iPhone users who had their devices purposefully slowed by Apple are now able to apply for compensation. The payout comes as a result of Apple’s ‘Batterygate’ saga , during which it was discovered that Apple throttled iPhone performance in order to protect devices’ battery life without informing their customers. The company said that it made the decision as a way of prolonging the life of older phones rather than, as many customers assumed, a way of subtly forcing people to upgrade to a later model Apple agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle the claims , as well as an additional €25 million fine levied by France’s competition watchdog. “Our actions were all in service of the user, I can't stress that enough. Maybe we should have been clearer at a point in time but our actions were always the purest,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said at the time. In order to be part of the settlement, United States customers must have purchased: an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s … [Read more...] about iPhone users can now claim compensation after Apple’s ‘batterygate’ saga
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Apple has finally awakened its Twitter account ahead of the iPhone 7 launch. The company has brought the account to life by adding a new avatar, a verified tick and a background photo that is the same as the invitations sent out to the press ahead of the upcoming iPhone event. The move appears to suggest that Apple is finally going to start using the account, after it laid dormant for the last five years. Until now it has just been an empty account, unverified and using just the default egg picture as its avatar. The evolution of the iPhone Show all 11 Some have even suggested that the company might use the account to live tweet the iPhone announcement on 7 September. It has provided similar updates in the past – even occasionally running its own almost-live blog – but has never used Twitter to do it. ✕ What is Apple's strategy? Recommended Read more New Apple handset release is imminent The account still … [Read more...] about iPhone 7: Apple Twitter account activated ahead of September 7 launch event
iOS 10 entirely redesigns the home screen, getting rid of one of the iPhone’s most iconic features. The new update – released on 16 September – redesigns the lock screen so that people can find more information on it. Notifications are far richer and allow people to interact with them without actually opening the app, for instance, and it has a new “widgets” view that lets people see small versions of specific apps so they don’t need to actually unlock the phone. But it’s that act of unlocking the phone that’s likely to prove the most notable change to the new operating system. Gone is the old method of “slide to unlock” that has been present in the iPhone and iPad since their very beginnings – and something slightly more confusing but more useful has taken its place. The evolution of the iPhone Show all 11 The first change is that the devices will know when they’ve been lifted up and wake themselves up accordingly. They can still be woken … [Read more...] about iOS 10 home screen completely changes design, including loss of iconic ‘swipe to unlock’ feature
If you were to ask someone what they liked most about the Australian-owned iconic hardware retailer Bunnings , the perennial sausage sizzle would likely be the first response, followed by the company’s memorable TV ads and jingles. Far less likely would be Bunnings’ strong margins and near-market dominance, and the continued shareholder returns these have driven for ASX-listed Australian parent company Wesfarmers. Bunnings is part of a bevy of iconic businesses in the Wesfarmers stable, with the Perth-based behemoth also overseeing interests in healthcare, chemicals and industrials, cementing it as the tenth-largest business on the local bourse. By virtue of its size – and the strength of its businesses – Wesfarmers is a popular stock for yield-seeking investors, paying out billions in dividends each year. READ MORE: Bunnings loses appeal in ongoing legal fight over 'lowest price' promise Bunnings sells out of face masks in Australia,flies in new stock from overseas … [Read more...] about We love a good sausage sizzle, but is Bunnings owner Wesfarmers a good investment?