Apple’s legal problems over battery slowdowns aren’t going away any time soon

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iPhone Slowdown Lawsuits

Apple has to face at least 61 lawsuits that were filed against the iPhone maker soon after the company acknowledged that it slowed iPhones down via software to prevent unexpected shutdowns caused by old batteries.

A report a few days ago said that all class actions may be merged into a single lawsuit in the near future. In the meantime, U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled that all iPhone slowdown lawsuits should be transferred to the U.S. District Court for Northern California.

Here’s an excerpt from the ruling:

These actions share factual questions arising from allegations that Apple included code in updates to its mobile operating system (iOS) that significantly reduced the performance of older-model iPhones. Plaintiffs also allege that Apple misrepresented the nature of the iOS updates and failed to adequately disclose to iPhone owners the impact the iOS updates would have on the performance of their iPhones.

Discovery regarding the engineering of the iPhone and the iOS updates likely will be technical and complex. Plaintiffs assert similar causes of action for false advertising, alleged unfair business practices, trespass to chattels, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment. Moreover, plaintiffs bring these actions on behalf of overlapping putative classes of iPhone owners. Moreover, plaintiffs bring these actions on behalf of overlapping putative classes of iPhone owners. Centralization thus will eliminate duplicative discovery; prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, including with respect to class certification; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel, and the judiciary

More than half of the lawsuits were already filed in the Northern District of California, MacRumors explains.

Apple first confirmed the intentional slow down of iPhones back in December, soon after a Redditor discovered that his iPhone’s speed returned to default after a battery replacement.

The company then introduced a cheaper battery replacement program as well as a new battery management setting that would let users disable throttling. All the while, Apple maintained the idea that it’s not slowing down devices to convince customers to replace older iPhones that may feel slower than before.

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‘Away’ is a full-length CG movie made by one person

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A boy dangling from a tree in a barren desert. A forest filled with standing stones that have circular holes punched through them. Turtle-riding cats. Spooky caves. Curious elephants. These are just a few of the shots in the first trailer for Away. T…
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If You Jaywalk in China, Facial Recognition Means You’ll Walk Away With A Fine

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Residents of Shenzhen don’t dare jaywalk.

Since April 2017, this city in China’s Guangdong province has deployed a rather intense technique to deter jaywalking. Anyone who crosses against the light will find their face, name, and part of their government ID number displayed on a large LED screen above the intersection, thanks to facial recognition devices all over the city.

If that feels invasive, you don’t even know the half of it. Now, Motherboard reports that a Chinese artificial intelligence company is partnering the system with mobile carriers, so that offenders receive a text message with a fine as soon as they are caught.

The system is just one cog in the vast surveillance machine that the Chinese government has been building over the last several years. Its aim is in part public safety and security, but the information on citizens’ whereabouts and activities will also feed into China’s national social credit system.

The social credit system, which will roll out in 2020, is intended to rate individuals according to a national scoring system for how trustworthy a citizen each person is. Citizens with a low score might be refused certain jobs, pay more for certain services, and according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission, even be banned from traveling. According to Fortune, that travel restriction could kick in from a wide range of offenses, from spreading fake information about terrorism to smoking on the train.

It’s like an Orwellian fever dream, we know.

The facial recognition scheme may a humdrum, run-of-the-mill aspect of life for citizens who have no expectation of privacy. But in fact, it does seem the Chinese people care about privacy. After the CEO of Baidu, China’s largest search engine, publicly said, “If they [Chinese] are able to exchange privacy for safety, convenience or efficiency, in many cases, they are willing to do that, then we can make more use of that data,” a heated online uproar ensued.

Still, we don’t blame you if the concept of social credit feels unsettling. It’s not exactly likely that the Chinese government will be transparent about how they decide what leads to deductions or restrictions. Human Rights Watch (HRW) states that “the near future for human rights appears grim” in China, given the country’s history of muzzling free speech and punishing those who speak out against the government; though HRW makes no mention of the social credit system, it’s possible that the system could lead to a continuation, or exacerbation, of these practices in the future.

Yes, the technology deployed around China could be useful. But the nation’s unsettling track record serves as a reminder of how its power could easily be abused.

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[Update: Last day to enter] Ultimate Ears and AP are giving away 4 wireless speakers: 1 each of Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM, WONDERBOOM Freestyle, BOOM 2, and MEGABOOM [US/Canada]

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If you’ve been getting by with a budget Bluetooth speaker or just want to add some of the latest and greatest to your repertoire, we have a great giveaway for you. Thanks to our friends at Ultimate Ears, 4 AP readers will be getting an upgrade.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 1 WONDERBOOM Freestyle (color: Concrete; MSRP $ 99.99)
  • 1 WONDERBOOM (color: Stone; MSRP $ 99.99)
  • 1 BOOM 2 (color: BrainFreeze; MSRP $ 179.99)
  • 1 MEGABOOM (color: Lava Red; MSRP $ 249.99)

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Ultimate Ears and AP are giving away 4 wireless speakers: 1 each of Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM, WONDERBOOM Freestyle, BOOM 2, and MEGABOOM [US/Canada]

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If you’ve been getting by with a budget Bluetooth speaker or just want to add some of the latest and greatest to your repertoire, we have a great giveaway for you. Thanks to our friends at Ultimate Ears, 4 AP readers will be getting an upgrade.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • 1 WONDERBOOM Freestyle (color: Concrete; MSRP $ 99.99)
  • 1 WONDERBOOM (color: Stone; MSRP $ 99.99)
  • 1 BOOM 2 (color: BrainFreeze; MSRP $ 179.99)
  • 1 MEGABOOM (color: Lava Red; MSRP $ 249.99)

WONDERBOOM (Freestyle)

The WONDERBOOM is Ultimate Ears’ small, portable, durable, and fashion-forward speaker.

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Buy this $280 Vitamix 200 Blender and throw the rest of your kitchen away

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Amazon has the Vitamix Professional Series 200 Blender on sale for $ 279.96. It normally sells for around $ 330. Today’s price is a historic low, which beats the previous low by a few dollars. It hasn’t been priced even close to this for a couple of months.

This blender received great customer reviews and it’s got a 2 horsepower motor. I don’t know about you, but my blender doesn’t have the power of one horse, let alone multiple horses. This also features the infamous Vitamix blending skills, meaning you can make anything from frozen drinks to steaming hot soups – all with your blender. It will pulverize everything from bigger ingredients to little tiny seeds, meaning your smoothies will actually be ~smooth~. There’s a variable speed dial so you’re always in control, too.

This has a 64 ounce container so you can make enough smoothies to feed the whole family, and it also has a spill-proof vented lid with a removable plug. There are tons of fun accessory options to choose from for your new blender. This tamper tool will help you out when working with thicker ingredients, and this cookbook will inspire you with 250 different recipe ideas.

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Grovemade releases new HomePod stands made from aluminum, wood, and cork to keep away white rings

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Grovemade has today announced its latest Apple accessory, the HomePod Stand. The new hand-finished stands offer a clean, minimal aesthetic to prop up your HomePod and prevent the speaker from damaging wood tops.

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Android Phone Makers Leaning Away From Competing With Face ID Due To High Cost

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A new report claims Android phone makers have already made the decision that building something akin to the 3D facial recognition used by the iPhone X’s Face ID is too costly, with fingerprint sensors chosen as a less costly alternative.

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Hair dye: now with graphene to take away the frizz

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<em>The black hair was dyed with the graphene-based hair dye. </em>

In a quest to make a less toxic hair dye, scientists created a dye using graphene. And it has an added bonus — it tames static frizz, according to new research.

Most permanent hair dyes use harsh chemicals to open up the outside layer of the hair so that other chemicals can get inside and change its color, Chemical & Engineering News reports. A team of researchers at Northwestern University decided to use a different strategy: Instead of opening up the hair, why not just coat it with tiny colored particles made out of graphene?

Graphene is basically a super-thin form of graphite — the same mineral as your pencil — where all the atoms lie next to each other in a single plane. It’s also flexible and super strong. (“It would take an…

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Microsoft is giving away ‘Sea of Thieves’ with Xbox purchases

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Microsoft is gearing up to make playing Sea of Thieves as easy as possible. If you've heard all the hype surrounding the cartoony pirate simulator but don't already own an Xbox (or PC) to play it on, for a limited time, when you buy an Xbox One X you…
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