9to5 Mac reports today on the ruling from a Dutch court that says that Apple cannot offer remanufactured units as warranty replacements, and must instead supply nothing but brand new models to the customer. This follows on from a previous ruling by the Dutch court that said that Apple could not offer refurbished products as warranty replacements.
After the previous ruling, Apple started offering what it referred to as “remanufactured” units to replace faulty iPads, as it said that they had the same manufacturing and inspection standards as brand new iPads, and therefore could not be considered to be the same as refurbished products.
However, a woman in Holland who was offered a remanufactured iPad as a warranty replacement did not think this was good enough, and decided to take Apple to court. Now, the Dutch judge has ruled in her favour, saying that she is entitled to a brand new iPad as a replacement. Apple will be fined €100 for each day that it does not give the woman a brand new iPad.
Source: Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems
Phone Arena writes that in celebration of Chuck Norris’s 77th birthday, developer Sproing and producer flaregames have launched an iOS game all about the legendary martial artist, actor, and screenwriter, entitled Nonstop Chuck Norris.
The free-to-play game, which doesn’t require an Internet connection to play, has been authorised by Chuck Norris himself. Just like one of his movies, it features non-stop action where Chuck uses pretty much anything that he can get his hands on as a weapon to batter his foes as he attempts to save the multiverse.
During the game you’ll also get to collect Chuck Norris facts and develop signature abilities such as roundhouse kicks and push-up slams, as well as unlocking meme-inspired pet sidekicks for Chuck.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by fans’ reactions since I announced the game,” said Chuck Norris, speaking from his home in Texas. “Now that the game is live across the world, I hope they enjoy having the power of Chuck Norris on their phones!”
Click here to download for free: Nonstop Chuck Norris on the App Store
Sources: flaregames, The Chuck Norris mobile game is out on Android and iOS
Pocket Gamer reports that the latest game to come from the massively successful Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Islands, has just had a soft launch in Japan and Taiwan.
In the management/building sim, players get to explore Mysterious Islands and collect resources such as fish, wood, and mana to use to craft items and help create an island paradise where the birds and piggies can live together in peace and harmony. Yes, you read that right, the angry birds and piggies actually do get along in this game, as they team up to fight the various monsters that get in the way of them trying to survive and thrive on their Mysterious Islands home.
According to App Spy, which has had some hands-on time with the game, it plays a lot like an Angry Birds version of Clash of Clans, only with Birds and Pigs rather than Barbarians and Minions, for example. It certainly looks like a lot of fun, judging by the brief clips in the trailer. No word on a release date yet, but it can’t be too far away.
Sources: Angry Birds Islands sticks birds and piggies on a mysterious island, and it's soft-launched now in select countries
Here's everything you need to know about Angry Birds Islands
9to5 Mac reports that Apple has apologised for various iCloud plans disappearing last week, as well as emails that were erroneously sent out by Apple to customers telling them that their 50GB or 100GB iCloud plans had been discontinued.
In an email apologising for the incident that was sent to all those involved, Apple said that the emails were sent out in error, and that there have, in fact, been no changes to iCloud storage plans. Apple also reiterated that all plans would stay exactly as they are, meaning that the disappearance of the $0.99 per month 50 GB iCloud plan and the $2.99 per month 200 GB iCloud plan had simply been a glitch.
In the email, Apple said, “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any questions, please contact us.”
Apple did not offer any explanation as to how the glitch happened.
Source: Apple acknowledges earlier iCloud subscription errors, says everything has been resolved
AppleInsider says that it has obtained a full copy of Apple’s California Department of Motor Vehicles self-driving car application, the basic details of which were first reported on by Business Insider on Friday.
The complete Autonomous Vehicle Tester (AVT) Program Application for Manufacturer’s Testing Permit, which was initially obtained by macReports, contains some revealing information about Apple’s approach to self-driving vehicle testing.
In particular, it goes into detail about the testing process used to certify the six drivers who will be driving the three modified Lexus RX540h SUVs, including instructions, training goals, and diagrams for several different tests, including low-speed and high-speed driving, tight U-turns, sudden steering input, sudden acceleration, sudden braking, and lane change.
The six Apple employees named in the document as passing the tests include Paul Hebert and Victor Hwang, who are both engineers at Apple’s Special Projects Group, and Jeremy Ma, a software engineer, also working at Apple’s Special Projects Group, and who has particular expertise in 3D object detection and tracking. One driver's name has been redacted from the document as their employment details need to be kept private. Most of the test drivers are robotics experts.
Source: Full copy of Apple's self-driving car permit revealed
According to a report on AppleInsider, the UK’s Guardian newspaper has decided to withdraw from both Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles.
“We have run extensive trials on Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News to assess how they fit with our editorial and commercial objectives,” said The Guardian in a statement issued to Digiday. “Having evaluated these trials, we have decided to stop publishing in those formats on both platforms.”
“Our primary objective is to bring audiences to the trusted environment of the Guardian to support building deeper relationships with our readers, and growing membership and contributions to fund our world-class journalism.”
While it is definitely possible for a newspaper such as The Guardian to earn money from Apple News and Instant Articles, it probably stands to gain more by having its loyal readership use its own app and website, from where it can make more money from ad revenue and also try and encourage readers to subscribe or donate.
The Guardian is still a member of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages, and in March it announced that 60% of its traffic came from that particular source.
Source: UK site The Guardian drops Apple News in bid to boost ad & subscription revenues
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