A Portuguese consumer advocacy group said today that it's moving forward with a lawsuit over Apple's AppleCare policies.
In a statement (translate), the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection (DECO), said that it has tried since last March to work with Apple to address what it calls "misleading information on consumer rights" related to the warranties customers get after buying one of the
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DECO claims that Portuguese consumers automatically receive a two-year warranty on products that applies to all potential defects. Apple, the group charges, mischaracterizes the warranty to get people to buy into its AppleCare protection plan, which offers technical support on its many
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"When purchasing any goods, the consumer benefits from a two-year warranty," DECO wrote on its site today. "This applies to all defects that arise during this period. Apple reports misleadingly claiming that the guarantee applies only to defects that already exist at the time of delivery.
But DECO wasn't done. The organization also charged Apple with claiming that a defective product can only be turned in for repair or replacement.
"When buying a defective product, the consumer can choose between repair, replacement, price reduction or cancellation of the contract," DECO said of Portuguese consumer law.
DECO claims that Apple is "deceptive" in its description of Portuguese consumer rights, and will request in its lawsuit that the
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For its part, Apple's Web site indicates that Portugal's warranty law covers a product for two years, but only applies to defects that occur at the time of purchase. Apple's protection plan, the company argues, will cover customers for any flaws that occur for a period of two years.
DECO directly responded to that claim in today's statement, saying that "Portuguese law presumes that the defects that have (occurred) two years after purchase already exist at the time of delivery."
Apple lost a case in Italy last year over a similar issue. A court there fined the iPhone maker $1.2 million for allegedly encouraging customers to purchase
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shipments numbers will grow by about 7 million units in 2013, according to market researcher Gartner.
"We are looking at about 5 percent of total mobile notebook shipments in 2012. That includes Apple's
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Kitagawa went on to say that "big" does not necessarily mean more than 50 percent but would not get more specific.
Garter describes the combination of ultrabooks and the
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as "ultramobile notebooks." Typically, ultramobile laptops are under 3.5 pounds and less than 0.8-inches thick.
This year, Gartner expects about 10.7 million units to ship. That number will jump to about 17 million next year, Kitagawa said.
Another market research firm, IDC, said last week that ultrabooks alone would only hit about one million units in 2012. But a few days later, IDC retracted that number, citing insufficient data.
News broke today that Russian developer Alexey Borodin has hacked Apple's In-App Purchase program for iOS, allowing Gucci iPhone 4 Case , Metal iPhone 4 Case, and iPod touch users to circumvent the payment process and essentially steal in-app content. Apple has confirmed it is now investigating the issue.
"The security of the Gucci iPhone 4s Cases Store is incredibly important to us and the developer community," an Apple spokesperson told The Loop. "We take reports of fraudulent activity very seriously and we are investigating."
That's not all. It turns out that my suggestion to use store receipts (How to protect your iphone from the Apple Metal iPhone 4S Cases purchase hack) was wrong. Borodin told The Next Web that all his service needs is a single donated receipt, which it can then use to authenticate anyone's purchase requests. Borodin has spent several hundred dollars on in-app purchases testing and generating receipts.
His circumvention technique thus relies on more than just installing certificates (for a fake in-app purchase server and a custom DNS server) to allow "purchases" to go through. Since he is essentially emulating the receipt verification server on the Apple App Store, the app treats Borodin's server as an official communication.
The problem lies in how Apple authenticates a purchase. There is nothing that ties the purchase directly to a customer or device, meaning a single purchased receipt can be used again and again. In short, this hack means in-app purchase requests are being re-routed as well as approved.
Last but certainly not least, Borodin says Cupertino is transmitting its customers' Apple IDs and passwords in clear text, although he notes he can't see credit card information. The following information is transferred from your device to Borodin's server: app restriction level, app id, version id, device guid, in-app purchase quantity, in-app purchase offer name, app identifier, app version, your language, and your locale.
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Last night, an update to Hermes iPhone 4S Cases dropped on iPad with fifteen new levels, a new golden egg and a “feature” that has immediately angered loyal fans – adverts. No, not the unobtrusive types of an AdMob or Hermes iPhone 4S Case variety seen in some apps. In Angry Birds HD, a “news section” – a nicer word for advertisements – hits gamers in the face upon reaching the pause screen.
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But where it gets weird is that he’s now going back to AT&T.
In the end, my personal experience with Verizon’s iPhone in and around New York City ended up being about the same as it was when I was on AT&T. This, combined with other advantages AT&T’s network has, has made me finally decide to switch back. Literally moments before I wrote this article, I synced up my Verizon iPhone and restored it to my
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(I can do this because the OS on the Verizon iPhone is lower than the AT&T iPhone — if I ever wanted to switch back, I couldn’t restore my data until the Verizon iPhone OS is updated to version 4.3). I missed the ability to talk on the phone while data is still flowing (even though I hate talking on the phone). I missed AT&T’s extremely fast data speeds. I missed knowing that if I ever travel outside of the country, I don’t have to get a new phone (even though I hate flying — no, seriously, try me). I missed feeling like I’m in the digital age instead of the stone
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That’s interesting. I haven’t used a Verizon iPhone for any length of time but I’d assumed the reliability was better than that in New York. Now I’m I’m kinda glad I stuck with AT&T.
‘It’s not a good party unless you run out of beer,’ says Burberry iPhone 4S Cases in regards to the loss of channels in the iPad app today. They deny outages are being caused by programmers who could have pulled their content even though some are reportedly upset.
It appears that it actually isn’t the streaming load Burberry iPhone 4S Case is buckling the servers, but the authentication servers according to a blog post by Time Warner Cable’s Jeff Simmermon:
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Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs has sent out an email to the company’s team in Japan to share the message of support and help local Woold iPhone 4S Cases employees cope with a series of terrifying disasters that have brought the country to standstill. The Macotakara website first published (and MacRumors confirmed it) the contents of Jobs’ email, posted here in its Woold iPhone 4S Case.
To Our Team in Japan,
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If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.
Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.
Please stay safe.
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An unknown portion of the latest Designer iPhone 4S Cases with Sandy Bridge processors and high-speed Thunderbolt connection appears to be affected by an issue where the computer has trouble maintaining connection with Designer iPhone 4 Cases, even with the latest iTunes 10.2.1 installed. And if more than 215 posts in a thread on Apple’s Discussion forums are an indication, numerous 2011 MacBook Pros are plagued with this Designer iPhone 4 Case
From what we’ve hearing, it’s a Designer iPhone 4 Case software issue easily patched with an upcoming software update (10.6.7). Here’s what the affected owners are saying.
Earlier this year, Next Issue Media introduced a unique approach that could revolutionize the way digital magazines are sold.
In what has been referenced as a Netflix-for-magazines-like scheme,
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has only been available for Android tablets running Honeycomb. CEO Morgan Guenther noted in an interview last week that the service already has approximately 40,000 accounts signed up at highest level with 12,000 active users.
But now, Next Issue is taking things to the next level with the introduction of its
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, with 39 titles ready immediately and more promised to be added to the library later this year. Some examples already in the catalog include Bon Appétit, Golf Digest, GQ, Vogue and Wired.
When asked about potential competitors in the digital magazine space such as Zinio or even Apple's Newsstand, Guenther reiterated that Next Issue is really alone in the market in terms of what it offers.
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," Guenther commented. "It helps to drive more adoption. It's just a different path. I don't see any channel conflict within the Apple environment or the Google Play environment."
Guenther compared Next Issue and Zinio to on-demand services versus traditional cable packages.With Zinio, there are thousands of titles available from all over the world, but Next Issue is only focusing on some of the most popular weekly and monthly glossies.
Nevertheless, Guenther did reveal that Next Issue is plotting to expand its library with more international titles, starting with adding more English-language magazines first.
Other goals for this year and next include add more social and personalization elements as well as added support for Windows 8.
Next Issue for iPad is available now in the United States with support for all iPad models. 30-day free trials are also available for all subscription plans.
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The iPhone 5's most anticipated feature -- which has been widely reported -- is a larger 4-inch class Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Previous iPhones have had a 3.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Oh, if you're interested in preordering a
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And to back up its claim, the Macotakara blog cites listings for iPhone 5 cases on China's Alibaba.com.
The blog goes on to say that the back of the new iPhone has both glass and aluminum. "In the area where aluminum is not used, there is glass." (see image below).
This contrasts with previous reports that claim the next
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Greenpeace says that additional information Apple provided about its facilities in recent months has resulted in improved scores. That includes infrastructure siting, where Apple now has a "D" grade, up from an "F." Apple also improved from "D" to "C" ratings in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas mitigation, as well as renewable
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In mid-May Apple announced its intention to operate its Maiden, N.C., data center entirely off renewable energy by the end of 2012. That plan involves introducing two solar array installations in the area, as well as a bio-gas fuel cell installation. Apple estimates this will produce more than half the power needed to keep the facilities running, with the remaining 40 percent coming from renewable "local and regional sources."
The report by the environmental watchdog group lauded Apple for the pledge but chided the company for what it says has been a lack of transparency on the road map to reach that goal.
"Apple has not released the details of how it intends to secure additional local clean electricity in North Carolina, and appears to be reliant on renewable energy credits (RECs) instead of buying renewable electricity directly," the group said. "Apple needs to put its money where its mouth is by looking beyond these first steps and using its tremendous cash reserves to invest in or directly purchase renewable energy."
In a statement, Apple said it is an industry leader in renewable
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Apple has bolstered its cloud efforts in recent years. It introduced MobileMe as a paid subscription service in 2008, and retired it just a few weeks ago with the transition to iCloud, its storage and sync service. Like MobileMe (and .Mac before it), iCloud relies on the data centers to store user data and information, as well as pipe it between devices.
Apple's data centers also play an increasingly important role in powering Siri, the voice assistant feature for the iPhone 4S, and soon the iPad, as well as the voice dictation feature headed to Macs as part of Mountain Lion.
One area in which Apple was awarded no change in ratings was transparency. Greenpeace said simply that Apple needed to disclose more information about energy consumption at each of its facilities.
For its part, Apple promotes its own transparency on its environmental site, noting that it logs its renewable energy generation with North Carolina's Renewable Energy Tracking System. Greenpeace says that's not enough of the picture.
"Though the company has offered up additional details in the past several weeks relating to its cloud investments, Apple is still not disclosing data on its energy consumption and supply for its data centers, and has not revealed plans for how its data centers will be powered as they continue to grow," Greenpeace said.
The updated ratings improve Apple's position against the scores of other companies included in the April version of Greenpeace's report, but it still comes behind several others in key areas. Notably, Apple still falls behind companies like Amazon and Yahoo when it comes to the use of coal, and behind Dell, Yahoo, and Google on Greenpeace's "clean energy index." That's a Greenpeace-created metric that measures how much clean energy companies are using in their electricity supply chain.
The new report updates just Apple's scores among the 13 other companies from the original report in April. A Greenpeace representative says the group plans to revisit its scores specifically for Microsoft and Amazon over the next few months, with a plan to re-evaluate all the companies simultaneously next year.
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