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Apple faces lawsuit over purposely slowing down older iPhones

Apple faces lawsuit over purposely slowing down older iPhones

Apple might now be regretting its decision to formally admit a course of action that has earned it not just criticisms but now a lawsuit as well. Geekbench and Reddit earlier speculated that Apple was intentionally throttling down the performance of older iPhone models with older batteries. The company then admitted to the act but defended it as a safeguard and a feature to keep iPhones safe for use. Users are not having any of it and at least two want to take Apple to court for doing such without even informing users.

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Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

It's fair to say that Apple's admission this week that no, your old iPhone getting slower isn't just in your imagination, has proved divisive. For years, the idea that an older iPhone would perform more slowly than it once did was dismissed as paranoia. Now, it turns out, Apple actually is adjusting power profiles on handsets like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, arguing that it's doing it for good reasons.

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Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple has responded to ongoing controversy about older iPhones seeing their performance throttled, describing the behavior as a fix for an inherent issue affecting all smartphones as they age. Talk of a "planned obsolescence" strategy had re-emerged earlier this week, when benchmarking firm Geekbench waded into discussion about whether older devices - like the iPhone 6s, first released in 2015 - were having their processors artificially limited by iOS.

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iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

Older iPhones getting unexpectedly slower could be down aging batteries rather than iOS inefficiency, with Apple said to be artificially throttling handsets to prolong runtimes. For years, Apple - and other smartphone makers - have been accused of quietly encouraging so-called "planned obsolescence," where the experience of using a device is artificially worsened to encourage upgrades.

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Galaxy S9 won’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ in the US

Galaxy S9 won’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ in the US

The Galaxy S9 seems to be shaping up to be somewhat of a disappointment. Just recently, a leak seemed to confirm that it might not have dual cameras, which is being reserved for its Galaxy S9+ sibling. Now a new leak claims that, despite being powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845, it won’t actually be supporting Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Quick Charge 4+ technology. But as it turns out, that might actually open a bigger can of worms as well.

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Doogee BL7000 smartphone review

Doogee BL7000 smartphone review

Chinese smartphone makers are often criticized, avoided like the plague even, for being copycats. While there might be some truth to that, there are others who have dared to push the boundaries, venturing into territories that larger and more established brands dare not to. Xiaomi, for example, kicked off the whole bezel-less screen trend with last year’s Mi Max. And then there’s Doogee, whose BL “Be Long Time” series takes battery life to the extreme. But how extreme can you get without breaking your wallet or burning pockets? We take the Doogee BL7000 for a spin to give you that answer.

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Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

The CEO and co-founder of Razer defended the company's lack of headphone jack on their brand new Razer Phone this week. Users submitted "feedback" on the subject over the past week, and Razer's Min-Liang Tan responded this weekend in kind. The changes, he suggested, came not because of industry trends, but because there are more important things to fill that space with - like more battery capacity.

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Samsung to tempt fate with battery that charges 5 times faster

Samsung to tempt fate with battery that charges 5 times faster

Samsung’s fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7 last year put it in an odd position. On the one hand, it has to be extra careful about how it presents battery technology for as long as people remember the Galaxy Note 7. But, on the other hand, it is also pressured to develop new battery technologies that will prevent such things from happening again. The company’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has just revealed one such new battery that could charge five times faster than today’s conventional batteries by using graphene balls.

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Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla has completed its Powerpack backup battery system in Australia ahead of its December 2017 deadline, officials have announced. With its completion comes a milestone designation: it is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, and it is located in South Australia. South Australia, which is heavily dependent on wind power, approved the construction back in July. Tesla had promised to complete the project in 100 days.

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Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Can't afford one of Tesla's big home batteries? It has a new alternative for you, and it'll fit in your pocket: the Tesla Powerbank. As you'd expect from a powerbank, this model is designed to charge your smartphone, earbuds, or any other USB gadget, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. The Tesla Powerbank is available now from the company's own website.

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AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

The folks at myCharge make a battery called AdventureUltra that outputs to USB and AC adapter. This monster has a battery capacity up to 13400mAh, and it's made for camping. Of course you can use it anywhere, as over the last few weeks I've tested and confirmed. It's a lifesaver when I'm working on a bus or making a trip across the country in a car with no outlet.

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BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

Electrified cars may be increasingly popular, but one of the big questions is what happens when the batteries aren't holding enough charge for use on the road? BMW is showing off one of its solutions, officially opening its battery storage farm at the grounds of BMW Plant Leipzig in Germany today. Inside the facility, a next-door neighbor to the plant where it produces EVs like the BMW i3, is the place where old electric car batteries go to retire.

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