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Articles tagged with: mike-bremin

What Happens When You Over Charge The Government??

Six months after being forced to pay back customers for incorrect billing practices, Verizon has settled yet another claim and this one with none other than the U.S. Government for $93.5 million. The fine comes after Verizon overcharged the General Services Administration (GSA) for taxes and various surcharges. The MCI Communications unit (a Verizon subsidiary) provided the GSA with both voice and data services. The charges includes claims that Verizon submitted falls reimbursements for property taxes, recovery charges and surcharges which were not allowed.

Microsoft Opens Second Apple Style Store in California

Microsoft opened its second retail store in Orange County California and hundreds show up to see the latest gadgets, software and products. The move is an indication that Microsoft is following Apple’s footstep by taking their approach to the stores concept.

Microsoft already sells its products thru other retailers like Best Buy but this allows them to compete directly with Apple in busy malls.

Amazon Launching Service To Store Your Music, Videos & eBooks

Amazon is in talks with record companies and film studios about potentially creating a service to let users store their film and music in a library style format on the cloud. According to CNET they could be ready to announce the service as early as next week.

The service, which some say is a like a cloud locker, would allow users to store their existing music, film, and book collections on the cloud, even if the content is not purchased at Amazon. The current hold up is all the licensing requirements which Amazon has yet to work out with the major labels and studios.

iPad2 Destruction – Marketing Idiots or Geniuses??

The people over at ZAGG, a store that sells covers for devices such as the iPhone and iPad, have put out photos and a video that will make you squirm. They have destroyed a hard to get iPad2 for the sake of marketing. Sure, this could help boost sales and might even get them the attention they are after, but when you see the video it will make you cringe with the notion that they are destroying expensive devices.

Can’t We Enjoy Anything Without Paying For It ??

If you are like several clever iPhone users, you were probably tethering several devices through your iPhone. This allowed you to connect without paying for it. Well, listen up because AT&T has said it had enough and now you need to pay up. That’s right, you heard this correctly, no more tethering for you!!!

Tethering is also known as mobile hotspotting and the service provided by both AT&T and Verizon costs an additional $20 per month. The unauthorized access has been available on the iPhone for years, but now AT&T is cracking down on it and you could be next.

Startup Jumio Gets Funding From Facebook Co-Founder

Jumio, a startup that claims will revolutionize mobile payments, has received $6.5 million in funding from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin along with a few other investors.

Daniel Mattes, the company CEO, founded the startup in 2010 and currently has a few products in development. Jumio claimed via a blog post that the product would launch soon.

The company has yet to launch so its hard to know for sure what they do. Their promotional video claims they will end cash as we know it.

If You Dont Have An iPhone — You’re Screwed ???

Apple has come out with a series of ads titled “If You Don’t Have an iPhone” which plays of the notion that the iPhone has more features and is superior to other smartphones.

While I admit the iPhone was revolutionary, the ads make it seem that if you don’t have an iPhone, you are not cool enough or hip enough. The ads try to make it seem as if Apple has the best notebooks, MP3 players, and App store features, but in reality, there are great alternatives on other platforms too…

Apple Stock Gets Downgraded – Shares Drop

JMP Securities has downgraded Apple this morning from “market outperform to market perform.”

The reason for the downgrade that JMP states is, “A notable deceleration in its primary manufacturing partner Hon Hai.” With the deceleration of Hon Hai’s sales growth, they believe Apple’s business could follow. Hon Hai is the parent company of Foxconn, Apple’s manufacturer. JMP also believes the iPhone sales could just be in line with expectations this year, as well as seeing iPad sales replacing Mac sales.

With Apple’s track record…

Adobe’s Photoshop 2: Now Available For iPad

Adobe has just updated the iOS version of the free Photoshop Express to 2.0. This will enhance the camera workflow that was present in version 1.5 and will also add full support for multi-tasking, as well as the iPhone 4’s Retina Display. Adobe added their first in-app purchase, featuring a “Camera Pack” add-on.

Photoshop express runs on mobile devices and desktop web browsers alike, and is used by over 20 million people. The mobile version allows users to easily do basic editing of existing or just-snapped photos, as well as allowing to upload the results to social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Ride The Wave – Google Docs Gets Comments

On Wednesday, Google announced that it would be making changes to the commenting feature in Google Docs. This change would make it more “discussion-like” with social elements borrowed from Facebook and Twitter.

Comments had previously been read as a string of text-only notes in Google’s cloud-based service. Google has now added more ownership and interactivity to each comment. Just like Facebook, Google Doc comments adds profile pictures, time stamps, and editing rights to each comment.

Google even enabled the Twitter-popularized “@mention” feature which will let you add users, direct comments at, and send e-mail notifications to others in the discussion.
Nick Cooper, a Google software engineer wrote…