As the story of the iPhone 4's antenna troubles eclipses the handset's record-breaking sales, users remain understandably frustrated. And so far, Apple's responses haven't been entirely satisfying. On June 24, the day that the iPhone 4 went on sale, Apple acknowledged an "attenuation" problem when the device is held in a certain way and it suggested that users either move their hand or buy a bumper. The company mentioned the issue again in a letter to users posted last Friday, but it also promised a software fix to address an incorrect calculation of signal … Read more
Apple on Tuesday said it has taken steps to remedy a situation that arose over the weekend with one of its iPhone developers, who it said used other people's iTunes accounts to purchase his apps.
"The developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer Program License Agreement, including fraudulent purchases," Apple said in an e-mail sent to CNET on Tuesday.
Nguyen showed an incredible increase in sales over the July 4 holiday weekend, to the point where this one developer accounted for 42 of the top 50 books by revenue. … Read more
Google's Android Market offers the largest share of free apps at 57 percent, while the Windows Mobile Marketplace offers the smallest share at 22 percent, says a report on mobile app stores released last week by Distimo.
The report looked at trends in the U.S. for May 2010 among the major app stores, including Apple's App Store for the iPhone, Apple's App Store for the iPad, RIM's BlackBerry App World (worldwide), Google's Android Market, Nokia's Ovi Store, Palm's App Catalog, and Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
A large percentage of free … Read more
The chairman of PC maker Lenovo says Apple is missing a tremendous opportunity in China and places the blame squarely on Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
"We are lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn't care about China," Liu Chuanzhi told the Financial Times. "If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble."
iPhone sales in China have been restrained since the phone debuted there last October. China Unicom announced in December that it had sold 100,000 iPhones, a modest … Read more
iPad owners who are still upset that Apple won't allow Flash in iOS might soon have a solution.
A new application for jailbroken iPads called Frash allows owners to run Flash in their Mobile Safari browser. The app was developed by Comex, a company that created the Spirit jailbreak.
Frash isn't currently available for wide release. The app, according to its developers, just isn't stable enough to justify releasing it just yet. Realizing that, Comex has decided to make the app's files available on GitHub to allow any developer to tweak and improve the software for … Read more
Various blogs are reporting that it appears some iTunes customer accounts have been hacked and that funds from those accounts may have been used to purchase apps in the iTunes App Store.
Earlier Sunday, Engadget reported an inexplicable uptick in sales of book apps by a developer identified as Thuat Nguyen. According to the blog, at the time of writing its report, Nguyen apps accounted for 42 of the top 50 books by revenue in the Books section of the iTunes App Store. Engadget went on to mention "a number of people reporting up to hundreds of dollars being … Read more
I need to share a secret with you.
Many of the baseball bats autographed by famous sluggers weren't. Many of the footballs autographed by famous quarterbacks with a gunner's arm were autographed by the arm of a hired gun. And as for Brad Pitt drawing a self-portrait on that napkin? That might have been Brad the bulbous busboy.
So for all the understandable teeth-chattering and keyboard-clicking about whether Steve Jobs really wrote a couple of e-mails about the iPhone 4 to some clearly delightful chap in Richmond, Va., how much does it matter?
In one sense, of course … Read more
Earlier this week, Apple called an alleged and unflattering e-mail conversation between CEO Steve Jobs and a customer a fake. Now the site that published the exchange is saying the messages definitely came from Jobs' e-mail address and is providing what it says is proof.
Gadget rumor site Boy Genius Report (BGR) on Saturday posted an explanation of how it came into possession of the e-mail exchange and gave a timeline of its discussions with the customer. The Web site also gave some detail into how it verified the authenticity of the exchange for itself before posting the original story, … Read more
Apple may have offered a solution to faulty antenna allegations, but that hasn't stopped customers from getting the courts involved.
On Friday yet another lawsuit was filed against Apple for "misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4--particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software."
The suit was filed on behalf of Steve Tietze and others in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and is seeking class action status. Tietze accuses Apple of unfair competition, … Read more
Consumer Reports on Friday may have gone a long way toward alleviating consumer concern over the iPhone 4's reception issues, saying the problems are not "unique, and may not be serious."
The consumer watchdog group posted a story on its Web site acknowledging that if the iPhone 4 is held in a certain way, signal loss may result. However, it also said the loss is nothing different than you get from any other phone on the market today.
"Indeed, all cell phones, from the mightiest smartphones to the most basic flip models, must consistently overcome a … Read more