Apple and other tech giants defend tax avoidance Down Under


Apple defended the koala-ty of its Australian tax practices.
Apple defended the koala-ty of its Australian tax practices. Photo: Cult of Mac / Picturesofmoney

Apple was among 12 tech companies — also including Google and Microsoft — which appeared in front of an Australian parliamentary hearing on Wednesday to defend their corporate tax structures in the country.

Apple has previously stood accused of shifting close to $8.1 billion in untaxed profits from its Australian operations to its business operations in Ireland over the course of the past decade.

Apple didgeridon’t own the term ‘App Store’ in Australia


Apple has lost its third appeal for ownership of the term App Store in Oz. Photo: Apple
Apple has lost its third appeal for ownership of the term 'App Store' in Oz. Photo: Apple

In some bad news for Apple, Australia’s Federal Court has rejected an appeal by the company to trademark the term “App Store.”

In a ruling made Wednesday, judge Justice Yates dismissed Apple’s case and ordered it to pay the court costs of Registrar of Trade Marks.

Apple has been locked in a long-standing tug of war with Oz’s Registrar of Trade Marks over whether it should have ownership over the term it popularized on Mac and iOS. The company first took the registrar to court in March 2013, after the “App Store” trademark was revoked following its initial accepted. Since then, Apple has lost a total of three appeals: firstly by the trademark examiner, then by the Australian Trade Marks Office, and now today’s ruling.

Woz is moving to Australia to become a professor


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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble
Photo: Robert Scoble

Steve Wozniak changed the world when he co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs to create the first personal computer. Now, after revolutionizing the tech world, he’s ready to impart his wisdom upon the top tech minds in Australia.

University of Technology, Sydney announced that it’s hired Woz on as an adjunct professor for the school, where he’ll start teaching in December.

Apple not replacing all batteries on iPhone 5 defective list


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Apple isn't replacing all iPhone 5 devices suffering from short battery life.
Photo: Apple

Earlier this week it was announced that Apple was replacing certain iPhone 5 models, sold between September 2012 and January 2013, due to a problem related to the devices’ battery life.

According to certain customers, however, things are not quite as straightforward as they may seem.

Some users, who fulfilled the criteria in terms of their iPhone 5 serial number, were still denied the free device replacement after Apple added additional tests. One iPhone user in Queensland, Australia said that she was told by an Apple Store employee that while the battery was “borderline” defective (it allegedly ran for only a couple of hours after charging) it was “not close enough” to warrant a free replacement. The customer was then asked for $99 in order for the Apple staffer to install a new battery.

New Apple Store to be built in the biggest shopping mall in Western Australia


An artist's impression of the redeveloped Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre.Picture: The West Australian
An artist's impression of the redeveloped Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre.
Picture: The West Australian

Apple is set to open its third brick-and-mortar retail store in Western Australia, at the Lakeside Joondalup shopping mall in Joondalup, Perth.

The 5,000 square-foot location will be part of a major revamp of the shopping center, that will see it become the largest in Western Australia.

The location doesn’t come as a total surprise: almost two years ago Apple real estates scouts were seen walking in the hallmarks of the mall, although it’s only with the mall’s current renovation and expansion that Apple has found a location suitable to lease.