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Apple’s e-book punishment may be good news for Kindle and Nook customers

The “Shop In Kindle Store” link may be coming back to Amazon’s iOS app.

Three weeks after Apple was declared responsible for leading a conspiracy to raise e-book prices, the Department of Justice (DOJ) today submitted a proposed remedy to prevent the company from fixing prices and discriminating against competitors such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Apple should not be able to “discriminate against rival e-books apps and may not agree with any other e-book retailer to fix retail e-book prices,” the proposal (PDF) says. The specific remedies would, among other things, make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to buy books for use on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook apps.

Those apps don’t include a way for users to purchase books today, largely because if they did, Apple would demand a 30 percent cut on sales. Amazon and Barnes & Noble apps aren’t even allowed to provide links to purchase pages unless they also make the books available as in-app purchases, with Apple getting that 30 percent cut.

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PSA: Free iCloud storage for MobileMe users to end on September 30th

DNP PSA Complementary iCloud storage for exMobileMe users to end on September 30th

All good things come to an end, and for ex-MobileMe users, that end is fast approaching: Apple’s complimentary 20GB of iCloud storage for former users expires on September 30th — this time for good. The promotion, launched to assuage user sorrow over the death of MobileMe and to entice them to try out iCloud, was only meant to last until September 2012 before receiving a year-long extension. Users who want to keep their storage after the kill-date will need to pony up $40 per year for a 20GB subscription, or risk being bumped down to the free 5GB plan.

Unfortunately, iCloud Backup, Documents in the Cloud and iCloud Mail will stop working if a user’s data goes over that limit, undoubtedly forcing many to shell out for additional storage. Of course, digital hoarders could always opt to do a little housekeeping.

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The Daily Roundup for 08.01.2013

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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WSJ: Apple to use Samsung retina displays on next iPad mini

WSJ Apple to use Samsung retina displays on next iPad Mini

Earlier this month, there was a rumor that Apple was facing possible delays with its next-gen iPad mini due to supplier issues with an (also rumored) next generation Retina display. Now WSJ is reporting that Apple may have gotten around the problem thanks to, of all companies, Samsung. The ubiquitous “people familiar with the matter” told the journal that Cupertino originally wanted to be supplied solely by LG Display and Sharp for the high res screens. However, to ensure enough supply, Apple has reportedly been forced to resort to use screens from Samsung’s display division for the 7.9-inch mini, as well. It bears noting that such supplier leaks are often unreliable, and as we’ve mentioned recently, Apple frequently tests components before deciding on a final design. If it proves true, though, it would show that despite its best efforts, Apple can’t make a clean break from its frequent sparring partner.

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Imgur for iOS arrives with endless supply of distractions

Imgur for iOS arrives with an endless supply of distractions

Slackers unite! Imgur for iOS is now here, giving you one more reason to shirk your responsibilities rather than tackle your to-do list. The release looks an awful lot like the Android version, but don’t let that stand as a deterrent, because there’s plenty of functionality to enjoy. This includes the ability to upload, submit and vote on images, and even manage your albums and account. You can also browse images by ranking or what’s gone viral, and then share them via email, SMS and Twitter. If anyone (such as your boss) gives you guff for spending too much time on Imgur, just remind ‘em that happiness is good for productivity. Couldn’t hurt, anyway.

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Source: Imgur (App Store)

The Daily Roundup for 07.31.2013

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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Get Alerts on the Best Apple Deals with Refurbished Stock Checker

Get Alerts on the Best Apple Deals with Refurbished Stock Checker

The best way to buy Apple products (iPads and iMacs and MacBooks, oh my) is through Apple’s refurbished store. These items tend to be up one minute and gone the next, though. Enter the Apple Refurbished Stock Checker.

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Low-cost plastic-clad iPhone mentioned in China Labor Watch report

Low-cost plastic-clad iPhone mentioned in China Labor Watch report

Remember that China Labor Watch report we recently covered? After digging further into the document, 9to5Mac‘s unearthed more possible evidence about that often leaked, low-cost plastic-clad iPhone. The introduction states:

Its assembled products include iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and low-priced plastic iPhones.

Then, on page 27:

Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple. [...] The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important.

Of course, there’s no definitive proof that Apple will be launching a more affordable iPhone made of polycarbonate — after all the company might just be testing prototypes that are not destined to market. Still, the information in this report sure gives all these recent iPhone rumors a lot more merit.

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No bathroom breaks: iPhone factory in China accused of egregious labor violations

A Pegatron factory in Shanghai, China.

A Chinese labor watchdog group based in the United States has published a new report alleging serious violations by Pegatron Group, a Shanghai-based factory that contracts with Apple and two other subsidiaries, Riteng and AVY. Combined, the three factories employ over 70,000 people. (Pegatron, which also works with Dell, HP, and Microsoft, is not as well-known as a much larger Apple contractor, Foxconn.)

China Labor Watch’s (CLW) accuses Pegatron of numerous ethical and legal violations, including “dispatch labor abuse, hiring discrimination, women’s rights violations, underage labor, contract violations, insufficient worker training, excessive working hours, insufficient wages, poor working conditions, poor living conditions, difficulty in taking leave, labor health and safety concerns, ineffective grievance channels, abuse by management, and environmental pollution.”

Pegatron and its subsidiaries, according to CLW, make “the iPhone for Apple and [are] currently manufacturing the soon-to- be-released cheap iPhone.” CLW added that “due to the influx of new iPhone orders and an increased need for workers, the company recruited between 1,000 and 1,500 new workers each day in June. Pegatron’s workforce is expected to exceed 100,000 during the second half of the year.”

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Australian Parliament urges citizens to bypass geo-locks on software

An Australian parliamentary committee released a report today encouraging Australian consumers to find lawful ways to bypass “geo-locks” on popular software from Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, and others. According to ABC Australia, the report is the result of testimony given to the committee by representatives from Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple, companies that do business globally and charge Australian consumers and businesses considerably more for the privilege of purchasing their products and services. On average, Aussies pay 42 percent more for the same stuff as Americans.

The three companies grilled by the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications each gave differing answers on why their wares cost more in Australia. “Adobe said it offered a specialized ‘bespoke’ experience for Australian customers,” wrote science and technology reporter Jake Sturmer. “Apple blamed local copyright holders for higher prices on its local iTunes store. Microsoft said its prices were set and customers could vote with their wallets. Except customers couldn’t exactly do that because of geo-blocking.”

The terms “geo-locking” or “geo-blocking” refer in aggregate to the broad set of techniques companies put in place to segregate the world into different regions or markets. Most companies that do business internationally have different pricing models for different regions of the world; Microsoft, for example, might charge customers in “emerging markets” less for products than it would charge customers in the US or UK. But software pricing in Australia tends to be skewed far to the expensive side of things—indeed, Penny Arcade Report Editor and Ars alum Ben Kuchera recently wrote about the cost of being a gamer in Australia, noting that new game releases will often cost more than A$100 (about US$92).

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