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The depths which humanity can plumb would fit a whole synchronized swimming team, each member standing on the next’s shoulders.
This is just one more piece of evidence.
Please imagine the essential goodness of a woman in Australia who went onto the classifieds Web site Gumtree, in search of a couple of iPhones.
As the Herald Sun reports, the core of an agreement was reached between the woman and another woman who called her on seeing the ad.
They arranged to meet at a McDonald’s in the Sunnybank suburb of Brisbane.
All went very well. The buyer handed over 1,500 Australian dollars (around US $ 1,336). In return, she got two shiny new iPhones still in their shiny new boxes.
At least, that’s what she thought.
But in the latest tale of trusting buyers who should have caveated before being an emptor, when she opened the boxes all that was inside were two apples. One in each box.
Yes, these boxes were all natural logo and no gadget. The seller had been rotten to her pips.
Though some might wonder what special care the seller must have taken to fit two apples p… [Read more]
Remember that ITC ban on the import, sale and distribution of some AT&T-compatible iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G iPad 2 3G models Samsung won in June? Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, has officially vetoed the ruling. In a memo to the ITC, he explains that the descision considers the ban’s “effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” If you’ll recall, the case focused on patent 7,706,348 for encoding mobile communications, which Samsung claimed the aforementioned devices infringed upon. Williamson notes that despite his decision on the ruling, Samsung will still be able to “pursue its rights through the courts” (i.e. monetary compensation, etc.).
This post was updated at 11:18 a.m. PT to clarify that Isis will stick with NFC for payments, embedded in devices or in removable phone sleeves.
The U.S. carrier-backed Isis mobile payment service, which is still only in a couple U.S. markets, has announced two big things: it plans to expand to nationwide coverage by the end of the year and the service will work on Apple’s smartphones. The near-field communications-based service has so far only been accessible to Android smartphones — and Apple, notably, does not make products that use NFC.
Isis is off to an extremely rocky and slow start on its mission to give mobile carriers a piece of the mobile payments pie. And in order to expand to the many smartphones that don’t have NFC chips embedded in them, the service will offer cases that are loaded with NFC chips inside that can register payments with a mobile device in physical stores.
Here’s what an Isis exec told Bloomberg, with few details about when this expansion will take place:
“What you’ll see coming from us is a vastly improved product, a variety of new places to use it, a vastly improved user experience,” Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer at New York-based Isis, said in an interview.
The iPhone isn’t the only newcomer: the joint effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will also work with Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerry phones.
While Isis has slowly expanded to a couple places since its debut last fall — Austin and Salt Lake City — it says it will be available everywhere in the U.S. by the end of this year. A couple thousand businesses are currently offering it and Isis reports that there are up to 10 transactions per month per Android customer using the service.
Meanwhile, Google, which has also tried to make NFC payments happen, has been having a really hard time with its own Google Wallet service. But apps and services that have opted not to confine themselves to NFC for mobile transactions, like Square and LevelUp, have been growing.
The biggest success story has been Starbucks though: it processes 3 million transactions a week in its U.S. stores. The Starbucks app, which is available on a variety of mobile platforms, including the iPhone, doesn’t use any kind of fancy payments system, which may be its best feature. All it takes is a simple barcode scanner to accept payment via preloaded gift cards.
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Samsung got a big win in the International Trade Commission today, as the ITC handed down a final ruling finding that several models of AT&T-compatible iPhones and iPads infringe a Samsung patent, and issued an exclusion order preventing them from being sold.
Source: ITC [PDF]
Documents have been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California for a $ 53 million settlement between Apple and customers denied warranty coverage on their iPods and iPhones due to water damage. The case is due to Apple’s policy not to extend warranty coverage on devices where the indicator tape inside them showed exposure to liquids, however plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit argued the indicator could change color due to moisture or humidity. Apple does not acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement, which is still awaiting approval from the court, however customers with warranty claims denied prior to June 2010 (iPod touch) or December 31st, 2009 could be eligible for as much as $ 300 depending on the device owned and how many claims are filed. The scenario the plaintiffs cite is just the kind of thing we worried about back in 2006, and will probably remain in the back of our minds if we need to have any of our hardware serviced in the future no matter how much Apple and others work on more advanced detection systems.
Apple has been on a roll for, well, almost as long as we can remember. Basically since the debut of the iMac, the company has been riding a rocketship back from brink of irrelevance. The iPod, iPhone and iPad have all led it to post record quarter, after record quarter, after record quarter. Now we’re in the second quarter of financial year 2013 and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down much. The company posted $ 43.6 billion in revenue during the quarter and net itself a handsome profit of $ 9.5 billion. While those numbers do represent the slowest rate of growth Cupertino has seen in years, it’s hardly the fall from grace that some analysts were predicting. Compared to the same time last year, revenues are up from $ 39.2 billion though net income has dropped from the Q2 2012 mark of $ 11.6 billion.
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Here’s a crowdfunding project with a twist: instead of pledging a certain amount to buy a new gadget for yourself, an underserved senior citizen will receive said product instead.
The project in question is Silverline, which is seeking funding on Indiegogo to equip senior citizens with smartphones preloaded with essential apps.
Silverline Mobile’s Singapore-based creators, Jason Aspes and Lilin Phng, have developed senior-friendly iOS apps that provide useful information and keep them connected to loved ones. The five apps that have already been developed are:
- Discover: Snap automatically geotagged photos and add captions to document activities for the day.
- Well Being: Reminders to drink water, take medication and watch videos for health tips.
- Inspire: News stories delivered in the form of text, images and videos.
- Connect: Tap a contact’s photo to call him/her immediately.
- Emergency: Tap simple icons to call for emergency assistance.
(Credit: Silverline Mobile) If you pledge $ 79, an underserved senior citizen will get a refurbished iPhone 3GS with the Silverli… [Read more]
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