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iPhone Problem on the Rise, Facebook Fights Back

Even the titans and the business giants face problem. The makers of iPhone now face public allegation for the signal problem. Even the top social sites are fighting for the cause.

Every new product launched in the market has its own issues. No matter whatever the brand name is, there are always technical problems associated with it. Still the companies strive to manage their reputation and dignity to face the fierce competition. It’s not complicated it happens with everybody. While many companies admit their mistakes and workout for the recovery, still there are others who remain stubborn and bring about a decline in their brand names.

Worst Case Scenarios

There have been many cases about technical problems for which big brand name companies had to suffer a lot. Nokia had it once when the BL-5C batteries were found to be damaged. The company ordered to replace all the BL-5C series batteries throughout the world and that too free of cost. Similar cases have been reported in many countries.

The iPhone Issue

The gadget junkies and the tech world were staggered when the iPhone problems came in to the lime light. Still the company like apple kept quiet on the matter. It was not until the thing was brought to notice to some of the prominent sources that finally Steve Jobs opened his mouth and demonstrated on how to use the iPhone correctly. While many appreciated his gesture to come forth and speak directly to the public but there were still others who were upset due to the company’s negligence. According to a source one of the user said that he had been experiencing such problems from the instance he bought the iPhone but the fact that if the branded companies like Apple don’t take up the responsibility of their mistake angered him.

The main problem with iPhone is that its signal catching compatibility is too faint. The reception quality is too low. According to Gizmodo, other Apple products too have the same problem. At last Apple acknowledged the signal problem. In another public demonstration Steve Jobs showed how holding the iPhone in a proper orientation could help to combat the signal problem. They also introduced new case for iPhone which can solve the signal reception problem. The common man speaks that if the signal problem is due to the structural defect in the making process then why should he buy the bumpers and they should be given free to all the people who purchased it.

Facebook Helps

Finally the leading social networking site Facebook comes up with notion to ask users to file petition for either replacement of their iPhone or provision of the Bumpers freely. A large number of people since have joined this Facebook page for the common cause. Thus Apple needs to speak out and provide an answer for the same.

The leading gadget company Apple is facing public allegations as the new iPhone 4 faces signal problems. The company acknowledges the problem but does nothing about it. Finally social networking sites like Facebook are making effort to file petition for the cause.

Media request for iPhone warrant

The story behind the stolen iPhone model is as follows. An employee of Apple Company left the prototype model of iPhone 4G accidently at a restaurant. Eventually the prototype ended up in the hands the restaurant owner who sold it off to Gizmodo.com. Eventually Gizmodo dissected the very inch and bit of the iPhone in which they posted various videos and screenshots of the prototype. Now the story has ended up on a search warrant, which Apple has long been pressing, to search for the lost iPhone prototype at Gizmodo.com’s CEO’s house.

Neglecting iPhone Search Warrant

Now the media has requested to make a search warrant for stolen case of apple iPhone model in Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house. When the police entered the house and tried to cease his computers, Chen came and stopped the search done by the media and police people. The judge Stephen hall rejected against the judgment given by the previous judge who gave search warrant and did not allow the media persons to search the stolen
iPhone in Jason’s house.

The judge who is involved in this case has sealed the information and important documents that have been raised against the stolen prototype. Moreover documents relating to the iPhone 4G have also not been allowed for screening by the judge. The earlier warrant enabled the police to have a complete look at Gizmodo editor’s house. They found those sealed documents and said to reveal the documents that the police wanted. But they refused to open the secret documents and did not allow the persons to continue the further process.

Securing the warrant

The reason behind the sealing of those documents is not to alert the two persons by announcing their name to media. The prosecutors argued against the case that if any documents or any information related has been released they have full rights to safer the documents with them until the case gets over.

In this stolen case of the iPhone prototype if Jason Chen allows the persons to take up the search in his house, it is absolutely possible to prove that no crime had been occurred by Gizmodo and the police will not justify that they refused to go on with the search warrant.

The police who are pressing for the search warrant have seized some electronic devices and computers and other evidences related in this case. They felt, by seizing these items they would surely announce it as a crime, since Gizmodo had breached protocol by releasing confidential information regarding a corporate product. Finally Gizmodo editor concluded that it is an invalid search process and he added that was not involved in any criminal case. Overall, the only thing that we can draw is that there have been a lot of activities involved in this case by revealing much information against Gizmodo editor.

Was the Raid on a Technology Blogger’s Home Over an iPhone Justified?

Jason Chen, the editor of the popular Gizmodo technology blog, recently paid more than three thousand pounds to get a prototype of an iPhone that was found in a bar in Redwood City, California. This iPhone is expected to be the next edition of Apple’s popular mobile device. Chen’s report states that a video chat camera, a noise cancellation microphone and a new display are going to be featured on the device.

However, after he paid to get this prototype his home was raided. A number of computers and other materials were seized from his home. This is a raid that was used for his data. It is a raid that is being questioned with regards to whether or not this was necessary.

Lawyers who are representing Chen state that his rights should be protected by a shield law that is used in the state of California. This is used as a law that works to give a writer like Chen the right to not bother with giving out information on one’s sources while that writer was gathered information for a story. All unpublished materials that a writer has to work with can also be protected from any investigation.

The raid on Chen’s home was conducted by the San Mateo County police. This was done after Apple reported that its prototype was stolen by Chen. Apple was able to figure this out thanks to how Chen posted information on the prototype that he received on the Gizmodo website.

When the raid took place members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team of California seized a number of materials from Chen’s home. These include USB memory devices and hard drives alongside some of the computers that Chen has.

The raid is being defended by officials as one that is justified. Steve Wagstaffe, the district attorney in San Mateo County, argues that he felt that the shield laws that would normally protect a reporter would not apply in this case. Also, local police knew at the time of the person who took the phone and gave it to Chen. This person was interviewed with regards to this data.

However, this has been a highly debatable concern. While Chen has posted information on the prototype online his reports were ones that were based on general insider information. His report is considered to be the main breaking source for details on this new device. It has even been viewed by nearly ten million people since an information page on the device was posted on the Gizmodo website on 19 April.

What is known about the source of the device is that it was left by Gray Powell inside of a bar. Powell is a software engineer who works for Apple. Apple treated the case of the missing prototype as a theft case.

The data on the computers and drives that were seized from Chen is currently unknown. The computers will be checked as soon as it is determined whether or not the raid of his home was justified.

Update: Finder of Prototype iPhone Identified by Police, Apple

Police investigators from the San Mateo County in California have positively identified and interviewed the man who found the prototype iPhone 4G left behind by an Apple employee in a Redwood City bar in March. This is according to a news report that appeared on CNET Tuesday afternoon. Although the police refuse to identify the person, his story will no doubt guide the conduct of the investigation, which was held at the request of Apple. Police statements make it clear that they are still deliberating if they should file a criminal case against Gizmodo, who admitted to purchasing the phone for $5,000 from a source, or against the person who sold the phone. It also still remains unclear if the finder and the seller of the prototype are one and the same.

In another report, it turns out that representatives from Apple have identified the finder of the misplaced iPhone prototype as well. According to a source quoted by Wired Magazine, representatives claiming to be from the company have paid a visit to the Silicon Valley address of the college-age finder as early as last week. The discovery of the prototype phone was reportedly an “open secret” among the finder’s roommates and neighbors, as the phone was passed around as a curiosity. The people from Apple asked permission to search the finder’s residence last week, but were barred access by the finder’s roommate.

Major organizations have so far aired their dissent towards the search done on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home Friday night by Silicon Valley’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT), of which Apple sits as a steering committee member. Four laptop computers, a server, removable storage devices and a digital camera were seized by REACT, citing in its search warrant that the property in question were “used as the means of committing a felony” or “tends to show that a felony has been committed”. Electronic Frontier Foundation’s civil liberties director Jennifer Granick has said that Chen, as a journalist, should be protected from a search warrant by both California state and federal laws even if he is under investigation for possessing stolen property. A counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association concurs, but says that the authorities involved may “have a different opinion as to whether or not this person is a journalist.” Lucy Dalgish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, puts it in strongly in an interview with CNET, saying “”This is such an incredibly clear violation of state and federal law it takes my breath away. The only thing left for the authorities to do is return everything immediately and issue one of hell of an apology.”

It should be noted that at the request of Apple, Gizmodo returned the prototype in question on April 19.

Apple Finally Flexes Its Muscle, Police Raid Gizmodo Editor’s Home

On the night of April 23rd, the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen was raided by elements of Silicon Valley’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team or REACT, a law enforcement group that specializes in investigating technology and identity theft, trademark violations, and online crimes. The group forcibly entered Chen’s home, did a thorough search of its contents, and took with them four laptops, a server machine, external media storage devices, an iPhone, an iPad, and a digital camera. They presented Chen with a warrant executed by a San Mateo County judge when he arrived home later with the authorities still conducting their search.

This incident is the latest in a string of highly-publicized events that was put in motion on the night of March 18th, when Apple software engineer Gray Powell left behind a prototype iPhone 4G in a California bar. A month later, Gizmodo posted the now-famous “This Is Apple’s Next iPhone” on its blog, generating more than 5 million page views. A later post on the tech blog revealed how it got its hands on the very valuable prototype, to the tune of $5,000, from an anonymous finder. Several groups later pointed out that Gizmodo can be held criminally liable for possession of stolen property under California laws. It seems that Apple took note, and on the morning of April 23, Apple contacted California law enforcement. This signaled the start of a criminal investigation currently in progress against Gizmodo.

Updates on the status of the police investigation remain murky, but Gizmodo will be in a really hot seat in the days and weeks to come. Although Apple has declared the prototype as stolen, California’s Privacy Protection Act deems protects journalists, including those working in Web logs, from searches.

Apple to seek police help to get “Lost iPhone”

After much speculation and hype about the leaked iPhone 4G, it seems Apple has got serious with its rhetoric to get back the iPhone 4G prototype from Gizmodo. In order to step up the investigation, Santa Clara County police officers many file criminal charges against Gizmodo, for illegally disclosing corporate information.

Last week the prototype of the iPhone 4G had been left, at a bar by an Apple engineer. Gizmodo got a hold of the iPhone when someone had tipped them off about the information. Editors at Gizmodo.com have claimed that they had paid $5000 to get hold of the prototype to the informant. The Santa Clara County police have not issued any statement as of yet; as they cannot press for criminal charges. Though it is a state offence of stealing someone’s property intentionally with the knowledge, to whom that property belongs to; the police are still yet to clarify their role.

Before the police will be able to press for full criminal charges, they would need to conduct an extensive investigation in to the matter. However, for the meantime, there hasn’t been any press release by Apple as to whether they are taking police help to get the prototype back.

In the ongoing saga last week, Apple had asked Gizmodo to return the prototype. However, Gizmodo has not responded favorably, to the recent “demands” by Apple.

In the past few years, Apple has taken extreme privacy measures to safeguard the knowledge of its products. It is due to this fact, that many of its competitors don’t have a clue about Apple’s brand strategy which enables Apple to have leverage over the others.

For the time being let us see, if Gizmodo gets “checkmate” by Apple’s forthcoming move.

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