NullRiver released NetShare, a tethering app, in the iTunes App Store only to have it pulled after a few minutes. the app would have allowed iPhone owners to share their mobile internet connection with their laptop.
Yeah we know, it would have been great.
NullRiver states on their website that they haven't received any word from Apple on why the app was pulled from the store, and that the app doesn't violate any developer or App Store agreements.
"Furthermore, plans(unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose."
Nullriver hopes that Apple will release the app in countries without tethering restrictions in their mobile contracts.
MacNN is reporting that Apple has announced revenue of $7.46 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.07 billion for the 2008 third quarter, which ended June 28. This has been the best June quarter in the company’s history.
Apple sold almost 2.5 Million Macs, a 41 percent increase from last year, and over 11 million iPods, a 12 percent increase. iPhone sales increased by almost 450,000 units.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs felt that the iPhone 3G initiated growth for the third quarter, while Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer expressed satisfaction with the amount of revenue accumulated. Apple expects revenue of about $7.8 billion for the fourth quarter.
Yesterday, Apple made a big fuss over Psystar’s Mac OS clones. Today, they insist Psystar do a mass recall of all units running the hacked Mac OX system. That means that the Mac cloners days could be numbered. A recall of all Psystar units will undeniably bankrupt them. Apple also wants whatever profits the company has gained, in addition to, any dollars that may flow once the judge bangs the gavel.
According to Yahoo! News, a product recall is an “unusual step”. Mandated recalls are usually ordered by government agencies to rid the market of products that are potentially harmful.
Both Apple and Psystar’s legal team declined comment.
Apple is acknowledging the difficulties involved in the transfer between the .Mac and MobileMe services and are compensating members. “We will be extending subscriptions by 30 days to customers free of charge to express our appreciation for their patience during the transition period,” said Apple Inc., in a statement.
You usually get what you ask for. Last April, a representative for the company Psystar, only identified as “Robert”, challenged Apple to bring a lawsuit against his company for reportedly using hacked versions of Mac OS X on on their custom built computers. AppleInsider reports that as of July 3, Apple Inc. has filed a formal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Psystar for manufacturing and selling unauthorized Mac systems.
The small Florida-based firm made headlines last Spring after announcing its line of low-cost, high-performing machines called OpenMac, later changed to Open Computer so as to avoid charges of copyright infringement. Psystar taunted Apple by asserting that they were the only other computer company selling Mac OS systems.
"What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?," said Robert of Psystar. He also added, "What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?" Robert had also been quoted as saying that Apple had been violating antitrust laws by restricting installation of its operating system on non-Mac machines.
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.
Apple doesn't send its brave retail employees into the trenches without proper training. To prepare the Apple Army, the company has issued an internal document outlining how to deal with customers on July 11.
Come on, Steve only makes a dollar, so what's the big deal? Well, this: It's come to light that Apple's software engineers make significantly less than their counterparts at other Silicon Valley companies. New startup Glassdoor collected the salary information (seen here in handy bar-chart format), finding that Apple engineers make $89K while Microsoft and Yahoo pay $105K and Google more than $112K. So now people are wondering if the company will experience a talent exodus, be forced to raise salaries, or merely remain secure in its belief that the employees want to work at Apple because it's Apple. Blogger Oren Hurvitz then calculated what the lower salaries may have meant to Apple's bottom line in recent years, with interesting results, while CNET's Matt Asay points out that they get stock too. (Check out the back-and-forth in the comments about whether those stock options are really worth the lower salary, especially with the roller-coaster ride Apple stock has been on lately.) What do you think, would you be cool with making $19K less if it meant you were working at 1 Infinite Loop and not...wherever Yahoo's building is? Or do you think Apple should share the wealth a little more? (Or do you just wish you had a job?) Sound off in the comments -- you know you want to.