In pictures: 30 years of the Apple Mac

Apple's iconic Macintosh - or Mac - celebrates its 30th birthday today. The first ever Mac began a revolution in personal computing.

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Apple confirms deal to buy Beats for $3bn

Apple will make the most expensive acquisition in its history, after confirming a deal to buy Dr Dre's Beats Electronics for $3bn (£1.78bn).

Dr Dre wearing a pair of Beats headphones in 2010. Credit: Reuters

The luxury headphone brand and its music streaming service was co-founded by music mogul Jimmy Iovine and US rapper and producer Dr Dre, who called himself the "first billionaire in hip hop".

Technology giant Apple is stumping up the huge price tag, by far the highest it has ever paid in a takeover, to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.

The announcement comes three weeks after deal negotiations were leaked to the media.

Google and Apple appeals are dismissed

Apple and companies that make phones using Google's Android software have filed dozens of such lawsuits against one another around the world to protect their technology. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs called Android a "stolen product."

The internet search engine developed rival Android software. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Google and Apple informed a federal appeals court in Washington that their cases against each other should be dismissed, according to filings on Friday. However, the deal does not apply to Apple's litigation against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

Apple has battled Google and what once were the largest adopters of its Android mobile software, partly to try to curb the rapid expansion of the free, rival operating system.


Google and Apple settle smartphone patent litigation

Google's Motorola Mobility unit and Apple have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphones, ending one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology. In a joint statement, the companies said the settlement does not include a cross license to their respective patents.

Google's Motorola Mobility unit and Apple have agreed to settle all patent litigation. Credit: Jan-Philipp Strobel/DPA/Press Association Images

"Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform," the statement said.

Apple 'in talks' to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion

Apple is in talks to buy the headphone maker and music streaming operator Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion), according to the Financial Times (£).

Apple is reportedly in talks to buy the headphone maker Beats Electronics.
Apple is reportedly in talks to buy the headphone maker Beats Electronics. Credit: AP Photo/Beats by Dr. Dre

A deal could be announced as soon as next week, sources have reportedly told the newspaper.

It would be Apple's largest ever acquisition should the deal go ahead.

Samsung ordered to pay Apple $119m in patent case

A US jury has found that South Korean smartphone maker Samsung had infringed Apple smartphone patents and ordered the company to pay its US rival $119.6 million (£71 million).

A US jury has ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $119.6 million.
A US jury has ruled that Samsung must pay Apple $119.6 million. Credit: Reuters

During the month-long trial in a federal court in San Jose, California, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features including universal search, while Samsung denied wrongdoing.

In a counterclaim filed by Samsung, the panel also said Apple infringed Samsung patents and ordered it to pay $158,000 to the South Korean company.

Apple had sought $2.2 billion after accusing Samsung of infringing five of its patents covering functions such as slide-to-unlock, universal searching and quick linking.

Samsung claimed that Apple violated two patents on streaming video and had sought $6 million.

Danny Boyle 'in talks' to direct Steve Jobs movie

Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle is in talks with Sony Pictures to direct a movie about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Leonardo DiCaprio tipped to star in the title role.

The pair could reunite, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after working together in 2000 on The Beach.

(File photo) Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs in 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

The movie is the second about the late Apple co-founder, who died in 2011 at the age of 56 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.


Apple aims to make walking while texting much safer

US technology giant Apple has filed a patent that aims to make texting while walking safer by replacing the text background with a live video feed of whatever is in front of the smartphone user.

(File Image) A man crosses the street while looking at his phone. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Apples 'Transparent Texting' patent says: "The camera can be a rear-facing camera on the device".

It said video images will be displayed behind the text messaging session, with the user "less likely to collide with or stumble over an object."

99p music downloads threatened by VAT crackdown

George Osborne's budget announcement seeks to tackle a VAT loophole that has been losing the UK an estimated £1.5 billion a year. Credit: Terry Scott/NEWZULU/PA Images

The future of the 99p music download looks bleak because of a change in VAT rules as the Treasury bids to reclaim more than £300 million in tax from tech giants like Apple and Amazon.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in last week's budget that multinational firms will have to pay the UK's standard 20% levy on all digital sales to British customers from next year.

Both Apple and Amazon currently benefit from a lower VAT rate on music downloads from their online stores like iTunes and Google Play by operating out of Luxembourg.

The changes are expected to see the 99p rate for a single download rise when the new rules take effect in January to end the loophole.

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Ministers attacked over £640k Apple products spending

Government ministers have been criticised for spending taxpayers' money on "expensive gadgets" after it was revealed they had paid over half a million pounds for Apple products.

Since the general election in 2010, Whitehall departments have splashed out on 464 iPads, 314 iPhones, 160 Mac computers and two iPod touches, costing an estimated £640,000.

The Home Office spent over £48,000 in 2013 on 100 iPads, three iPhones and six Macbooks. Credit: Reuters

The figures, gained through Freedom of Information requests, also showed that the Home Office had spent over £48,000 in 2013 on 100 iPads, three iPhones and six Macbooks.

Five departments including the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Education and the Foreign Office refused to reveal how much they had spent.

A Labour source said: "Hard-pressed families will think this looks like huge indulgence during these tough times"

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "Hard-working people expect us to get best value for their money so we won't apologise for using modern technology which saves money and helps civil servants do their jobs, providing the services on which we all rely."

Apple posts record revenue figures but shares slump

Apple posted record revenue figures during the last quarter with the help of a raft of new products but shares dropped shortly after market open in the US.

It was the first period fully taking into account sales of the highly anticipated iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, as well as marking the launch of the iPad Air and iPad mini.

Apple's revenues hit $57.6 billion (£34.8 billion) for the last three months of 2013, a new quarterly record for the company.

The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.
The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. Credit: REUTERS/George Frey

The firm also posted profits of $13.1 billion (£7.9 billion) were also made - equal with the record profits set 12 months previously.

Apple sold 51 million iPhones - a new high for the company, though short of forecasts peaking at 60 million - while iPad sales also set a new record of 26 million.

However, Apple's shares slumped by as much as 7.5% in the 30 minutes after trading in the US following the disappointing sales figures for the new iPhones.

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