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Apple hit with complaint by South Korean consumer group

Apple chief Tim Cook has had a criminal complaint filed against him by a South Korean consumer group in the ongoing row over the slowdown of older iPhones. The firm is already reportedly facing legal action over claims of defrauding customers by making old phones slower without warning so people buy new ones. Advocacy group, Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, accused Apple of destruction of property and fraud. Apple has denied deliberately shortening the life of its products. The group’s Park Soon-jang said: “For the sake of its loyal fans,…

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Apple and Google buses under fire in Silicon Valley

Buses used to transport Apple employees to their offices have been attacked, with windows smashed, possibly by people using pellet guns. There have been several such attacks on the morning and evening commutes to and from Apple headquarters in the Californian city of Cupertino. Some news outlets report that the firm has sent an email to employees, saying buses are now being rerouted. Local news website SFGate reported that a Google bus had also been targeted. There have been no reported injuries and there is no suggestion that the perpetrator…

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Apple health data used in murder trial

Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder. Apple’s Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models. Data suggesting the suspect was climbing stairs could correlate to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up, police said. The accused – Hussein K – has admitted his guilt but disputed some details. The 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger was murdered in October 2016 and the trial –…

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Apple investors urge action on 'smartphone addiction'

Big investors have called on Apple to develop software that limits how long children can use its smartphones. The call came from two investment groups that hold $ 2bn (£1.48bn) of Apple stock between them. A letter calling for the digital locks, signed by Jana Partners and a California teachers’ pension fund, was sent to the iPhone maker this weekend. The call for better controls was welcomed by academics studying youngsters’ use of technology. Design conflict Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) called on Apple to…

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Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple

Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data. Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence that the vulnerability had been exploited. But it advised only downloading software from trusted sources to avoid “malicious” apps. Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to…

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Apple apologises for slowing iPhone batteries down

Apple has apologised after facing criticism for admitting it deliberately slows down some ageing iPhone models. Some customers had long suspected the company used the measure to encourage people to upgrade. Apple admitted to slowing battery performance, but said the measure aimed to “prolong the life” of the devices. The company has now said it will replace batteries for less and will issue software in 2018 so customers can monitor their phone’s battery health. In a statement posted on its website, the firm said it would reduce the price of…

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Apple to release source code for pre-Mac computer Lisa

The source code for Apple’s Lisa, the computer that pre-dated the Mac, is to be released, allowing anyone to tinker with an important slice of IT history. The Computer History Museum (CHM) announced that it had recovered the code and that Apple was reviewing it. Once the code is cleared for release, it will be made available at some point in 2018. The computer is generally regarded to have been one of Apple’s biggest flops. CHM’s software curator Al Kossow announced the news on a Lisa mailing list for fans….

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