A new shareholder derivative complaint has been filed against Apple, following the company's recent announcement that it has found additional stock irregularities. Keller Rohrback L.L.P. today announced that a shareholder derivative complaint has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of nominal defendant Apple and against certain Company executives and board members. The Complaint alleges that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties and colluded with one another to: (1) improperly backdate grants of Apple stock options to various Apple executives in violation of the Company's shareholder-approved stock option plans; (2) improperly record and account for the backdated stock options in violation of GAAP; (3) improperly take tax deductions based on the backdated stock options in violation of the Tax Code; and (4) produce and disseminate to the Company's shareholders false financial statements and other SEC filings that improperly recorded and accounted for the backdated option grants thereby concealing the improper backdating of stock options.
Forums roundup: Members discuss pictures posted by a user depicting a melted MacBook, which reportedly overheated..... Others look at Apple's recently extended coverage on faulty iMac G5 first generation computers suffering video problems as well as discuss the legitimacy of the hacked MacBook video posted by hacking experts pointing out a flaw in all computers.... A thread outlines a user's experience loosing a MacBook Pro, then purchasing a new one which was colder, despite being built earlier.... Meanwhile, members have posted wish lists for the specs on a MacBook "Light" ultra-portable computer.
With no real fanfare to mark the occasion, the M5000 series of digial audio players has shown up on RCA's website. This is clearly targeted at the lower end of the spectrum with 1GB or 2GB of flash memory to tide you over. Surprisingly, media support is unusually broad for this class of player: MP3 and WMA audio are accompanied by support for BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF. Video support is relatively unique too with AVI and MOV as options (one of the few times you'll see Quicktime support outside of an iPod), though on a 1.8" screen video playback is more a bonus than anything. Those who run out of content to play can take advantage of the by now obligatory FM tuner and recording functions. No price is given on the product page, but RCA's budget focus likely means the M5000 will undercut the iPod nano at the shops. Full photo after the jump.
The gaming industry can be tough, as this posting on Craigslist would seem to imply. Loud Ant Software is searching for programmers who will work without salary until the completion of the PC MMORPG Thrones of Chaos, which they claim is already 90 percent done. Compensation would come in the form of a commercial license for the game's engine, and for five programmers, five percent of the game's earnings and a paid position at Loud Ant.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE