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Tag Archives: Apple

Apple Siri Keeps Data 2 Years!

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
Apple users’ privacy may be at risk, as Apple finally revealed to Wired that Siri data is kept for 2 years even though that is not mentioned on Apple’s FAQs about Siri. In March 2012 the American Civil Liberties Union raised the issue about Siri privacy and claimed that the Apple Privacy Policy was unclear but… Continue Reading

Samsung is Accused of Mistreating Chinese Workers

Posted in IT Industry
China Labor Watch (CLW) reported "illegal and inhumane violations" at Samsung’s factories in China including 7 workers under the age of 16. With all the bad press resulting from Apple’s August 2012 $1billion patent infringement victory over Samsung, the title of CLW Report says volumes: An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China: Is Samsung… Continue Reading

Apple v. Samsung – No Infringement in Japan

Posted in IT Industry
Just to show how unpredictable patent infringement cases are, a week after Apple’s massive $1+ billion verdict against Samsung in California, a Tokyo Judge ruled that Samsung did not infringe a different Apple patent. Computerworld reported that Tokyo District Judge Tamotsu Shoji ruled on August 31, 2012 that Samsung did not infringe Apple’s “patent for synching… Continue Reading

Cloud Data Storage – How Safe?

Posted in Internet Privacy
Daily news headlines regularly report lax, or no, security for cloud data. In the past few weeks two very high profile businesses reported cloud breaches – Apple’s iCloud and Dropbox. It is no coincidence that my August column for eCommerce Times is entitled “The Cloud Privacy Illusion,” which of course I welcome you to review.… Continue Reading

Who Has the Dirtiest Clouds? Apple, Amazon, but not Google

Posted in eCommerce
Greenpeace reported that cloud computing may be popular, but generally it’s not very clean and gave Apple Ds and Amazon Fs, while Google got the best grades. The Greenpeace report entitled “How Clean is Your Cloud?” made these observations about electrical consumption: The electricity consumption of data centers may be as much as 70% higher… Continue Reading

Judge Rules that Apple Didn’t Invent the iPad!

Posted in eCommerce
In 1994 Roger Fidler created a tablet with most of the features of the iPad a federal Judge ruled in Apple’s patent infringement case against Samsung. US District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple’s motion for an injunction against Samsung for its Galaxy and Droid phone because Fidler’s 1994 tablet design created “basically the same visual… Continue Reading

Ever Wonder Who Makes your iPhone? iPad?

Posted in eCommerce
After getting a new iPhone that had test pictures inside the Chinese factory where is was made, Mike Daisey was intrigued to learn more about the individuals who actually make the Apple products (and Dell, and many others). Daisey recently told his story on This American Life radio about his trip to China to see… Continue Reading

Apple More Valuable than Exxon Mobil!

Posted in eCommerce
A NY Times stock market report for August 8, 2011 highlighed the fact that Apple’s stock was the most valuable company in the world ahead of Exxon Mobil, but by the close of the day Exxon Mobil was still number one. Many stock analysts “expect Apple and Exxon Mobil to continue jockeying for the top… Continue Reading

Senator Sends Letter to Apple Complaining about iPhone/iPad Location Logging

Posted in eCommerce
Researchers reported that Apple iOS4 operating system secretly logs unencrypted location data for iPhones, iPads, and those computers on which the devices synch to iTunes. Apparently the data resides on these devices only, so the largest problem will occur if the devices are lost, stolen, or hacked into. As a result of this revelation Senator Al Franken… Continue Reading

10 Billion Apps Downloaded – Wow!

Posted in eCommerce
Apple claims 160 million iPhone, iPod, and iPad users world-wide and given the popularity of Apple apps- it’s no surprise at Apple’s announcement of 10 billion apps downloaded. The 10 billion apps comes on the heels of Steve Jobs’ announcement of his departure for medical leave, once again. Which is not good news for Apple. Before… Continue Reading

Too Late for HP in the Smart Phone Market?

Posted in eCommerce
Is HP’s purchase of Palm for $1.2 billion seems too little too late for HP to compete in the smart phone market? As the largest manufacturer of computers in the world it does seem like HP should be in the smart phone market, and yet few people realize that HP already sells the iPaq which… Continue Reading

Second Trial Jury Verdict of $1.92M Against Single Mom For Copyright Infringement of 24 Songs

Posted in eCommerce
A Minneapolis jury awarded a number of recording companies damages for willful infringement of 24 songs in the only trial for file-sharing by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) of the estimated 30,000 lawsuits they filed before ceasing litigation last year. The RIAA settled most lawsuits for about $3,500 and now the RIAA stopped… Continue Reading

Internet Antitrust – US and EU

Posted in eCommerce
Apparently the US Justice Department is investigating anticompetitive behavior concerning among others Google, Yahoo! , and Apple since many Internet companies restrict recruiting and hiring of one another’s employees. Since anticompetitive employment agreements in the technology industry are the norm it’s particularly interesting that the Justice Department is pursuing these companies. Internet and IT companies… Continue Reading