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Xiaomi has become popular on the market

Smartphones market broadens constantly. 327 millions smartphones were sold suring last three months.

5% of them are Xiaomi models. Half a year ago quantity of Xiaomi sales was close to Apple sales quantity.

Now Xiaomi is on the honourable third place in Asia, while Samsung sales fell around 8,2% last year.

Korean company has saled 78,1 million smartphones, what is 6,9 million less than a year ago.
The quantity of Apple released smartphones increased to 5,5 million.

Xiaomi sales results were 5,6 million last year, following Lenovo and LG.

A year ago Xiaomi took 2,1%, this year it takes 5,3%, compare with Samsung – 23,8 % and Apple – 12,0%.

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The major sales of Xiaomi are on China market. However the company becomes more and more popular all over the world.

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So, it seems Apple now has a serious competitor.

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Apple chief admits being homosexual

According to Tim Cook’s words he had to veil his homosexuality during his life. He wanted to keep buyers attention focused on Apple products instead of attracting attention to himself.

Many of his colleagues have already known about his sexual orientation, haven’t change attitude to him.

Cook has never confirmed this information before:

”Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences, not everyone is so lucky.”

“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” those are his words. Being gay has given him ”the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple”

Cook said he doesn’t consider himself to be an activist, though Apple’s recent efforts against discrimination have been well documented.

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He hopes that hearing that the Apple CEO is gay ”can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality.”

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Apple is to cooperate with Alibaba

According to Tim Cook’s last announcement China will become the most profitable market for Apple. This is one of the reasons why Apple plans to cooperate with the huge online portal in China Alibaba.

Tim Cook told about plans to start negotiations with Alibaba chief Jack Ma. This partnership will possibly involve Apple Pay and Alipay on such sites like Taobao, Tmall and Alibaba.

Jack Ma didn’t stay apart taking part in WSJ Digital conference.

According to his words service Alipay is on third place in the world after Visa and MasterCard.

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Pharmacy chains CVS and Rite Aid disabling Apple Pay support

Last week, a number of reports confirmed that pharmacy chains CVS and Rite Aid were disabling near field communications (NFC) payment terminals in attempts to prevent the usage of Apple Pay. Now, The NYT reports that Rite Aid has joined CVS in disabling Apple Pay from working at their stores nationwide.

Initially the both drugstore chains used Apple Pay, as they had installed NFC payment terminals years ago to use Google Wallet and other credit cards supporting NFC tap-to-pay transactions.

However when the Cupertino company introduced iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay support earlier this month, users found that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus allowed not only to make NFC purchases among Apple’s launch partners but also at any existing NFC payment terminal. 

Several retailers are probably not pleased with the success of Apple Pay because the new system doesn’t allow to collect or track their purchasing transactions. 

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According to a representative from Rite Aid, the chain “does not currently accept Apple Pay” and that the company was “still in the process of evaluating mobile payment options.” Spokesmen from CVS did not comment on the situation.

The decision to disable Apple Pay support may be related to the stores’ participation in the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), which is a group including other retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, and Gap. MCX is working on its own mobile payment system dubbed CurrentC, which is expected to launch next year. For customers, however, CurrentC is pretty clunky and offers either exchanging QR codes or manually entering 4-digit codes. Without Apple Pay single-use codes and Touch ID, the system is also much less secure.

The CurrentC app is already available to download from the iOS App Store, but its description says “CurrentC is invite-only at the moment. But sign up, and we’ll put you on the list!”

 

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An american man got a second-degree burn as his iPhone 6 ignited

Phillip Lechter when visiting Arizona state took a cycle rickshaw and met with an accident, in the result of which his new smartphone from Apple bent and inflamed.

According to his words, he didn’t understand at once, what smaelt of smoke. But he felt burning on his leg.

He managed to take the smartphone out from a pocket. A leather case protected his fingers.

However, he discovered a burn where the leg adjoined the screen of the iPhone. Later, in the hospital, his skin injures were classified as a second-degree burn.

The man illustrated his history with several photos and a video, he made on the place of accident.

The next day Lechter brought the burned-out smartphone to one of the Apple stores. His device was replaced.

Lechter said to journalists he loves Apple devices, uses them for many years and is going to use in the future. However, he demanded some explanation from the company.

A a child might have been on his place. In this case the same situation might have been very dangerous:

“If a child or teenager was riding their bike, had their phone on them, they fell and hurt themselves and couldn’t get the phone out of their pocket, what kind of situation are we in there now… they need to make sure they protect the public. Because I always used the case to protect the phone, I didn’t know I needed a case to protect myself” he said.

There are still no official Apple comments on this incident.

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Soon after first iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users found out, their smartphones can bend in trousers’ pocket, it got a tag #Bendgate, with which people mark not only their complaints, but jockes as well.

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Apple got a patent for switching on the ignition with the help of iPhone

Accordig to the description of the patent, the technology allows iPhone owner to search for his car with the help of GPS. This technology is able to inform when a car parks, starts movement as well as when it is thereabouts.

To use this function your smartphone must be tuned for work with the car before it.

Your smartphone will be able to run door locks, switch on the ignition as well a accomplish such functions as opening a boot when a driver is behind, or opening a door, when he stands in front of the car.

The connection between a car and a smartphone will be carried out via internet or Bluetooth.
But other possible connection types are mentioned as well.

If your device is connected to wireless internet, it has a big range of possibilities. For instance, your owner can follow his car’s motions as well as geolocation of his friends via Find My Friends service.

If the owner is within a radius of 5 minutes walk the car will switch on interior heating automatically, when it’s cold outside, of course.

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The company put in a tender to get the patent in 2012. However, Apple got it only in 2014, on 21 October.

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Apple Campus building – new video

The new video of Apple Campus 2 building appeared in internet.

In comparison with the previous video, the building has progressed greatly.

The constructors has already ended with the foundation, they work now on the building itself.

The Campus looks a little bit cosmic already. It’s really great.

Tim Cook called new Apple Campus «the greenest in the world».

Apple would use alternative energy. The Campus is planned to admit 12 000 emploees.

The Campus will have a picturesque park and even its own metro line.

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The end of building is expected in 2016.

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Taking into account it has started recently, results are really impressing.

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Apple presented new iPad Air and iPad mini with Touch ID sensor

The new Apple tablets were called iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

New iPad Air is 18% thinner than its predecessor and the processor is 40% more high-powered.

With the help of Touch ID sensor the users will be able not only unlock the screen without entering a password, but to pay for App Store purchases using Apple Pay.

As there are no NFC chips in new iPads, to pay items in shops won’t be available.

iPad Air 2 will also get an improved camera with slow-motion video mode.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be accessible in three colours — silver, gray and gold.

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Apple Pay will be launched in USA on Monday, 20 October.

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According to Tim Cook, 500 american banks already would cooperate with Apple.

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The company has saled 225 million iPads since the first Apple tabled release. The users satisfaction rate is 100%.

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Apple will stimulate female employees to work more

It’s known to everybody that Apple is famous for its intention to hire people of all social categories. The company has always fought for its emploees’ rights.

That’s why the new opportunity was offered for female workers.

Now women who work in the company will be able to get money to freeze their eggs. The employer will provide them with $20 000.

The causes of such decisions are quite understandable. Mothers who are on maternity leave can’t dedicate themselves to work completely.

The new offer will allow women to delay child birth.

According to NBC News, this option will be available for all Apple female workers since January 2015.

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Apple is not an only company to do it, Facebook offers such an opportunity to women as well.
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Bono apologized for U2 free album in iTunes of all the users

The leader of the irish rock-band U2 apologized for adding their new album «Songs of Innocence» in iTunes of all Apple users, explaining the causes of it:

”Oops. Um. I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.

Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard.

There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

It nappened during a recent video-interview.

One of Facebook users even asked Bono to add never again automatically uploading albums in iTunes, as it’a really roughly.

Apple users were extremely indignant with it. A lot of jockes and criticism appeared in the internet.

To solve the problem Apple had to create the utility with the help of which a user is able to delete U2 album.

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Apple and U2 cooperation didn’t end nevertheless. The announcement about some common project with Apple, which is promised to promote innovation in music, was published on U2 official site.Снимок экрана от 2014-10-15 11:18:27