Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters has posted an article discussing a Nikkei report citing revelations by iPhone 5 parts suppliers that orders for the phone's components are being cut. It appears demand for the new model is languishing.
With Windows 8 disappointing and now the iPhone 5 apparently doing so, also, are we seeing the limitations of closed ecosystems finally reflected in their popularity?
Rambo Tribble writes: "The BBC reports that Apple Siri has quietly stopped providing Chinese clients with advice on how to find brothels. The service has apparently been providing such information since summer, creating controversy in a country where the practice is illegal."
Rambo Tribble writes: "Reuters is reporting that Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against Apple claiming patent infringement by the Siri voice-recognition software. At issue are two patents dating to 2007 and 2010. Does Apple now face a "live by the sword, die by a thousand cuts" scenario?"
Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters ponders whether Apple's performance has masked tech sector weakness and, indeed, overall weakness in the stock market. With Apple's recent results being less spectacular than usual, the repercussions could shake the market, the article posits.
Rambo Tribble writes: As this story in in the Economist notes, Apple's policies regarding international sales are often confusing and out-dated. Apparently, Apple either hasn't been aware of political and social changes in the world over the last 20 years, or doesn't wish to acknowledge them.