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News Apple Called Outdated iPhone “Vintage”
A new marketing spin from Apple can be seen as an insult to the intelligence of the American nation. Now Apple is peddling a phone it has dubbed “obsolete” in the rest of the world as “vintage” in the United States.
Media reports reveal that starting 11 June, the original iPhone 2G model will gain “obsolete” status – in other words, the device won’t any longer be serviceable in the Apple care centers. According to press reports, the “obsolete” status for the iPhone model will apply in Canada, Asia, Europe, Japan and Latin America.
This wasn’t a great surprise for many – after all, the Apple 2G is really outdated – but for some reason the company doesn’t want to admit that in the United States. Instead, the first-generation mobile device will be given “vintage” status – may be in the hope that the terminally dumb will suddenly want to buy it. Moreover, they will even be given limited support to do so: currently running iOS 1.0, the iPhone can be upgraded to iOS 3.1.3, but couldn’t manage anything more advanced than that.
The critics point out that only Apple could take the word “vintage” (normally applied to fine wines and cheese) and stick it on something the rest of the world called obsolete. The most amusing thing is that the company clearly understands that the rest of the world isn’t so dumb to fall for the marketing scam. Therefore, Apple isn’t even trying it on in nations where its customers are a little more discerning.
In the meanwhile, Apple is also rendering many other technological gadgets “obsolete” – for example, the 17-inch and 20-inch iMac G5, the late 2005 Mac mini, and the 15-inch and 17-inch versions of the Apple PowerBook G4. Among the list of retired devices you can also find the mid-2007 iMac, Mac Pro, late-2007 iMac, Xserve and AirPort Express Base Station. However, none of these gadgets are considered “vintage” – instead, some of them should probably be labeled “fire hazard”.
In-Flight Internet Will Use Satellite Spectrum
If regulators approve a Qualcomm proposal to use satellites for in-flight Internet, the wi-fly speeds could soon match speeds on the Earth.
According to numerous press reports, Qualcomm is currently pushing the Federal Communications Commission to free up airwaves used by the satellite industry for commercial use. However, it is admitted that the system is still years away – even if the Federal Communications Commission approves it, the company will have plenty of work to do before using it.
Qualcomm pointed out in its regulatory filing that mobile broadband demand on board aircraft was exploding, even more than it is on the ground. The wireless-technology company complained that modern in-flight communication systems are either too expensive, or too slow to satisfy the demand of mobile users, because people today are spoiled by terrestrial 4G speeds.
The industry experts admit that the move could revolutionize in-flight entertainment, because it would practically allow everyone to stream whenever and whatever they want. Taking into account the fact that airline companies aren’t exactly known for good taste when it comes to entertainment, high speed wi-fly could be appreciated by frequent fliers. In addition, it could also allow business travellers to participate in video conferences while flying over the Atlantic. This will surely increase productivity, though annoying everyone else on board in the process.
Anyway, satellite companies are not actually happy about the prospect of more competition, especially from such a heavyweight as Qualcomm. They insist they still need their airwaves and claim that Qualcomm’s gear would interfere with their own services.
Game Developers Decided to Play Pirates
Greenheart Games is an independent game developing company. It is known worldwide for its series of the popular video game Dev Tycoon. Recently, Greenheart Games thought it would be funny to upload on BitTorrent a tweaked version of the new game, masked as a “cracked” torrent – the game was specifically designed for people who infringe copyright. Let’s see the result of the experiment.
It needs to be said that the “cracked” version of the game is almost the same as the original one, except for one thing. Originally, the developers wanted to tell the gamers that their copy was an illegal copy. However, they didn’t want to pass up the unique opportunity of holding a mirror in front of the players and showing them what illegal downloading can do to the game creators. So, as the gamers spent a few hours playing and growing their own game dev company, they started to see the text in form of an ordinary in-game message, saying something like “boss, it looks like many people playing the new game by stealing it rather than buying it legally”. The comment continued, saying that if gamers stop buying the games, the developers would sooner or later go bankrupt. However, the message went on saying that the developers are not angry with the infringers, admitting that earlier, downloading unauthorized copies was normal as global game distribution was in its infancy. They also understand that today there are still people who have no opportunity to make a legitimate purchase due to payment-issues or who genuinely can’t afford the game.
This is quite a clever move, and perhaps some of the infringers reconsidered their way of acquiring content, but the situation started a heated debate about the legal and ethical concerns of piracy. For example, the main question was whether people downloading the “cracked” version of the game can be considered pirates. On the one side, the answer is yes, but, from a legal point of view, things are not so easy. A pirate is someone who obtained the targeted content without permission from the owner, but in this particular situation people downloaded GG’s tweaked game with the company’s permission, as it was the company itself who uploaded the file to BitTorrent. This case is a perfect example of why legal arguments can be so confounding – apparently, a single fact can be spun in two directions 180 degrees opposite one another.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article