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Apple and IBM Forge Partnership to Expand Enterprise Apps

On Tuesday Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced that it will be joining technology and consulting giant, IBM, in an effort to "transform enterprise mobility." In other words, their goal is to improve and expand upon industry specific iOS applications to help companies "achieve new levels of efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction—faster and easier than ever before." The partnership combines Apple's consumer experience, hardware and software development expertise and developer platform with IBM's big data and analytics capabilities, as well as its huge number of technology consultants and software engineers.

Apple and IBM join forces transform enterprise mobility

The enterprise will be known as "IBM MobileFirst for iOS" and, as part of the agreement, IBM will begin to sell iPads and iPhones with industry specific solutions. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, "iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today... For the first time ever we’re putting IBM’s renowned big data analytics at iOS users’ fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity

Apple Offering an Extra $80 for iPhone 5 Trade-Ins with Faulty Sleep/Wake Buttons

Apple last week announced that it would begin replacing the sleep/wake button mechanism on all iPhone 5 models that were manufactured through March 2013. Customers with a faulty sleep/wake button can either bring in or mail their device to an Apple Repair Center and have it fixed free of charge in approximately 4-6 days, or trade it in for an extra $80 of in-store credit, according to 9to5Mac.

iPhone Sleep Button

According to a retail store memo issued to employees, customers can opt to trade-in their broken iPhone 5 for $350 instead of waiting up to 6 days for it to be repaired. $350 is $80 more than the normal non-affected device trade-in value. To take advantage of the deal, your iPhone 5 must exhibit the known sleep-wake issue and have a qualifying serial number. The device must also have no other problems such as a cracked display or other damage.

Apple Expands Free Recycling to All iOS Devices, Macs and PCs

Apple is celebrating Earth Day by launching a revamped reuse and recycling program for used electronics. The company is also highlighting its environmental focus in a new film titled Better. While the film mostly shows off Apple's large-scale solar arrays, the expanded recycling program continues to divert used electronics from landfills worldwide.

Apple Earth Day 2014 Recycling

The recycling program is divided into two parts. The iPod and Mobile Phone Recycling Program will accept used iPods and any manufacturer's mobile phone free of charge. Bringing an iPod to any Apple store for recycling qualifies the customer for 10 percent off the purchase of a new iPod. Apple will also pay for packaging and shipping for those who mail the iPod or mobile phone out for recycling.

Apple, Megafon Sign Deal to Sell 750,000 iPhones in Russia

Reuters has reported that Megafon, Russia's second biggest mobile phone operator, has signed an agreement with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) guaranteeing it will purchase 750,000 iPhones over the next three years.

Apple makes deal with Russia's Megafon

According to Reuters, the agreement was originally struck in January between Megafon and Apple's Russian subsidiary, though details were not released until this week. In addition to purchasing the 750,000 iPhones, Megafon committed to

Report Shows Increase in Apple's U.S. Smartphone Market Share

comScore Inc., a leading digital measurements and analytics firm, today released its MobilLens and Mobile Metrix data for the last quarter of 2013, ending January. The data show top smartphone manufacturers, top mobile platforms, top apps and top properties.

According to comScore's data, smartphone owner ship increased by 7% during the last quarter, up to 159.8 million people. Smartphones accounted for 66.8% of all phones. Apple once again led the pack as the top smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) with 41.6% of all subscribers, up 1% since October. Top Apple rival, Samsung, was second with 26.7%, and LG, Motorola and HTC were distant followers with 6.9%, 6.4% and 5.4% respectively.

comScore top OEMs

Google's Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 51.7% market share, which was .5% lower than in October. Apple came in second with 41.6%, again a 1% increase. Microsoft, Blackberry and Symbian filled in the rest with 3.2%, 3.1% and

Apple Dominates Handset Market in Q4, Takes 87% of Total Profits

In a note to investors on Monday, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt indicated that although Apple's dominance in the mobile phone market increased even further, taking a whopping 87.4% of the total industry profits, the growth of the market itself is markedly slowing down.

Apple claims 87% of mobile phone industry profits

According to the report, Apple took 87.4% of the profits while Samsung claimed 32.2%. The fact that so many other vendors in the industry lost money allowed Apple and Samsung to account for over 100% of the industry's earnings in the Q4 2013. Apple and Samsung accounted for 77.8% and 26.1% of the mobile phone industry's profits in Q4 of the previous year. Although these two companies

Google to Bring Chrome Apps to iOS

Google's Chrome Apps have been available for desktop systems running Chrome OS and Windows for some time now, and they just became available for Mac users early last December. Google is now bringing Chrome Apps to both Android and iOS via Apache's Cordova platform, which is a set of APIs (application programming interface) that allow mobile app developers to access native device functions (such as a camera or accelerometer) with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Chrome Apps for iOS

Google today released a preview of a toolchain for developers. This tool will allow developers to wrap their Chrome apps in a native shell and submit them to Apple's App Store and Google Play. In addition to a multitude of APIs available in Cordova,

Apple Stock Drops Nearly 9% Despite Record Breaking Q1 Numbers

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) today released results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter (ended December 28th 2013), and while some of the numbers were record breakers for the tech giant, they still fell short of analysts' expectations. This, accompanied by a disappointing Q2 forecast, caused the stock to drop nearly 9% during after hours trading. According to OppTrends, Apple shares were trading for around $502 at 5:43 P.M. EST today.

AAPL stock dips

Apple reported a record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share. These are up from revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, for Q1 2012. Gross margin dipped slightly to 37.9, down from 38.6 a year ago. iPhone sales

Apple Takes Another Step Toward Mobile Payments

It is, or at least should be, obvious that making purchases at retail stores with your mobile device, while bypassing store personnel altogether, is going to be the norm at some point in the future. When this will be is the mystery. The technology is already widely used in Japan, South Korea and many countries in Europe. In America however, no clear leader has emerged and things are moving at a much slower pace, but progressing nonetheless. Google has been experimenting with Google Wallet and NFC (near field communication) technology on its Android handsets for some time. Apple has also been gradually building the groundwork for its own mobile payment system and yesterday, according to the Wall Street Journal, there was another development in its endeavor.

Apple mobile payment system patent

On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior VP of Internet and Software Services, Eddie Cue, met with other technology industry executives to discuss their interest in making mobile payments for goods and services from mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. The WSJ also reported that Apple has charged executive Jennifer

Apple to Discontinue iPhone 5c, Release Two Large Display iPhones Later this Year

According to The Wall Street Journal, anonymous sources have indicated that Apple plans to discontinue production of the iPhone 5c and launch two new iPhones with larger displays sometime in late 2014.

Apple to discontinue iPhone 5c

There has been much talk about the iPhone 5c sales coming in well below Apple's expectations. This cannot be confirmed however, as Apple does not disclose sales based on iPhone model. Analysts point towards ineffective pricing strategy - the colorful, plastic-backed 5c starts at $100 with a two year contract ($550 without

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