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Businesses eyeing iPads for the workplace: report
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) March 13, 2012

Survey results released on Tuesday showed that growing numbers of businesses plan to buy iPads as tablet computers make their way from personal lives into work places.

Slightly more than one-in-five companies said they will buy tablets for workers by the middle of this year, with 84 percent of those purchases to be Apple iPads, according to a ChangeWave Research poll.

The results indicated "the highest level of corporate iPad demand" ever seen in a survey by the US-based, independent research firm.

ChangeWave also found that the pending arrival of a new-generation iPad set for release on Friday has contributed to an "across-the-board decline" in plans by companies to buy tablets made by Apple rivals.

Apple last week unveiled a third-generation iPad enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on top of the booming tablet computer market.

The new iPad boasts a more powerful processor, eye-grabbing resolution on par with that of an iPhone 4S, and the ability to connect to the latest 4G LTE telecom networks that move data faster than their predecessors.

"We think that iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said at the unveiling, noting that iPad sales topped those of any personal computer maker during the final three months of last year.

Apple sued over iPhone 4S 'assistant' Siri
San Francisco (AFP) March 13, 2012 - An iPhone 4S buyer has sued Apple for promising more than it delivered with automated "Siri" voice-activated assistant software built into the coveted smartphones.

A suit filed in a California federal court argued that Apple advertising touting the wonders of Siri amounted to "intentional misrepresentation" and unfair competition, according to documents available online Tuesday.

Lawyers representing a New York City man who bought an iPhone 4S want class action status to represent millions of people who bought the latest generation Apple smartphone.

The suit included Apple -- which runs showing people asking Siri to help them find restaurants, learn chords to songs, tie neck ties, and even figure out if there is a rodeo in town -- had disappointed some users.

Lawyers representing the iPhone 4S buyer, identified as Frank Fazio of Brooklyn, argued that Siri claims were "misleading and deceptive," and are calling for California-based Apple to pay unspecified damages.

"Promptly after the purchase of his iPhone 4S, plaintiff realized that Siri was not performing as advertised," the lawsuit said.

"For instance, when plaintiff asked Siri for directions to a certain place, or to locate a store, Siri either did not understand what plaintiff was asking, or, after a very long wait time, responded with the wrong answer."

Apple does not comment on pending litigation.

Siri has been a hit since its US debut with the iPhone 4S in October and was even referred to as a direct challenge to Google's search engine by the Internet giant's chairman Eric Schmidt.

Siri artificial intelligence software was derived from research conducted to make computers more intuitive at understanding and working with soldiers in action.

Siri is designed to understand context so people can speak naturally when asking it questions.

For example, spoken queries of "Will I need an umbrella this weekend?" and "What is the traffic like around here?" will prompt online searches for local weather forecasts or road conditions.

Siri helps make calls, send text messages or email, schedule meetings and reminders, make notes, find local businesses, and get directions. Siri will even perform mathematical calculations if asked.

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PayPal reverses course on e-book sales ban
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2012 - PayPal on Tuesday reversed a ban on the use of the online payments service for sales of electronic books portraying rape, incest and bestiality.

Anuj Nayar, director of communications for PayPal, which is owned by online auction giant eBay, announced the change of policy in a blog post on the PayPal website.

Nayar said PayPal would limit the sales ban to digital books that contain "potentially illegal images, not e-books that are limited to just text."

"The policy will prohibit use of PayPal for the sale of e-books that contain child pornography, or e-books with text and obscene images of rape, bestiality or incest," he said.

"In addition, the policy will be focused on individual books, not on entire 'classes' of books," Nayar said.

"Instead of demanding that e-book publishers remove all books in a category, we will provide notice to the seller of the specific e-books, if any, that we believe violate our policy," he said.

Nayar said PayPal was working with e-book publishers to come up with an appeals process for authors whose books are judged to violate the policy.

"Our primary interest in this matter has always been to come to a mutually agreeable solution that allows freedom of expression, while still ensuring PayPal is used in ways that fully comply with applicable laws and our policies," he said.

The Washington-based Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) welcomed PayPal's decision.

"We're thankful to PayPal for taking the objections of authors, booksellers and free speech advocates seriously and wisely choosing to change course," said Kevin Bankston, director of free expression at the CDT.

"With this policy change, PayPal is correcting a serious mistake and setting a good example for the future," Bankston said in a statement.

"PayPal's previous threats to cut off services to e-book platforms unless they stopped selling broad categories of erotic fiction was a major misstep," he said.

"By limiting its policy to pictures rather than text and to specific books rather than whole categories of content... PayPal appears to be admitting that its previous demands to ebook publishers were far too broad and threatened to chill the availability of a wide variety of protected speech," Bankston added.


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Can Apple sell a million iPads in a day?
Cupertino, Calif. (UPI) Mar 12, 2012
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