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Lufthansa collaborates with IBM for their new internal iOS Apps

IBM today announced that Lufthansa Group is introducing a new mobile offering for employees, powered by MobileFirst for iOS to transform the airline’s ground operations and boost customer service. With Manage Gates for iPhone, flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for Lufthansa passengers.

Travelers today expect the best of both worlds—the lowest fares and a first-rate flying experience. Airline carriers need to identify new strategies to differentiate their operations in the hyper-competitive market that has evolved in the digital world. Mobility has become one of the most promising solutions for the aviation industry as it reinvents business models and operations.

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Apple Store Brussels grand opening

Finally we have an official Apple Store in the capital of Europe. Why it took so long for Apple to build one is still a big question for me. Yesterday on September 19 the store was officially open for the public. Photos have appeared already in the press, they could visit already a few days earlier. Anyway the best experience is to go when the public is there and when the store employees make the wave for you when you enter.

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iPhone 6S (Plus) prices increase between 5 and 16 percent

The iPhone 6S received a nice overhaul, and like I’ve blogged about before, this model is bringing a lot of new features to the table which were long overdue. Pre-iPhone 6 users, will get a really nice upgrade value bang for the buck with the new camera system and 3D Touch.

That being said the new iPhone flagships also take again a bigger bite out of the (family) budget. We have compared the prices of 4 European countries where it’s available for preorder the 12th of September, and we also compared the US prices.

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The real reason why the iPhone 6 (Plus) bends

Just after the most successful smartphone launch in history to date, #bendgate was the trending topic on the anti-social media. The first adapters needed to inform themselves swiftly, because all of their friends and mom suddenly started interrogating them about this “design error” and they’d to defend their appalling phone purchase on top of the fact that most features were already in 2 year old Androids. Did Apple made the new iPhones too thin for the beauty of aesthetics, and from aluminium instead of Samsung-plastic™?

Apple had to come out with an official statement and so it happend, they even introduced the collective press to the unrevealed Cupertino testing facilities, something they’d also done after the iPhone 4 #antennagate. They came with the following statement;

bent iPhone 6

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Impressions iPhone 6 sales London

The Regent street Apple Store is situated in the hart of West-End shopping frenzy. At the time of the fist opening of the store it was the biggest Apple store on the European continent. This weekend one of our friends was so kind to send in some pictures from his visit to the store.

The people queuing all have pre-ordered the new iPhones, no iPhones yet for regular shoppers. The first sales and preordering started in the UK already 10 days after the presentation in Cupertino. The sales seem to go better then their live event streaming fiasco.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6C / iOS 8 Concept

The guys from are back with new concept renderings, they did also the brilliant iOS 7 concept before.

Here are the features translated from French;

- iOS 8 which comes again in the iOS 7 style (gradients are back)
- The “Air” design -> iPhone 6 Air
- 4.5-inch anti-glare display with ultra-thin edges
- 20 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and stabiliser

- Siri on the lock-screen

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London outsells the iPhone 5S — not much interest for the 5C

My friend just imessaged some pictures he took today from the Regent Street store. Yesterday the iPhone 5S was only for the lucky few that had queued since the night before already. The lacklustre interest for the iPhone 5C was probably because of two reasons. First this iPhone was already for preorder available via the online shop and secondly the price difference with the new model isn’t so big. He told me he did not see anyone buy it and there was plenty of stock like you can see on the pictures.

Apple Store Regent street iPhone 5S sold out

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European capital finally gets 4G LTE - but only in one year

Didier Bellens the CEO of Belgacom already criticised the tight radiation norms in Brussels, the multicultural city threatened to become the only place in Europe without LTE 4G. This is bad news, not only to the regular consumer walking around with excellent Apple branded radios in their pockets aka ‘iPhone 5’s, but also for all the European parliamentarians which travel weekly between Avenue du Président Robert Schuman in Strasbourg and the main capital.

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Apple Reports Third Quarter Results: more iPhone sold, less profit

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 third quarter ended June 29, 2013. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $35.3 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35 billion and net profit of $8.8 billion, or $9.32 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.9 percent compared to 42.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 57 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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iPhone 5 - Eight months later and looking ahead

We are at the verge of iOS7 which more likely will be announced next week at the WWDC 2013 event in San Francisco. There we will see how much Jonathan Ive has changed to the design of the popular mobile Operating System. Every iOS release has been introduced with a new iPhone and this year the same will hold true. With the new iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone HD (I hope) coming up I would like to take a look back at the iPhone 5 that I have been using for 8 months already now.

For those who don’t know I have written a comprehensive article when the iPhone 5 came out named Read this before buying the iPhone 5, it still is a nice read I think. Anyway let us wrap this thing up below.

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