The "Reuse and Recycle" program, originally rolled out in August, let's users coveting that new model go into an Apple store and have their current phones appraised. Employees take water damage, hardware damage and screen condition into consideration when naming a buyback price. That credit is put on a gift card and applied to the price of … Read more
While Samsung's pitching its latest product -- a high-tech watch -- the clock is ticking for a ban on some older devices in the US.
Come Tuesday, the presidential review period ends to overturn an August ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that found Samsung to infringe on two of Apple's patents.
That ban threatens just a "small" number of products, according to Samsung, but represents a notable win for Apple, which has engaged in a massive legal battle against the South Korean tech giant since early 2011.
There isn't a set list … Read more
The "Say no to Internet censorship" petition has tallied nearly 100,000 signatures in the past week -- showing that opposition to possible government proposals on stricter Internet laws is growing.
Launched by advocacy organization OpenMedia, the petition calls on world leaders to reject proposed controls on the Internet and protect citizens' rights to Web access.
OpenMedia started its campaign in order to target the leaders of the 12 countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement talks, which includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the US.… Read more
Microsoft will try to lure iPhone users to Windows Phone by throwing in a financial incentive, says Forbes.
Citing information from an "inside source at Microsoft," Forbes reported Wednesday that customers who trade in an iPhone 4S or 5 will receive a minimum of $200 of in-store credit at a Microsoft Store. The trade-in program will launch Friday at select Microsoft stores in the US and Canada, Forbes added.
Microsoft confirmed the iPhone trade-in deal in the following statement sent to CNET on behalf of Jonathan Adashek, general manager of communications strategy for the sales and marketing services … Read more
Judge Thomas Pender, who posted the decision Monday on the ITC's Web site, found that Taiwan-based HTC infringed on one patent related to removing errors of radio signals, and another on dealing with different radio frequencies. The commission found no infringements on a third patent in question, which had to do with transmitting data from a computer to a mobile phone.
The ITC is expected to make a full decision early next year, by … Read more
Apple fanboys and Samsung believers aren't going to like this: Google's Moto X has been crowned the king of durability.
The latest "breakability" score by protection plan company SquareTrade claims Moto X is the best surviving smartphone when it comes to drops, slides, and water dunks. Coming in second place is Apple's iPhone 5S, then Apple's iPhone 5C, and lastly Samsung's Galaxy S4. SquareTrade only tested these four smartphones, so its unclear how other brands and models would rate.
Every year SquareTrade tests the durability of new smartphones to see how they fair … Read more
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Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Five disappointing things about the iPhone 5S.
- Why I'm gladly spending $100 more on the iPhone 5S over the iPhone 5C.
- Here comes a gold Lightning cable for your gold iPhone 5S.
- Apple has only increased the iPhone's battery capacity by 12 percent in six years.
- Apple stock tumbles following debut of new iPhones.
iPhone 5 owners looking to trade in their phone can get at least $200 from Target.
The retailer announced Friday that the current trade-in promotion applies to older iPhones as well. An iPhone 4S trade-in could net you at least $125, while the iPhone 4 could score you $75. The actual trade-in price naturally depends on the phone's condition and storage capacity.
The money comes as store credit that consumers can use to buy one of the new iPhone models or almost any product at a local Target store or on Target's Web site. Customers who own a Target REDcard can also trim 5 percent off the cost of a new iPhone or other smartphone.… Read more
Best Buy customers can score a free 16GB iPhone 5 by trading in their current smartphone.
Starting today and ending Monday, the deal offers a minimum of $100 for any working smartphone. Best Buy is selling the 16GB iPhone 5 for $99.99, making the phone free after the trade-in deal -- or close to free.
Buyers will still need to pony up the sales tax on the iPhone 5, as well as any carrier activation fees. The offer is good for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon subscribers eligible for an upgrade and requires the standard two-year agreement.
The … Read more