REVIEW: Steve Jobs, a Biographic Portrait by Kevin Lynch

Whether you like Apple or not, you can't help but admire the energy and sheer determination of its founder Steve Jobs. Born in 1955, he was adopted by a working-class Californian couple and went on to become one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Incredibly smart, he was also undoubtedly ruthlessly ambitious,…

Top 10 selling Christmas gifts of all time. How many of these can you remember?

From Monopoly to the Rubik's Cube and Gameboy, a whole host of crazes have taken the world by storm over the past few decades. But how many of these top-selling Christmas gifts from yesteryear are you old enough to remember? Chris Price reports Everyone remembers that one special toy they just had to have for Christmas when…

The Pope’s iPad sells for $30,500

It looks like Pope Francis may finally be upgrading to an iPad Air 2 - as his old iPad has been sold at auction in Italy. The iPad, which appears to be the original iPad 1 was apparently initially given by the Pope to Uruguayan priest Gonzalo Aemilius, but then he gave it to a…

Apple updates iOS8 to make older devices usable again

Apple has tacitly admitted that iOS8 has caused problems of older devices - by releasing an update promising to fix things on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. You might have noticed things getting significantly slower if you have an older device - and you wouldn't be alone. Now though, if you go into the Software…

The iPad as a Point of Sale Terminal

It sound an implausible design: putting up a consumer-level tablet as a replacement for specially designed hardware and software. When you think about it, though, it makes a lot of sense. Suppliers such as Shopify make it simple to source hardware solutions to use with this particular point of sale solution. As retail businesses, having…

Next iPads almost certainly getting TouchID

It seems almost certain that the next generation of iPads will feature fingerprint-sensing TouchID technology - the same we've seen in the iPhone 5S and 6. Cult of Mac is reporting that developer Hamza Sood has done some digging into Apple's release of iOS 8.1 and has found strings of text contained hidden within that…

Tom Hanks’ free iPad typewriter app hits no.1 on App Store

Remember that classic scene in the film Big — the film that really launched Tom Hanks' big-screen career — in which he plays Chopsticks by dancing on the giant piano keys? Well, now keys of another kind have also proved a big success for the Oscar-winning actor. His manual typewriter simulator app for the iPad — called…

Perhaps this is why they make you switch your devices off when going on a plane?

Terrifying news from the New York Post, where it has emerged that a passenger plane dropped 5000 feet without anyone realising - because the pilot was distracted by her iPad. The Boeing 777 flight, which was flying from Mumbai to Brussels apparently dropped from the 34,000ft it had been assigned. Luckily air traffic control spotted…