Wednesday, June 29, 2016

How Sony, Microsoft, and Other Gadget Makers Violate Federal Warranty Law

There are big "no trespassing" signs affixed to most of our electronics.

If you own a gaming console, laptop, or computer, it's likely you've seen one of these warnings in the form of a sticker placed over a screw or a seam: "Warranty void if removed."

In addition, big manufacturers such as Sony, Microsoft, and Apple explicitly note or imply in their official agreements that their year-long manufacturer warranties—which entitle you to a replacement or repair if your device is defective—are void if consumers attempt to repair their gadgets or take them to a third party repair professional.

What almost no one knows is that these stickers and clauses are illegal under a federal law passed in 1975 called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn | News Center

 I wonder how long it will take Microsoft to turn LinkedIn in to another Nokia.

Nokia cost ~half as much and was gone in ~2 years...