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Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Cupertino, California, that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, online services, and personal computers.

Apple CEO Claims Washington Wants To Expose Millions Of Customers To Vulnerability Worldwide

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Apple CEO claimed that the US government wants to expose a large number of people vulnerable to hacking across the globe.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has alleged the government of US of requesting his enterprise to engineer a “software equivalent of cancer” to let FBI investigators unlock and iPhone of a shooter

“This is not about one phone,” Tim spoke to ABC many times during an interview.” This case is about the future. Can the government compel Apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world?”

The remarks came as the American consumer electronics manufacturer firmly took a stand against the federal government while warring over the issue of consumer privacy. On February 16, a federal judge gave an order to the smartphone maker to develop a program to breach some safety countermeasures of the iPhone.

Since then, engineers of the company have discussed with digital safety experts to potentially make it impossible to send requests like those in the upcoming times, three people aware of the discussion told.

Mr. Cook can do much more than any average CEO, who leads a robust organization. Now, he told ABC that he has not talked with Barak Obama till now regarding his legal battle with the US Department of Justice. He then stated unequivocally that he “will”.

The management of Apple is facing a difficulty. As the federal government argued that the company is interfering in a terror investigation, some public opinion polls have showed American majority thinks that the technology giant must act according to the request of the American government.

Mr. Cook argues that as more people know about the matter, the more they will take the side of  Apple. On a technological level, FBI cannot access iPhone 5C of Syed Farook as it has been locked out of it. There is not anything which the Cupertino-based organization can do to directly change that  as it isn’t longer capable of extracting data from new locked iPhones anymore.

It can install a software update that would assist FBI in cracking or guessing the passcode of Farook. The government is claiming it must do so according to a 227 years old law known as All Writs Act, which empowers courts with extensive authority for enforcing orders.

Apple has countered this claim by stating that if the American government uses this legislation to compel it to develop similar software, it would constantly have to develop spy tool for enforcing law. For example, in the future the company could be compelled to develop and install software on the smart phone a suspect that would let police switch on the video camera of the iPhone.

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Apple Inc, Technology

 

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Apple Expands In Hyderabad, India With Massive Investment

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Apple is strongly sprawling itself in international market to capture a fair share.

According to AppleInsider, a reporter from “ZDNet” expressed that Apple plans to spend up to $25 million in India on a project which reportedly provides 4,500 jobs. Commenting on the matter, managing director of India’s Telangana State Technology Services, GT Venkateshwar Rao, has cited that through the Indian city, Hyderabad, can also tread on technology and its image of technology development can be boosted.

Rao told that Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 has also been developed in Hyderabad and now it has become one global product. The high tech organizations – Microsoft and Google – have earlier announced their plans for investing in India. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s chief, has earlier announced about the probable expansion of the existing facilities and to make the most of the India’s status of the third largest region for startups – just behind U.K. and U.S.

While Google’s initiatives in India includes Sundar Pichai recent announcement of a $160 million worth “huge new campus in Hyderabad,” which, apart from being Alphabet subsidiary’s first premises outside America is also said to be “the biggest in South Asia.”

Almost a decade ago, the Silicon-Valley business had announced its plan of setting up a product support center situated in Bangalore, India, but the project was abandoned just after a life of three months. About the abandoned project, Apple’s PR chief, Steve Dowling expressed that at that time, the company had undergone a re-evaluation of its plan and the tech giant chose other countries to setup the support center.

Until last March, when Apple’s sales in India reached ahead of a whopping $1bn sales mark, it decided to work in the fruitful market. Since then, it is negotiating with the Indian government to get the license for the setup of new Apple Stores in the region. India is faced by strict regulations regarding the foreign possession of retail stores which sells a single brand.  
 
Apple’s roadmap for Hyderabad was dubbed by Srinivasan as company’s “first offshore technology development center outside the United States.” Apple has numerous facilities across the world. One of its international facilities; includes a site in Cork, Ireland. The facility is involved in the “manufacturing, customer care, finance, and global supply chain management.” Last summer, the Ireland-based facility has also been planned for a major expansion.

To accelerate its international expansions, Apple announced last month that it plans to open the first iOS App Development Center in Naples, Italy. Moreover, in Cambridge, U.K., the tech titan has opened R&D offices. In addition to the R&D centers in U.K., the company has built the research and development centers in Shanghai, China and Longtan, Taiwan too. The expansion in the international market will let the company enjoy strong growth.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2016 in Apple Inc, Technology

 

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Bank Of America, Wells Fargo Integrates Apple Pay To ATMs Across United States

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The financial service of Apple would soon be integrated into the ATMs of Wells Fargo and Bank of America in the U.S.

The financial service provided by Apple is penetrating the banking industry. A source aware of the teams working on the ventures has revealed that both – Wells Fargo and Bank of America – are making efforts to integrate Apple Pay into their ATMs. Engineers of both companies have been tasked to the projects for building the Apple Pay options.

Josh Constine has identified at least one of the engineers who are publicly listing themselves as an employee of Bank of America. Charlotte Observer reported news of cardless ATMs Thursday but did not specify that the financial facility would be involved. An official of Bank of America, Betty Riess requested Tech Crunch to check twice what she could state specifically about the service.

The consumer electronics manufacturer also did not respond to a request for sharing views. The competitor of the Wells Fargo and Bank of America, ‘Chase’ made an announcement lately that it would be launching cardless ATMs in 2016. Whereas it is not clear exactly how the financial facility would work at ATMs; it would probably permit people to withdraw funds without needing them to use their credit or debit card.

Wired reported that Chase would implement the transaction without cards in two stages, it would first employ a mobile banking application for enabling authentication on ATM and launch transactions on the basis of NFC in a later stage.

This could prove to be valuable if someone has forgotten or lost card or wallet. Users would probably tap their phone to the NFC point of ATM, which would bring up the thumbprint verification screen or passcode on the phone.

Once a confirmation is made, users would be provided an opportunity to access some functions of the ATM as if they have got their pin entered and card inserted. Working with the facility could also save money by securing against fraudulent dealing. The duplication of a credit card is much easier than that of an iPhone.

Apple Pay can be used for scanning fingerprint, which is not offered by ATM. The passcodes of the service can also be complicated and long when compared to four digit pin codes used on users’ debit cards.

Most significantly, the facility would be thwarting the utilization of card skimmers. These products succeed in fitting over ATM front as a fake face, and then rob the details from cards inserted into them. Shifting to cellular phones and NFC would not let this happen since any card would not be involved.

These anti-fraudulent incentives and customer interest in NFC for withdrawing money could spur banking institutions to race for integration of Apple Pay.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Apple Inc, Technology

 

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Apple and Google Strike Back For Unfair Treatment Over Tax Regimes

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The two technology giants claim that they are being unfairly targeted as the public backlash over controversy escalates.

Apple and Google have aggressively responded in a row over the taxation regimes of big tech groups, stating they have been targeted in an unfair manner as public backlashed over the controversy escalates.

Google yesterday defended its $185.36 million settlement with the tax authorities of Britain for the first time in a letter written by it to Financial times, claiming it was acting according to the law of the United Kingdom. Separately, the US consumer electronics manufacturer, Apple, said it should not pay anything over the Brussels investigation in its accused tax agreements in Ireland.

The two organizations have intervened as British Prime Minister ‘David Cameron’ tacked difficult questions about Google’s tax deal in parliament. American business leaders and Silicon Valley giants have stepped up their efforts to lobby in Washington, claiming that European authorities are acting against multinationals in a discriminatory manner.

A group of United States senators recently said the imposition of any fines on organizations amounted to discriminatory taxation. Last week, Google reached an agreement with the British taxation authority to pay $185.6 million in taxes dating to 2005, whereas also agreeing to pay higher taxes in the coming times.

Google, regulatory bodies and ministers have strived to contain the media hype resulted due to the agreement. Analysts have estimated that the smartphone maker could be liable for billions of dollars in taxes, if an investigation conducted by Brussels regarding its tax arrangements in Europe does not support it.

CFO of Apple, Luca Maestri, spoke to FT, “This is a case between the European Commission and Ireland and frankly there is no way to estimate the impact right now, we need to see what the final decision is going to be. My estimate is zero. I mean, if there is a fair outcome of the investigation, it should be zero.”

Her Majesty Revenue & Customs took interviews of customers, corporate executives and other workers as a part of its 6-year investigation into the tax affairs of Mountain View based enterprise.

A pressure group, Tax Justice Network, estimated that Google must pay around $285.17 million in corporate taxes each year, they stated on the declared sales and profit margins in the United Kingdom.

In 2013, the search engine company made a payment of $29.3 million in taxes based on attributed profits earned in UK, compared with its British revenue of $5.6 billion. Multinationals are increasingly pressurized by HRMC using special powers for dealing with aggressive avoidance of taxes.

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Apple Inc, Google, Technology

 

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Apple Highlights Relations With IBM

Apple Highlights Relations With IBM

Apple has highlighted its relationship with IBM by changing its business webpage.

Apple has taken a measure to inform the world about its competencies and promote itself across the globe. The consumer electronics manufacturer recently introduced its Mac redesigned edition in Business webpage as its relations with IBM continued to grow. As its name has implied, the webpage demonstrates the enterprise acumen of the company and the newly introduced design focuses on the strengths of the smartphone maker in business.

The overall website has highlighted facts that one will expect in Apple’s marketing pitch, such as the symbiotic relations between hardware and Apple software, and the means by which iPads, iPhone and Macs work well together.

The smartphone manufacturer has called attention to its accessibility instruments, including Swift programming language, which it had recently open sourced and OSX safety tools, amongst other features that can appeal to business clients. It also focused on its relations with the company, especially IBM’s experience while shifting over to Macs in 2015.

Webpage and Fletcher Previn, who is working as a ‘Workplace as a Service’ official in the IBM’s CIO office, have revealed that shifting to Macs have contributed to average savings worth $270 per equipment when compared to a personal computer. Fletcher stated that the actual dollar savings ranged from $240 and at least $273.

“We currently have 50,000 MacBooks deployed and plan to deploy a total of 150,000 to 200,000 devices across the organization. Since the rollout began in June, 2015 [we have] been adding 1900 Macs per week within IBM,” he stated.

The saved funds are a result of lower supporting costs from lesser calls to the internal help desk of the company. Only 5% of people who use Macs have asked for assistance since the program was started compared to two fifth for users of personal computers, Fletcher spoke to Tech Crunch.

On an average, two fifth of the newly hired employees want to use Apple machines when they come aboard, but he has reported that they have witnessed generational differences as far as the utilization of the technology giant’s gadgets is concerned.

“Someone who has worked at IBM for 25 years is a lot less likely to ask for a Mac than a new college hire, for example,” he stated. In fact, the New York based organization has established an enterprise known as ‘Mac at Work’ letting other businesses shift to Apple’s devices. “IBM is now able to offer clients the same program [we implemented internally] to easily and securely integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications,” Fletcher elaborated.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2015 in Apple Inc, Technology

 

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Apple to open a store in Singapore

Apple to open a store in Singapore

Apple is about to establish a retail store to cater its customers in the South east asian  region

 

The American consumer electronics manufacturer is about to extend its distribution network. The technology giant has confirmed that it would establish its first retail store in the south East Asian region, situated within the territory of Singapore, as the California based smartphone maker begins to speed up its efforts in the continent’s sharply growing smartphone market. Tech in Asia reported that the  organization quietly started to hire staff for its upcoming Singapore network last week and today it’s official Angela Ahrendts, made a confirmation that  an Apple outlet is about to arrive.

Apple news exclaimed that Angela stated “We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination, We can’t wait to deliver the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.”

Apart from that, Reuters reported that the outlet and the organization’s entire operations in the Singaporean territory would be thrilled by renewable power in a measure that follows initiatives taken in various regions encompassing Europe, USA and most lately People’s Republic of China. Apple news today affirmed that the company has not confirmed when the outlet would be launched or where would it be situated, although it has been speculated that the enterprise is currently having a retail location at Knightsbridge, in the city state’s much demanded after Orchard Road buying hotspot.

That is in accordance to a statement given by the current tenants who have claimed that they are making space for Apple’s outlet. The company presently employs a combination of carriers, authorized outside-party collaborators and its online selling stores in the Southeast Asian region. Singapore is a state that is amongst the 1st wave of launches for newly launched Apple devices and therefore rational 1st step for extending the state’s retail foothold. Apple laptop informed that it is not clear that whether the organization is actively intending to launch its outlets in other Southeast Asian regions, which is currently a focus point for Chinese smartphone manufacturers like One Plus and Xiamoi and Samsung.

As per reports of Analyst organization IDC this summer the smartphone sales in the Southeast Asian region, which are known for counting a total population of over 500m, increased by 66% per year to reach 24m units between April and June. Whereas this quantity is far lesser than that of US or China, the Southeast Asian regional market is far from concentrated unlike West and China- and that provides an opportunity.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Apple Inc, Technology

 

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Analysts Believe Apple To Still Be A Threat To Tesla

Analysts Believe Apple To Still Be A Threat To Tesla

The smart phone making company has been holding on to a strong business lead so far and the fact that Tesla is not ready to consider it will not change the reality, according to the analysts

Apple Inc was recently discussed by the CEO of auto making giant Tesla Motors and the comments that were made towards the kind of relationship the auto makers have with the software giant made the industry pundits shake heads. Elon Musk, Tesla’s main force and CEO, was seen to make some harsh comments about the way the iPhone makers seem to be carrying their business forward taking away most of the auto giant’s engineers, by offering a higher salary to them. Previously, Musk has been quite amicable about towards the smart phone making company’s efforts being reportedly made to enter the auto industry, but the latest press release spoke otherwise.

Talking about Apple business working on an electric car, Elon Musk was seen to dismiss the topic roughly by talking about the Apple Watch instead, that too in a condescending tone. However, analysts and news reporters present at the scene turned out to have some negative comments about the attitude shown by Musk, as it is to be believed that by putting down the iPhone makers and their idea of making an electric car, they cannot deny how important the existence of the tech giant is in the industry, as whatever it does and whatever territory it enters, it sure does make a difference in it.

Analysts are also talking about how the harsh tone used against Apple by the CEO of the EV makers is actually not something that the smart phone needs to worry about, as it is rather an ignorant approach coming from an executive of the smart car maker. Furthermore, it is a known fact that the iPad owners have been taking away a number of employees from the smart car makers by offering them a better salary, which is clearly taken as a threat to the auto makers. However, in the same press release, Musk was seen to talk about how the employees that he does not want to use anymore are the only ones that Apple has its hands on, which is why he does not feel threatened in any way.

As for the sales and deliveries of the Apple Watch, which are believed to be a product that failed to be a successful one according to Musk, has been able to make sure that the sales target it set before the launch of the smart watch are being met very comfortably. The giant expected to sell around 10.5 million units of the watch in the current year and has reportedly already reached the target.

Apple stock was down 0.48% to $112.48 at market close on Monday Oct 12.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in Apple Inc, Finance News, Tesla Motors

 

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