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Tame Apple Press bullying Samsung

back2thefutureone84Apple’s minions at its favourite tech magazines are wading into Samsung for being unable to identify the fault which sank the Note 7.

For those who came in late, Samsung stopped producing its Note 7 after a recall failed to stop the phones overheating.  Now Apple’s free PR units based at newspapers like the New York Times re wading in claiming that Samsung’s goods are dangerous because it could not identify the fault.

The Times coverage was deliberately “inflammatory” making shedloads of references to the phones “exploding” or “blowing up” when in the only cases where the fault appeared the phones melted.

But even while the Times was saying that, it had to admit that it was not that Samsung did not know what caused the problem, simply that it was refusing to tell anyone the cause. This is a slightly different issue.  One can imagine a whinging Apple fanboy hack talking to Samsung PR and threatening that if Samsung does not spill the beans he will write a story saying that Samsung does not know the cause of the overheating.

The Times went even further and suggested that no one should buy Samsung goods because they all might develop faults. That should teach them for stomping on Apple’s turf.

What is more likely is that Samsung does know the cause, and it is somewhat terminal for its design teams.

Phone Arena found some specs which were from the Korean safety body which examined the first phones to overheat. They found that the battery was too big and the thin design was pushing all the thin metal frame onto the battery. The second battery was smaller but the design was still pressing against it and so the problem had not gone away.

Samsung could not change the design or the battery and therefore had to recall the lot.

What is more surprising is that Phone Arena’s story has been ignored by the Tame Apple Press as it falls over itself to promote the iPhone 7 against all rivals.  It is true that Samsung did stuff up, the Note’s problems should have been spotted long before it got into the shops. When the first faults appeared it was logical to think that it was the oversized battery, but they should have checked the design was not a factor.

However, it is equally difficult to see how any phone maker could have done much that was different and it is certainly not fair that the Tame Apple Press are behaving like tossers.

Supremes choke on Samsung Apple war of the rounded rectangle

The_Supremes_-_The_Supremes_Sing_Holland-Dozier-HollandThe US Supreme Court is not really sure what to do with the great legal battle over the rounded rectangle.

The eight justices heard arguments in Samsung’s bid to pare back $399 million of $548 million it paid Apple in December following a 2012 jury verdict finding that it infringed Apple’s iPhone patents and copied its distinctive appearance in making the Galaxy and other competing devices.

The $399 million penalty stemmed specifically from Samsung’s violation of three Apple patents on the design of the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, bezel and colorful grid of icons that represent programs and applications.

While the justices signalled a willingness to reduce the potentially huge penalties imposed for ripping off someone else’s patented design, some expressed skepticism over how, in practice, juries could figure out the importance of a specific design trait in a product in order to calculate damages.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said that if he were a juror he would not have a clue what to do. Several justices shrugged about how they would  devise a test for lower courts and juries to use to determine design patent damages.

Samsung has contended it should not have had to turn over all its profits on phones that infringed the iPhone design patents, which the company said contributed only marginally to a complex product with thousands of patented features.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that since the patented designs involve the outer case of a smartphone and not “all the chips and wires” inside, the profits awarded should not be based on the entire price of the phone.

After the argument, Samsung’s attorney, Kathleen Sullivan, said, “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will give a sensible and fair reading to the design patent statute. That would be a win for businesses and consumers alike.”

Design patent fights very rarely reach the Supreme Court, which had not heard such a case in more than 120 years.

 

Apple wins more cash on slide-to-unlock case

apple-dalek-2A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a $120 million jury award for Apple against Samsung in the now terminally daft patent war between the pair.

The court said that there was substantial evidence for the jury verdict related to Samsung’s infringement of Apple patents on its slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features, as well as quick links, which automatically turn information like addresses and phone numbers into links.

Friday’s decision was made by the full slate of judges on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. In an 8-3 ruling, the judges said that a previous panel of the same court should not have overturned the verdict last February.

The three-judge panel did not follow U.S. Supreme Court limits on the scope of its review, because it examined evidence outside the record of the case, the decision said.

In May 2014 a federal court in San Jose, California, which ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million for using the Apple features without permission.

Infringement of the quick links feature accounted for nearly $99 million of the damages.

The jury had also found that Apple infringed a Samsung patent on digital photo technology and awarded $158,400 in damages. Friday’s decision upholds that award.

In December, Samsung paid Apple $548.2 million stemming from a separate patent case. Part of that dispute has been appealed to the Supreme Court, which will hear it on Tuesday.

 

Melting Note 7 did not stop Samsung making a killing

Samsung-Galaxy-S7-ReviewThe Tame Apple Presses campaign to get its iPhone 7 selected over the Samsung Note 7 has failed to damage Samsung’s bottom line.

Since the iPhone 7 was launched the Tame Apple Press has been running scare stories about the Note 7 and over reacting to a battery problem which cased half a dozen to over heat. Samsung recalled the Note 7 and replaced the battery and the Tame Apple Press rubbed its paws with glee claiming that Samsung would suffer a billion dollar loss from having to recall the phones.

It turns out that did not happen.

Samsung said that it expects third-quarter profit to grow 5.6 percent, beating estimates, as a pickup in chip and display earnings off set its smartphone woes.

The world’s biggest smartphone maker said  its operating profit for July-September was likely $7 billion, compared with the 6.4 billion tipped by a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate of analysts’ forecasts. A year earlier operating profit was just under $7 billion

Revenue for the quarter likely fell 5.2 percent  the South Korean firm said. This was much less than the Tame Apple Press predicted.

Samsung’s semiconductor business did really well, ironically flogging its chips for the new iPhones and other products launched ahead of the peak year-end sales season.

The Note 7 problems could also boost Samsung’s chip business. Industry executives say the sudden need for chips in 2.5 million replacement phones is exacerbating already tight memory market conditions, which could push prices higher.

Paul Romano, chief operating officer at U.S.-based electronic component distributor Fusion Worldwide, said the firm’s clients, which include Samsung, are currently having a harder time procuring memory chips. Some smartphone makers are also trying to secure more of the chips as they see an opportunity capitalize on Samsung’s mis-steps and boost handset sales, Romano said.

 

 

Big Tech reacts in horror to Yahoo’s spying story

A shocked Baby (2)_fullAfter the news got out that Yahoo has been scanning its mail systems for the US spooks, the bigger US ISPs have reacted in horror and said they would never dream of such a thing.

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have all said they would never do such a thing.

According to Reuters, Yahoo built in 2015, at the US  government’s request, software that scans literally all emails for certain information provided by either the National Security Agency or the FBI. The software was never mentioned in Yahoo’s biannual transparency report. In the latter half of 2015, the company received 4,460 total government data requests, for 9,373 accounts, that it would classify as “Government Data Requests,” a category that includes National Security Letters from the FBI and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests.

According to the Reuters report, the Yahoo programme was known to only a handful of employees.

A Facebook representative said “Facebook has never received a request like the one described in these news reports from any government, and if we did we would fight it.”

Google said the same: “We’ve never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: ‘no way.’”

A Microsoft spokesperson added: “We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo.”

A representative for Twitter replied that: “We’ve never received a request like this, and were we to receive it we’d challenge it in a court. Separately, while federal law prohibits companies from being able to share information about certain types of national security related requests, we are currently suing the Justice Department for the ability to disclose more information about government requests.”

While Apple declined to give a statement on the record it has previously said it would never do anything like that.

Yahoo is coming out looking like the bad guy. It is in talks to be acquired by Verizon, but also facing another scandal for suffering the largest known user data leak in history, with 500 million users’ information exposed. However it failed to mention it to its users.

iPhone 7 catches yellow fever

maxresdefaultNot content with creating a phone which hisses at users stupid enough to buy it, Apple’s iPhone 7 has a feature which turns its screen yellowish.

The Tame Apple Press is doing its best to claim that yellow screens are normal and those who spent a fortune upgrading to the iPhone 7 have not really bought a lemon.

Apparently it was due to the use of the adhesive on the display, in which for some devices is still in the process of setting. Apparently it should go away in a few days and if it doesnt then your phone is not really defective and you have wasted yoru money it must be a software thing and you can adjust it. Eh?

What is amazing is that the Tame Apple Press is full of work arounds and fixes but no one appears to be bloody cross that an $800 phone has been released with such a problem. It is also a problem which Apple did not suffer from in its previous editions.

At some point someone will have to start looking at the phone, which hisses when it has a heavy work load, with its yellow screen, four hour headphone battery life and wonder “why the hell did I buy this hunk of over priced junk when I could have picked up something that did what I wanted for about $250.

Fappening Apple hacker pleads guilty

Jennifer-Lawrence-Nude-Celeb-Photo-LeakThe bloke who hacked Apple’s cloud accounts and nicked snaps of naked starlets has admitted charges a change of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information..

Edward Majerczyk, 29, told U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras on Tuesday that he targeted celebrities, going through personal information and downloading “sensitive images.”

His lawyer, Thomas Needham, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The newspaper quoted Needham as telling the judge there was no evidence “of any effort by my client to sell or disseminate” any images.

So he did it for the Lols.

Representatives for Lawrence, Dunst, Solo, and Upton who were among the starlets hacked have not commented.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick for the Northern District of Illinois said by e-mail that his office agreed to seek a nine-month prison sentence for Majerczyk, who lives near Chicago. He declined to comment further.

Majerczyk used a phishing scheme to illegally access more than 300 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts to obtain photographs and other private information from more than 300 victims including high-profile female celebrities from November 2013 to August 2014.

The newspaper cited a spokesman for the US attorney’s office in Los Angeles as saying that the investigation was still ongoing into who leaked the private information online.

Outrageous apple tax case unique claims the OECD

apple-hanged-on-christmas-treeA multi-billion euro back tax bill handed to Apple by the European Commission should not be seen as a precedent for future tax cases as it was based on state aid rather than tax law, according to a top e OECD official.

Pascal Saint-Amans, who is leading the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s flagship Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, said that under the new OECD rules, most of the tax from US technology multinationals like Apple should be paid in the United States, not Ireland.

But the European Union antitrust regulators last month ordered Apple to pay up to $14.6 billion in back taxes to the Irish government after ruling that a special scheme to route profits through Ireland constituted illegal state aid.

Saint-Amans said that in transfer pricing terms, the bulk of the profit clearly belongs to the United States” rather than Ireland or any other European country, told journalists in Dublin.

Transfer pricing, the setting of prices for the transfer of goods or services from one subsidiary to another which critics say is used to reduce tax liabilities in relatively high-tax countries, is a key target of the BEPS process.

“My understanding is that the EU decision is based on a certain form of legalistic state-aid reasoning which is specific to the state-aid investigation. It is not a transfer pricing case,” he said.

“What is extremely important is that these rules, these standards, be implemented consistently by everybody and that the state-aid cases do not undermine the standard, in particular, on transfer pricing rules,” he said.

Saint-Amans said Apple’s tax planning in the period studied by the EU was “outrageous”, would not be possible under the BEPS rules.

Stronger than expected iPhone 7 sales not enough

hqdefaultDespite Apple managing stronger than expected sales of its iPhone 7 plus, it is not enough to offset a huge decline in iPhone sales, according to one telco bean-counter.

The Tame Apple Press is full of news about how Apple’s iPhone 7 is a sell out, pretty much like it normally is at this time of year. This has meant that Apple shares have gone up as investors think the outfit is going to see its cash cow mooing for another year.

But KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the prophesied slump in iPhone sales is coming, and there is no stopping it. While he has indeed improved his estimates of the total sales for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, overall he predicts that the numbers will be lower than the iPhone 6s.

The analyst is basically saying that Apple has a lot to thank Samsung for. The recent fiasco surrounding exploding Galaxy Note 7’s has helped increase confidence, outlook, and sales of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.He said that earlier reports of supply shortage for the iPhone 7 isn’t exactly because strong demand, believes Kuo. He said that the Jet Black color which is in high demand as well is actually harder to make. He still thinks that the production yield is estimated to be 60-70%.

While KGI raised its iPhone 7 shipment forecast from 60-65 million to 70-75 million, the numbers steal look bleak for this year’s generation as a whole, falling below that of the iPhone 6s. Even Apple itself has already predicted this, though it will naturally not share solid numbers.

Apple’s revolving door with its press plants

poison-appleFor a while now, we have been moaning about the Tame Apple Press and how the fruity cargo cult controls the media through its tame hacks and hackettes. This week a revolving door was discovered between the press and Apple after it was revealed that a reporter had been working for both Apple and as regular journalist.

Nilay Patel, the red-faced editor-in-chief of The Verge had to explain to the world why his magazine allowed Chris Ziegler to file copy for the magazine while he was actually working for Apple.

Patel admitted that the issue raised ethical issues of transparency and respect for the magazine’s audience.  However, he was confident that there was no material impact on its journalism from these issues, but they are still serious enough to merit disclosure. We guess he means they would write nice things about Apple anyway.

Ziegler began working for Apple in July but didn’t think it was important to disclose his new job.  After all it was just a time where Jobs Mob needed positive coverage in the press as it tried to push its buggy and disappointing iPhone 7 on the market.

Patel insists that the Verge apparently didn’t discover he’d been working at Apple until early September. Ziegler “was not in contact with them through most of August and into September. We often find that our Deputy Editor goes missing for a couple of months and no one thinks to ask where he is. Normally he can be found on the park bench opposite the Rat and Handgun pub.

Patel said that Ziegler was fired the same day they verified his employment at Apple and he insists that he did not attempt to steer any coverage towards or away from Apple, and any particular decisions he helped make had the same outcomes they would have had absent his involvement.

While it may have been true that Ziegler kept his shift to Apple secret and the magazine knew nothing of it, the question is, and will always be, is there a revolving door between Apple and its favourite journalists.  Do journalists attempt to curry favour with Apple by writing stories the company likes as part of a cunning plan to get a cushy job in the future?

Obviously Apple is not going to hire someone who writes negative copy about them, no matter how true it was.