Is Apple the New Toyota?

Categories Apple/Mac, Information Technology, iPhone

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If the iPhone 4 antenna fiasco is the only major quality problem Apple has — and if it apologizes and doesn’t cross this bridge again — the company can recover pretty quickly. However, if it doesn’t, it will have a problem like Toyota that will live on and eat away at its brand name. At this point, Apple will have egg on its face either way. The question is, will it regain customers’ love and respect?

Over the last 10 to 15 years, Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) has done a remarkable job of creating cutting-edge devices that have won the hearts of their users. It forged a special bond with customers and investors that other companies want but don’t have. It seemed to be bulletproof.

Suddenly, Apple may have a chink in its armor. The new iPhone 4 seems to have real problems with reception. The question many are asking is this: Will Apple become the next Toyota? It’s too early to say — but so far, things don’t look good….

Apple Boots Developer for Shady App Store Dealings

Categories Apple Dev, Apple/Mac, Information Technology, iTunes, Programming, Security

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An Apple App Store developer has been shown the door for allegedly scamming the system in order to propel his applications to the top of the store’s “Books” category. The operation may have also involved fraudulent charges placed on the accounts of hundreds of iTunes customers. Apple said iTunes’ main servers, where millions of customers’ credit card numbers are stored, were not compromised.

Security experts will tell you that cybercriminals like to hit online operations with large numbers of users. So it shouldn’t be surprising that an unscrupulous individual has apparently been caught lurking in the heavily trafficked Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) iTunes App Store.

Clues that something was amiss in the App Store surfaced over the weekend when apps by a particular developer — with very few customer reviews or ratings — captured 42 of the top 50 spots in the App Store’s “Books” category. There were also reports of some App Store customers seeing hundreds of dollars in unauthorized charges to their accounts for the purchase of some of these apps. …

Bing Search Tainted by Pro-Microsoft Results | CIO – Blogs and Discussion

Categories Apple/Mac, Google, Information Technology, Microsoft

Hilarious… And it seems to be true… Big shocker that micro$oft is doing anything it can to beat out the competition…

Oh Microsoft, just when we were starting to believe in this thing called Bing, you go messing with the search results.
Case in point: a search on Bing for the phrase, “Why is Windows so expensive?” returned this as the top link….