The Apple iPhone 4S goes on sale in Australia on Friday and Samsung is ready to give it some competition from the get-go. According to The Sydney Herald, the South Korea-based phone maker set up a temporary pop-up shop two doors away from an Apple Store in Sydney, Australia. It then began to offer the Galaxy S II for just $2, which is valid for the first 10 people in line each day. It appears as though Samsung even has representatives trying to lure people away from the line that has been starting to form outside of the Apple Store. “There’s this guy who has come up to us trying to convince us to buy the Samsung Galaxy S II two days in a row now,” one person in Apple’s line said. “And he’s an idiot.” Samsung and Apple are currently fighting out a legal battle in the country, which has temporarily prevented local Samsung subsidiaries from selling or advertising the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet until a final court ruling. More →
Nokia’s affiliate team has confirmed that Nokia will close its UK online shop by the end of the month. In a letter to partners, the Finnish firm said, “This message is to inform you that Nokia is closing their affiliate [program]… in keeping with a strategic business decision to close down the Nokia UK online shop.” The company argued that it has been hard to compete with wireless carriers that are offering products at subsidized prices. “We are planning to close the current UK online store to simplify our channel structure and focus our resources on our key trade customers,” a Nokia spokesperson told Tech Radar. More →
Sony continues to be targeted in a series of cyberattacks that have resulted in the theft of personal information belonging to over 100 million Sony customers. Following breaches of the company’s PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment, So-net Entertainment and most recently, the Sony’s Greek website, hackers have breached a database associated with Sony Ericsson’s Canadian online shop. Personal data including names, email addresses and passwords belonging to more than 2,000 customers was compromised, but Sony said no credit card numbers were stolen. A Lebanese hacking group called Idahca claimed responsibility for the attack, and it said the information obtained has been leaked on Facebook and Twitter. It is unclear if this latest attack is tied in any way to previous attacks on Sony’s various digital properties. More →
We don’t have too, too much info on this one, but one of our Apple sources let us know about an Apple-created application for the iPhone and iPad that is set to be released tomorrow. We’re told it’s a general service application that’s more or less a mobile version of the Apple.com website, in an app form. It will be free in the App Store and will allow users to make Genius Bar appointments, check new product in stock availability, book one to one training sessions, and basically shop the entire Apple product list. Supposedly one of the reasons for this application is to let me people check in more swiftly to genius and training appointments. We’ll know tomorrow…
P.S. The app icon is said to be blue with an Apple in the middle.
UPDATE: MacRumors is hearing the same thing. We’ll see!