Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jul 2011 21:14 UTC
Apple Petty Apple is petty. Amazon, Kobo, and others have changed their applications to conform to Apple's App Store rules, and if there's one word that describes the situation these booksellers are in, it's petty. Still, it's leading to good things: Kobo has announced it's going to bypass the App Store by writing an HTML5 e-reader for iOS (and thus, for other HTML5-capable mobile devices).
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RE[3]: Business Process Patent
by fmaxwell on Fri 29th Jul 2011 17:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Business Process Patent"
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There are two models that have emerged in the tablet market: The curated model that Apple uses, where they review apps, weeding out those that are malicious, unstable, or just poorly done. I realize that this has been an imperfect process, but, to me, it's a lot better than the Android alternative, which appears to have been modeled after the wild west.

Apple can only deny warranty repairs if a modification, aftermarket service, or third party part has caused the failure. That's federal law (FTC has info on the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act) and it's the same one that prevent GM from "voiding the warranty" on your car when you install tires you buy from Tire Rack, spark plugs you buy from AutoZone, and have your oil change by Jiffy Lube.

I bought a Mac Mini. Within two days, I had upgraded the hard drive, RAM, and combo drive. But I understood that I'd be on my own if my workmanship, or the parts I chose, caused a failure.

As to batteries, given some of the shoddy cr*p that's being sold on ebay, I understand Apple's desire to not have that stuff put into their products. Guy buys a Chinese battery pack. It fries the contacts in his MacBook's battery connector, he plugs the Apple battery in, takes it for service. The other issue is that making the batteries replaceable increases the size and weight of the device.

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