Apple has responded to a fatal fire started by a third party USB iPhone charger by setting up a program where customers can buy an “official” charger for $10.
The U.S. Justice Department announced it’s proposal for penalties against Apple Friday after the company was found to have fixed prices and restricted competition in the e-book market earlier this month.
Reuters reports the government is asking U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan to penalize Apple by asking it to cancel existing agreements with the publishers, submit to a five year ban from entering e-book distribution contracts which kept consumer prices inflated.
Publishers Hachette Book Group Inc, HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Penguin Group (USA) Inc, Simon & Schuster Inc and Macmillan settled with the government.
Apple would not be able to make deals with content providers of video and music for iPad and iPhones which would increase the prices at which competitors sold the same content.
Apple does not have a significant share of the e-book market according to analysts quoted in the article.
Competitors Barnes & Noble and Amazon would have to be given the opportunity to have a link within their apps that would allow customers to check for a lower price.
Apple is planning to appeal the verdict.
Researchers have found that malware could be uploaded to an iPhone through a charging device and Apple will be updating it’s IOS to prevent this from happening.
The BBC reports that the hack, shown off at the Black Hat conference currently going on in Las Vegas, would search the memory and also take screen shots of usernames and passwords.
The work by computer scientists at Georgia Tech in the US can compromise iOS devices in about 60 seconds.
Apple’s pending update warns users to be sure they are using a trusted charging point when they plug in.
The custom built chargers include a small computer alongside the electronic components that pipe power into an Apple iOS device.
The tiny computer interrogates an iPhone or tablet and copies a unique ID number that identifies that phone.
This is then used on an Apple website to take advantage of an uploading tool usually used by developers to test their software on an iOS gadget.
The device, which connects to your TV via HDMI is a three inch dongle that lets users stream content from devices to a connected television.
The Chromecast is about the size of a flash drive, and connects with devices including smartphones, tablets and computers. Notably, connectivity is not limited to Google and Android products, the Chromecast will also work with Apple products.
Additionally, Google is offering developers the opportunity to create products and services for the Chromecast. This means that services like Spotify or Flickr can create apps specifically for the platform and expand available content to Chromecast users.
Additionally, in the announcement post, Google says that the device will feature support from entertainment services like Netflix and Youtube, with more services offering support in the future.
Based on the wide support for the product, a remote will not come with the device. Instead, users will control the Chromecast using any of the compatible devices to use and manage content. Additionally, Google is offering developers the opportunity to create products and services for the Chromecast.
Google’s Chromcast is available now for $35.
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The tablet war continues as Microsoft seeks to gain more traction with a Surface price drop.
The entry level 32-gb Surface RT tablet, which previously retailed at $499.99 has been reduced by $150.00 to $349.99.
The entry level model does not include the Surface Type Cover. The $129.99 cover also functions as a keyboard for the device.
According to CNET, this price drop comes in the wake of price drops and special promotions that Microsoft offered to help the sales of the device.
Bloomberg reports that as of March, Microsoft had sold approximately 1.5 million surface devices. About 400,000 were Surface Pros and about one million Surface RTs. Despite these sales, the article states that Microsoft expected to sell 3 million surface devices.
At launch the pro version of the surface cost $899.00.
According to Bloomberg, Apple sold 22.3 million iPads in 2012.
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The head of Google says the strained relations between the folks in Mountain View and Cupertino is less and less.
In a Reuters article, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the companies have talked about issues but would not be specific about what they worked on.
The two companies are in “constant business discussions on a long list of issues,” Schmidt said..[at] the annual Allen and Co media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Thursday.
Apple’s education reward program is back for the upcoming fall semester.
As students return to school in August and September, the computer manufacturer usually offers discounted rates on its products and offers a bonus gift to patrons.
This year, students and teachers that purchase computers will receive a $100 App Store gift card, and those buying iPhones and iPads will get a $50 gift card.
Student and teacher discounts for new Apple Computers can reach up to $200 off, depending on the product. This special offer is only available until the program’s conclusion later this year..
According to the Apple Store’s website, “To qualify for the App Store Gift Card and get education pricing on a Mac, you must be a college student, a student accepted to a college, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member from any grade level.”
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Apple won the round in a Tokyo court on Friday (which was yesterday in Japan.) This suit was over the “bounce back” action on mobile devices. The Japanese court ruled that Samsung copied the action on it smart phone operating system.
Apple lost a similar fight last month in the U.S.
The world’s slimmest smartphone was unveiled today, and not by the usual suspects.
The phone has a five mega pixel camera front facing camera, and a slew of features that aim to compete with Smartphone juggernauts, Apple and Samsung.
The Chinese manufacturer unveiled the product in North London today, June 18th, to coincide with the new phone’s thin measurements.
The phone will reportedly be running a modified version of Android.
Huawei is new to the consumer smart phone market; however it was the fourth largest Smartphone manufacturer as of the first quarter of 2013.
In another article, TheVerge reports that the new phone does not have support for LTE networks.
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Read the story of a Los Angeles Times reporter who lost their phone and used the Find My iPhone feature to get it back.
My phone was locked. It required a password to get past my dog on the home screen. My plan of attack was to bombard it with text messages, which pop up anyway.
They’d provide the means for a good person who found it to contact me — and just might give a jumpy thief pause.