Amazon chargers 90% fraudulent

You might have heard of Mobile Star LLC? They sell supposedly genuine Apple chargers on Amazon and Groupon… and they’ve just been sued by Apple. Eep.


Apple believes that they are infringing upon its registered trademarks and copyrights by selling counterfeit 5W USB Power Adapters and Lightning to USB cables.


The main reason behind the lawsuit (according to Apple) is that the fake products are a significant fire safety hazard that may lead to overheating, fire, and electrical shock because of less than adequate insulation and/or spacing between low and high voltage circuits.


The safety of Apple’s customers is kind of a big deal to them, so this all makes sense.


Apple believes that in total, almost 90% of so-called genuine Apple products purchased from Amazon over the last 9 months were counterfeit. Yikes.


Apple is seeking damages of up to $150,000 for each registered copyright infringed, in addition to damages of up to $2 million per trademark infringed. Apple has demanded a jury trial in the case, titled Apple Inc. v. Mobile Star LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.



New Macs are coming at our faces!

Apple media invites went out yesterday!







The invite is for an event, as you can see above, that will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Apple’s Cupertino campus.


The event is expected to focus new Macs, including a new MacBook Pro with it’s first redesign in 4 years, as well as a new Macbook Air.
The new MacBook is said to be thinner and lighter with a wider, pressure-sensitive trackpad, available in the same 13 and 15-inch size options, and feature USB-C with USB 3.1 support for faster transfer speeds, Thunderbolt 3, and Touch ID.


This parts kinda crazy, so hold on to your britches – touch ID is expected to be built into a new OLED touch panel built into the top of the MacBook Pro, where it will replace the physical function key row. This panel is likely to feature contextual buttons that will change based on each app that’s in use.


A 13-inch MacBook Air with USB-C ports has been rumored plenty, but it is not clear if any internal changes will be made.


New iMacs are also rumored.



New concept Apple Stores

You guys wanna know something impressive? Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail, was the opening speaker for Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women Summit.


That’s impressive.


In her speech, she spoke about Apple, how she was recruited back in 2014 (even though she tried to convince Tim Cook that she wasn’t right for the job!) and how she believes that:


“The bigger the company, the bigger the obligation” of that company to do something other than rake in profits.”



She then went into detail about her efforts in opening new Apple next generation retail stores. She explained that she wants the Apple retail stores to function as more than just a retail store, but something that integrates itself and adds to it’s surrounding community.


The new next-generation store designs are based on a town square concept that’s focused less on selling things and more on enriching lives.


For example; Apple wants to teach kids things they can’t learn in school, which is why the retail stores will start hosting Swift programming lessons for kids, teachers, and parents.


These lessons are currently available for teachers at Apple Union Square in San Francisco, and will slowly roll out to next-generation stores by next year. Kids, teachers, and parents will be able to attend Apple retail stores and learn to code for free three times a day. Currently, Apple also provides educational camps for kids during the summer.


Another new Apple retail store addition is the new Creative Pro position who will be there to help you figure out what to do with your Apple product, from photography lessons to coding to learning how to make movies or music.


This arts focus continues the community theme,  –


“On the weekend you’ll see an artist sketching things or a guy playing a guitar,” Ahrendts said.


Apple plans to have 95 of these next-generation Apple stores open by the end of the year.



Multiple Apple updates happening at the end of October. Spooky?

On October 28th, the Apple Watch Nike+ will launch!


The watch is designed for to be the ultimate best friend of runners, with aluminum casing similar to other Sports editions but with a unique perforated band that’s stretchy, light, and breathable. You also get the Nike+ Run Club app and other software designed to motivate, as well as unique watch faces and complications.


If you want one, you can pre-order the watch in four models:


Silver Aluminum Case with Flat Silver/Volt Nike Sport Band, Silver Aluminum Case with Flat Silver/White Nike Sport Band, Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black/Cool Gray Nike Sport Band, and the Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black/Volt Nike Sport Band.


You’re looking at $369 for the 38mm and $399 for the 42mm.


There’s been no confirmation, but we will likely also see the release of the Airpods on October 28th.


So what else, October? Well, this is not such a positive one, but on October 31st all iPhone 4 models, the late 2010 13-inch Macbook air, the third gen Airport Extreme and the mid 2009 Airport Time Capsule will all be added to Apple’s list of ‘vintage and obsolete’ products.


Vintage and Obsolete? Such a sad name, right? It means that products on the list are no longer eligible for hardware service. There are some exceptions – but they’re rare.


Let’s end on high note, shall we? Expected at the end of October is…. drum roll please… new MacBook Pros AND Macbook Airs! Wahoo!





Have you guys noticed something weird about the iPhones in Apple stores?

Have you been inside an Apple Store recently?


There’s been some revamping going on – and it’s all about simplifying.  They’ve been taking away iPad smart signage, moving displays to the side, and in a more surprising move – removing the security tethers from iPhones.


You know, those things that make it difficult to really look at the phone, but it’s existence makes sense because some people are stealers and no tether would be crazy, right?




No thether is apparentyl not too crazy for Apple and they’re removing them from Apple stores all over the world – Toronto, London, and the Bay Area. How Nice. 


Apple has faith in people, man. Good on them. As well as faith in the people, there’s the whole security camera/security guard thing. So makes some more sense. Also the fact that if someone does get away with stealing a phone, it’ll be unusable by Find My iPhone.






Case Station selling rad cell phone cases for Breast cancer Awareness Month

Case Station has debuted 5 artist designed iPhone, Samsung and LG cases in an effort to bring Awareness and a Cure for Breast Cancer.


And… they’re really rad.




These are the type of phone cases that not only look amazing, but will invite others to comment – which is the whole point, because that’s the time you tell people that they’re designed to promote awareness of Breast Cancer.


Not only that, proceeds from every “Aware of Your Pair” case purchase will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


There’s 5 to choose from, and they run between $35 -$45 until the end of October.  Go grab yourself some! (No pun intended)




You can donate to Hurricane Matthew Victims via Apple

Hurricane Matthew made big news last week devastating a lot of the southeast coast of the US and Haiti.


If you want to help out the many people now in need of help, you can donate through the Apple US website, iTunes Store, and the App store.


All donations collected will go to the American Red Cross.


Donations will be processed as normal iTunes or App Store purchases through a user’s connected Apple ID.


From the Sauce, Tim Cook:




Apple V Samsung in the Supreme court this week!

Today, Samsung and Apple take their legal battle over smartphone design similarities to the United States Supreme Court.


It’s kind of a big deal, guys. 


The supreme court will be deciding on how much of a combined $548 million patent infringement ruling Samsung will be required to pay Apple.


Kinda crazily, the case also marks the Supreme Court’s first examination of a design patent dispute in 120 years, “which cover the ornamental look of an object rather than any functional aspect.”


Apple’s design patents cover “the rounded corners of its phones, the rim that surrounds the front face and the grid of icons that users view.”


Last December, a federal court in San Jose ruled in Apple’s favor, and Samsung appealed days later in attempts to avoid the $548 million reward payment to Apple.


In Samsung’s appeal, the company gave the court a metaphor centering around owing a car’s entire profits to a rival company for infringing upon their cup holder design.




Samsung officially stops all sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7

Samsung has officially announced that it has asked its global partners to cease all sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 while it further investigates claims of ongoing safety issues with replacement devices.


This came about because a number of customers who were given ‘safe’ replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, caught on fire. 


These were devices  that were supposedly using batteries Samsung said were “not vulnerable to overheating and catching fire.”




A flight from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated when a Note 7 began smoking,  a 13-year-old girl in Minnesota received burns from a defective device while a man in Kentucky suffered from smoke inhalation after his Note 7 caught fire while he was asleep. Additional Samsung note 7 fires were reported in Virginia and Texas, as well as reports of fires from Taiwan and South Korea.



Danger Will Robinson.



Hence, sales will temporarily end worldwide.


This is the important bit –


According to Samsung, customers with an original Galaxy Note 7 or a replacement Galaxy Note 7 should shut down their devices and stop using them right away.


from the Sauce:


“We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7. Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7 while the investigation is taking place.


We remain committed to working diligently with appropriate regulatory authorities to take all necessary steps to resolve the situation. Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device and take advantage of the remedies available.”


For customers in the United States who still have a Galaxy Note 7, all of the major carriers are now offering to replace the defective devices with another smartphone, such as an iPhone 7.


Um, win for Apple.

New Google Releases!

At its media event in San Francisco last week, Google announced a boatload of new Google products.


We’re talking Google Home and other products supported by their AI intelligence and 2 new smartphones called Pixel and Pixel XL.


There’s also the company’s new Chromecast Ultra streaming dongle, and a VR headset called Google Daydream.


Let’s begin with Google’s artificial intelligence platform, Google Assistant. It can perform tasks like playing music, performing search queries, and providing navigation directions, as well as carrying on a normal conversation with the user.


From the Sauce:


“When I look ahead at where computing is headed it’s clear to me that we are evolving from a mobile first to an AI first world,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, told the audience at the start of the presentation.
Ok, now the phones- Pixel is the first official device with its machine learning AI built directly into it.


We have 5-inch Pixel and 5.5 Inch Pixel XL. They come in two storage options: 32GB or 128 GB and both come with unlimited full-resolution photo and video storage via Google Photos.


Acpparently one of the biggest advantages of Pixel is that it has the highest DxO Mark camera rating (89) of any smartphone on the market. The 12.3 megapixel camera has a f/2.0 aperture and includes features like “Smartburst,” which intelligently selects the best image from a burst of images, while HDR+ lets the smartphone shoot images in bright and low light situations.


Both devices are built by HTC and powered by the Snapdragon 821 processor.  Both have a fingerprint sensor, hi-definition AMOLED Display, and all of the smartphone’s components are covered by a combination aluminum unibody and polished glass encasement.


Both models will be a Verizon exclusive in the United States, but will also be available unlocked for $649 from the Google Store. Each phone comes in “Very Silver,” “Quite Black,” and “Really Blue” colorways.


Next up! Google Daydream is a virtual reality headset – the evolution of Google Cardboard if you will.

Over fifty companies have partnered with Google and will bring VR experiences by the end of the year, including video games, video streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix, and even journalism publications.


It will ship in November for $79 and will come in one color at launch, “slate.” Later this year, “snow” and “crimson” options will be added. In the US, preorders for the headset start on Oct. 20th. They will be available in Canada, Germany, Australia and the UK in early November.


The Daydream View requires a smartphone to work. It currently only works with the Pixel, but the headset will be able to hold any phone that ends up supporting the Daydream platform in the future.


The company revealed Google Wi-Fi, which will bring support for the expansion of network throughput in a home with a modular system that users can place in each room that needs a signal boost. Google Wi-Fi is coming in December with a single pack for $129 and 3-pack for $299.


On the entertainment side of things, Google announced the Chromecast Ultra, which supports streaming of up to 4K video content, includes Ethernet support and is also 1.8 times faster than the previous Chromecast. It’ll be available in November for $69.