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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

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!!!”

Apple iOS 6 Officially Unveiled

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Apple have officially announced the next update to iOS – iOS 6.

The new iOS features a new 3D mapping system, useful for deciding routes, finding places and as an integrated SatNav system.

Dubbed ‘iOS Maps’, the system features traffic information in real-time and enables users to see detailed information about the places around them.

Developers of Apple Apps have access to a limited ‘beta’ version of iOS 6, but everyone else will have to wait until the autumn – the same time the iPhone 5 is expected to be released.

Are you looking forward to the next iPhone and iOS 6?

Let us know by commenting on this post!

Apple iPad – Misleading 4G Claims Result in Fine

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by admin No Comments


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has made a decision regarding the misleading claims Apple gave to the Australian (and indeed, the UK) consumer.

Apple have been fined $2.25M over the misleading claims.

Apple branded the iPad 3 as the iPad WiFi + 4G – unfortunately when the consumers in Australia started purchasing them expecting super-fast data access on the go, they were met with the standard 3G speeds.

The Apple iPad 3 will never be compatible with the Australian and United Kingdom 4G networks due to differences between the spectrums used in the United States and other countries.

Apple has since re-branded the iPad 3 as the “iPad 3 Wifi + Cellular” in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Apple iCloud Crashes

Posted on: May 15th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Apple’s iCloud reportedly crashed on Monday leaving around about 12% of users unable to access their iCloud mail.

Whilst Apple hasn’t released a press statement, some believe it may have something to do with testing a new feature for sharing photos via iCloud.

Apple’s iCloud allows owners of Apple devices running iOS 5.0 and above to store a backup of their device in the event of it being lost, stolen or broken. You can simply connect another iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your iCloud account and download all your data.

In the event of this service failing millions of users could be faced with a loss of data. So be careful – no backup solution is perfect; always keep a backup of your data!

iPad 2 – Battery Life Revamp?

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


Apple has covertly released an upgrade to the old iPad 2. Without releasing details they have been placing these newer versions into the supply chain along with the previous model of the iPad 2.

Tetrabyte Managed IT Business Support iPad2

This new version has a very minor change with perhaps a rather drastic outcome – there are claims that the iPad 2.4 has up to 29.1% longer battery due to a change in one of the chips used.

With such an increase in battery life the iPad 2.4 may have a three hour battery life advantage over the new iPad 3.

Apart from the retina display and the 4G which doesn’t actually work in the UK, the iPad 3 isn’t really much different to the iPad 2 – to be honest, if I were to choose between them I’d probably go for the iPad 2.

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