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Posted: 04/14/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Warranty trouble

APPLE faced legal trouble last week as stores refused to honour the one-year standard warranty for iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the first- and second-generation iPod Touch.

Apparently, if you had any issues with one of those devices and you took it to an Apple store to return it under your warranty, there was quite a hassle and most people got turned away.

The devices have a liquid indicator tape that is tucked near the charging or headphone port. Apple's warranty doesn't cover damage that is caused by contact with liquid, and the stores refused warranty coverage when the tape appeared to be activated. A California court ordered Apple to pay $53 million in damages in a class-action lawsuit after 3M, the tape maker, issued a statement saying humidity could have set off the indicator tape.

Apple, being Apple, refused to admit it had done anything wrong. Payouts could be up to $300, and thousands of customers are eligible.

Consume Twitter differently

SOME people use Twitter on their smartphones to get news and sports information. Others just want to see what their friends are up to.

Lately, folks have been using Twitter on their desktops, too. It isn't breaking news that there are Twitter clients for Mac and Windows, but some readers may be unaware that such apps exist. Viewing Twitter on Twitter.com is a huge pain; it's ugly, slow, and I feel it lacks heavily in functionality. I'm a fan of simplicity. On my MacBook, I always use the Twitter app. It's made by the company itself, is super clean and I have it set up on auto-refresh so I always see what's happening. Twitter's app is available for Windows, but only Windows 8. If you are a Twitter power user, I would recommend downloading TweetDeck. This app allows you to have multiple columns that can show saved hash-tag searches, favourites, retweets etc. It is meant to be a full-screen client. With the Twitter app, I usually minimize it and throw it on the right side of my screen. These are two great apps that enhance your Twitter experience when you are viewing Twitter on the desktop.

BitCoin soars

BITCOIN was all over the news last week after it soared to $200 per coin! If you don't know what BitCoin is, ReadWrite.com explains it this way:

"BitCoin, the virtual currency composed of digital bits, is based on cutting-edge mathematical schemes that guard against counterfeiting... BitCoin was started in 2009 as a currency free from government controls, an entirely digital means of exchange for a digital age. It's a rapidly growing phenomenon that has taken root as a payment method on some websites for both legal and illegal goods."

It's an incredibly cool concept. The currency has doubled in the past week. BitCoins aren't made frivolously. A computer algorithm slowly produces coins. One of the reasons the price is becoming so high is because there is high demand for BitCoins and since the system produces them slowly it's tough to get your hands on them. You could compare BitCoin to gold, as they share many of the same characteristics. Economists believe BitCoin is a huge bubble and it's going to burst quite soon. I just wish I had purchased a bunch of coins when they were valued at $10. If you want to watch an awesome video that explains BitCoin, go to: http://bit.ly/BitCoinWFP

LinkedIn Purchases Pulse

YOU know what LinkedIn is, right? It's the Facebook for professionals. LinkedIn is the place to connect with others in your field. You can interact, share updates, spam people's inbox with your new blog and so on. Last week, LinkedIn acquired the app Pulse for $90 million. Pulse received 10 per cent cash and the rest in stock options. Pulse is an app for iPhone and Android that allows you to consume news in an incredibly easy and efficient way. If you've heard of Zite or Flip board, it shares similar features and characteristics. Two Stanford University students, Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta, created Pulse in 2010. This is an incredibly big move for LinkedIn. Having a smart news source integrated into the platform will do wonders for the company as users will use the service to consume news and share with friends and colleagues. I'm excited for LinkedIn to integrate Pulse into the platform; can't wait to use it!

David Bell (@thedavidbell) is a young entrepreneur in Winnipeg. He specializes in emerging technology and online aspects of business, including web- and social-media consulting. Access his company online at iBXMediaGroup.ca. He is an active member of the YouTube community (http://www.TheDavidBell.com), with more than two million views and 5,000 subscribers. He was also a Dragons' Den contestant. Email: db@thedavidbell.com

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 14, 2013 ??65521

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