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Global smartphone sales soared in 2012

Global smartphone sales soared in 2012, taking a huge slice of a mobile market that was otherwise flat, survey data showed Friday. Research firm Strategy Analytics said global smartphone shipments grew 43 percent to 700 million units in 2012, with South Korea’s Samsung capturing more than 30 percent of the…

Apple among the worst coal-powered cloud services: Greenpeace

Apple disclosed sensitive information about energy demand at the data centre housing its iCloud service for the first time on Tuesday, defending its green credentials in the face of a campaign by Greenpeace. In a report rating 14 companies leading the migration from local computers to cloud computing, Greenpeace gave…

Apple denies e-book pricing conspiracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple denied a charge that it schemed with publishers to hike prices for e-books, portraying itself as a hero for prying Amazon’s “monopolistic grip” from the market. “The DOJ’s accusation of collusion against Apple is simple not true,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said in an emailed statement…

DOJ sues Apple, publishers on e-book pricing

The US Justice Department sued Apple and five publishing firms alleging a conspiracy to raise prices and limit competition for e-books, and immediately announced a partial settlement in the case. As the antitrust suit was unveiled, officials said three of the publishers agreed to end the scheme to force retailers…

DOJ files antitrust suit against Apple’s e-book pricing ‘conspiracy’

The US Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit naming Apple and five publishing houses alleging a “conspiracy to limit” e-book price competition, court documents showed. The suit filed in US District Court in New York said the conspiracy involved “schemes to limit Amazon’s ability to discount e-books,” hurting consumers. The…

Apple out to kill widespread Macintosh virus

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple said it is crafting a weapon to vanquish a Flashback virus from Macintosh computers and working to disrupt the command network being used by hackers behind the infections. In its first public admission that the malicious software is vexing machines powered by the California company’s Macintosh…

Apple fights hundreds of thousands of virus-controlled Macs

Computer giant Apple released a patch this week for its OS X 2012 and 10.6 operating systems about the same time a Russian security company claimed that up to 600,000 Mac computers around the world are being controlled by a piece of malware that sucks targeted computers into a “botnet,”…

Open University signs up 1 million subscribers on iTunes U

52 courses have now notched up more than 50m downloads since launching in January 2011. By Stuart Dredge Open University has attracted more than 1m active subscribers to its courses available on Apple’s iTunes U app for iPad in less than three months since its launch. OU says its 52…

Apple’s Chinese iPhone plants force student ‘internships’: rights group

Students told to man production lines at Foxconn if they want to graduate, says Hong Kong-based nonprofit. Apple’s factories in China are employing tens of thousands of students, some of them on forced internships, according to campaigners lobbying for better labour conditions at Foxconn plants, which assemble iPhones. Some students…

Apple manufacturer Foxconn promises to cut hours, raise wages

Workers at Foxconn, the massive factory complex in China that supplies U.S. tech giant Apple and dozens of other titans of electronic industry, will soon see reduced hours, higher wages and improved working conditions according to a company statement in response to a devastating new report by the Fair Labor…

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