Kenny Hemphill

Statement from Dennis Publishing about MacUser

by Kenny Hemphill on 16 January 2015 in News

Dennis Publishing is sad to announce the closure of MacUser magazine after nearly 30 years. Since its launch in 1985 MacUser has provided its readers with authoritative buying advice, world exclusive reviews, breaking news and practical features. Inspired by the late Felix Dennis’ purchase of an Apple Lisa in 1983, the magazine started life as [...]

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Apple adding one million iBooks users a week

by Kenny Hemphill on 15 January 2015 in News

Apple’s iBooks business is growing at the rate of a million new users a week according to the company’s iBooks director, Keith Moerer. Speaking at the Digital Book World Conference today, Moerer explained that the decision to make iBooks a default app in iOS 8, along with new features like Family Sharing and the larger [...]

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Samsung makes $7.5bn bid for BlackBerry

by Kenny Hemphill on 14 January 2015 in News

Samsung wants BlackBerry’s patent portfolio and is prepared to pay $7.5bn for it, according to Reuters. The South Korean electronics manufacturer made a bid for the ailing smartphone firm ‘recently,’ and ‘proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, representing a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry’s current trading [...]

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Cameron under fire over plans to ban encrypted communication

by Kenny Hemphill on 13 January 2015 in News

Prime Minister David Cameron has been castigated over comments made during a speech yesterday in which he appeared to suggest that, if elected, a Conservative government would ban encrypted communication. Security expert Graham Cluley told The Guardian that ‘Cameron is living in cloud cuckoo land if he thinks that this is a sensible idea, and [...]

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IDC figures reveal best ever quarter for Mac sales

by Kenny Hemphill on 12 January 2015 in News

Apple won’t announce its official figures for the Christmas quarter until the end of the month, but data firm IDC published its snapshot of the PC market today and it’s very good news for the Mac. According to IDC, Apple sold 5.75 million Macs in the three months to 31 December, up from 4.8 million [...]

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App Store purchases rose 50% in 2014, earning developers $10bn

by Kenny Hemphill on 8 January 2015 in News

Apple has said that billings from the iOS App Store rose by 50% in 2014, generating more than $10bn for developers. The figure includes revenue from paid-for iOS apps and from in-app purchases. The company also said that the first week of January generated $500m in billings and that New Years Day was the Store’s [...]

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