handing over the role of CEO to Tim Cook in August. In […]

When Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 yesterday they said what most people were expecting them to, that a new tablet-friendly interface would be the default way to interact with the new version of the OS.  This new Metro UI would load when you start Windows and that Microsoft expected most people to interact with Windows 8 […]