IPad Service Draws Scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s new subscription service for iPad andiPhone applications, which has drawn complaints from some publishers, has also drawn the attention of federal antitrust regulators, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The person, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the government inquiries were confidential, said on Thursday that the regulators’ interest was preliminary and might not develop into a formal investigation.

On Monday, Apple introduced a subscription mechanism for apps that required companies to offer customers the possibility of buying content like magazines or music through its payment system, with Apple taking a 30 percent cut. The rules also bar companies from offering a better deal to customers if they pay for a subscription elsewhere, say on a company’s own Web site. Apps that do not comply may not be used on Apple devices.

The announcement drew complaints from some publishers who said giving Apple a 30 percent cut would not be economically feasible.

The Justice Department has been looking into Apple’s tactics in the music business for nearly a year. And the Federal Trade Commission has been looking at some of the restrictions that Apple puts on developers who create applications for the iPhone and iPad.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department, Gina Talamona, declined to comment, as did an Apple spokesman, Tom Neumayr. The Wall Street Journal first reported on its Web siteThursday that regulators were looking at Apple’s terms for content sales.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/18/business/media/18ipad.html?ref=technology

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New Intel Technology That Has our Computer Consultants VERY Excited

Being an outsourced computer consultant in NY can be really exhausting, running between clients/street traffic, at every corner in New York there’s a network emergency that demands our attention wherever our computer consultants are. That’s why we were excited when we heard about Intel’s announcement today that they will be releasing their new mobile chip  AKA  ’Haswell’ that will be able power laptops for up to24hrs on one single charge, yeah you heard me right. If this news proves to be true, our computer consultants will no longer be running through the streets of New York desperately looking for a local Starbucks to plug their laptop in.  Intel’s Haswell uses so little power–about 20 times less than other mobile processors, that it can run off of a solar cell just as calculators do.

Only time will tell if we can hold Intel to their word and you can bet we’ll be here to review when it releases in 2013

via Gizmodo