eBook Pricing Becomes the Never Ending Story


If you thought the e-book pricing controversy was over, think again. Apple and major publishers, former partners in what was judged an unlawful price-fixing deal, have now fallen out over the proposed punishment for Apple. To give the Cliff’s Notes version of events we’ve covered several times, once upon a time the likes of Amazon […]

Obama overturns iPhone/iPad import ban


President Obama’s administration has overturned a patent ruling that would effectively have banned some iPhone and iPad models in the US. A government official said the rare veto was necessary to protect competition and consumer interests, but it’s the issue of standards-essential patents that is really the key here. The case is separate to the […]

Rogue iOS App Makes Evil Transformation

Researchers at Georgia Tech say they’ve found a creative way to bypass the iTunes store security reviews: by having an app mutate once it’s installed. The same researchers also say they’ve found a way of carrying out a physical attack on iOS devices, though Apple has already mitigated it to some extent. Tielei Wang of […]

Apple in-app purchases: more parents could get refund


Apple has confirmed details of the settlement for people whose children made in-app purchases without their knowledge. It works slightly differently to the way it was originally planned, meaning more people may qualify. The settlement relates to the way Apple changed its rules on in-app purchases and passwords. After the change, once you typed in […]

BestBuy recall Macbook batteries as fire risk


BestBuy is recalling two models of replacement batteries for Macbook computers after multiple reports of overheating and one customer suffering burns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says BestBuy “received 13 reports that the battery caught fire, including one report of a serious burn to a consumer’s leg.” The models in question are both ATG lithium-ion […]

Apple e-book “smoking gun” may be damp squib


Prosecutors have shown an e-mail that they claim is proof that Steve Jobs was in on a plot with publishers to force Amazon to change the way electronic book pricing works. But there’s a mystery about whether the e-mail was ever sent. It’s all part of the ongoing trial in which Apple is accused of […]

Amazon “screamed” no to eBook pricing change, court hears


Most company executives would not be happy to be described as having “yelled, screamed and threatened.” But that claim about Amazon management could be a key factor in shooting down one of Apple’s main arguments in the ongoing e-book pricing case. The case, pitting the government against Apple, is now in its fourth day of […]

Apple’s streaming iRadio could be imminent


Apple has reportedly struck a deal with Warner Music to carry its content on a streaming audio service. It means the company has two of the three big record groups on board, just in time for an expected launch next week. The service, most likely to be called iRadio, looks set to be among the […]

Apple to pay out over iPhone water damage indicator dispute

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If your iPhone or iPod Touch warranty proved useless after supposed water damage, you could be in line for a cash payment thanks to a proposed Apple court settlement. The settlement comes in a class action case involving Apple’s use of an internal indicator to show that liquid had got into the device. At that […]

Working Apple I Computer Up for Auction


  If you’ve got $116,000 to spare, you might have a shot of getting an Apple computer with 4k of memory to play with. A rare working Apple I computer from 1976 is up for auction this weekend in Cologne. The auction house is inviting starting bids of 90,000 euros, though it has an  estimated […]

Government blames Apple in alleged e-book price fixing


US prosecutors have pointed the finger at Apple as the ringleader in alleged price-fixing in the electronic book market. The comments come in a court memo ahead of a scheduled trial next month. The long-running saga is based around two rival pricing structures. Traditionally printed books involve the publisher setting a wholesale price and then […]