A for Apple, Surface Pro 4 vs Air, AuthenTec settlement and Irish tax


Microsoft has released an ad targeting the MacBook Air
Microsoft has released an ad targeting the MacBook Air

Apple gets an ‘A’ grade in the 2016 Semi-Annual Computer Reliability Report — Apple gets an “A” in the 2016 Semi-Annual Computer Reliability Report from RESCUECOM, a computer repair company. That’s up from the A- the company received in the 2015 Q3 Computer Reliability Report. The grade also places Apple at the top of all computer maker lists if you exclude tablets.
Reliability scores for other companies trailing Apple on the list are: Samsung (305), Microsoft (128), Lenovo (127), Acer (95), Asus (93), Dell (72), HP (48) and Toshiba. This results in the grades, respectively, of A, B, B, C+, C+, C-, D, and D.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 4 ad targets feature gaps in Apple’s MacBook Air — Microsoft has released a new ad for the Surface Pro 4, directly comparing the tablet against the MacBook Air, and painting it as more feature-complete than Apple’s similarly-priced product.

Class action lawsuit involving Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec has been settled — A class action lawsuit concerning the 2012 acquisition of AuthenTek by Apple has been settled. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that AuthenTec’s directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the sale of AuthenTec to Apple.

European Commission may rule on Apple’s Irish tax status this week — A ruling by the European Commission on Apple’s tax status in Ireland may come as early as this week. Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. Ireland’s rate is 12.5% compared to the US 35%, but under the Irish systems, companies don’t even pay that full 12.5%…

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