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Submission + - iPhone Location-Data Tracking Can't Be Turned Off (wired.com)

mystikkman writes: The iPhone continues to store location data even when location services are disabled, contrary to Apple’s previous claims.The Wall Street Journal did independent testing on an iPhone and found that even after turning off location services, the device was still collecting information on nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points.This discovery challenges some of Apple’s claims. As Wired.com reported last week, the company explained in a detailed letter last year that it deliberately collects geodata to store in a comprehensive location database to improve location services. In the letter, Apple noted that customers can disable location-data collection by turning off Location Services in the settings menu.

“If customers toggle the switch to ‘Off,’ they may not use location-based services, and no location-based information will be collected,” Apple said in the letter. That doesn’t appear to be the case from WSJ’s testing, as well as multiple independent reports from customers who had the same results. While Apple seems to deny it's tracking anyone and blames Android for doing so, the real question is what is the need to store the data on the device at all.

Submission + - Apple violates copyright in Samsung lawsuit filing (nilaypatel.co)

mystikkman writes: In an ironic twist in the lawsuit against Samsung(reported yesterday), Apple seems to have blatantly copied two of the images straight off AndroidCommunity.com(with even part of the cropped watermark visible in the filing) and from Engadget’s Myriam Joire. Not good to be caught straight up copying images while suing your competitor for just having a similar 'look and feel' of icons. Maybe they thought no one would notice?

Submission + - Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy Phone and Tablet (allthingsd.com)

mystikkman writes: In the latest patent suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of the company’s patents. “Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress,” Apple says in its suit, noting that Samsung’s tablet, like Apple’s uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and array of icons. Apple previously sued HTC over Android. If Samsung is found infringing on the software, all the Android OEMs could be vulnerable.

Submission + - Apple applies new App store rules inconsistently (techcrunch.com)

mystikkman writes: Apple has approved updates to the Kindle and Netflix iOS apps despite them not including any provision for in app purchases that must pay out 30% to Apple. Apple has previously rejected the free Readability and Sony e-reader apps for selling subscriptions outside the app store. The new policies received a lot of scorn from subscription sellers like Last.fm. The bigger question is, come June 30 when the new rules are actually supposed to kick in, will Apple pull the Kindle and Netflix apps from the iDevices if they don't cough up 30%?

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