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.
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.
Next Windows release reportedly codenamed ‘Threshold,’ set to further unify Microsoft operating systems
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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 19.
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.
AAPL in the black for 2013, shares expected to climb originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Assuming Steam's user base is still around the 65 million mark, as Valve reported at the end of the October, over 10 percent of the gaming platform's patrons were logged-in at the same time yesterday, setting a record in the process. More than seven ...
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 US$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.
As tempting as post-Thanksgiving savings are, some of us simply aren't brave enough to face the Black Friday hordes. That doesn't mean stay-at-home shoppers aren't still looking for a bargain: Cyber Monday is upon us, and there are deals aplenty. If ...
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 US$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:
Apple's court-appointed antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich responds to Apple's objections originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.