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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Apple tells developers EU App Store prices to rise tomorrow

by Kenny Hemphill on 7 January 2015 in News

Apple has written to developers to tell them of price changes on the App Store in several countries, according to 9to5 Mac. Notably, the email explained that prices in EU countries will rise. ‘These changes are being made to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) rates and foreign exchange rates,’ said the email. Apple [...]

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First HomeKit devices announced at Consumer Electronics Show

by Kenny Hemphill on 6 January 2015 in News

The first home automation devices to take advantage of Apple’s iOS 8 HomeKit suite of developer tools have been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. iDevices and iHome both announce smart plugs which slot into an existing plug socket and connect to a wifi network. From there they can be controlled from [...]

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Intel launches Broadwell chipset paving way for Retina MacBook Air

by Kenny Hemphill on 5 January 2015 in News

Intel today launched its latest CPU chipset range, the fifth generation of Core CPUs, known as Broadwell. The range, based on 14-nanometre architecture, features ten low-power 15-watt chips, and four which operate at 28 watts. Intel claims that the new fabrication process allows it to put 35% more transistors on an area 37% smaller than [...]

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Apple campaign urges users to Start Something New

by Kenny Hemphill on 1 January 2015 in News

Apple has launched a microsite aimed at fostering creativity among its customers. Dubbed ‘Start Something New,’ the site features the work of artists in a number of fields and explains which Apple-based tools they used to create the piece of work featured on the site.

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Apple enjoys ‘blockbuster’ Christmas thanks to iPhone 6

by Kenny Hemphill on 30 December 2014 in News

Apple’s iPhones and iPads accounted for 51% of all mobile device activations worldwide in the week up to and including Christmas Day, according to analytics firm Flurry. Christmas Day has become the biggest single day for mobile activations, and Flurry’s data is seen as a good indicator of which devices were the most popular presents. [...]

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