Category Archives: Apple

Fortnite shoots to the top of teenagers' most-wanted games list

Players snap up clothing items as iPhone version of free video game tops iTunes chart in 13 countries

A year ago, no one had heard of Fortnite, the online shooter game in which 100 players fight it out to be the last person standing. Now it is the biggest video game in the world, with an obsessive fanbase among schoolchildren and teenagers.

Previously only available on consoles and PC, last week an iPhone version was given a limited release – and within hours it topped the iTunes chart in 13 countries. According to the market research firm Sensor Tower it made $1.5m (£1m) in revenue for Epic Games, its developer, in its first three days.

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'Tech CEOs are like cult leaders' – the artists taking on Facebook and big data

Langlands and Bell are celebrating their 40th year together – by taking an uncompromising look at Silicon Valley’s utopian promises

By a remarkable coincidence, on Wednesday, right as Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the unfolding Facebook data-breach scandal, British artists Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell opened their new exhibition about the unchecked power Facebook and the other big tech companies wield.

Internet Giants: Masters of the Universe, at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery until 10 June, marks the 40th year of collaboration between Langlands and Bell. It is an arresting ensemble of installations and animations, prints and architectural models.

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When death pings: Chips with Everything podcast

Would you download an app that sends you a reminder five times a day that you’re going to die? Some people are doing exactly that. This week, Jordan Erica Webber attempts to figure out why we need this kind of app, and why we’re so dependent on apps in general in our day-to-day lives

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It seems as if nowadays we think there is no problem in the world that can’t be fixed with an app. According to Apple, from the launch of the App Store in July 2008 up to June 2017, we’ve downloaded 180bn apps. These range from games to keep your mind active on the morning commute to more niche and bizarre apps.

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Three Apple workers hurt walking into glass walls in first month at $5bn HQ

Emergency services called to Norman Foster-designed Apple Park, which Steve Jobs called ‘a shot at the best office building in the world’

Employees in Apple Park, Apple’s grand new spaceship-style headquarters in California, keep walking into glass doors and windows.

Despite warnings from a building inspector that people would not be able to tell where the door ends and the wall begins, at least three Apple employees walked or ran into the ultra-transparent glass hard enough to require emergency medical treatment during the first month of occupation, according to recordings of 911 calls obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

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How can I use my laptop to create a home office?

Gareth sometimes works at home with his MacBook Pro and wants to use it with a separate keyboard and screen

I’m a contract project manager. I work at a mix of client sites and at home, where I run a new MacBook Pro and Synology NAS. I would like to set up a small home office. I’ll need basic items like a monitor, keyboard, mouse and printer, but floor space is limited, so any creative desk solutions would also be appreciated. Gareth

I’ve set up home offices in four different houses now, so I’m familiar with the problems. However, I’ve not used any of the desks that are currently available, so my advice will have to be somewhat general. Readers who have bought desks recently may be able to offer more specific recommendations.

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Apple launching 'technology enabled' healthcare service

Following Amazon’s lead, iPhone maker creating in-house clinics and health service for employees

Apple is launching its own primary care health clinics called AC Wellness, following Amazon and Warren Buffett’s push into healthcare.

Similar to Amazon’s team up with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan, the AC Wellness Network aims to serve Apple’s roster of employees and their families providing “compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population”.

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MateBook X Pro: Huawei attempts to out-Pro Apple's MacBook Pro

New machine has a 14in screen squeezed into a 12in laptop frame, a discrete GPU and a camera that pops up from beneath the keyboard

Following Huawei’s attempts to directly challenge the dominant smartphone players Samsung and Apple, now the Chinese technology firm is going after laptops with the MateBook X Pro, attempting to out-“Pro” the MacBook Pro.

The new thin and light laptop follows on from Huawei’s MateBook X from 2017, released in 2017 and looks strikingly familiar to Apple’s top-of-the-line notebook, with an aluminium body that’s available in silver or “space grey” – just like the MacBook Pro – a chiclet keyboard and large trackpad.

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Apple devices make hundreds of false 911 calls from refurbishment centre

Emergency services in California field 1,600 calls and describe hearing people talking about maintenance and repairs, but cause is a mystery

Around 20 false emergency calls a day have been made from one of Apple’s refurbishment centres since October – and it’s not clear how.

Emergency dispatchers in California have fielded in the region of 1,600 accidental calls originating from a repair and refurbishment centre in Elk Grove, with no one on the other end.

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Steve Jobs’s pre-Apple, error-strewn CV could fetch $50,000 at sale

Résumé listed Jobs’s phone number as ‘none’; auction also includes letter from Amy Winehouse to Blake Fielder-Civil

A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder’s aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month.

With an estimated value of $50,000, the one-page application from 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, lists his name as Steven jobs and address as “reed college”, the Oregon college he attended briefly, Boston auction house RR Auction said.

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