Friday, November 22, 2019

Apple apologises for slowing down old iPhones

By Tom Acres, News Reporter Apple has apologised for slowing down older iPhones after customers accused the firm of trying to force them into buying newer models. Apple admitted it had "downclocked" older models' central processing units (CPU) but said it did so to reduce the strain on dated batteries and stop the devices from unexpectedly shutting down. It came after years of speculation from Apple customers that their older handsets were being slowed down in a bid to entice them into an upgrade. Amid a wave of class action lawsuits over the "deceptive, immoral, and unethical" phone slowing, Apple has issued an apology and vowed to be more transparent with customers over the capacity of iPhone batteries. Image: Apple admitted it was slowing down older handsets earlier this month In a post on its website, it said: "We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologise. "There's been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and l..

WhatsApp to pull support on older smartphones

WhatsApp will stop working on older smartphones from 1 January 2018 as the company pulls support for older operating systems. Explaining the move to pull support, WhatsApp said that when it was founded in 2009 the mobile landscape was very different. "About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia," the company explained. "Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5% of sales today - were on less than 25% of mobile devices sold at the time." The full list of unsupported mobile operating systems is: :: BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 :: Nokia S40 :: Nokia Symbian S60 :: Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 :: Windows Phone 7 :: iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 For most WhatsApp users, pulling support for older operating system (OS) versions will not really be noticeable. Video: WhatsApp rejects Govt access to encrypted messages The most recent Android OS that WhatsApp will no longer be supported on, 2.2 or "Froyo", w..

Apple CEO’s earnings climb 74% to $102m

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook took home $102m (£76m) last year, largely thanks to bonuses tied to the company's stock price. Mr Cook became Apple's chief executive after Steve Jobs resigned in 2011 and shares in the company have more than tripled under his watch. The company currently has a market capitalisation of over $875bn (£650bn) making it the most valuable publicly owned company in the world. In a proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said Mr Cook earned just over $3m (£2.2m) in salary, plus $9.3m (£6.9m) in bonuses. :: Apple shares peaked as iPhone X goes on sale in UK Image: The iPhone X drove Apple shares to a new peak He was also awarded stock worth $89m (£66m), up 74% from last year for a total of roughly $102m (£75m) for his work in 2017 alone. As the head of the world's most valuable company, Mr Cook is also now forced to use private planes to travel for both business and personal purposes. Apple said transpo..

Innocent people held as paedophiles after typos

By Alexander J Martin, Technology Reporter Innocent people have been arrested as paedophiles and one family had their children taken away because of typos in warrants, a report has revealed. More than 20 typographical errors leading to mistaken arrests have been announced by the watchdog who oversees the police use of surveillance powers. In his annual report, the interception of communications commissioner, Sir Stanley Burton, said the issue was of "significant concern". "The impact on some victims of these errors has been appalling," he said. The report details one case in which police carried out a search warrant at an incorrect address - which resulted in two children being taken into custody by social services for a weekend while their parents were questioned. It also mentions at least 13 cases of innocent people interviewed or arrested on suspicion of being paedophiles and at least five search warrants executed at the wrong premises, with digital devices taken for forensic exa..

Apple admits slowing down old iPhone models

By Alexander J Martin, Technology Reporter Apple has admitted slowing down old iPhone devices with low-capacity batteries, saying it is a way of protecting the devices' components. For many years Apple customers have speculated whether their older smartphones were being slowed by the company to force them to upgrade to newer models. Apple has now admitted that the slowing of the phone's central processing unit (CPU) does take place, although not to force consumers to upgrade their devices. The act of slowing down a computer processor is called "downclocking" or "underclocking". Following a study by a Reddit user who claimed that Apple's tech automatically slowed phones when the battery has a diminished charge capacity, the company said this was due to a need to protect electronic components. In a statement, Apple said that, as they age, lithium-ion batteries used in its phones become less able to provide the top levels of electrical current needed. The problems with p..

What would cyberwar against Russia look like?

By Tom Cheshire, Technology Correspondent In Dr Strangelove, deterrence is defined as "the art of producing in the mind of the enemy… the fear to attack". Deterrence only works if the enemy knows about the deterrent. Things go south in that film because the USSR develops a superweapon, the Doomsday machine, in complete secrecy. As Dr Strangelove himself puts it: "Of course, the whole point of the Doomsday Machine is lost if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?" The UK has been telling the world about its deterrent cyberweapon program since at least 2011, when it first acknowledged the program. Since then, we've seen numerous and devastating hacks from nation states including Russia, Iran and North Korea. One wonders how effective that UK deterrent has been. So the UK has decided to tell the world about its cyberweapons again. Boris Johnson has told the Russians that we will retaliate against cyberattacks. Image: Boris Johnson has met with his Russian c..

‘Immoral’ Apple sued for slowing down iPhones

By Alexander J Martin, Technology Reporter Apple is facing a wave of class action lawsuits alleging that the company deceived customers by slowing down older phones. On Thursday, the company admitted slowing down outdated iPhone devices with low-capacity batteries, saying it is a way of protecting the devices' components. The first lawsuit was filed in California and requests that Apple stop reducing the processor speed of affected devices and pay compensation to affected customers. The Chicago Sun Times reported another case in which citizens in Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina are suing Apple on behalf of customers who own iPhone 5, 6 and 7 devices. The complainants allege that Apple was "deceptive, immoral, and unethical" because the technology was designed to "purposefully slow down or 'throttle down' the performance speeds" of the iPhones. Other suits are expected to be filed. For many years Apple customers have speculated whether their older smartphones were be..

Mysterious streak lights up Californian sky

By Alix Culbertson, News Reporter Tech guru Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket lit up the sky leaving Californians puzzled. The rocket was launched at about 5.30pm (9pm GMT) in Los Angeles on Friday. It successfully propelled 10 satellites into orbit an hour later. The rocket first appeared as a red light which looked more like an unusual coloured star. As it gathered height Californians were in awe as they saw a streak of light streaming across the clear sky at sunset. Image: The rocket propelled 10 satellites into orbit. Pic: Danny Sullivan Image: Californians were in awe as the rocket streaked across the sky. Pic: Danny Sullivan Image: The SpaceX rocket started off as a small white light. Pic: Danny Sullivan Several celebrities joined fellow social media users in questioning what the mysterious light was. Singers will.i.am and Billy Ray Cyrus asked what the streak was. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who was 120 miles south of LA in San Diego, asked: "What is this in the sky?" Does ..

Facebook founder in fresh bet on data start-up

A firm which invests part of the vast wealth of the founders of Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter is leading a €40m (£35m) fundraising for Collibra, a Brussels-based data start-up. Sky News has learnt that Iconiq Ventures, one of Silicon Valley's most prominent venture capital firms, has agreed to back a funding round for Collibra which values it at €325m (£289m). The deal, which is expected to close shortly, will increase Iconiq's stake in Collibra nearly a year after it first backed the company. Iconiq's clients include Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook; Jack Dorsey, his counterpart at Twitter; and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of Linkedin, the Microsoft-owned professional networking app. Image: Iconiq's clients include Twitter's founder, Jack Dorsey. To date, it has taken stakes in companies such as Uber, the ride-hailing app which is the world's most valuable tech start-up, and Honest Co, the consumer products firm founded by Jess..

Bitcoin’s value recovers after falling by third

Some investors have questioned their stakes as Bitcoin plummeted by a third to around $11,000 (£8,200) in a few hours - before staging a recovery. This is not a new phenomenon for experienced Bitcoin owners, but amateur investors may be concerned. A typo in a Bitcoin forum regarding the proper way for the faithful to react to volatility has resulted in the community's restatement of the value of "hodling" (holding) out during value drops. :: Can you do your Christmas shopping with Bitcoin? Sky's Ian King said: "What I would say here is that it is absolutely no surprise to see this spectacular reverse in Bitcoin. Following a 20-fold increase in value since the beginning of the year it was inevitable that there would be some sort of correction at some point. "Many traders will have profited handsomely from the rise and so will be looking to lock in some of those profits before the end of the year. "It may also be possible that some money is being switched from bitcoin to othe..

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