According to a nine-page filing, Nicholas Woodhams, who owns an iPod repair shop in Portage, Michigan called iPod Mechanic, profited off of Apple’s good graces.
Woodhams is under fire for allegedly violating a 2006 agreement stating he would change the name of his business so as to abide by Apple’s trademark document concerning the use of “Pod” and “iPod” in products and advertising.
In addition to using the iPod moniker, he is also being charged with taking advantage of Apple’s iPod shuffle repair service. According to the lawsuit, Woodhams would submit a repair claim to Apple, receive a new unit and, instead of shipping the damaged unit to Apple, he would keep the dead player and dispute charges with his credit card company. Woodhams sold the repaired units at a considerable discount, costing Apple over $75,000 according to the suit.
Woodhams is also accused of deceiving Apple into covering the repair of an out-of-warranty iPod by switching the back cases with those of iPods covered by Apple's one-year service agreement.
Apple is seeking triple damages, since all three counts appear to have been done on purpose, including Woodhams' trademark violations.
Developers looking to get their last minute iPhone and iPod touch apps on the product roster for the July 11 iTunes App Store unveiling better hurry.
A source for Silicon Alley Insider says that Apple wants all third-party apps in their hands today, supposedly so that testing and approval can be done prior to launch day. Regardless of the impending deadline imposed by Apple, the store will no doubt offer hundreds of useful and engaging apps.
Having a third-party app ready for launch day is beneficial for both parties. Apple gets to tout the hundreds of App Store apps that are ready to go, and the developer gets to ride the wave of excitement expected for the App Store launch.
AppleInsider has uncovered a series of internal memos to AT&T employees outlining instructions for the upcoming roll-out of the iPhone 3G. According to these memos, AT&T stores should have extra staff that weekend to manage crowds and facilitate fast, efficient, and friendly activation of the new iPhones as customers buy them. Outside of the stores, AT&T has sent out memos regarding their engineers’ continued work on optimizing their 3G network and a new ad campaign focusing on that networks strength.
Today, Rhapsody announced the opening of a DRM-free MP3 store. The tracks will be compatible with most music players, but most importantly, the iPod. This is a significant shift in the thinking of the company, who, until today, only “rented” tracks using their subscription model.
“We’re no longer competing with the iPod,” Rhapsody Vice President Neil Smith said. “We’re embracing it.”
The new store from Rhapsody is only available in the US and contains 5 million songs. One interesting feature to this service is the ability to preview an entire song, instead of a 30 second window.
A speaker in every room has been many a homeowner’s dream. Alas, this usually means hiring professionals to run speaker wires through your house—or doing it yourself and inadvertently creating softball-size holes that start off the size of a pea. The Eos Wireless iPod Speakers bring the dream of a home filled with music without your having to hang large pictures to cover up any DIY attempts.
Say you drive your three beautiful children to school every day, and you’re trying to think of a way to get this task done more quickly. You could go for a faster car—say, a Lamborghini. That could get your kids to school in no time—except that you can no longer fit said children into the car, seeing as how it’s a Lamborghini.
Just when you think digicam manufacturers have equipped their products with every new feature there is, along comes a camera that offers consumers even more—a bigger LCD, built-in image stabilization, or more shooting modes.
For the past seven years, cutting-edge Apple users have been spoiled by a constant stream of features and enhancements that have kept Mac OS X fresh and exciting. While putting the brakes on what once was an annual update, Apple has managed to keep rolling out significant OS upgrades worthy of their $129 price tags, and Mac devotees have become accustomed to watching Steve Jobs ceremoniously pull back the curtain on round after round of killer apps.
We've introduced you to Microsoft’s übercool Art of Office website. Now it’s your turn to show us how creative you can be with Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Check the site for inspiration, and then send us your best original effort as an emailed attachment.
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