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iOS SDK & APIs for Hue lighting system announced by Philips

If you read our article on Ambify on Friday, you’ll know I’m quite the fan of Philips’ Hue lighting system. It was definitely one of the things that ‘made my 2012′ on the accessory front, and seeing applications utilize it makes me a little bit excited inside. So, you can imagine how happy I am now that Philips has announced an iOS SDK and APIs for the…

“Microslot antenna” patent won by Apple, could allow for hugely decreased component size

Apple has just been granted a patent that was filed back in 2007 for  ”microslot antenna” technology.With this, the company has the opportunity to greatly decrease how much space inside devices is consumed by components, allowing for much thinner, and – as technology evolves – much faster portable devices. The original patent filing showed the…

Rumor: Apple’s iPad display orders cut by 50%

According to the slightly dubious Apple site Digitimes, Apple has cut its orders of panel displays for the iPad by 50%. Apparently, LG – maker of the displays for Apple’s tablet – has stated that it has received a 40% decrease in orders from Apple, with the possibility of dropping a further 50% very soon. Exactly why Apple would do this wasn’t mentioned,…

‘Very large volume’ of chips from TSMC ordered by Apple?

CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Morris Chang, has recently released a statement saying that his company will sell more of its new 2o nanometer process technology than the currently available 28 nanometer version within two years. As Chang said: “Enough discussions have taken place, with enough customers who have large requirements…

1/40th of the total U.S. corporate income tax was paid by none other than Apple in 2012, in the form of $6 billion

It is not a secret that Apple makes a lot of money. It also is no secret that large companies, particularly the technology ones who are part of a booming industry, use different techniques and methods to avoid paying the US corporate income tax. The way Apple has been found to do this, is it moves a large percentage (around 70%) to “overseas affiliates”…

Waze has huge growth as Apple Maps tanks

Waze, a crowd-sourced turn-by-turn mapping application, appears to be the only iPhone app to significantly benefit from Apple Maps’ less-than-stellar debut. According to Onavo, makers of the data compression tool Onavo, data from 100,000 of their users has confirmed a growth in the use of the Waze app from 7% to 10% of iPhone users. Apparently, due to…