• Why And When The iPad Is The Best E-Reader (And When It Isn't)
• Confusion Over Canadian Import Tariffs On Apple, Other, Consumer Electronics Devices
• California Court Rules Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving Is Illegal
• Printzel - App-Powered Printing On Your iPad" />



Applelinks iOS News Reader - 8 April, 2013

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Developers Give Apple An iCloud Ultimatum: "Fix it by June"
Why And When The iPad Is The Best E-Reader (And When It Isn't)
Confusion Over Canadian Import Tariffs On Apple, Other, Consumer Electronics Devices
California Court Rules Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving Is Illegal
Printzel - App-Powered Printing On Your iPad




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Developers Give Apple An iCloud Ultimatum: "Fix it by June"

ZNet's Jason D. O'Grady says that iCloud is one of Apple's biggest liabilities right now, because it's under a black cloud of bad publicity for being buggy and for breaking its promise with developers, who agree that iCloud needs to be rewritten from the ground up or replaced outright, or it will become an even greater credibility problem than it already is.

O'Grady observes that Apple did a great job marketing iCloud and generating user demand for the cloud-based syncing service, but fell short in delivering a reliable set of APIs that OS X and iOS developers can use in their apps. Consequently, he says, developers have given Apple an iCloud ultimatum: "Fix it by June," which is when iOS 7 is expected to be previewed to developers at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), and by then Apple needs to provide a comprehensive cloud-based sync solution that works, or risk the mass defection of developers that will either skip iCloud altogether or develop their own solution that works.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/Vd9sg






Why And When The iPad Is The Best E-Reader (And When It Isn't)

Macworld UK's Joel Mathis says that For the first time in history, when we sit down to read a book, we're faced with more than simply a choice of what to read - we must also decide how to read it, observing that when the Kindle came on the scene, readers realized that years of false starts and empty promises were over, that the e-reading revolution had really and finally arrived.

Mathis says the Kindle's disruptive influence launched a sort of Cold War set in between two kinds of readers: traditional bibliophiles who insist that wood pulp - real paper! - is the best way to read, and the evident majority who increasingly love the convenience of the digital ebook era.

He diplomatically says they're both right, and that the truth is that different mediums offer different strengths, which are in turn tuned to different types of reading, and that wedging yourself into an ideologically strati-jacketed corner with just one device for all types of reading can deny you the pleasures and advantages of the other.

Mathis says that personally he pretty much sticks to the iPad, a basic model e-ink Kindle, or paper, with the iPad being the closest thing to his default reading device, but it's never an automatic choice.

He explains why here:
http://goo.gl/hNQln






Confusion Over Canadian Import Tariffs On Apple, Other, Consumer Electronics Devices

The Canadian Press reports that Canada's federal government appears to be tightening up tariffs on imported products such as televisions and iPods that receive a special exemption when used with computers, noting that according to a memo from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), released under the Access to Information Act and obtained by The Canadian Press seems to indicate that the agency has ruled that importers who use the computer exemption must get certificates from the end users - consumers, in most cases - that certify the product will be used with a computer, with the onus on the importer to have the required certificate completed by the consumer, typically at the time of sale, and moreover that the exemption has been interpreted to apply only to devices in “continuous use” with computers, which means iPods and other MP3 players are unlikely to qualify.

The Conservative government’s 2013 budget announced last month also raises tariffs on well over 1,000 items manufactured in the 72 countries that are losing their Canadian General Protective Tariff status, including China, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia, and will see their tariffs rise to 5 percent from zero on Jan. 1, 2015, but a spokesperson for the office of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty clarified to the CP last week that tariffs on iPods are not increasing, and that "Music devices like iPods are imported into Canada duty-free under a long-standing special tariff classification from 1987," with "That special tariff classification was in no way altered by recent changes to the General Preferential Tariff foreign aid program.”

On the other hand, the Canadian Press notes that as recently as Dec. 7, the CBSA informed one importer in writing that the "iPod Touch 8GB" is subject to end-user verification in order to get the tariff exemption, according to correspondence obtained by CP, and that some economists have suggested the budget changes will increase tariffs on MP3 players, including iPods.

In a blog published by the Globe and Mail, Mike Moffatt, assistant professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business, notes that "One of the estimated 1,290 tariff increases in Budget 2013 is on tariff code 8519.81.29, which includes a number of digital music players," but that a complicating factor is that "this tariff increase only affects some digital media players, because not all devices that play digital music fall under this code. A BlackBerry, for instance, while it can play digital music, would be considered a cellular phone under the tariff code and not be subject to the tariff increase. A device such as an iPad that plays videos as well as music would also fall under a different category."

The debate has prompted the federal NDP to accuse the Conservatives of hypocrisy, since the Conservatives mounted a high-profile campaign in 2010 accusing New Democrats of wanting to impose an iPod tax.

“One of the estimated 1,290 tariff increases in Budget 2013 is on tariff code 8519.81.29, which includes a number of digital music players. Products that fall under this code, from the 72 countries that are losing their General Protective Tariff status (which include China, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia), will see their tariffs rise to 5 per cent from zero on Jan. 1, 2015.

“The complicating factor is that this tariff increase only affects some digital media players, because not all devices that play digital music fall under this code. A BlackBerry, for instance, while it can play digital music, would be considered a cellular phone under the tariff code and not be subject to the tariff increase. A device such as an iPad that plays videos as well as music would also fall under a different category."

However, Moffatt notes that the special tariff classification 9948.00.00 provision allows for special tariff treatment of items that enhance the use of computers and video game systems (among other things), and is a form of waiver, which allows a good to be imported under this code rather than its normal Harmonized System code, but that "There are no public rulings allowing for the use of this provision and the public evidence I could find suggested that 9948.00.00 does not apply."

We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out in the real world.

For the full CP report visit here:
http://goo.gl/hevB6

Prof. Moffat's blog is here:
http://goo.gl/nReRt

Canada Post has a HS Code search site and a link to a free app available from the App Store here:
http://goo.gl/Z1gCR






California Court Rules Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving Is Illegal

DigitalTrends' Mike Flacy reports that in a recent decision (http://bit.ly/XVDyok) by a court in Fresno, California, a judge ruled that the law banning wireless, cellular phone use while operating a motor vehicle also applies to California residents and visitors who attempt to use a mapping application like Google Maps while driving.

Flacy notes that While section 23123 of the California Vehicle Code was instituted primarily to ban voice calling and typing out text messages while driving a car, one Steven Spriggs challenged a citation he had received for violating section 23123 during a traffic stop during January 2012. Spriggs claimed that the law didn’t apply to him since he was using his smartphone to get directions rather than texting or chatting on the phone.

However, section 21123 states “a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.”

Read more:
http://bit.ly/Y8D96x






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