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Apple reportedly created a team in 2008 to combat counterfeits





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CNN reports that Wikileaks cables showed that in 2008 Apple formed an anti-counterfeit team to combat fake iPod touches and iPhones. Initially Apple planned to go after street vendors and retailers, cooperate with police to raid production facilities, and to catch online retailers.

The technology giant eventually organized a team in March 2008 to curtail the explosion of knockoff iPods and iPhones, according to an electronic memo from the Beijing embassy dated September 2008.

In recent years fake products has been a serious problem for Apple. More recently, several Apple stores selling almost identical devices were opened in China. It is likely that great amount of counterfeit sales is connected with insufficient number of stores in this region. At present, Apple has only 4 stores, and a new store in Hong Kong will be opened this year.

Recently Apple hasn’t managed to combat counterfeits, as more and more fake products appear ahead of iPhone 5 launch.

Reportedly Chinese government doesn’t give any help to Apple. CNN reports that, according to the cable dated April 2009, Chinese government refused to investigate facility where fake Apple laptops were manufactured, because this could affect local jobs. Also it doesn’t approve Apple’s plans for a raid on a mall selling electronics in the Guangdong province, as it could scare away shoppers.




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Written by maxim

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. 18:19

Apple Retail Stores Opening This Week in Paris, Charlotte, and Little Rock



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This Saturday Apple plans to open other three stores, continuing its push to open a total of 30 new stores between July and September. Two stores will locate in the United States and one – in France.

  • Carré Sénart (Paris, France): The store is Apple's fourth in the Paris and eighth overall in France.
  • Northlake Mall (Charlotte, North Carolina): The store will be the second in Charlotte and fifth in North Carolina.
  • The Promenade at Chenal (Little Rock, Arkansas): The new store is Apple's first in Arkansas.

After the opening will leave just six states (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming) without Apple Stores.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011. 15:19

Bridesmaid Used iPad To Attend The Wedding



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This was the only case when a bridesmaid put on white clothes, stood behind the bride and nobody had objected.

Renee Armstrong couldn’t get at the wedding’s place and decided to use her white iPad and FaceTime service to attend it virtually. The bridesmaid stood by for the wedding ceremony and managed to get into the wedding’s photos as the groomsman always held the iPad in the public eye.


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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, August 19th, 2011. 13:47

AT&T Will Start Offering LTE Devices On August 21



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This week AT&T has revealed that the sales of the first LTE devices, AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, will start on August 21st. All customers will be able to utilize 5 gigabytes of data for $50 every month and after the limit will be exceeded 1 gigabyte of data will cost 10$. It is also known that AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline which is LTE-upgradeable will receive an update to LTE on August 26.

AT&T has also told about its plans to sell 4G LTE using five market places later this summer, which are situated in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. All customers with 4G LTE-consistent devices will have access to 4G LTE speeds as AT&T's 4G LTE service will be already available.

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011. 13:34

22 fake Apple stores were discovered in China



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Recently Apple had investigated retail stores in the southwestern Chinese city of Kumming and found 22 fake Apple shops. Reuters reports that Apple China accused them of violation of its trademarks and ordered stores to stop using the company’s logo.

The investigation began after one local American reported on fake Apple Stores in his blog, adding that they all looked very convincing and even stores personnel believed they have been working for Apple.

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Thursday, August 18th, 2011. 10:51

Apple Proposed A Glass-Roofed Store in Santa Monica



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Tonight at the Planning Commission of Santo Monica, California, Apple is said to have proposed building of a new Apple Retail Store on the Third Street Promenade of the city. As Curbed notes, the proposal was made by an unnamed retailer. He wants to build 8.084 square foot retail store in the place where three story Borders Bookstore is currently situated.


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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011. 19:14

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Apple Began Selling OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive For $69



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Apple has pre-announced late July that they would offer Mac OS X Lion USB Thumb Drives. And today Apple Store has started selling special USB Thumb Drives with Mac OS X Lion. This Thumb Drive is intended for all Mac owners that don’t have broadband Internet access to download this OS from the Mac App Store.

This USB Thumb Drives costs $39.01 more than the digital version at the Mac App Store that is available there for $29.99.




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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011. 15:20

Apple Set to Open Five New Retail Stores on Saturday



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By the end of September Apple will have opened over 30 new retail stores, so the total number of stores will be over 360. On this Saturday Apple apparently set to open at least five new stores: two U.S. stores and three international locations covering Australia, Canada, and Italy.

  • Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall (Anchorage, Alaska): The new store will be Apple's first location in Alaska.
  • Fashion Place (Murray, Utah): Apple's second store in Utah.
  • Southland (Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia): The new store is Apple's third location in the Melbourne area and its twelfth overall for Australia.
  • Conestoga: (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada): Apple's 20th retail store in Canada, the new location is also notable for its placement in the hometown of smartphone competitor Research in Motion.
  • I Gigli: (Florence, Italy): The new store is Apple's sixth location in Italy and first in the Florence area, filling a gap between the company's store in Rome and a series of stores in northern Italy across the Turin, Milan, and Bergamo.



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Friday, August 12th, 2011. 21:53

iPad Is Taking Console’s Share On The Gaming Market



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It is well known that iPad is a fine gaming device. And it looks like Apple is going to improve iPad’s entertainment capabilities as it is a new trend nowadays. Some well-known publishers pay most attention to gaming aspect of the iPad as consumers gradually lose interest in gaming on traditional consoles. Console’s long upgrade cycle, expensive software and hardware for them and allure of touch gaming devices are main contributing factors to the decline of the console business.  Recently The Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said IndustryGamers:


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Apple signs 10 year deal for massive Grand Central Terminal retail store



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There were lots of rumors about Apple’s plans to open the largest Apple Store yet within Grand Central Terminal.  And now they have came true as Apple signed a ten year deal with New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The store will be the 23,000 square foot store in Grand Central Terminal, about 3,000 square feet larger than its largest existing store.

Apple will pay $800,000 in rent annually and in ten years the rent will go up to a million dollars annually. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority  said in a statement that the new Apple Store "has the potential to bring a great new shopping destination to iconic Grand Central Terminal and significantly increase revenues for the MTA's transportation system."


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, July 25th, 2011. 16:34

Not Only iPhone But Even Apple Store Can Be Faked



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China is a home not only of  fake iPhones, but also of  fake Apple Stores. A fake Apple Store is shown on the pictures from BirdAbroad (via IFOAppleStore). This store is a complete fake with everything that the Apple Store has. It offers all from blue shirts with logos of Apple to name labels for the staff. This store features a light exterior with a luminous, white Apple logo shining in the most conspicuous place.


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Apple To Open 33 Stores In The Next 2 Months



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Current.com.au (via The Next Web) reports that Apple’s spokesperson has apparently stated that the company is going to open 33 stores during the next two months. After implementing its plan, Apple will have 363 stores instead of current 330 locations by the end of fiscal 2011. With this pace, Apple will set up one store every 50 hours during the next two months.


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Monday, July 25th, 2011. 10:40

Apple Became The US Fastest-Growing Retailer



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Basing on estimations from retail sales expert David Berman, USA Today reports that Apple is taking “a massive bite” of retail sales in the USA. Ever-growing sales of iOS devices and Mac computers that continue to outrun sales of other computer makers along with company’s margins cannot pass unnoticed. The publication reads:


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Apple Store iPad Smart Sign jailbroken



The Smart Sign is the iPad in front of each Apple product. It explains and provides specifications for the product. Customers are not able to actually use this iPad for anything but the Smart Sign application However with the right top-secret gesture anything is possible. One user figured out the secret gesture, went to the home screen, launched up Safari, and jailbroke the Smart Sign with the new JailbreakMe 3.0 tool. Here is the video:

UPDATE: Video is deleted from youtube by Apple request :)




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Apple Set To Renovate The New York SoHo Store



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Apple is going to renovate its SoHo store to increase its space in the next three months. This step is necessary because the SoHo store, opened in 2002, is the smallest Apple Store within Manhattan and it scarcely accommodates the thousands of customers every day. During the renovations, the SoHo Apple store will be relocated to a temporary location. There is no information about what exactly location Apple chose but it obviously will be somewhere within Manhattan. The renovations will apparently include reconfiguration of the first floor, but the glass staircase that was the first one in Apple’s store, won’t be changed.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, July 1st, 2011. 16:32