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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.

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.

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.

iGoogle Closing Doors – November 1 2013

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Google have announced that they’re closing down their flagship product – iGoogle.

iGoogle is a central homepage which many people use at their gateway to the Internet. It can synchronise iOS apps to it’s own products, such as E-Mail, Calendar, Notes, bookmarks etc, which can also be integrated with Mozilla FireFox.

Google have said that the service will be closed fully on 1st November, 2013, and the mobile version will be closed on 31st July, 2012.

There has been a lot of criticism regarding this move, with one user saying “How can they do this? I’ve had iGoogle as my homepage for years! Not happy!!!”

‘iPad’ Trademark Dispute Settled

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012 by admin No Comments


Apple has successfully settled a dispute over the ‘iPad’ name in China with a settlement figure of £38M.

Technology firm ‘Proview’ had taken Apple to court over use of it’s trademark which was registered in China in the year 2000.

Apple however claims to have acquired the worldwide rights to use the name ‘iPad’ in 2009.

In 2009, Apple had acquired the rights to the trademark from Proview’s affiliate, but Proview has argued that their affiliate didn’t have the rights to sell this.

Whilst the dispute took the iPad off the shelves in some parts of China for a short while, Apple gave in and agreed to pay Proview $60 to settle the dispute and bring it’s flagship product back on sale.

US Court Bans Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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


A US court has banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet – version 10.1.

This is after Apple appealed for an injunction against Samsung for copying their patents.

Samsung is thought to be Apple’s primary rival in the tablet market, although Microsoft is seen to be attempting to gain a market share with the new ‘Surface’ tablet due to be released soon.

Originally the injunction against Samsung was rejected by a Californian judge, but since the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that it must be looked into again, the original judge changed his mind.

The hearing is set to proceed on the 30th of July.

Microsoft ‘Surface’ to Compete Against iPad and Android

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


Microsoft has announced that they have been developing a new range of tablets dubbed ‘surface’.

They will run Windows 8 using the new and controversial Metro interface.

The main bonus with these tablets is that they will be compatible with software such as the Microsoft Office suite, although it is currently not known if this will be bundled along with the new tablets or whether they will have to be paid for separately.

The tablet range will also be compatible with existing Windows software, but some of the applications may need to be adjusted for use with Windows 8 – so don’t expect immediate compatibility!

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