Uh oh, did Apple just piss off the gay mafia?
Portland resident Adam Catanzarite is accusing the computer company of printing an inflammatory slur on his receipt after a recent purchase from an Apple Store. On July 8, the non-profit worker said the word “f@g” — yes, with the @ replacing the letter ‘a’ — appeared on his receipt for a $30 pair of earbuds.
Apples and Androids
Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week and tell you what you need to know and why it matters.
The deal: Apple acquired book analysis startup Booklamp for an alleged $10 to $15 million, likely to begin work building a book subscription platform, or something much bigger.
Apple is always stark and shady when it comes to their acquisitions. They’ve bought a number of under-the-radar startups, and when asked why, they offer up the same response:
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”
Life is Tweet
In the war between iOS and Android, there are a few things we know: iPhone users are big spenders, live in more affluent neighborhoods and are vastly outnumbered by their Android counterparts. But now, we also intimate knowledge of their reading habits, which shows us more about their personalities than anything we’ve seen so far.
Oyster, the Netflix for books, released a study of their readers this morning, comparing the reading habits of iOS users with the Android users that have signed up since their recent Android release and redesign. Oyster told Betabeat that they pulled from their entire user database for the study.
The Internet stood still today in hopes that Apple’s WWDC ’14 would give them the first glimpse of the near future in tech. They were, for the most part, sorely disappointed.
There were no new devices, no cool gadgets, no hotly anticipated iWatch, no new iPhone, no line of sick Macbooks. Sure, they finally debuted Healthbook — renamed “Healthkit” — but we’ve known about that for months. Otherwise, they showed off an iOS upgrade, some cosmetic changes to OSX, and a new programming language called “Swift” that’s sending the code community into a frenzy.
It’s an Apple emergency.
Several Aussies woke up this morning to find their Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and laptops, locked by a hacker demanding money, Time reported.
When Lawyers Send Letters
The tech world is exploding with the news of Apple’s reported $3.2 billion acquisition of the Beats Headphones. Last night, the company’s cofounder and former rapper Dr. Dre took to Youtube to brag that he’s the first billionaire in hip-hop.
After the tech crash of the early 2000’s, major tech CEO’s started sending each other emails saying, ‘Hey, why don’t we try not to poach each other’s employees? It could keep salaries from going through the roof.’ Some, including Steve Jobs himself, would call that a gentleman’s agreement. The Department of Justice, however, calls it collusion, and now some of the biggest names in tech history are paying up.
Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $324 million, Reuters is reporting. About 64,000 tech workers sought a combined $3 billion in damages, and while the settlement is technically a victory, it comes out to roughly $5,000 per employee — a far cry from the roughly $47,000 each that they wanted.
Dutch college student Shawn Buckles was sick of companies like Facebook and Google using his data to fuel their businesses. So he decided to take matters into his own hands and sell it himself by auctioning off all of his online data.
So what exactly was up for sale? Location tracking records, social media profiles, Read More
9to5Mac leaked screenshots on Monday of the Healthbook, a long rumored project by Apple. Healthbook is a fitness and health tracker, but the screenshots suggest that counting calories and monitoring your heart rate are just scratching the surface of what this app is capable of.
The app tracks vital Read More
I was standing right next to Steve Jobs in 1989 and it was the closest thing I ever felt to being gay. The guy was incredibly wealthy, good looking enough to get any girl, a nerd super-rockstar who had just convinced my school to buy a bunch of NeXT machines (which, btw, were in fact the best machines to program on at the time) and I just wanted to be him. I wanted to be him ever since I had the Apple II+ as a kid. Ever since I shoplifted Ultima II, Castle Wolfenstein and half a dozen other games that my friends and I would then rip from each other and pretend to be sick so we could stay home and play all day.