Clay iPads


Apple customers in Canada are being duped; by a tablet made of clay.

Two Canadian electronic stores; Best Buy and Future Shop are now investigating a scandal involving iPad 2’s. So far as many as ten of the hand held devices recently sold at the stores were discovered to be made out of modeling clay.

A spokesman for Future Shop says thieves are buying the iPad 2, taking out the device and replacing it with clay. And the fake tablets are the same size and shape as the real deal. Then thieves are re-sealing the original Apple package and returning the box to stores for cash. And like most items the returned iPads are returned to shelves only to be purchased by an unsuspecting consumer.  read more »

Steve Jobs Immortalized

Since his death in October Steve Jobs has been immortalized in many ways; and now he’s being cased it’s in plastic.

If you’re looking to hold on to the Apple CEO forever you just might get your chance. Chinese company “In Icons” is selling a life like action figure of the tech powerhouse. The twelve inch tall figure is set to ship next month and retails for just under one hundred dollars. And you get all the Steve Jobs likeness money can buy.

The figure is wearing Jobs standard uniform of new balance shoes, blue jeans, a black mock turtleneck and silver framed glasses. Then there are the accessories; buyers will also receive extras such as two apples, a belt, and another set of glasses.  read more »

A Dead Battery


Apple is working to squash the bugs that are eating away at the new operating systems battery life.

After a number of complaints from customers Apple released a statement earlier this week about the battery on the ios5 system. This system was released last month for the newest iPhone, iPad and iTouch devices. This marks the first time the company has responded to the reported problem. The statement says the company has found some problems with the software system and plan to release an update in the next few weeks.  read more »

An App for Everything


There’s an app for everything; whether you like it or not.

Fueled by the shocking death of Apple founder Steve Jobs the recently released Apple iPhone 4S is flying off the shelves, selling more than four million units in just three days. And with the phone’s new operating system comes an app called “Find My Friends.” If your friends allow it, your phone will track their locations on a map. The company is advertising this as a great tool to stay in touch and share your location with the people that are important to you.  read more »

An Empty Stage


Apple will certainly miss its creator. Steve Jobs will also be sadly missed by his devoted family members, friends, stockholders and consumers who were so profoundly touched by this visionary in so many ways.

In this time of such reflection, allow me to add my own profession. Speaking for the thousands of my colleagues in the business media, we will sorely miss this very public face of a very private person. Perhaps more than the product, it was the person who drove us to dig into everything Apple, looking for a scoop or an exclusive interview.  read more »

An Empty Spotlight


Apple will still be apple without Steve Jobs; but will it taste as sweet?

Apple and its stockholders will miss Steve Jobs. Gadget gurus around the world will miss Steve Jobs. But no one will miss the face of Apple more than me and my colleagues in the media.

Despite being a one-sided love affair the media rarely has a bad word to say against the man who was never quick to grant an interview. When he did they were short and not always sweet. I’ve frequently covered Apple and Steve Jobs during my three plus decades as a business reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  read more »

The New Head Apple


Apple’s core has been shaken; so who is the man stepping up to stabilize the tech powerhouse.

This is not the first time Tim Cook has stepped in to take the reins but when he does little is heard from or about Steve Job’s stunt double. Cook has been working behind the scenes at Apple since he was hired in March of 1998. He has served as Apple’s CEO twice before while Jobs dealt with health issues.  read more »

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Inside Steve Jobs


Want to know more about the man behind the tech world’s most popular company; head to the nearest bookstore.

The lead up to any Apple announcement or new gadget never fails to put the tech world on edge. And as exciting as their news always is; the delivery would never be complete without CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs is the face of apple; rumors of his failing health can crash the company stock and one appearance can send revenue through the roof.

And coming this November Apple fans will get an inside look at the man behind every device they own. According to Barnes and Noble the official Steve Jobs biography will be available to purchase on November 21st.  read more »

Richer Than America


Are you in need of a loan? Since Uncle Sam is a little cash strapped these days; maybe it’s time to consider Uncle Steve.

For months Washington has publicly struggled to agree on a debt ceiling. And even though they’ve managed to hammer out a deal, the country is far from financial stability. So the next time you need to borrow a few bucks, consider the company who right now is worth more than the federal government.

According to Apple’s financial records the company has more cash on hand then America does. Their last quarterly report said Apple has $76.4 billion of reserve cash. The Treasury Department on the other hand, is sitting on just $73.7 billion.  read more »

Imposter Apples

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Chinese officials are taking a bite out of crime; and it tastes like a rotten apple.

So far five fake apple stores have been located in the southwestern city of Kumming. Two of them have been ordered to shut down and suspend business while they are investigated. Police say they can’t do anything about the other three because they weren’t trying to sell fake apple products.

The discovery comes after an American woman stumbled across one of the fake stores. She took pictures of the store and posted them on her blog. She wrote that they had incorporated every detail of the real Apple stores; including the blue t-shirts employees wear. After that blog appeared more than 300 electronic stores were investigated and the other fake apple spots were found.  read more »