Apple Loses Trademark Fight Over iPhone Name in China

Apple has host a trademark Fight in China, Meaning a firm which sells handbags and other leather goods can continue use the name "iPhone". The Beijing Municipal High People's Court Ruled In Favor Of Xintong Tiandi Technology, Said The Official Legal Daily Newspaper.

Xintong Tiandi Trademarked "IPHONE" For Leather Products in China in 2010.

Apple filed a trademark bid for the name for electronic goods in 2002, but it was not approved until 2013. The legal daily (in Chinese) is widely recognized as the official mouthpiece for the country's central political and legal affairs commission. Its report came out in late April but has only just been widely circulated.

Xintong Tiandi sells handbags, mobile phone cases and other leather goods branded with the name "iPhone" and the ‘®’ registered trademark symbol.

Apple first brought the case against the company to the Chinese trademark authority in 2012, then when that failed, filed a lawsuit in a lower Beijing court. But both ruled against Apple, so it appealed to the higher court. The higher court ruled that Apple could not prove it was a well-known brand in china before Xintong Tiandi filed its trademark application in 2007.

Apple iPhone first went on sale in china in 2009.

China Woes
The ruling comes close to Apple's latest quarterly earnings report which showed a13% drop in revenue on slower iPhone sales. Sales in china had plunged by 26%.

Apple is also facing difficulties in other operations in china. In March, Beijing passed a law that required all content shown in china to be stored on servers based on the Chinese mainland.

As a result Apple's iBooks and iTunes services were shut down in the country. Apple said it hoped access to the services would be restored soon. The move has widely been seen as a blow to Apple as china is the second biggest market for its products.

Last week, billionaire investor, Carl Icahn sold all his shares in Apple over concerns about the technology firm's prospects in china.
Source: BBC

German Nuclear Plant Hit by Computer Viruses

Computer viruses have infected PCs used at a German nuclear power plant. The viruses were found on office computers and in a system used to model the movement of nuclear fuel rods.

Power firm, RWE, said the infection posed no threat to the plant because its control systems were not linked to the internet, so the viruses could not activate. German federal cyber investigators are now analyzing how the Gundremmingen plant became infected.

No damage
The viruses were found on the fuel rod modelling system and on 18 USB sticks used as removable data stores on office computers.

Staff found the viruses as they prepared to upgrade the computerized control systems for the plant's Block B, which is currently not producing power while it undergoes scheduled maintenance.

More than 1,000 computers have now been checked for infection and cleaned up, an RWE spokesman said: “The plant has also improved its security controls.”

No system directly involved with the control of the nuclear reactors was infected, RWE said, and there was no danger to the public as a result of the infection.

"All sensitive plant areas are decoupled and designed with redundancy and protected against manipulation," added RWE in a statement.

Among the viruses were two well-known malicious programs - W32.Ramnit and Conficker.

Ramnit debuted in 2010 and is a remote access tool that its creators use to steal data. Conficker dates from 2008 and aims to grab login names and financial data.
Because the infected systems were isolated from the net, neither Ramnit nor Conficker were able to activate, update and steal data, said RWE.

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, said power plants and other chunks of a nation's critical infrastructure were often infected by viruses but such compromises did little damage. "The most common viruses spread without much awareness of where they are," he told Reuters.

Gundremmingen is about 120km (75m) northwest of Munich and the plant is Germany’s highest output power station.
Source: BBC

Amazon Rapped Over Unauthorized In-App Purchases

Amazon illegally charged parents for children's in-app purchases between 2011 and 2014, a US judge has ruled. In 2014, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Amazon over its handling of in-app purchases on its app store for Kindle and Android devices.

The FTC reached out-of-court settlements with Apple and Google over their app stores in the same year.

The trading watchdog said it would urge the court to demand full refunds for affected Amazon customers.

Many mobile games and programs offer in-app purchases, which let people spend real money on extras in games, music downloads or to unlock premium features.

Amazon, Apple and Google were all criticized when the concept was first launched, after a number of parents complained that their children had run up huge bills while playing games.
The FTC sued the three companies in 2014, with Apple agreeing to refund customers more than $30m (£20m) and Google about $19m (£13m).

Amazon first introduced in-app purchases in its app store in November 2011. According to the FTC's lawsuit the default setting "did not require account holder approval, by entry of a password or any other means, prior to completion of an in-app purchase".

The FTC also criticized the presentation of information in the app store, which it said was not clear.

The watchdog's data analyst Julie Miller suggested that Amazon had made $86m (£59m) from the in-app purchases, 42% of which were unauthorised.

But US District Judge John Coughenour questioned the accuracy of the figures, while Amazon said the estimates were "fundamentally flawed".

However, the judge sided with the FTC and said: "The millions of dollars billed to Amazon customers without a mechanism for consent, the thousands of customers complaining about unauthorised charges and the time spent seeking refunds for those charges, all demonstrate substantial injury.

"It is Amazon's stated policy that in-app purchases are final and non-refundable, likely discouraging much of its customer base from attempting to seek refunds."
The judge asked both parties for more information about how much money Amazon might owe consumers and has yet to decide damages.

Since 2014, Amazon has changed how in-app purchases are described in its app store and refined its authorization experience. In-app purchases can be disabled completely with the company's parental control options.
Source: BBC

Edusko Launches in China to Connect African Students With Chinese School

Edusko, a leading edtech that connects parents and students with good and affordable schools within and outside Africa, has announced its launch in China to assist Africans interested in studying in the Asian country.

The launch in China was necessitated because the most populous country in the world was fast becoming a study destination for Africans, especially those who are unable to secure admissions in Europe and America but still desire quality education outside the shore of Africa.

The startup has partnered CUAP Education Consultants, a leading Chinese university agent, in its bid to connect African students with Chinese institutions.
“We are extremely delighted to partner with Edusko. We’ve been following up with the progress of the start-up and it’s incredible to know how many Africans are currently using Edusko to find good and affordable schools in Africa and beyond,” said Salim Abubarka, the CEO of CUAP Education Consultant.

In the coming months, Edusko will partner more leading foreign university agents to ensure seamless experience for parents and students seeking foreign admission.
Launched in 2015, Edusko helps parents and students find and choose good schools amidst thousands jostling for their attention. In less than one year of launch, the start-up has helped over 30,000 parents made informed decisions and had referred over 500 students to good and affordable schools in Nigeria and beyond.

Already, leading schools in Africa and beyond have been signed up on Edusko. Schools ranging from Crèche, Nursery and Primary, Secondary, Tertiary to Special schools in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, Canada, United States and recently China are freely available on the platform for school finders.

“Our mission is to connect African parents and students with good and affordable schools across the globe with ease. We’ve found out that China presents an opportunity for this. You’ll be amazed at how good and affordable these schools are,” Edusko’s founder, Jide Ayegbusi said in a statement.

Source: Techloy