Consumer Cellular, an Oregon-based post-paid mobile virtual network operator will begin offing the iPhone to its customers on December 13, reports OregonLive. Consumer Cellular is a private mobile operator whose customer base of primarily senior citizens has begun requesting email and the internet from their devices. Hence, Consumer Cellular's deal with Apple.
The mobile carrier will offer the iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c as of December 13. As the carrier is a post-paid operator, customers will have to pay the full price of the iPhone up front and then a monthly cost for service after that.
Consumer Cellular joins other post-paid carriers, including Virgin Mobile and Cricket Wireless, in offering an alternative to the high monthly contract fees of the larger national carriers.
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After spending the last year-plus as part of the leadership team at Union, the agency that emerged following the shuttering of CP+B’s Toronto office, Dave Carey is no longer with the MDC Partners-backed operation. Carey, who held the title of partner/client service at Union, led the agency alongside former Taxi 2 ECD Lance Martin, and former CP+B Toronto president, Subtej Nijjar. Below is a statement from Union about Carey’s departure:
“We can confirm that Dave Carey has left Union to pursue outside interests. The agency has had a tremendous first year, doubling in size while proudly delivering results for clients including Mondelez, Kraft and and Colgate, and we greatly appreciate Dave’s contributions to the launch of our new breed of agency. Together, we established a course for many years of continued success, and he remains a friend of the agency and of ours personally. We wish him all the best in his next adventure.”
Prior to his time at Union, Carey spent a year as SVP/client services at fellow Canadian agency, Lowe Roche, and has also worked as senior-level account at Innocean’s Toronto branch on Kia among other accounts. From what we’ve been told, there are currently no plans to replace his role at Union.
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Get ready for bathroom puns. The World Toilet Organization, which does exist, is looking to raise $30,000 to build a toilet facility in an underprivileged South African school. The timing is no coincidence, either, since the WTO is hoping consumers will use some of their Black Friday money on a charitable initiative that embraces the brown. The WTO asks you to “Give a shit” by donating to their Indiegogo campaign that runs till early January.
Cute jokes aside, the campaign is much more necessary than you may expect. After all, many of us take school bathrooms for granted. But according to the WTO’s data, two-thirds of the 24,000 South African public schools do not have proper toilet facilities. What does that mean exactly? Well, the schools average three stalls for 800 students. And, because of the sanitation issues, 57% of girls skip school during menstruation. The WTO is hoping their efforts will erode the educational gender gap, one toilet at a time. Their plan calls for 10 facilities to be built by the end of 2014. So, if you’re about to flush down some cash on a Cyber Monday deal for a sweater or whatever, maybe you can donate your savings toward a new toilet.
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As a guy, shopping for clothes is about as exciting as deciding what to buy at the McDonald's drive-through. Actually, some of my female friends also feel this way. However, plenty of my female friends also view shopping as a sport and love nothing more than to search for and chat about the "perfect outfit." If you're one of those women, then you should check out today's Daily iPhone App: ShopChat.
ShopChat is part Pinterest, part messaging app. With it, a user can search for the perfect item of clothing, be it a little black dress, the right jeans or that killer pair of shoes. Searching by keywords will return image results that the user can then save and organize into outfits. Users can also snap pictures of their existing clothes to add to their profile. In this way, the app works a lot like Pinterest.
However, ShopChat allows shopaholics to do their second-most favorite thing after finding the right outfit: talking about the right outfit. Users can message other ShopChat friends within the app, sharing photos over IM, thus allowing friends to chat about and get suggestions on how one piece of clothing may fit with a certain look.
If you hate shopping for clothes, ShopChat won't be for you. However, if you love it, then you've just found your new favorite app. ShopChat is a free download.Source | Permalink | Email this | Comments
As we roll into December, let us continue the gathering of industry folks’ observations on the year that was/the year that will be. Up now is a quick and painless 2013 recap piece from Colin Jeffrey, executive creative director at El Segundo, CA-based David&Goliath. No need for any further preamble, just take it away, sir.
Trends by their very nature are familiar and formulaic. The work that really stood out to me went against category trends or formulas. Here are a few of my favorites. “Dumb Ways to Die” – It did not feel like any PSA campaign we’ve ever seen before. Nike “Find Your Greatness” – This commercial made greatness accessible and redefined it’s meaning. Southern Comfort’s “Whatever’s Comfortable” – Instead of using beautiful bikini clad women to sell spirits they opted for an overweight greasy dude. Incredible.
Here are a few trends.
2013 seemed cluttered with product demonstrations and stunts.
We saw lots of tech brands opting for simple product demonstrations, often throwing in a side-by-side comparison and overtly bashing the competition for good measure.
We also saw a lot of product demos turned into hi-tech stunts. Cutting-edge technology connected to the featured product that then emits a cool sound or visual or something.
There’s a continuing trend in the gaming category. When the COD “There’s a soldier in all of us” commercial came out a few years ago, it felt fresh and a welcome change from all the game footage commercials. Since, it seems like almost every first shooter gaming commercial is trying to do the same. Lots of 20-somethings running around in combat gear, blowing things up to a great sound track.
One more thing, why does every anthem ad have a scene with someone holding a hand held flare? What’s up with that?
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The holiday shopping season kicked off last week with a Black Friday bang that was apparently driven by strong iOS device sales. Now that Black Friday is behind us, it's time to turn our attention to Cyber Monday and its online sales. To help you get the most for your money, we have listed some of the best sales on Apple hardware, accessories and software.Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPad Hardware and Accessories
Best Buy [Hardware and accessories; Up to $100 off] Best Buy has a variety of sales on Mac hardware and iOS accessories including:
- Earn a $10 savings code for every $100 you spend at BestBuy.com when you choose Store Pickup.
- Save $200 on Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display with 13.3" Display
- Save $30 on ZAGG Keyboard Covers and Cases for iPad mini
- Get a $20 gift card when you buy a Pebble Smart Watch for $149
- Free Misfit Wearables sport band with purchase of any Shine activity tracker
- Save $15 on $100 iTunes or App Store Gift Card
Target [Accessories; $20 gift card] Target is offering a free $20 gift card when you buy an Apple iPod Touch 32GB MP3 Player 5th generation.
Staples [Accessories; Various savings] Staples is offering a handful of accessories that you can use to complete your Mac, iPad or iPhone setup.
WalMart [Hardware and accessories; Up to $100 off] Walmart is offering several bundles on iOS devices including:
- $349 Apple iPhone 4 w/ Bonus $50 Gift Card, Value Bundle
- $389 Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi & Bonus Accessory Kit
- $279 Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation (Choose Your Color in 32GB or 64GB) with Bonus Accessory Kit
- $449 Apple iPad with Retina 32GB with Wi-Fi &. Includes a bonus 8-in-1 accessory kit with bluetooth speaker
MacMall [Apple hardware and Accessories; On sale for up to $450 off] MacMall is offering a discount on Apple computers, Mac accessories, iPads, iPods and more. Sale ends December 2nd at midnight.
PowerMax [Hardware and accessories; Up to $100 off] PowerMax is taking 20% off its used iPads and discounting the top 14 Macs its has in stock by $50 and $100.
Small Dog Electronics [Hardware and accessories; Free shipping] Small Dog Electronics is offering free shipping on all orders for Cyber Monday.
Motrr Galileo [Accessories; 20% off] Save 20% off entire cart and free ground shipping within the U.S. Use coupon code: giftagalileo.
Seidio [Accessories; Up to 15% off] Save up to 15% of all accessories on Cyber Monday using code: CYBER15.
Hyper [Accessories; Up to $50 off] Save up to $50 off Hyper's popular Mac and iOS backup batteries. There's also significant discounts on other accessories like the iUSB Camera, iPhone cases and more.
Belkin [Accessories; On sale for 30% off] Save 30% on everything on Belkin.com * Limited time only 6 am PST- 10 am PST
Speck Holiday Deals [Accessories; On sale for 25% off] On Cyber Monday, Speck is taking 25% off of your order (5 items or less). For the rest of the month, Speck is offering a new deal every day from December 1st-20th. All deals are available at Speck's website and include free shipping.
OWC [Accessories; Various Discounts] OWC is discounting half its store or so it seems for Cyber Monday. Each order includes free delivery on memory $25 and up and on most orders $49 and up. The company also ships late -- up to 11PM CST, which is great for you last minute shoppers. Head over to OWC for the long, long list of sales items.
ZAGG [Accessories; 20-50% site-wise] Save up to 50% off iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac accessories.
ClamCase Pro [Accessories; On sale for up to $50 off] Save $50 off the popular ClamCase Pro with code CYBER50.
Moshi [Accessories; On sale for up to $50 off] Moshi released four coupon codes -- a $50 off code for the first purchase, a $20 off code for the next five orders, a $10 off code for the next five orders, and $5 off for the next 50 orders.
Griffin [Accessories; On sale for up to 30% off] Save 30% off at Griffin. Must enter code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive discount.
BodyGuardz [Accessories; On sale for up to 50% off] Everything on BodyGuardz's website is 50% off, including its ScreenGuardz(R) Pure[TM] tempered glass screen protector.
Apps for snaps [iOS Universal; Category: Photography & Video; On sale for $0.99 each] "Apps for Snaps" features a select bundle of eight of the top iOS photo enhancement and management apps from some of the industry's leading developers. Titles include Deco Sketch, LoryStripes, Mextures, Percolator, PicShop, Tangent, TitleFx and Unbound.
CoPilot Premium USA for iPhone [iPhone; Category: Navigation; On sale for $6.99, down from $9.99] Get accurate voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions everywhere you go. CoPilot Premium stores up-to-date maps directly on your device so no internet connection is needed to navigate. Get 50% off in-app upgrade to full navigation in CoPilot GPS ($4.99). (December 2nd Only)
CoPilot Premium HD USA for iOS [iOS Universal; Category: Navigation; On sale for $10.99, down from $14.99] Get accurate voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions everywhere you go. CoPilot Premium stores up-to-date maps directly on your device so no internet connection is needed to navigate. Get 50% off in-app upgrade to full navigation in CoPilot GPS ($4.99). (December 2nd Only).
DataMan Pro for iPad [iPad; Category: Finance; On sale for $2.99, down from $4.99] DataMan Pro lets you know when, where, and how you used data, every hour, every day. Now it takes full advantage of iOS 7 to give you even more powerful features.
Inkling [iOS Universal; Category: Books; On sale for 25% off] Save up to 25% off all Inkling's interactive trade and how-to eBooks. Enter CYBER25* at Checkout.
Joining Hands 2 [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Joining Hands 2 is intuitive and easy to play; drag and drop the Peablins so that everyone is holding hands.
King Oddball [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Blow up tanks! Collapse structures! Crash helicopters! Squash puny humans! Hurl boulders until nothing remains!
Sparkle HD [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $1.99, down from $4.99] Pop the Orbs and Save the World on your iPad!
Sparkle [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Pop the Orbs and Save the World on your iPad!
Tennis in the Face [iOS Universal; Category: Games; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] This is no Wimbledon, this is Tennis in the Face! Get ready for some hilarious ragdoll-smashing ball-bouncing action!
Phlo [iOS Universal; Category: Reference; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Type once, search everywhere. Launch the app, type your search, and find what you're looking for on any search engine.
Localscope [iPhone; Category: Navigation; On sale for $1.99, down from $2.99] Localscope is a window to your world that lets you explore your surroundings like never before.
Frax [iPhone; Category: Entertainment; On sale for $0.99, down from $1.99] Frax raises the fractal in 3D height, uses complex color gradients to smoothly tint and shade them, adds two light sources for glossy reflections and infinitely scaleable chaotic textures - all in all using almost 100 parameters and controls.
Frax HD [iPad; Category: Entertainment; On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99] Frax raises the fractal in 3D height, uses complex color gradients to smoothly tint and shade them, adds two light sources for glossy reflections and infinitely scaleable chaotic textures - all in all using almost 100 parameters and controls.
Polaris Office [iOS Universal; Category: Business; On sale for $0.99, down from $3.99] POLARIS Office is a mobile office solution that allows users to view/edit MS Office documents on iPhone/iPad. Users can view/edit text files and view .pdf and .hwp files.
Actions for iPad [iPad; Category: Productivity; On sale for $0.99, down from $3.99] Advanced but incredibly simple to use, Actions is a revolutionary app that lets you interact more naturally with your computer, thanks to your beloved iPad.
Delivery Status touch [iOS Universal; Category: Utilities; On sale for $2.99, down from $4.99] Delivery Status helps you keep track of all your packages, so you always know when they're going to arrive. The main view shows the latest status of all your packages, and counts down to the estimated delivery date.
Gneo [iOS Universal; Category: Productivity; On sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] Gneo helps you take action with your to-dos by prioritising all the things you need to get done.
BeatMaker 2 [iOS Universal; Category: Music; On sale for $4.99, down from $19.99]Combining music production tools that were behind the success of countless artists, BeatMaker 2 is a powerful, easy-to-use composition interface for amateurs and professionals alike.
1Password [iOS Universal; Category: Productivity; On sale for $9.99, down from $17.99] Every day there are new passwords to remember. They are often forgotten. Using weak passwords or re-using them makes it easy to remember, but criminals love it when you do this. 1Password solves all these problems.
Art Authority for iPad [iPad; Category: Reference; On sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] Art Authority for iPad transports you to an enthralling, real-world art museum with works by 1000+ major western artists.
Art Authority K-12 for iPad [iPad; Category: Reference; On sale for $3.99, down from $7.99] Art Authority for iPad transports you to an enthralling, real-world art museum with works by 1000+ major western artists. Kid friendly edition.
MacScan [OS X; Category: Utilities; On sale for 80% off] Detect, isolate and remove Malware from Mac OS X and clean up blacklisted cookies and Internet clutter quickly. Use coupon code PROTECTELVES during checkout.
PrivacyScan [OS X; Category: Utilities; On sale for $1.99, down from $14.99] Securely wipe digital footprints left behind after using the computer and accessing the Internet. Available in the Mac App Store and from the PrivacyScan website using this special link.
CleanMyMac 2 [OS X; Category: Utilities; On sale for $19.99, down from $39.95] CleanMyMac 2 is an ingeniously simple, yet surprisingly powerful application for keeping your Mac clean, organized, and free of files that slow it down.
Gemini [OS X; Category: Utilities; Now free, down from $9.99] Duplicate files can run - But they can't hide. Now, you can find & remove them with Gemini.
MacHider [OS X; Category: Utilities; On sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] Protect confidential info or important data from unwanted eyes using this best file security app for Mac.
Art Authority for Mac [OS X; Category: Reference; On sale for $4.99, down from $9.99] Art Authority transports you to an enthralling, real-world art museum with works by 1000+ major western artists.
Prizmo [OS X; Category: Business; On sale for $24.99, down from $49.99] , Prizmo is the key for scanning and performing OCR. It works with pictures taken with your iPhone, iPad, or digital camera, with documents coming from connected or Wi-Fi scanners, even with screenshots
Phlo [OS X; Category: Reference; On sale for $1.99, down from $3.99] Type once, search everywhere. Launch the app, type your search, and find what you're looking for on any search engine.
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In October, we brought you news of #mamming, “the act of laying your (clothed) boobs on a flat surface” to promote breast cancer awareness and remind women to get mammograms. Now, we have the sequel, thanks to a couple of mystery (we’re guessing British) creatives. If #mamming wasn’t ridiculous enough for you, you’re going to love this new parody, called #manning.
#Manning is “the act of cupping your hand onto a pair of (clothed) balls. A friend’s. A colleague’s. Maybe even a Michael Jackson-esque selfie?” While the idea is executed as a parody of mamming, the folks involved sincerely hope that people use it to promote “awareness of testicular cancer to the millions of men who should be regularly checking their balls.” As goofy as manning might be, testicular cancer is no joke, and if this stunt can get more guys to check their balls for cancer then that’s a good thing.
Visitors to thisismanning.com are offered a quick definition and description of manning. As they scroll down the page they can view manning photos, read a (very) brief “About Us” section and learn how to participate. If you’d like to get involved you can Instagram a picture of yourself cupping balls, or having your balls cupped, with the hashtag #manning; talk to the dudes in your life about checking regularly for testicular cancer; or check out organizations like Movember, Everyman, Ballboys, and the Mark GorryFoundation. You might wonder about the timing of this campaign, coming as it does right after the end of Movember, but there’s never really a bad time to touch your balls.
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The shopping season has begun and many retailers are urging shoppers to buy, including Apple. The company has begun offering 0 percent financing on hardware purchases from many of its European online stores today.
The 0 percent financing offer is good for any hardware purchase above £449/€400 and allows people to pay in 10 monthly installments with 0 percent interest. Some countries are offering a 12-month window to pay with 0 percent interest. According to the official terms and conditions, the offer is only available at Apple's online store and is not available in its retail stores. It runs from December 2, 2013 and midnight of January 10, 2014. The financing is available in both the Apple Store for Consumers and the Apple Store for Education.
Apple offering 0% financing on hardware in European online stores originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Bacon doesn’t make everything better. Hughes Carwash “wanted to capture the emotional relief one feels after having their car washed.” So TAXI Vancouver took that idea and ran with it — all the way to crazy town.
Their four new spots for Hughes Carwash — “Bacon Underwear,” “Rabies Shot,” “Nose Hairs” and “The Internet?” — all feature a couple coming clean with each other about various things they’ve been keeping secret. Three of the four spots open in the same way: with the woman revealing she’s not a natural redhead and the man revealing that the necklace he bought her (and that she is currently wearing) is actually just a string of sausages. That should give you an idea of the crazy brand of humor that fills out these spots. One of these thirty second ads contains a full 25 seconds of the man laughing. So clearly over-the-top is what TAXI was going for here.
While the campaign as a whole may not be laugh out loud funny, they do have a certain meshugana charm to them, and the actors portraying the couple do an admirable enough job. The exception being the one that wastes most of its thirty seconds on the man laughing. If you don’t already know the concept behind the spots, the idea may not make sense until the end of the ad, with the “It Feels Good to Come Clean” tagline. Without such an excellent tag to tie things together, it would be easy to forget why we’re watching these crazy people in the first place. All four of these spots will air during Canadian coverage of the Super Bowl. Click through for “The Internet?” and credits. continued…
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Amazon has released a new commercial in which it subtly mocks Jony Ive while comparing the new iPad Air with the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch tablet. The commercial features two voice actors, one with a British accent talking about the "magical" iPad Air, and the other with an American accent talking about the Kindle Fire HDX. Throughout the ad, the Brit talks about the iPad Air's amazing screen, weight and price while at every point being countered by the American who explains the Kindle Fire HDX has more pixels, is lighter and costs less.
While the ad forgoes Apple's customary white background and doesn't show a designer with a shaved head, it's obvious that the British voice is supposed to be a cheap imitation of Apple's star British designer, Ive. All in all, the ad is pretty successful in its tone, never veering into insulting. Still, however, its comparisons between the iPad Air and the Kindle Fire HDX are a little forced as the two tablets feature very different build materials and different screen sizes.
Amazon mocks Jony Ive, iPad Air in new Kindle Fire HDX ad originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well, this is news to us but it appears that Judith Carr-Rodriguez has joined the executive team at Figliulo & Partners, the agency launched this past summer by former TBWA\Chiat\Day NY creative chief, Mark Figliulo. Prior to her new gig as president/founding partner at F&P, U.K. native Carr-Rodriguez spent several years at LBi, eventually serving as president of its US operations (as well as MD of the New York office) and then in the same role when the agency became MRY earlier this year. No word yet on who else has landed at Figliulo & Partners, which as you may know just landed its first notable client in Sprint. As mentioned previously, F&P will focus on broadcast efforts for the brand.
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This is due to the Glims update that came out this week. To solve this annoying behavior:
Go to Safari Prefs»Glims»Ads/Shopping, and check Off. Mine was set to Hit Me, which is the default. I don't remember seeing this behavior in Glims before.
[crarko adds: Hi, all; it's your guest editor, Craig Arko, in for a week. I don't use Glims, so I haven't tried this out. It seems plausible, but if people still observe the issue and this isn't the fix please make a comment.]
AAPL shareholders were cheering last Friday because of all the foot traffic going through Apple Store doors. But that wasn't their only reason to celebrate. The day also marked the first time AAPL stock was in the black this year, closing at a high of US$556.07. The stock price started the year out at $549.03 on January 2, 2013 before plummeting to a low of $390.53 on April 19th.
Since the 19th of April the stock has been on shaky ground, recovering, then retreating, before recovering again. It spent most of this year floating in the sub-$500 range -- a far cry from its $705 high it hit in September 2012.
However, with its closing high of $556.07 on Friday, the stock is now in positive territory and many analysts see an upwards swing for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014. Many analysts expect the stock to reach $600 in the next several months, while some maintain a $777 target in the next 12 months.
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-Missed this one on the way out last week, but McCann New York has launched a pro-bono initiative for the Brady Campaign dubbed “Voices Against Violence.” link
-For those needing some post-Thanksgiving hair of the dog–well, at least virtually–UK agency 18 Feet & Rising has launched this campaign promoting Kopparberg’s warm Spiced Apple cider, complete with a chance to win carved logs from the Kopparberg forest (above).
-Here are six reasons why “talented creatives” are leaving your agency. link
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Major League Baseball has added the ability for users to gift MLB At Bat premium subscriptions to owners of iOS and Android devices. Previously the only way to give someone an MLB At Bat premium subscription was to buy them a generic credit card gift card and then have them use that card to purchase a subscription. Now however users can simply buy an MLB At Bat premium gift subscription for $19.99 for the user of their choice from MLB.com.
Subscriptions to MLB.com At Bat, the 10th highest grossing mobile app in App Store history, are now available as holiday gifts for the first time. Instead of waiting in bricks-and-mortar store lines or giving a generic gift card, anyone can gift At Bat for the 2014 MLB season, through a direct purchase of the $19.99 full-season subscription from MLB.com.
With access to the complete set of premium features in 2014, including live audio of every game and the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day, At Bat 14 will be the perfect holiday gift for any baseball fan.
At Bat currently offers full coverage of the Hot Stove and the upcoming Baseball Winter Meetings in December. MLB Advanced Media's mobile developers also are working on new features to be unveiled in the 2014 edition of At Bat. Complete details will be available at launch next year.
It seems that MLB At Bat premium subscriptions have arrived just in time for the holidays, ensuring that they'll be a hot gift this year for iOS-loving baseball enthusiasts. MLB.com At Bat is a free download.
Major League Baseball offering gift subscriptions for MLB At Bat 2014 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple's court appointed antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich responds to Apple's objections
As we reported late last week, Apple and the court-appointed monitor charged with keeping an eye on Apple's antitrust compliance measures haven't exactly gotten off to a good start.
Apple last week filed a motion stating that Michael Bromwich -- the court-appointed monitor -- is taking Apple to the cleaners with exorbitant fees. The filing states that Bromwich is charging Apple $1,100 an hour for his services. In just two weeks on the job, Bromwich has already billed Apple $138,432.
According to Apple's complaint, Bromwich has hired additional attorneys to help him do his job and is engaging in behavior that falls far outside the scope of his duties. For instance, Apple takes umbrage with the fact that Bromwich wants time to interview Apple executives and board members that have nothing to do with Apple's e-book antitrust compliance. For example, Bromwich, for whatever reason, wanted to sit down and interview Apple designer Jony Ive and Apple board member Al Gore.
In the wake of Apple's filing, Bromwich has fired back a salvo of his own.
All Things D summarizes Bromwich's response thusly:
- You people seem to think I'm working for you. "Apple has sought for the last month to manage our relationship as though we are its outside counsel or consultant," he wrote in a letter to Cook and his board last week.
- My fees are reasonable, and you have no idea what a reasonable fee looks like. Also, it doesn't matter if you think my fees are reasonable, because you don't get to negotiate them: You just pay them. The court will approve them.
If you enjoy a good legal back and forth, you might enjoy this biting excerpt from Apple's initial complaint.
Michael Bromwich is already operating in an unfettered and inappropriate manner, outside the scope of the Final Judgment, admittedly based on secret communications with the Court, and trampling Apple's rights; the Court's proposal out of the blue to grant him even greater powers as monitor would only make things worse. Since his appointment, Mr. Bromwich has run far afield from his mandate and informed Apple that his fee structure is designed to "generate profits" for himself and the law firm he has retained to make up for the antitrust experience he lacks.
You can read Bromwich's full response below:
Bromwich letter to Apple All Things Digital.pdf
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In the lull between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there's time for reflection (and a few remaining hours to enter our Mega Giveaway of accessories, gadgets and device cases). While the Talkcast is taking a Sunday night off for turkey digestion, there's still interesting issues to discuss.
For the data analysis team at retail intelligence firm Infoscout, that downtime has proven fruitful; the company has released a slew of blog posts detailing its findings from digging into customer receipts from big-box shops like Target and Walmart.
Infoscout uses gamification and other incentives to get consumers to participate in its ongoing panels; the ingenious method of data entry is by scanning receipts into iOS or Android apps. Over the course of Friday's morning rush, thousands of consumer purchases were tracked into the company's database, and in turn extrapolated to draw conclusions about the larger trends in play.
For mega-markets Walmart and Target, the early results were very encouraging for iOS -- in particular, the iPad. Both retailers saw iPad models (the 16 GB Air) as their top-selling product, by a wide margin; this may have been driven by aggressive gift-card rebates for the tablets, but it's still quite impressive.
Infoscout also noted that some 40% of the iPad purchases it spotted on Black Friday actually were bought by Android phone users, which seems a mite counterintuitive. Meanwhile, Techcrunch points out that Apple's mobile platforms continued their dominance of actual mobile commerce; IBM's numbers show that iOS accounted for almost 1/3 of all online commerce traffic (28% to Android's 11%), and notched a dramatic advantage in actual online sales (18% of online sales via iOS, versus 3.5% for Android). While smartphones were more popular than tablets for browsing (25% vs. 14%), the tablets took a big lead on actually making purchases (14% to 7% of all sales).
What did you notice about your shopping experience this weekend, and what did you hear from relatives or friends who were out and about? Let us know in the comments below. (Note that many TUAW posts do not have comments enabled, as it is at the author's discretion.)
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This past July, police in Ann Arbor, Michigan began investigating the shooting death of a 25-year old University of Michigan medical student named Paul DeWolf. Late at night on July 24, DeWolf was shot in the neck in what authorities now believe was a home invasion gone wrong.
From the outset, police investigators looking into the murder had few leads and not much evidence to go on.
But a few weeks ago, investigators caught a break and began zeroing in on two suspects in a story that reads out of a TV detective show.
As it turns out, a Mac laptop was stolen from one of DeWolf's neighbors during the same timeframe that he was shot. Notably, the laptop had the iCloud "Find My Mac" feature turned on.
Police officials have released few details of their investigation. But a transcript of the hearing obtained by the Free Press shows the case has been a combination of dogged detective work, luck and high-tech sleuthing.
In sworn testimony, Nucci said a computer that belonged to a U-M senior was stolen from the living room in her home in the 200 block of North Ingalls between 10:30 p.m. July 23 and 12:30 a.m. July 24. That's around the same time frame police say they believe DeWolf was killed in the basement of the Phi Rho Sigma house next door.
In the wake of the laptop theft, the laptop owner "directed Apple to contact her if the computer connected to the Internet." According to the report, Apple, on October 3rd, was alerted to the fact that the stolen laptop had been turned on.
From there, local authorities were able to zero in on the notebook's location, ultimately directing them a man who purchased the computer off of Craigslist for $200.
Local authorities were then able to identify the man who sold the stolen laptop, a 20-year-old man named Joei Jordan. Their investigation revealed that Jordan, along with his 25-year-old cousin Shaquille Jones, were both present when the stolen laptop was handed over to the buyer.
Next, Ann Arbor police had both Jordan and Jones in their sights. In early November, Jones was picked up in South Carolina where he was subsequently brought back to Michigan.
On November 22, both Jones and Jordan were arraigned for murder along with other counts stemming from the home invasion next door. There is another suspect in custody but details surrounding his identity haven't yet been made public.
Details as to how authorities firmly connected the burglary to the murder remain somewhat scant, but we imagine more information will emerge in the coming weeks as "preliminary examinations of the evidence" against both suspects will be held in the next two weeks.
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Apple is once again recognizing World Aids Day at several of its retail stores in Europe and America. Here in London both the Regent Street store and the Covent Garden store have had their white Apple signage covered with a red tint. The images above come from a MacRumors reader and show the Regent Street Apple store going red earlier today.
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