Fortnite’s Apple Suit; Laptop Sales Up; Dropbox’s New Features; Amazon Liability RulingPosted: August 14, 2020
Game developer and publisher Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Apple following the removal of the iOS version of its battle royale game Fortnite from the App Store yesterday. Theverge.com reports that besides the lawsuit, they also released a video mocking Apple’s legendary 1984 ad. The suit, argues Apple’s App Store as a monopoly,. Epic effectively provoked Apple’s removal of Fortnite when it implemented its own payment processing system into the iOS version of the battle royale hit, an apparent violation of Apple’s App Store guidelines.
Notebook sales soared in the 2nd quarter, with Lenovo and HP claiming half the market. According to ZDNet.com, consumers, commercial clients and schools — all looking for tech to stay productive and entertained through the COVID-19 pandemic — pushed global notebook sales up by 27 percent in Q2 compared to the year prior, as reported by Strategy Analytics. Lenovo and HP were the top vendors in the quarter. Dell was the third-most popular laptop, followed by Apple then Acer.
Dropbox has officially launched new consumer features out of beta.
Venturebeat says the cloud storage giant first introduced its password manager back in June. It’s similar to other password management apps on the market. Dropbox also launched its backup feature today. It automatically creates a cloud-based backup of any folder stored on a PC or Mac and is continuously synced. In addition, ‘Box launched its new Vault feature-to help users share access to specific files while keeping those documents secure behind a PIN code.
An appeals court in California has ruled that Amazon is legally liable for defective products sold on its site by third parties. The court said Amazon “was pivotal in bringing the product,” a defective replacement laptop battery, to a customer, who alleged she was burned when it exploded. Businessinsider.com notes that the ruling reverses an earlier court’s decision in favor of Amazon, and could open up Amazon to huge legal costs or force it to police sellers on its site more strictly. Amazon is expected to appeal.