It's Labor Day here in the United States, and that means the summer is pretty much over for most of us as kids head back to school and everyone starts looking ahead to the winter holiday season. It's also a relatively quiet day for tech news, but we managed to scrape up a few interesting stories from over the weekend so soak 'em up on this Monday, September 3, 2012.
An Apple retail store in Georgia is making news this week after one of its employees refused to sell an iPad to a 19-year-old U.S. resident, presumably because she is from Iran, a country the employee claims has "bad relations" with the West.
IBM may have adopted a “bring your own device” strategy for its employees back in 2010, but judging from an interview with the company’s chief information officer, you won’t be able to actually do much with them while there.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates notoriously refused to buy iPods for his kids, gifting them the company’s own Zunes instead. Thanks to a leaked memo, it appears Microsoft itself may be taking a similar tack -- you can have your iPhone, but we’re not paying for it.
While Apple is certainly famous for its product lineup, another thing the tech giant has also become famous for is how far it goes to keep its upcoming products secret. BusinessInsider recently spoke with an iPad app developer who shared some interesting insight into just what measures Apple reportedly takes to make sure nothing gets out.
Say what you want about Apple, but more often than not the company realizes its mistakes and tries to make things right again. That also now appears to be the case with some of its draconian in-app subscription rules which have threatened to kill off many publishers’ business models.
The iPhone landing on Verizon was certainly big news, ending AT&T's reign of exclusivity. On the flip side though, one tidbit got lost amongst the hoopla. Verizon officials have apparently decided to end the "New Every Two" program, which gives Verizon subscribers a credit ranging anywhere from $30-$100 for a new phone every two years.