Apple is recycling, buying back old iPhones for $280

Apple has started a trade-in and recycling programme in the USA for older iPhones which the company then plans to resell in other countries.

The company will pay customers up to $280 for their old handsets, although the customer has to also have an existing — or take out a new — iPhone contract with a mobile network.

“In addition to helping support the environment, customers will be able to receive a credit for their returned phone that they can use toward the purchase of a new iPhone,” a company spokesperson said.

The handsets being returned have to be in working order, and shown to be so in the Apple stores.

The recycling programme is being run by Brightstar for Apple. – NCW – Naijagist

Samsung Gains Tablet Share as Apple Drops

Apple‘s tablet market share has dropped to 50.4% in Q3 2012, down from 59.7% in the same period last year, IDC’s latest report reveals.

Samsung, on the other hand, has experienced huge growth, jumping from 6.5% to 18.4% in that same period. Amazon holds the third place with 9%, followed by Asus with 8.6% and Lenovo with 1.4%.

The old Silicon Valley joke, which claimed that “there is no tablet market, only an iPad market,” is obviously no longer true. According to IDC’s numbers, Samsung shipped 5.1 million tablets worldwide in 3Q12, up 115% from 2Q12 and 325% from 3Q11.

Things are looking very good for Amazon, also, whose rapidly expanding Kindle Fire lineup has helped it double its market share quarter-over-quarter.

Of course, Apple’s most important product of the year — the iPad mini — has just hit the market, and its effects will be seen in the next quarter. It’ll be interesting to see if it helps Apple grab a piece of its old market share back

Source: Mashable

Google Andriod Nexus 7 – Is this the new Tablet King?

Just last week, Microsoft announced the expectation of its Surface Tablet, Amazon announced the Introduction of two powerful tablet addition to the Kindle fire family and now one more giant to enter the tablet competition (Google) has finally entered.

Google announced the release of its first tablet, the $199 Nexus 7, at its San Francisco developers conference Wednesday. More than just another tablet to enter the hot new market, the Nexus 7 illustrates Google’s determination to reinvent itself as a “lifestyle and culture purveyor” manufacturing its own hardware to compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon. It’s a new direction for the company, and one that heats up the tablet wars in a big way.

Is Microsoft and Google turning there backs on Hardware Manufacturers?

The Nexus 7 will start shipping in mid-July, priced at $199 for the 8GB version, $249 for the 16GB version. That will make the Nexus 7 the most functional tablet at the lowest price. It will be available through the Google Play store at first, but it’s likely to reach retailers not long afterward.

Inside the Google Nexus 7 is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor packing a 12-core GPU and 1GB of on-board RAM. This, combined with some clever under-the-hood streamlining, means a buttery-smooth performance. The built-in HDMI means you’ll be able to connect it to your telly too

Read full specs of the Nexus 7 here

Also, Google looks set to follow in the footsteps of Apple and Amazon, as reports say the search giant will set up its own online store to sell the upcoming Google Nexus tablet.

One Question though, Now i want to get my tablet and yet im not confused but drawn to the my favorite Tech companies. Well the balls are in the court now, good tablets in the offerings, One Question though, do you think this Nexus 7 will be a hit or Failure?

 

IPAD is 2: Happy Birthday to the Tablet World Changer

Two years ago Friday, Apple’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad, one of the most anticipated Apple products in history.

“There hasn’t been this much hype about a tablet since Moses came down from the mountain,” Jobs said quoting an earlier New York Times article. Speculation over Apple’s touch tablet had been circulating for months, and the as-yet-unseen product was predicted to be the savior of all things print–including books, newspapers, and magazines.

When the Apple slate finally went on sale in the U.S. in April 2010, it quickly won over fans nationwide selling 300,000 units within the first 24 hours. Competitors followed with competing tablets including the Android-based Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, HP’s TouchPad, and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
upcoming iPad 3.

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Why Manufacturing Companies go to China, even Apple

It is not news to hear that manufacturing companies in America and Europe have preferred China as a spot for electronics manufacturing but while the myth is that its all about money and low wages (which is part of it), Its not all about that. This was the explanation given by Apple executives for moving Apple’s manufacturing to China.

Speaking at a dinner with Obama, Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
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India $35 Tablet : World Cheapest Tablet by DataWind

India has launched what it says is the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23). Costing a fraction of Apple’s iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. (bbc news)
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Apple God {Steve Jobs} is dead @ 56

I am just getting this online that Steve Jobs is gone, STEVE IS GONE!!!. Steve Jobs has passed away. As confirmed on Apple’s site, Mr. Jobs has passed away at the age of 56 (1955 – 2011) after recently stepping down from the position of CEO and naming Tim Cook his successor. Steve Jobs as been an asset to the world of Information and Communications Technology, His prowess in Apple cannot be forgotten and his ideas and innovations that has turned Apple to that beloved gadget we all love will not leave us easily. Just like the saying goes “An icon has left us and a hole has been left” – unfilled? I cant say.
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Smartphone OS Market share

HP WebOS

One can only ponder what the OS market share is for the leading and growing smartphone OS out there, blackberry OS, Android OS, Windows mobile OS, Symbian, HP Web OS and others. Some are popular than others but one thing sure is that each one of them is using applications and developer base to strengthen its market. HP WebOS coming on tablets, Android already on 3.0, iOS on iPAD2 and blackberry coming with BBOS 7.0. Android, iOS and Blackberry looks stronger, the question is how will these other players break even to split the smartphone market? I stumbled on a market share this year and looks interesting…
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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy Phones…who’s next?

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Samsung, alleging that the consumer electronics giant has violated Apple’s intellectual property in the design of its mobile devices.

The suit, which was filed last week Friday and picked up on by The Wall Street Journal, takes aim specifically at the Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets, as well as other Samsung smartphones, for “copying” Apple’s user interface and design features. In it, Apple–the maker of the trend-setting iPhone and iPad–claims Samsung is infringing on its patents and is practicing unfair competition.

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