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

You can now send Offline Skype video messages

Skype’s video messaging service, available in beta form since February, is now an official part of the popular free calling service.

With Video Messaging for Skype you can record a video message and send it to friends, family and colleagues who aren’t online. They will see the message the next time they log in to Skype.

Video Messaging is accessible via Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android, and Skype for BlackBerry.

“There’s also no limit to the number of video messages you can send or receive and the messages themselves may be as long as 3 minutes” – Not true because on the Blackberry Z10, It showed 25 free Videos, Upgrade to Premium to do Unlimited

Skype’s blog didn’t mention support for Microsoft’s Windows Phone, however, which seems odd since Microsoft owns Skype. CNET contacted Microsoft for comment and will update the story with further information. – CNET

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

So cool – Samsung pays $1 Billion Fine with Coins in 30 Trucks

his is probably the funniest geeky moved of the 21st century as samsung mobile paid their court fine to Apple with 30 trucks filled with Coins….. This is just so kewl.

Okay so maybe its true or not, I will call Tim Cook and find out…but before then, enjoy the hilarious truth or Joke

On Sept 6, More than 30 trucks filled with 5-cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Initially, the security company that protects the facility said the trucks were in the wrong place, but minutes later, Tim Cook (Apple CEO) received a call from Samsung CEO explaining that they will pay $1 billion dollars for the fine recently ruled against the South Korean company in this way.

The funny part is that the signed document does not specify a single payment method, so Samsung is entitled to send the creators of the iPhone their billion dollars in the way they deem best.

This dirty but genius geek troll play is a new headache to Apple executives as they will need to put in long hours counting all that money, to check if it is all there and to try to deposit it crossing fingers to hope a bank will accept all the coins.

Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, told the media that his company is not going to be intimidated by a group of “geeks with style” and that if they want to play dirty, they also know how to do it.

You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that’s not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law. A total of 20 billion coins, delivery hope to finish this week. There is only one way to sum this story up CLASSIC!

CLASSIC – nah, I say this is ballistic

Samsung pays Apple $1 Billion sending 30 trucks full of 5 cent coins

Who is a Developer Evangelist?

I bet you have seen the advert one or twice and you might have even applied for it, Well its a Technology Job so it should not be rocket science even though you didn’t know what the role involved right?

Well, The role doesn’t involve coding all day long (although there’s plenty of that involved). It’s not marketing, PR or sales, although there are plenty of shared adventures to be had. It’s not recruiting, but that happens too. One thing is for sure, it doesn’t involve a lot of sleep. So what is it? We asked Heilmann to define it:

A developer evangelist is first and foremost a translator. Someone who can explain technology to different audiences to get their support for a certain product or technology. It needs to be someone who is technical but also capable to find the story in a technical message… A good developer evangelist can get techies excited about a product by pointing out the benefits for developers who use the product on an eye-to-eye level.

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Is Facebook Buying Opera Browser?

Well they call it a rumour but this rumours are always true, the new one “is about a potential Facebook acquisition of Norwegian browser company Opera” .The move – which would no doubt send shivers of panic through Google – although unlikely to affect Chrome’s continued growth in the short term, would see the two tech giants battle it out on your desktop and mobile for web surfing as well as social networking.

It’s interesting to note that it seems that “web browsers”  lately have become the new status symbol for major web companies, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Yahoo all offering it’s own take on them. A mobile browser component would compliment the mythical “Facebook Phone” rumored to be in development completing all the required components needed to launch it’s own phone platform. If the rumor turns out to be true, we may be about to see the emergence of yet another browser war. This time embedded with all your social information. A scary thought for some, but a necessary one.
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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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College DropOuts Billionaire

Culled from Wikipedia college dropouts billionaire

The average net worth of billionaires who dropped out of college, $9.4 billion, is more than double that of billionaires with Ph.D.s, $3.2 billion. Even if you remove the world’s second richest man, Bill Gates, who left Harvard University and is now worth $53.0 billion, college dropouts are worth $5.3 billion on average, compared to those who finished only bachelor’s degrees, who are worth $2.9 billion. According to a recent report from Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research, 20% of America’s millionaires never attended college.




These guys have changed time and made solving a problem and creating an invention worth pursuing, Now i wish i was a college dropOut (lol).

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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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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Resigns …


Yesterday, A certain news struck the Technology world as Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple decided to resign from his position and that was TRUE. It should be noted that in January he took an indefinite medical leave before coming back and this time, its a gone for good. Of course many questions arise, why did he leave (Health)? Jobs is too good for development to leave now? Where does that leave Apple? And where does that leave us? What happens now? Well for a start, read below Steve Jobs letter of resignation to the board.
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