A peripheral manufacturer has been ordered to stop selling PS5 faceplates by Sony.
Having already changed the company’s name following a complaint from tech giant Sony, the firm has now also had demands to cease selling the product or it will “end up in court”, with lawyers insisting that Sony’s intellectual property also “extended to the faceplates”.
“Before we launched, we did our due diligence and were of the opinion, that because Sony only had pending patents on the faceplates there would be no problem,” PlateStation5.com – now rebranded as CustomizeMyPlates – told VGC.
“But after only a day of our website being live, Sony’s lawyers asked us to change our name (at the time PlateStation5), due to trademark infringements. We thought this switch would be enough to keep everyone happy, and honestly were hoping so since we were already underway with our product development.
“But then Sony’s lawyers told us it was their opinion, Sony’s intellectual property extended to the faceplates, and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country, we would end up in court,” the email continued. “This all came to light yesterday and we are now cancelling and refunding all faceplate orders worldwide… we are extremely disappointed about this but we have no other option.”
All existing pre-orders have now been cancelled and are in the process of being refunded to customers.
Starting on November 27th, Apple Canada will start giving out free gift cards of varying amounts with iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and several other Apple store purchases.
Depending on what device you get, the Apple Store gift card amount varies. Apple has a ton of products that include gift cards, but it’s not sharing how much each gift card is worth until the 27th. If you’re curious about how the deals will likely shake out, you can check out our Apple Black Friday post from last year.
Therefore, if Apple doesn’t share how much the gift card that comes with AirPods is worth, we can assume the card is likely going to be between $20-$30. Last year MacBook Pro models and other Macs came with a $280 gift card, so this year these items will likely come with the $210 gift card.
Items included in the deal are listed below:
Apple Watch Series 3
AirPods with Wireless Charging
Apple TV HD
Apple TV 4K
Beats Studio Wireless
Beats Solo Pro
Beats Solo 3
All of the above items will come with an Apple Store gift card between November 27th and November 30th.
It’s also worth mentioning that this offer can’t be stacked with the company’s Education discounts.
Issued on: 23/11/2020 – 21:34Modified: 23/11/2020 – 21:33
San Francisco (AFP)
Apple said Monday it would extend through June 30 a waiver on app fees for paid events such as tutoring and fitness classes, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
The move is aimed at helping pandemic-hit instructors and performers to continue using iPhone applications for virtual classes and events at no cost.
Apple had initially agreed to a waiver until December, amid concerns raised by Facebook and others seeking to help people whose in-person classes and events have been canceled due to the global health emergency.
“As the world fights Covid-19, we recognize that adapting experiences from in-person to digital continues to be a top priority,” Apple said on its developer website.
Apple said the move affects the “in-app purchase” requirement for these services, and that it chose to give those affected more time to adapt in light of the pandemic.
Facebook earlier this year asked Apple to skip its usual 30 percent cut of transactions in mobile apps prior to enabling the social platform’s streaming application to be used to create, promote and host paid events from concerts and theatrical performances to yoga classes and cooking lessons.
The move comes amid increasing scrutiny of App Store fees, which are set at 30 percent in most cases, by developers and antitrust enforcers who argue Apple is abusing its dominance of the marketplace.
The iPhone manufacturer said last week that developers who make less than $1 million from selling apps on its store will see Apple’s revenue bite cut to 15 percent.
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