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Apple, AT&T Sued Over Missing iPhone MMS Feature

August 14, 2009 2 comments
This is rich. Some 10,000 iPhone owners in the state of Louisiana have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T (NYSE: T). Their complaint? Apple and AT&T advertised that the iPhone would support MMS but they haven’t provided the service.
The group claims that the lack of MMS support on the iPhone amounts to false advertising. The plaintiffs state that both Apple and AT&T “advertised heavily that the new version of iPhone, the 3G, as well as the even newer version the 3G-S would allow MMS. Apple’s print and video advertisements in and on television, the internet, the radio, newspapers and direct mailers all touted the availability of MMS.”
As we all know, AT&T has yet to enable MMS for the iPhone. MMS, which stands for multimedia messaging service, is what allows mobile phones to send video clips, audio clips and pictures to other mobile phones. It is commonly calling picture messaging or video messaging.
Currently, if someone sends the iPhone an MMS from another phone, iPhone owners receive a text message with a Web address, user ID and password where the picture may be viewed. Oh, and this has to be done on a computer, not from the iPhone itself. The iPhone is actually capable of sending MMS messages, and Apple’s carrier partners in other countries have enabled the feature. AT&T has stated that it needs time to enable MMS on the iPhone, and is only committing to a “late September” launch for the service.
This isn’t good enough for those 10,000 people in Louisiana.

Information Week: This is rich. Some 10,000 iPhone owners in the state of Louisiana have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple and AT&T (NYSE: T). Their complaint? Apple and AT&T advertised that the iPhone would support MMS but they haven’t provided the service.

The group claims that the lack of MMS support on the iPhone amounts to false advertising. The plaintiffs state that both Apple and AT&T “advertised heavily that the new version of iPhone, the 3G, as well as the even newer version the 3G-S would allow MMS. Apple’s print and video advertisements in and on television, the internet, the radio, newspapers and direct mailers all touted the availability of MMS.”

As we all know, AT&T has yet to enable MMS for the iPhone. MMS, which stands for multimedia messaging service, is what allows mobile phones to send video clips, audio clips and pictures to other mobile phones. It is commonly calling picture messaging or video messaging.

Currently, if someone sends the iPhone an MMS from another phone, iPhone owners receive a text message with a Web address, user ID and password where the picture may be viewed. Oh, and this has to be done on a computer, not from the iPhone itself. The iPhone is actually capable of sending MMS messages, and Apple’s carrier partners in other countries have enabled the feature. AT&T has stated that it needs time to enable MMS on the iPhone, and is only committing to a “late September” launch for the service.

This isn’t good enough for those 10,000 people in Louisiana.

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Consumer Prices Hold Steady in July

August 14, 2009 Leave a comment

In a sign that inflation is not roaring back as the economy stabilizes, consumer prices were flat in July from a month earlier, the government reported on Friday.

The Labor Department said its consumer price index was unchanged from June on a seasonally adjusted basis, and that prices this summer were 2.1 percent lower than last July, when soaring oil costs drove gasoline prices to $4 a gallon and lifted the cost of food and other products.

The drop in the last year has been the largest in almost 60 years, coming as the global economic crisis reduced demand for a host of goods and services.

Economists had been expecting no change in the cost of living in July. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, the so-called core rate of inflation rose 0.1 percent, also in line with expectations.

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Need a small bomb? There’s an App..err iPhone for that.

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment
A French teenager has been injured by his girlfriend’s exploding iPhone, little more than a week after Apple was accused of trying to suppress news of an exploding iPod Touch.
According to the AFP, Marie-Dominique Kolega contacted Apple after her son was hit by a flying piece of Jobsian status symbol. Apparently, the iPhone made a hissing noise before the screen shattered, sending shards through the air. “My son was frightened but he did not lose an eye,” Kolega told AFP.

A French teenager has been injured by his girlfriend’s exploding iPhone, little more than a week after Apple was accused of trying to suppress news of an exploding iPod Touch.

According to the AFP, Marie-Dominique Kolega contacted Apple after her son was hit by a flying piece of Jobsian status symbol. Apparently, the iPhone made a hissing noise before the screen shattered, sending shards through the air. “My son was frightened but he did not lose an eye,” Kolega told AFP.

INTL. NEWS: China Scraps Censoring Software

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

BEIJING — Chinese officials retreated on Thursday from a plan to install so-called anti-pornography software on every computer sold here, saying instead that internet cafes, schools and other public places must use the program, but that individual consumers will be spared.

The industry and information technology minister, Li Yizhong, said the notion that the program, called Green Dam/Youth Escort, would be required on every new computer was “a misunderstanding” spawned by poorly written regulations.

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