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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Time For Apple to Wear the Sandwich Board

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"A U.K. judge ordered Apple to publish a notice on its UK website and in British newspapers informing the public that Samsung did not copy the iPad's design, Bloomberg reported today."

This is equivalent to the kid that steals and has to wear the sandwich board stating as much. Seems pretty silly to me that the judge is doing this. If the judge is so concerned about the image of Samsung, perhaps he should carry around a sign that says "I'm sorry Samsung, you are cool too" since he said their product was not as cool as Apple's. What are your thoughts?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Class Action Suit Settlement for iPhone 4 Antenna "Problems"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"In case you didn't know, Apple's iPhone 4 had some unfortunate issues with its antenna that started the "Antennagate" scandal, which ultimately led to a class action lawsuit against the company."

If you didn't partake of the original offer of a free iPhone 4 case, you can go here and submit a request for your part of the settlement. Make sure you are eligible for it though, and do to that you can go here. You have until August 28th, 2012 to submit your claim.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Apple Fined in Italy Regarding Mishandling of Warranty Notification

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:00 AM

"Apple has complied with a court order in Italy and is informing customers at its online store about a legally mandated two-year warranty, reports 'The Register.'"

You can read the original story here, but of course, Apple is appealing the ruling. I'm not really sure about this whole situation, since the basis is the fact that Apple didn't tell customers they had a two year warranty when they were purchasing an extended warranty. Any extended warranty I've ever purchased has always added to and not overlapped, so they must do it differently in Italy? Besides, don't you know when you purchase an item if it has a warranty and for how long the warranty lasts and what it covers? Wouldn't you want to know? I know I find out, maybe I'm an anomaly? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Why Yes Apple, You Can Restrict OS X to Your Own Hardware

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:30 PM

"Apple has the right to continue restricting its operating systems to its own hardware thanks to a decision handed down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder wrote in her opinion that Apple's Mac OS X licensing agreement was indeed enforceable against Psystar, which had sold non-Mac computers with Mac OS X installed."

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Of course, the home enthusiasts can still "do-it-yourself" with kits that companies sell or by going online at any number of sites to get the how to instructions. At least it is very doubtful Apple would go after individuals, unless they started doing it commercially I suppose. Personally I'm glad for this since it keeps the ecosystem closed, so I know, for the most part, that software and hardware are going to mesh together well. Unlike with that other software know the one. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Apple Jumps Into the Lodsys Lawsuit Fray

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 02:00 AM

"There's been a lot of movement on the Lodsys front this week, though it's largely been flying under the radar thanks to WWDC. Florian Mueller of Fosspatents, however, has done a stellar job of keeping us up to speed with the latest developments - namely an action to invalidate Lodsys' patent portfolio and Apple attempting to intervene as a party to Lodsys' suit against 7 iOS developers."

Basically Apple is saying since the developers work under a license from Apple, and Apple has an agreement with Lodsys, that Apple should be allowed to be involved in this suit. I'm sure that the developers are hopeful it will be allowed, since Apple obviously has some deep pockets and can battle this patent troll more effectively than they ever could. This will be an interesting one to watch, although it certainly is complicated.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

And Now Some News on the Legal Front...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 11:14 AM

"Bloomberg reports that Steve Jobs will have to testify in an anti-trust suite which alleges that Apple operated a music-downloading monopoly."

According to the story, this involves "Apple's blockage of RealNetwork's Harmony software which briefly allowed users to use RealNetworks' music in iTunes and on iPods. A few days after Harmony was released, Apple updated its own software to block Harmony from working in Apple's Music ecosystem." Seems like this would go nowhere but I can understand Job's getting a subpoena to testify if he had specific information related to the case. In other legal news, Apple is suing over the use of the term "App Store," and Microsoft is protesting the awarding of the trademark. It does seem like a generic term to me, unless of course you put the Apple in front of it. What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Devine Admits Guilt in Wire Fraud, Money Laundering and Conspiracy

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:35 AM

"Paul Devine, the man who last August collected a pretty lengthy list of charges against his name from the FBI and IRS -- which collectively amounted to an accusation of "screwing Apple" -- has now admitted his guilt."

Another "good man who made a mistake" fesses up and admits he is guilty as charged. It's funny how threat of prison time can really bring out the good in people isn't it? Devine has to forfeit $2.28 million in ill-gotten gains stemming from his antics involving confidential information he passed on about Apple products to suppliers. It's a lengthy list of charges, available here to peruse at the Department of Justice site. I wonder what Apple or the Department of Justice is doing about the suppliers that paid for this information?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Apple Shuts Down eBay Sale of Steve Jobs Figurine

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"A Canadian eBay seller contacted AppleInsider on Tuesday to share that they had sold a popular, rare Steve Jobs figurine on the bidding site. It went for a final price of $1,125, but eBay soon after allegedly canceled the listing."

These figurines keep showing up, and Apple legal keeps going after the people who sell them. I can't say that I'm surprised by that. Steve Jobs does have a right to protect his valuable image. At the same time, I can understand a desire to own your very own Steve Jobs figurine. What do you think? Is Apple being heavy-handed here?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lawyers? No App For That!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 04:35 PM

"Steve Jobs made Apple Inc.'s iPhone one of the best-selling smartphones on the market with its touch screen, fast Web connection and access to more than 300,000 downloadable applications. Now he's adding lawyers to the mix."

Apple battles Nokia this week, and then when that fight is over, or perhaps during it, they will be crossing swords with HTC and Motorola. Interesting that they note in the article that Apple "has been the most sued since 2008, the year after the iPhone debuted."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Motorola Versus Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

"Today, Motorola filed suit regarding three complaints against Apple over patent infringements. The complaints deal with antenna design and other associated smartphone technologies covered in 18 patents held by Motorola. According to Kirk Daily (via CNNMoney), Motorola Mobility's corporate VP of intellecual property, legal action was a last resort taken after licensing negotiations with Apple broke down."

This after losing a patent battle that has the potential to cost Apple $625 million USD in legal fines as well as the suit and counter-suit fight with Nokia. So it hasn't been the best week from a legal standpoint but they should be used to it, the being sued part not the losing. At least they aren't alone in the courtroom, as Microsoft is now suing Motorola. They fight hard in the smartphone world don't they?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Newsflash! iPad Overheats When Exposed to the Sun!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:30 AM

"Apple was sued last week over claims that its iPad easily overheats, then suddenly switches itself off."

Part of the lawsuit claimed that when exposed to direct sunlight, the iPad heats up. Huh? Its enclosed in metal so why wouldn't it?? But I get it that they are frustrated. They planned on being able to take their iPad to the beach, or sit in the sun and read their books. Now all they get is the "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it" message and it shuts down on them. Perhaps though, they should try using a case to cover up the metal case before going out into direct sunlight? I've used mine out on our deck, in the sunlight, and haven't had this problem, but I've always had a case on it. Not sure if that has been tried by these folks since the lawsuit doesn't address it, but it sure seems like they would before going the route of a lawsuit. Or am I missing something here?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Jailbreak and Copy Those DVDs Per Library of Congress

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:31 AM

"It's no longer illegal under the DMCA to jailbreak your iPhone or bypass a DVD's CSS in order to obtain fair use footage for educational purposes or criticism. These are the new rules that were handed down moments ago by the U.S. Copyright Office. This is really big. Like, really big."

I'd have to agree, this is big news. The ramifications have yet to be fully sorted out since this happened today, but the Library of Congress has ruled that "jailbreaking" your iPhone is legal, and that you can also break DVD encryption under certain circumstances. ARS Technica has a pretty thorough break-down of the ruling, but you can also read it directly from the Library of Congress. This is a step in the right direction in my opinion; what are your thoughts?

Monday, June 14, 2010

FTC to Investigate Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:00 AM

"From the way Apple protects its iTunes business to theirefforts to block Google from competing equally on the iOS mobile advertising marketplace, Cupertino's been provoking a lot of anti-trust talk lately."

And not that talk has appeared to turn into an investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as well as the Department of Justice, according to the Wall Street Journal. Not only will they be focusing on iAd and the developer agreements, but they will also peer into the digital music distribution network that Apple has with the iTunes store. Success really brings the spotlight on you, in good and bad ways it seems.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

iTunes Live Trademark Pending

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"Apple has been filing applications for quite a number of trademarks lately, most of which get rigorously tracked and dissected by sites like, among others. But somehow, the most recent applications filed by Apple trademark correspondent Lisa G. Widup have gone unnoticed. Until today."

Who knows what this will mean if/when it is approved. Obviously something to do with the iTunes store but perhaps this is just Apple planning ahead to offer more live music on iTunes. Or not.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Speaking of Lawsuits...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"Three months after Eastman Kodak sued Apple for patent infringement, Apple filed a countersuit accusing the film and imaging company of violating two of its own digital photography patents."

Apple says Kodak infringed on several patents relating to digital technology and the iPhone, the specifics of which can be found in the suit posted at Patently Apple. Tit for tat I guess since Kodak filed suit against Apple in January of this year regarding Apple's supposed use of Kodak technology without compensation.

Apple Sued Over Moisture Sensor in iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"Inside every iPhone is a moisture sensor: a small dot of liquid-sensitive material that turns bright pink if the iPhone's insides have been exposed to being submerged. It's the method Apple uses to protect itself from having to replace iPhones that clumsy customers have dropped in a puddle, their beer or a toilet."

The Californian woman claims in the lawsuit that "As a result of Apple's improper application of the Liquid-Damage Exclusion, Apple sells [devices] with the intent to exclude them from the warranty coverage Apple promises consumers it will provide-even when consumers pay extra for Extended Warranty coverage-simply because their Liquid Submersion Indicator has been triggered, without any attempt by Apple to verify whether the Class Devices actually have been damaged as a result of submersion or immersion in liquid." The reason for the moisture indicators is to determine if they have been exposed to moisture so isn't that verification? Not enough according to the lawsuit, it appears she also wants another verification done to make sure the indicator isn't faulty. It doesn't sound unreasonable to me, especially since there have been other complaints that these are too sensitive and could be faulty. What are your thoughts?

Can We Have Our iPhone Back?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple's most senior legal chief has approached Gizmodo demanding the return of the iPhone 4G, revelations of which dominated news headlines yesterday."

I'm sure you are all aware of the news over the last few days, about the "4G" iPhone in the wild. Skepticism turned towards belief as more details emerged about the iPhone that was lost in a bar and reported by Gizmodo, who in turn paid a few bucks to get it in their offices. Now it appears Apple legal has sent them a letter demanding the "property" be returned (and has been returned according to Cult of Mac). So it all adds up to either a bad luck story for the engineer that lost it or a well planned PR scheme. What are your thoughts about the "new look" and the idea that this may have been just a huge PR event?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Oh, What's in a Name Anyway?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple's uncanny ability to get its own way goes up another notch in the legendary stakes as it does an unknown deal with Fujitsu to assign the entire interest in the iPad name over to the Captains of Crunch!"

This story is week old or thereabouts, but I find it funny that Apple went ahead with the name of the product and promoting it based on a name they didn't even own at the time! According to the article the deal to purchase the name from Fujitsu (or for Fujitsu to let Apple use it if that is the case) wasn't even a done deal until about March 17th. That is cutting it rather close. 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Apple Sued by MicroUnity

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple and a number of other major mobile device makers and service providers are the targets of a massive lawsuit over mobile processors from a company that has alleged the infringement of 14 separate patents."

One of 22 companies that is named in the suit, along with AT&T since they sell the iPhone. This was filed last week in US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas due to the history of favorable outcomes on the side of the companies pursuing these types of lawsuits. They seem to have thrown a wide blanket trying to cover as many smartphones as possible since they also included Motorola Droid, Palm Pre, Nexus One and the Nokia N900.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Apple V. Nokia Delayed

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"With all of the furor around the gigantic patent lawsuit that Apple dropped on HTC this week, you might be forgiven for forgetting about the first big patent smackdown of the year, the lawsuit that Nokia laid at Apple's door."

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But it is far from forgotten. The judge suspended the case and the countersuit since the International Trade Commission is working on sorting out the complaints between the two companies. Once this probe is done, 45 days or so from the 22nd of February (the date the investigation was started), then it is expected the lawsuits will press on.

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