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Apple appointed responsible for childminding children playing on iOS devices

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


Apple are in the progress of paying out compensation to multiple iTunes account owners today due to a large iTunes bills.

Parents Credit cards have been nailed due to free games on Apple iPads and iPhones that allows you to download the game but then encourages you to buy goods in the games such as pods, ammo, vegetables and wood. A suit was filed with the District of California in April 2011 against Apple.

In the suit it cited that games had been designed to require the purchase of extras to allow you to proceed in the game quicker. Let’s face it no one likes to wait.

In the Settlement by apple proposed on Friday and waiting to be agreed on the 1st of March – Apple have approved that if people can prove that their children brought items though the games in a particular 45 day period then they will pay $5 in compensation and full refunds will be available if the requirements are covered.

The bill for the legal case has been stuck at apples door and they are having to pay it. Sums under $30 will be refunded to iTunes accounts not cash and a notification will be posted to all users that made a inapp purchase.

As we are all aware you require your AppleID and password to buy from iTunes but on iOS devices there is a period for 15 mins afterwards where you are not required to re-enter the password to purchase further items. Apple takes 30% of all sales though the app stores.

Since the suit was issued apple have started to put safe guards in and these are available but you do have to wonder what else is possible.

Is this a excuse for parents not being in control of there children or is this Apple being underhand and not letting people know before it to late.

Microsoft want you to pay more and get less with the new Office 2013 surprise

Posted on: February 21st, 2013 by Ashley No Comments


Microsoft have today pointed out to users and resellers that the new version of office 2013, will only be able to be used on one Computer and not transferred to another machine even if you uninstall it from the first.

Over the past few weeks there has been an outrage with the news that Microsoft have changed the terms of its new office suite. Cast as the new flagship office that integrates with office 365 it will now prevent users from upgrading their machine and using their still using the original office installation.

The paragraph that has caused the most outrage is the following from the terms and conditions:

“You may not transfer the software to another computer or user. You may transfer the software directly to a third party only as installed on the licensed computer, with the Certificate of Authenticity label and this agreement. Before the transfer, that party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software. You may not retain any copies.”

So in basic terms this means that if you wish to give your version of office away, you will have to give them your whole PC with the software installed.  Microsoft expect you to purchase a brand new version for every PC.  On top of this, Office 2013 is on average more expensive than Office 2010 was only a couple of months ago.

Is this Microsoft trying to defeat the license cheats or run a new get rich scheme – who knows?

All that is known is that the Redmond giant has put these terms in place and do not seem to be moving from them.

A Microsoft staffer did state that the “Office 2010 was chosen by a majority of customers worldwide” So who thinks that they read the fine print that stated these same rules with the PKC versions of office 2010 not being transferable.

Office terms and conditions make it very clear with the following:

We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement. Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer.

Is this not the same trick that rival computer firm Apple pulled when a popular film star wanted to leave his large iTunes collection to his family when he dies via his will.

At what point will customers start to fight back with open source versions of Office like Libre Office and Open Office.

Google maps makes a return

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Recently reported in the technical news pages of the internet is the return of Google Maps to all IOS devices. After the controversy of apple replacing the Google Maps App on all iOS devices in the recent IOS 6 update.

Along with the return of the Google maps app to IOS devices comes the addition of functions that until now were only seen on Android devices. Features that are included are as follows:

  • Voice guided turn-by-turn directions, with estimated travel times.
  • Indoor panoramic images of buildings that have signed up to its Street View Business Photos service
  • 3D representations of the outlines of buildings that can be viewed from different angles
  • Vector-based graphics based on mathematical lines and points rather than pre-created bitmap graphics, making it quicker to zoom in and out of an area.

Nokia are still a threat to Google maps with their mapping and GPS app. The Nokia camp recently developed an app for iPhone devices to try and break into the ever grown market of iOS devices. By breaking in to the iOS device market allows them the chance to gather feedback and data from apps to allow them to make changes to improve services.

We at Tetrabyte Managed IT feel that the return of Google maps is great and a way to get apple to move faster with the upgrades they have to do.

So if you find yourself lost in the world of I.T call Tetrabyte Managed IT to help you find your way out of the wilderness

Apples to say NO to new Google map app

Posted on: November 6th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Insiders leaks fears that Google’s new Map App for iOS6 will more than likely not be allowed into the App Store.

Google have been creating a new map app for IOS devices  that is due to be ready at the end of 2012, but sources within the company have said that they are not optimistic that apple will allow it into the Apple App Store. It’s well known that the iOS maps application has not lived up to expectations but the chances of Apple letting Google back into the mix is not going to be geat..

Google are at the forefront for mapping and have plunged thousands into Mapping cars and photography from above to achieve the mapping skills they currently have. Apple were bit late off the starting blocks with reference to the mapping apps and are desperately trying to catch up.

Apple is linked with many other applications that either use the Apple mapping app or use well established GPS venders like TomTom. Apple continues to push users to use the mapping that comes with IOS 6 but they have a way to go to catch up on Google’s detail and knowledge.

However bad the Mapping application is that comes with iDevices this is not the only reason to buy the Latest Apple devices but people must be starting to ask why there is currently no competition in maps after being sent on a wild trek across your local field one to many times.

Android Phones Vulnerability – NFC Exploited

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Charlie Miller, an experienced hacker has managed to hack into Android phones using nothing but a short range radio technology called ‘Near Field Communication’ (or NFC for short).

The short range technology can inject an Android phone with a particular set of code and direct it to websites, activate viruses and even steal data stored on the device.

NFC is being introduced in mobile phones in order to enter the credit card market – it has recently been announced that the iPhone 5 will contain an NFC chip, potentially making it possible to make transactions using the flagship phone.

Samsung Admits Software Upgrade Mistake

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Samsung has admitted that the recent update to it’s Galaxy S3 was accidental – it was designed to remove the ability to search multiple places (web, apps, contacts etc) via a single interface. It was supposed to remove the feature only in the US, but it has done so on phones in the UK too.

This is in response to a court case initiated by Apple; they claim that the ‘all-in-one’ interface infringes a patent from Apple’s iOS system.

Samsung have stated that they will fix their mistake within the next few days.

Apple Forced to Run Adverts – Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments


A UK court has ordered Apple to run adverts stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

The technology giant must keep a notice on their website for at least six months, and that they must place adverts in newspapers and magazines.

The adverts must “make reference to the court case” and repair the apparent damage to Samsung’s tablet.

This is an embarrassing turnaround for Apple, especially after publicly announcing that Samsung copied their flagship tablet.

O2 Major Network Outage

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by admin No Comments


O2 has suffered a major network outage affecting millions of customers. Some customers were left without any mobile access for over 24-hours, whilst some people were able to access 2G services (phone calls, texting etc) by yesterday morning.

Whilst everyone knows problems occur it isn’t really good enough that one of the largest mobile operators in the UK can go down like this; businesses and consumers were both affected resulting in loss of business and communication for a vast number of people.

O2 haven’t yet released much information regarding the incident, however it is known that it wasn’t a specific area or range of mobile numbers affected.

We expect more information within the next few days.

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