Today’s mobile news roundup features: Bruce Willis’ plan to sue Apple over iTunes T&C; Apple adding the Galaxy SIII to patent infringement complaint; Samsung auditing China suppliers; and Nokia’s teaser video.
Bruce Willis to sue Apple over iTunes terms and conditions
If you own an Apple device, you’ve probably bought a song or two on iTunes. But did you know that you don’t own that song, you’re just ‘borrowing’ it? What this means is that Apple still owns the song, so you have no right to share the songs you purchased to anyone else, not even your own daughter.
So that’s what Die Hard actor Bruce Willis wants to fight Apple for. Willis wants to bequeath his entire iTunes collection to his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah but the thing is, iTunes current terms and conditions doesn’t allow that. According to reports, Willis already asked advisers to help set up a trust that will hold his downloads which reportedly include classics from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, to get around Apple’s rules. See, if Apple found out that you’ve been sharing your downloaded songs with other people, computers or even mp3 players, they can freeze your account.
But that’s not all. Willis is also fighting for the rights of downloaders in general.
Chris Walton, an estate specialist at Irwin Mitchell, told a newspaper: “Lots of people will be surprised on learning all those tracks and books they have bought over the years don’t actually belong to them.
“It’s only natural you would want to pass them on to a loved one.”
Apple adds Galaxy SIII in patent infringement complaint against Samsung
Apple may still be celebrating their victory against Samsung in their US battle, but that doesn’t mean they’re about to give the South Korean company a break.
They added the Galaxy SIII to their existing patent infringement complaint, which now includes at least 21 new smartphones, media players, and tablets that the company released, starting last August 2011 until August 2012.
Samsung audits China suppliers
New York-based China Labor Watch conducted an undercover investigation in Samsung’s HEG Electronics factory in Huizhou, and allegedly found that underage workers were employed at the factory. Chinese law doesn’t allow hiring people under the age of 16, but student interns from school are often recruited to circumvent this law. Samsung launched face-to-face ID checks, reviewing human resource records, and conducting interviews with student workers, but found no evidence of underaged workers in the factory. They did, however, discover instances of unsafe work practices and inadequate management in the factory. This did not go well with Samsung and warned the factory.
“Samsung has demanded that HEG immediately improve its working conditions,” the company said in a statement, also warning that, “If HEG fails to meet Samsung’s zero-tolerance policy on child labor, the contract will be immediately severed.”
Nokia’s preview for September 5
Nokia is expected to unveil a new line of smartphones on September 5, just a few days before Apple’s rumored big event for the iPhone 5. Nokia posted a teaser video with a girl on a bike wearing colorful clothes, and the words “Things Are About To Change” then the date “05.09.2012” at the end. According to some, it’s a preview of what Nokia will soon be offering: colorful smartphones.
Twitter user @evleaks has been posting photos on the social network which it claims to be the Nokia Lumia 920 PureView and the Lumia 802. The account also posted photos of a charging pad which, I assume, would wirelessly charges the Lumia phones, while one photo seems to feature wireless speakers of some sort. The validity of these photos could be debated– it might be a concept design, or it might be the real thing. We’ll have to wait until the 5th.