A new report examines how Google was able to ape the iPhone so quickly, but why its Android tablet efforts have lagged so far behind the iPad -- and like many stories out of Cupertino, it all goes back to Steve Jobs.
Assuming there are any MacLife.com readers out there today who aren’t skipping work or school to go see The Avengers, the tech world is still churning up news on this fabulous Friday. Exploding iPhones, iPhoto map attribution, FTC fines, Walmart pricing goofs and even a Slippery Seal make up the news for this Friday, May 4, 2012 -- so assemble your own avengers and get to reading, won’t you?
Developers are starting to update their apps for the new iPad’s Retina Display, which both AT&T and Verizon have now announced will be available in their own retail stores this Friday. Can you feel the excitement? If not, chances are you decided to sit out the new iPad -- or maybe you just don’t get that excited over objects made of glass and metal. In that case, sit back and read up on what else might be happening this Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
In other tech legal news, W3 Innovations, the parent company of Broken Thumbs Apps, settled with the Federal Trade Commission over having reportedly collected children's personal data in their iPhone and iPod touch apps. The FTC has previously gone after other companies for similar issues, but this was the first to be centered around mobile apps.
In the wake of hefty bills for all things Smurf, the FTC has taken it upon itself to review the practice of "in-app purchases" for various apps on iPhones, iPads and iPods. The concern is that customers do not fully comprehend the fact that they're actually charging their bank account.
It appears that even more trouble will be breathing down Cupertino’s neck soon, as European Union regulators are joining forces with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) here in the U.S. in a probe of Apple’s policy regarding “mobile software developers.” (Translation: Flash on the iPhone.)
Earlier this year, the Apple versus Adobe slap fight over Apple's smack-talk about Flash and Adobe's retaliatory sniping fast became one of our favorite spectator sports. However, with all of the hooplah over both company's latest product launches and financial successes has made the feud moot. Fortunately, thanks to a bit of investigative reporting on the part of Wired, we've learned that the hard feelings between the two companies are still alive and well.
Recently, Wired received a communique from the Federal Trade Commision, under the Feedom of Information Act, for a 200-page complaint filed by Adobe against Apple regarding the Cupertino-based company's iOS SDK rules. You may recall that Steve Jobs, whose dislike of Flash is now near legendary, is also none too fond of third-party development tools.
The Federal Trade Commission settled charges today against Intel. The charges stated that the processor manufacturer illegally tried to cut down competition in the computer chip market. According to the settlement, Intel's past business tactics led to a loss of competition in the market. The FTC hopes to restore the chip market to its previous form, thereby increasing competitive prices.