The electronics giant Apple has declared that it is going to pay its costumers 400 million US dollars so as to settle a civil lawsuit during which it has been accused of infringing the price fixing laws. However, this sum of money will be paid only if its appeal will turn out unsuccessful. If the New York Court of Appeal decides otherwise, Apple might walk out of the court without having to pay anything to its plaintiffs. If the case arrives back in front of the lower court then Apple will have to get out of its pockets just 50 million US dollars as damages for its buyers. The California based company decided to go for an out of the court settlement although the official representatives claim that the company is not guilty of any of the charges that had been brought to it. Apple had been accused of having signed various unorthodox contracts with five important publishing houses in order to promote more expensive prices for its eBooks. Eric T. Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, said that the possible settlement would definitely be a major victory for the American justice system, thus proving that nobody was above the law.  Read More →

If you are not already an Apple TV viewer you have now plenty of reasons to just love it. This is due to the fact that Apple TV has been upgraded with cloud delivered extras which make all the process of seeing a film much more interesting. Thus, viewers gain access to behind the scene shots and interviews of the cast members. This is all the better since a new, much awaited and talked about production has just been released. Yes, we are talking about Snowpiercer. Caludia Puig has described the movie as being a very ambitious yet stylish science fiction epic. For the time being the film is in the middle of a quite limited US launch, but soon sci-fi fans will be able to buy the video version. Snowpiercer was co-written and directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean director who put his finger print on Mother and The Host as well. The film is in fact an apocalyptic story (quite a fashionable theme these days) about the last survivors of the human race who are actually living on a train called the Snowpiercer, which moves around the globe but never stops. The digital launch implies that this new Hollywood end-of-the-world drama would be available on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play as well as on Xbox and the Sony PlayStation. It will cost up to 6 US dollars to rent the video and up to 15 US dollars to buy it. The TV subscribers can enjoy the film on cable as well as on the satellite system. Nonetheless, Apples really hopes that film fans will buy the high definition alternative of Snowpiercer which costs about 14.99 US dollars. This version is available on Apple TV since ii has some exclusive additional content, such as the interview with the number one star Chris Evans, and some other short videos related to the movie. The Apple offer also includes the film concept art. The extras will definitely not bore the audience and they are by far shorter than people usually expect from a Blu-Ray Disc type launch. However, film enthusiasts love every single bit of extra content added to the film itself. Caroline McKenzie the marketing director of radius TWC, the company distributing the film, said that the launched had coincided extremely well with Snowpiercer because TWC was releasing in their platform at a time when the extras were brought forward. The Apple upgrades for iTunes Extras allow film studios to add some new content to the actual film. McKenzie claims that there would be even more extras as the Blu-Ray release gets closer. She said it was in fact... (more...)

Gartner declared that Windows OS produced by Microsoft is going to play a very important role on the computer market next year, by raising a bit the sales after a quite long period of decline. It is considered that personal computer sales will be at around 317 million next year, thus experiencing an increase from the 308 million of units that are expected to be sold this year. Moreover, PC shipments are expected to go down with 2.9% when compared to the figures of 2013. The personal computer market will be revitalized by the updates done on Windows XP, declared Ranjit Atwal the Gartner research manager. He considers that only sixty million personal computers will undergo an upgrading process this year. The companies prefer to upgrade Windows 7 to the acquisition of Windows 8, because in the eyes of many the latter is more of a tablet program than a system to be used on a PC. The computer giant might launch a new operating system in the year to come, which might be an alternative for companies using Windows 7. But, for companies it is time consuming to test and then install some new operating systems on their computers. For example, Windows 7 needed more than a year to finally be accepted by companies and public institutions. Gartner claims that the sales of computer gadgets (tablets and smart phones included) are supposed to reach almost 2.4 billion units in 2014. This implying an increase with 4.5% when compare to the figures registered in 2013. There are high hopes that the sales will overcome 2.6 units next year. Tablets-the new winners of the electronic market After the first iPad launch in 2010, the tablets have more and more been used as alternatives for personal computers. Gartner believes that the number of tablets sold will reach almost 256 million in 2014, an increase from last year’s 207 million units. Atwal declared that tablets are going to have more affordable prices and they will be easier to use. Thus, the tablets will be preferred by many in the years to come. Mobile phone sales are supposed to increase as well this year, by reaching 1.86 billion units. This implies a 3.1% increase from 2013. The number of phones sold worldwide is supposed to reach 1.95 billion of units in 2015. Gartner considers that Android will dominate the market of operating systems. Thus, Android will be running on more than 1.17 billion gadgets created this year, marking a 30% increase. The iOS system belonging to Apple will experience a new increase due to the new... (more...)

More and more individuals are utilizing their cell phone to complete their banking tasks, points out a recent report issued by the Bank of America. However, we all know the frightening truth: modern individuals perceive their cell phones as being by far more indispensable than espresso coffee and even the so necessary tooth brushes. In the inaugural report on the Trends in the Mobility of Consumers, the reputed American financial institution (Bank of America), pointed out how vital how vital cell phones are to the U.S. population. More than 47% subjects said they would be lost without their cell phone and could not keep going through the day without their most cherished gadget. Moreover, 60% of the subjects confessed that they could manage the morning dizziness without their espresso or cappuccino but would find it extremely hard keep on going without a cell phone. For more than 76% of the subjects interviewed the TV set was less important than their mobile device. For almost each of the people interviewed (91%) the cell phone was as imperative as their auto and even their antiperspirant. Among teenagers and young adults (18-24 years old of age), the mobile gadget is more vital even than their personal cleanliness. Thus, 90% of the youngsters declared without a bit of remorse that their gadget was more vital than antiperspirant and for 93% definitely above the toothbrush. Individuals are additionally utilizing their cell phone to perform their banking activities. About two-thirds of the American population (62%) had at least once used the online banking system. At this very moment Bank of America has more than 15 million clients having an online account. Out of those that have attempted to manage an online account, 31% log on by means of their cell phone once in a day at the minimum. A larger percentage of 82% checks their record through a portable device once or twice during a week. Nonetheless, even the Bank recognizes that real branches spread across the country are by far more efficient and secure when it comes to keeping a careful eye on accounts. The Bank officials are highly aware of the new trend they do no ignore it by any means. They know that their customers expect the banks to have online services, thus offering them the possibility to solve their financial problems either from a downtown office or from a nice and remote country cottage.  Read More →