May 28

Where can I get paid to play games online?

Besides Casinos, Where Can I Get Paid to Play Games Online?

This is going to sound crazy, I know, but bear with me. There are actually companies out there that pay real money to play games on your mobile phone or tablet. Download games, play them, get paid – it’s that simple. I’m not talking about online casinos, either. You don’t buy anything. You don’t deposit any money. There’s no risk involved whatsoever.

If you’ve heard this before, and had some bad experiences, you’re not alone. For as many real paying game apps on the market today, there are 10x as many apps that don’t pay, or make it so hard to earn anything that it’s not worth it. I know, because I’ve used many of these apps myself. The good ones really are few and far between.

Where Can I Get Paid to Play Games Online?

Let’s start with the stuff you really want to know – which apps pay out. Here’s a quick list with brief descriptions for each.

Mistplay – Earn a Variety of Gift Cards

MistPlay Get Paid to Play Gaming Apps

Mistplay is my go-to app for earning free gift cards. I’ve been using this app for years, and never had a problem with it. They offer a very wide variety of games, catering to all types of players. They offer war strategy and city building games, tile matching games, cooking/ restaurant service games, card and board games, brainy word games, social casino slots – you name it, they have it.

Each game comes with a different point-earning level. The higher the level, the more points you can earn for playing it, and they rack up faster than you might think. You can cash in once you have as little as 400 points, but I suggest waiting until you have 3,000. That gets you a $10 gift card, where as it takes 1,800 to get $5. thus 3,000 gives you the best value.

As for types of gift cards, there’s a lot. If you want spend-anywhere cash, take the Visa gift card. Other options include Amazon, PayPal, Google Play, Uber Eats, Xbox, GameStop, Playstation, Apple, Starbucks, eBay, H&M, Nintendo, and Spotify.

The only problem with Mistplay – and it’s a big one – is that it’s only available for Android devices.

Rewarded Play – Earn Amazon Gift Cards

Rewarded Play Earn Gift Cards for Playing Games

Rewarded Play is another great gaming app that gives you free gift cards. This one awards points for the time you spend playing, and for achieving certain goals in those games. For example, a slot machine game might award points for reaching levels 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100.

You’ll need 45,000 points to exchange for a $5 Amazon gift card, but it doesn’t take long to get there, especially if you have multiple games downloaded. Plus, if you earn 5,000 points on consecutive days, you receive progressively larger bonus points (up to 5k) each day. I earned my first card after just two days, and have cashed in for well over $150 so far.

Only thing is, they only pay in Amazon gift cards; nothing else. If you like Amazon as much as I do, that shouldn’t be an issue. And, once again, you won’t find this app on the Apple Store – Google Play (Android) only.

SwagBucks – Earn Cash and Gift Cards

Swagbucks Make Money Playing Games and More

SwagBucks is an app that’s gotten far better over time. I downloaded it years ago, and while they did pay out, I wasn’t impressed. Back then, you had to take surveys to earn money. Anyone with experience taking online surveys knows that they can be tedious, boring, extremely time consuming, and you aren’t always able to complete them. The good news is that swagBucks has evolved into a variety rewards app. Surveys are still available, but you can also do things like play games, watch video ads or movie trailers, use their search engine, and/or earn cashback rewards on all your online purchases.

Everything users do converts to points, known as SBs. You can then exchange SBs for cash or gift cards. 100 SBs = $1, and you’ll need at least 500 SBs to convert to cash/gift card. Visit the Rewards Home and you can often find deals on gift card exchange, such as a 12% discount (2200 SB) on a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Lucktastic – Earn Real Cash or Gift Cards

Lucktastic App Win Money Playing Free Scratch Cards

Lucktastic has been around for a long time. You may have even seen their ads on television. It’s a scratch-off lottery ticket app that’s absolutely free to play. You scratch tickets to win prizes. Just like real lottery scratchies, you’ll lose more than you win, but at least these are free. Cash prizes range from $2 up to $1,500 per ticket.

All winnings are collected in your Lucktastic Wallet. Once you reach $5, you are eligible to exchange that for real cash in the form of a cheque in the mail. You can also choose a gift card, or tokens, which you can use to play more games and enter cash prize drawings.

You can get this app for Android or iOS devices. Unfortunately, it’s only available to players located in the United States.

21 Blitz – Free Blackjack Tournaments for Real Money

Free Blackjack Solitaire Game with Chance to Win Real Money

21 Blitz is a unique style of blackjack that combines 21 with solitaire. Card counting skills will really come in handy here! If you’re a blackjack player and want to fine-tune your counting skills, or just want to play for fun, Blitz 21 is a good option. As for making money, you’ll need some real skill.

When you first start out, you’ll get paid to play games they call ’21 Solitaire’. You get $2 free for playing 25 rounds. It’s not enough to cash out, but you can use it to compete in real money tournaments against other real players. The $1 tournament cost $0.60 to enter, and you play against one other person. But be warned – I only suggest doing this is you’re really good at it.

Due to an ultra high 20% rake, you’ll need to win way more than 50% of your matches to actually make money. If your cash balance runs out, you’ll have to make a deposit to keep playing for cash prizes. Think twice before you do, because you’re odds of winning real online blackjack are far better.

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Nov 05

Upgrade to free mobile casino games app tells real-money casinos all about the behaviors of social gamers.

Upgrade to Free Mobile Casino Games App Tells All about Players

If you haven’t heard of PLAYSTUDIOS, odds are you’ve heard of some of their mobile gaming apps. PLAYSTUDIOS is the proud creator of social casino games like myVEGAS Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, myKONAMI Slots, and POP! Slots. These Android and iOS apps took the free-play gaming world by storm a few years back, and continue to attract more and more players with each passing day. The company boasts over 90 million downloads, with 5 million active daily players.

These are free to play casino games, mind you. The slot machines, the table games, and everything in between, cost nothing to play. Users can collect free chips every day, if not every hour, and are never obligated to purchase anything. It is an option, of course, but not required. What sets PLAYSTUDIOS’ free slots apps apart from the hundreds of other mobile gaming labs that create them is the unique rewards system.

Building the Most Popular Free Mobile Casino App

Prior to launch, PLAYSTUDIOS pitched a wild idea to major casino corporations like MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment; the respective owners of major gambling destinations like The Bellagio, Luxor, MGM Grand, Bally’s, Harrah’s, The Rio, and so many more. The company partnered with these brand, giving them the opportunity to attract players by offering real-life rewards to their players.

It was an instant success. When the first free casino app, myVEGAS, launched in 2013, it skyrocketed onto the 100k+ downloads list, soon hitting the 1+ million mark. Players loved the idea of earning free rewards points, known as V-coins, that could be redeemed for real rewards, such as hotel stays, meals, show tickets and other perks from Las Vegas resorts. However, according to the latest news reports, the company may be collecting a bit too much information about their players.

Upgrade to Free Vegas Apps Divulges “Real-Time Behaviors”

According to a press release from PLAYSTUDIOS, the latest upgrade to their free mobile gaming suite is loaded with perks – not necessarily for their players, but for their casino corporation partners. The missive reads:

The award-winning game developer’s newly-redesigned playAWARDS platform introduces a groundbreaking suite of B2B tools that connect partners and players while providing unprecedented insight into today’s mobile and social casino gamers.

playAWARDS offers partners improved data security, workflow, and monitoring of their rewards portfolios, with advanced performance metrics that capture the real-time behaviors of PLAYSTUDIOS’ global gaming audience.”

PLAYSTUDIOS goes on to boast its partnership with “more than 70 iconic brands”, including Canada’s largest gaming group, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment. For these companies, the new playAWARDS platform is said to be an “essential tool” for reaching “mass audiences of potential customers worldwide.”

What the company neglects to state is exactly what “real-time behaviors” their app intends to monitor and share with all those casino corporations. That could be a huge issue for players, who are already disappointed in the upgraded rewards system. They already seem to be losing interest as it is.

Players Say Awards Have “Gone Downhill”

The most recent reviews on Google Play aren’t good. In the last week, numerous long-time users say their opinion of the games has diminished greatly. Just this week, a reviewer of the POP! Slots app said she’s played the game for more than a year, but that “echoing other reviews, it has gone downhill”. She was particularly disappointed by the new rewards system, complaining that it now offers just 10 points per V-coin balloon pop.

I haven’t played this game in a few months, but it’s still on my mobile phone, so I launched it and decided to see for myself. I do remember that the V-coins were previously doled out in higher increments, and that – like others have complained about – the wins come so infrequently that you run out of chips long before another bonus is paid (i.e. if you don’t pay for chips, you cant play much). What I found was even more disappointing…

It used to be that the balloons popped in cycles – or it least they seemed to. You’d get free casino chips, XP, and V-coins, on a rotating cycle. If you missed a balloon, you missed what was in it. Sadly, after playing for more than half an hour, popping every balloon that came up, I was never once given V-coins. Almost all of them were XP, with a few casino chip bonuses in the mix.

If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that PLAYSTUDIOS founder, chairman and chief, Andrew Pascal, wasn’t lying when he said, “We’ve taken a very different, approach to promoting all that our partners have to offer.”

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Aug 02

KamaGames’ new video poker app for Android and iOS extends the brand’s wildly successful social casino games portfolio.

KamaGames new video poker app for Android and iOS

KamaGames is among the worlds leading mobile poker operators; responsible for the social gaming phenomenon that is Pokerist. After launching what would become the wildly successful Pokerist Texas Poker app for iOS and Android in 2011, KamaGames has since grown into the largest social poker operator in all of Europe, averaging well over half a million active players daily. In 2018, it was the top grossing app in more than 100 countries on the Google Play Store.

As the company’s social poker success skyrocketed, KamaGames decided it was time to expand into the realm of social casino gaming. Basing their future of brand recognition, they built off the original theme with a series “-ist” games – Rouletteist, Blackjackist and Baccaratist, launched in 2013, 2016 and 2017 respectively.

KamaGames has been scaling upward and outward ever since. But it wasn’t until this week that the company finally spread its wings into what seems a natural expansion of their existing market dominance – video poker.

KamaGames Launches New Video Poker App

On Wednesday, KamaGames issued a press release announcing the official launch of the digital gaming lab’s first foray into social video poker games. Again keeping with the simplicity of their celebrated “-ist” branding, they call it Video Poker by Pokerist.

Video Poker by Pokerist

As of now, the app includes just three classic video poker titles; Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better, and Bonus Poker. The creator guarantees fair play via their certified random number generator (RNG). Video Poker by Pokerist is free to download and play, with free daily chip allowances and daily achievements to top off a player’s stack. Anyone who wants to purchase additional chips can do so, spending anywhere from $0.99 to $99. However, being a 100% social casino gaming app, chips can never be exchanged for real money.

As Real As It Gets (Minus the Money)

The stand-alone app was built with the intention of mimicking the exact same experience as the most popular video poker machines in Vegas. According to the reviews by some of the app’s earliest adopters, KamaGames succeeded in that goal entirely.

Deuces Wild, Jacks or Better and Bonus Poker on KamaGames Video Poker App

One review on the Apple Store calls Video Poker by Pokerist a “classic experience”, thanking KamaGames for creating “exactly the same video poker machines which I usually play in traditional casinos.”

It’s only been out for a few days, but it’s worth noting that Video Poker by Pokerist currently has a perfect 5.0 rating from both Android and iOS users.

Aim to Draw New and Existing Customers Alike

KamaGames CEO Andrey Kuznetsov is extremely proud of the versatility they’ve achieved in their ever-growing social casino apps. “We are placing a strong focus on differentiating our portfolio of social casino games in many directions this year,” he said. “As an iconic element of the Las Vegas casino, video poker is very familiar to our audience and in-line with the products they want from KamaGames.”

Kuznetsov sees this latest addition to the company’s portfolio as the perfect means to attract new players to the brand, as well as draw existing users from the Pokerist app. “With this exciting new addition, we hope to both satisfy both our existing players whilst also attracting a fresh, new audience.”

He goes on to assure users that KamaGames will be working to install additional games on the new video poker app throughout the remainder of 2019.

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Jun 07

Best mobile phones for playing casino games (not the most expensive!)

Best Mobile Phones for Playing Casino GamesIf you look for this information on just about any other website, you’ll get the same old story regurgitated time and again. ‘You should buy the latest Samsung Galaxy, Apple iPhone or iPad! They’re the best!‘ They might be the best at doing anything and everything a mobile device can do, but they are ridiculously expensive, and beyond excessive in their capabilities.

If your car is totalled, I wouldn’t suggest you go drop 5 figures on a brand new car with all the bells and whistles. I would suggest you find something that runs well in your price range. The same goes for playing casino games on mobile. More often than not, a cheap smartphone can run real money casino apps just as well.

Best Mobile Phones for Playing Casino Games

There are lots of great phones on the market that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. All you need is something with adequate space (for apps), or a modern mobile browser (for in-browser play). The device specs, and the ability to access the internet, are the key components to look for.

Internal / External Storage

If you prefer to download an app, you’ll want a smartphone or tablet with at least 16GB of internal storage space. 8GB is usually too small, as it gives you only enough room for your operating system and a few important apps. 8GB internal storage will do in a pinch if you’re not an app hog, and don’t mind playing the games directly in your mobile browser.

You should also invest in a MicroSD card to give you a little extra wiggle room. You can throw all of your photos and videos on this to save precious space, since low storage will slow down your device. As for transferring programs to the SD card, you’ll only be able to put certain apps on it. And only a portion of those apps can be transferred to the external drive, so don’t bother getting an 8GB phone with a big SD card. That wont help.

Processor Speed & Graphics

You don’t need the lightning speed of the A11 Bionic SoC or Exynos 9 to play casino games on mobile. Sure, they’ll load amazingly fast, but there’s plenty of other processor chips out there that will get the job done with no noticeable delay. Anything above 1 GHz should be capable of running the games at a decent speed.

As for graphics, you don’t need ultra high definition (UHD) 4K resolution to see what’s going on. Mobile casino apps are already designed for clarity. The card prints are larger, and font sizes adjusted for easy reading. Unless you drop the phone down the stairwell and smash the screen, you should have no trouble sizing bets or viewing animations.

Do Brand Names Matter?

Yes, in most cases, brand names do matter. There are some very basic production companies out there that use cheap plastic in place of hardened plastic or metal when building their devices. They may work out of the box, but don’t tend to last long. Once the phone gets hot, cheap plastic melts, and everything goes awry.

You should look for a good name brand smartphone or tablet. Samsung is a great company, and not all of their devices are expensive. In fact, they specialize in providing low, medium and high cost products to fit any budget.

Above all else, read the reviews of any product before you buy. I’ve seen cheap Samsung phones that last for years, as well as some that get terrible reviews for being buggy or shoddily built. I owned a $100 Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for two years that never once gave me a problem, although I wouldn’t recommend it for playing real money casino apps. For one, it’s no longer in production, and two, it’s only got 8GB internal storage. Great for browsing, but not for gaming.

The Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime, as well as the LG Harmony, are both budget priced, and do a great job performance-wise. Don’t use the built-in browser though. Upgrade to something like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. If you love the Apple brand, get an older iPhone—even a refurbished one. They are built to last, after all.

These and similarly equipped devices (with 4-of-5 star reviews) are among the best mobile phones for playing casino games, without breaking your budget. Take a moment to do your research, and you can get a great deal, saving all that extra cash for your iGaming bankroll.

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Jun 20

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThere’s a long-standing debate between Apple iOS and Android users. Which system is better? Which is faster? Which is more navigable, user-friendly, worth its cost, etc.? There are advantages on either side of the coin, but there’s one area where the Apple is golden. You can find a real money blackjack app for iPhone.

The Google Play Store has a global policy against gambling apps. Simulated gambling—that’s fine. But real money games are strictly forbidden. Apple’s iTunes Store restricts gambling content in some countries, but here in Canada, it’s easy to find a real money blackjack app for iOS devices.

Perhaps, a little too easy…..

Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone / iOS

A quick look in the App Store under Games > Casino reveals thousands of items to choose from. That’s a lot of gambling apps, right? It would be, if they were all genuine gambling apps. But the vast majority of them are not.

Like every other game genre ever fabricated for mobile devices, an overwhelming number of the titles available are designed as ‘free to play‘ games, teeming with ads and in-app purchases. There’s no actual gambling involved, and no way to cash out your winnings.

It’s all virtual coins. They encourage you to buy more chips, but will never pay back any money in your pocket, no matter how lucky you get.

So now, you’re left to weave your way through countless “casino” titles, looking for a real money blackjack app for iOS. I can tell you right now, more than 99% of them aren’t what you’re looking for.

Another alternative, you could try typing this in a Google search”

“real money blackjack” site:itunes.apple.com/ca

You know what you’ll come up with? A bunch of search results for apps that are not real casinos, but rather “online casino guides”. These are apps that merely review casinos. A waste of a few hours of your time.

If all you want is to download, open and play a real money blackjack app for iPhone, iPad, etc., I’ll save you some time. The following are four real money blackjack apps, created and operated by some of the oldest, most reputable casinos in the iGaming business.

I won’t bother getting into too many details here—just the important stuff. If you like the brief description, click the link provided to visit the App Store and read more.

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Royal Vegas Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is my absolute favorite. I’ve been playing Royal Vegas for years. It’s been online since 2000, and launched its iOS app for iPhone and iPad years ago. It’s updated very regularly with additional games, including Microgaming’s old and new titles.

The game variety is immense—the absolute largest in mobile gambling—and includes blackjack and roulette, video poker, and a throng of Microgaming’s most popular online slots. This app offers the highest progressives on the Apple iTunes Store, with jackpots worth over $1 million.

New members can claim up to $1,200 in welcome bonuses and take advantage of weekly and monthly promotions. The games are all certified ‘Safe and Fair‘ by eCOGRA, and there are plenty of secure deposit options to suit everyone.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Royal Vegas real money blackjack app for iOS.

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

Casino.com Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneCasino.com is another great app for real money players, featuring many popular titles like blackjack, roulette, slots and other classic casino games. The latest update jumped the game variety to over 200, so there’s something for everyone. The software is solid and easy to navigate.

New members get 20 free spins on sign-up, plus a 100% up to $400 match bonus on the first deposit. Log in for the next 9 days straight to enjoy another 20 free spins per day, up to 200 in all.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the Casino.com real money blackjack app for iOS.

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

PartyPoker Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThis is a good app, but only if you’re an online poker fan, too—Texas Holdem cash games, tourneys, etc. There is a casino games section in the lobby, and it does offer real money blackjack, but it’s nothing too special.

On the plus side, PartyPoker does have a stellar reputation. They are distinguished enough to gain approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement to operate online gambling in the US. That’s saying something.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the PartyPoker real money blackjack app for iOS.

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhone

William Hill Real Money Blackjack App for iPhoneThe William Hill Casino app (not to be confused with their individual Sports, Racing and Poker apps), is a good, stable platform with enough variety to keep players entertained for awhile. There aren’t a ton of games to choose from, but there’s a little bit of everything.

The app offers blackjack, roulette, video poker, 9 slot machines, 4 arcade style games and 4 instant-win scratch cards. The latest update doubled the welcome bonus to 100% up to $300. Unfortunately, it’s now restricted to UK players only.

Click Here to visit iTunes and learn more/download the William Hill real money blackjack app for iOS.

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Oct 19

Apple removes Real Money Gambling Apps from Dutch App Store

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Apple removes Real Money Gambling Apps from Dutch StoreReal money gambling over the internet, via desktop or mobile, is a highly controversial subject mong global governments. In some regions it’s legal, others its prohibited, and for the rest, it tends to fall into a gray area of the law. The Netherlands falls into the second category, and has made its legal stance clear to the makers of Apple smartphones and tablets.

Back in May 2016, the nation’s gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), sent an official request to Apple, Inc. asking that real money gambling apps be removed from the service’s Dutch-facing App Store.

The request was more of a demand, really, as the regulator crisply reminded Apple that online wagering is still illegal in the Netherlands. Although the government is currently working on a draft bill to legalize internet casinos, the KAS was adamant that, until the Remote Gambling Act is passed, and licenses awarded to individual operators, the App Store’s provision of real money gambling applications could be interpreted as a direct violation of current law.

Apple Removes Real Money Gambling Apps

Bwin MobileIt took the tech giant – the renowned maker of Mac, MacBook, iPhone, iPad and other popular computer products – several months to fully comply with the request, but a recent publication on the Dutch regulator’s website confirmed that Apple has finally obliged.

KAS stated that “one” company (no doubt referring to Apple) successfully removed 55 real money gambling apps from its Dutch-accessible App Store, including those from major iGaming operators like Bwin and Unibet. Note that Google Play did not receive a similar request, as that company did not offer these betting apps to Dutch customers in the first place.

“One of the app stores heeded the request of the Gaming Authority and deleted initially 49 and later six so-called real-money gambling apps,” read the announcement on the KSA website.

The regulator maintains that Bwin, Unibet and other betting operators of their nature may not lawfully provide their services to anyone physically located in the Netherlands. Therefore providing their mobile apps to Dutch customers is also a violation of the law.

Higher Fines Convince Operators, App Stores To Comply

Assisting companies like Apple to comply with that law was a move by the Dutch government in 2015 to triple the penalty for illegal online gambling from €50,000 to €150,000. In the past three years, at least iGaming operators have been fined by the KSA, with some operators being slapped with as much as €200,000 in individual fines.

According to reports, only three of the penalties were actually collected. Other operators were apparently able to avoid the fines by ceasing acceptance of Dutch players and confirming their intent to apply for a Dutch license once remote gambling becomes legal.

Two iGaming operators in particular became aggressively targeted victims of the KSA’s wrath. Total E Soft Ltd. and XKL Ltd., both based in the UK, were hit with a combined total of €180,000 in fines after being charged with providing illegal online gambling services to Dutch players via 14 different online poker, casino and sports betting sites. The KSA compiled strong evidence against them, as the websites were written in Dutch and boasted the Netherlands flag within their graphical layouts.

Remote Gambling Act Coming in 2017?

The government has been working long to pass a Remote Gambling Act, and is expected to finish the job sometime next year. The draft legislation is currently working its way through Parliament’s upper house, and will finally give private companies a chance to proffer licensed, real money gambling apps and websites within the country, eliminating the existing monopoly.

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Aug 30

Apple News: Lawsuit, Back Taxes and iPhone 7 Release Date

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Apple IncAs usual, there’s a lot going on behind the closed doors of Apple, Inc. The long-awaited release date of the new iPhone 7 has been expectantly set for next week – cause for much rejoicing. But there’s little time to celebrate as the leading smartphone company has been slapped with a class action lawsuit and a lofty back tax payment of EUR €13 billion (USD $14.5b).

iPhone 7 Release Date set for September 7

For the last 5 years, Apple has held its big reveal in the month of September, unveiling new products to the world. While the company didn’t outright state that the Apple iPhone 7 will be released next week, it’s pretty safe to assume that September 7, 2016 will be the day of launch.

Apple iPhone 7 Release DateThe company sent out myriad invites to the press Monday evening, asking that they be present in San Francisco that day. And if this year mirrors all of their past September events, the iPhone 7 will just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of new item debuts.

It’s expected that the Apple Watch 2 will also be revealed next Wednesday, and with all the media attention focused in their direction, a throng of smaller releases will surely be on the menu as well.

But not all the media attention will be positive.

Lawsuit Over iPhone 6 “Touch Disease”

If you purchased an iPhone 6, you’ve probably heard of – if not personally experienced – what’s being dubbed Apple’s ‘Touch Disease‘. The issue became so widespread that the company has been hit with a class action lawsuit from customers effected by it.

The lawsuit claims that Apple knowingly and willingly sold defective models of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Touch Disease occurs when the smartphone’s touchscreen becomes unresponsive, making the device unusable. It’s effected countless iPhone owners, and according to the lawsuit, its was a design flaw on Apple’s part that caused it, having failed to properly secure one of the device’s internal chips.

Bent iPhone 6 suffers Touch DiseaseSupported evidence states that the fault lies within the connection of the touchscreen chip to the logic board. If the phone is bent (which often occurs when its placed in a pocket), the chip can become disconnected. But most customers who complained to Apple were turned away; told nothing could be done because the phone’s one-year warranty had expired.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified cash damages, legal fees, and want the court to order Apple to recall, repair and/or replace all defective iPhone 6 models. That would be a very expensive process for the company, but perhaps not as expensive as the back taxes it owes in Europe.

EU Slaps Apple with Billions in Back Taxes

According to the European Union, Apple accepted illegal tax breaks from Ireland dating back more than a decade. An investigation by the European Commission revealed that the tax cuts saved the company €13 billion (USD $14.5b), ordering them to pay back every bit of it.

It was “concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enable it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years,” confirmed the EU’s Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. The progressive tax break saw Apple’s levies fall from 1% GGR in 2003, to just 0.005% in 2014.

Both Apple and Ireland’s Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, disagree with the EU’s claims and have vowed to appeal the decision, although in Ireland’s case, it will take Cabinet approval to launch an appeal.

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