The difference between smartphone gimmick and game changer

 It’s hard to find a legitimately bad flagship phone these days. Sure, one peeks its head out from time to time, but on a whole most phones are pretty good. The screens, the cameras, the internals. There are always a few bits that could use improving (see: battery and durability), but the gulf between good and bad isn’t any near where it once was. And for the past several… Read More

Apple targets community college students with new a Swift coding course

 Apple’s found a fair bit of success with Swift Playgrounds since launching it last year at WWDC. According to the company, the educational program has enlisted some one million users into its ranks. And while the dead simple offering is primarily aimed at youngsters, there’s apparently been a fair bit of interest across demographics. Today’s announcement extends… Read More

Apple Pay is now available in Italy

 Apple’s wireless payment system Apple Pay is now up and running in Italy. The company partnered with a handful of banks and popular retailers. Italian customers can now add their payment cards to the Wallet app on their iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple Pay currently supports Boon, Carrefour Banca and UniCredit. In the coming months, other financial institutions are also going to add Apple… Read More

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

 Here is a surprise: at its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that Apple’s iTunes will come to the Windows Store by the end of the year. The iTunes app will have full iPhone support and users will essentially get the same iTunes experience from the Windows Store app that the existing Windows app currently offers. Why is this a big deal? Windows 10 S only runs Windows… Read More

Apple ups dividend by 10.5% and increases capital return program to $300B

 Apple just reported earnings for the first quarter of 2017, which were mixed. The company beat on EPS but slightly missed iPhone on iPhone sales and overall revenue. However, the company announced they are increasing their capital return program and extending the timeframe by four quarters. Now the company will spend a total of $300 billion by the end of March 2019 instead of the previously… Read More