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Korean prosecutors launch formal investigation of…

South Korea is just one of the countries where the practice of slowing down iPhones with old batteries has earned Apple special attention from governmental agencies or consumer rights groups — the list also includes Brazil, China, France, Italy, and the US. But in Korea, prosecutors just took the whole thing to a new level, announcing a formal investigation of Apple’s alleged planned obsolescence practices. For years, Apple had to dispel rumors that it slows down older iPhones so that existing customers upgrade to the newest models. But late last year an iPhone user actually proved that Apple was throttling the speed of his iPhone, and it was all related to battery wear. He discovered that iPhone benchmarks returned to normal levels after replacing the aging battery. Soon after that, Apple confirmed that the slowdown is a feature introduced in iOS via an update in early 2017 that was supposed to fix unexpected iPhone shutdowns and reboots. Apple apologized, introduced a cheaper battery replacement program, and revealed that a future iOS 11 release would give the user the ability to toggle iPhone slowdowns, as well as keep tabs on the health of the battery. But all these measures won’t make its legal problems go away. In Korea, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office said it formally assigned the case to the intellectual property crime unit, The Korea Herald reports. A day earlier, the Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty (CUCS), a civic group in Seoul, filed a complaint with prosecutors against Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple Korea chief Daniel Dicicco: CUCS has said that the deliberate deterioration of older iPhones through software updates is a scam aimed at boosting sales of new models. It claimed that the US smartphone maker should be charged with fraud, property damage and obstruction of business by digital devices. Yeah, things aren’t looking good for Apple, at least from a PR perspective. The group also filed a compensation suit against Apple, seeking an award of approximately $2,000 per plaintiff.

Facebook to emphasize 'trustworthy' news via user…

Facebook wants to emphasize 'trustworthy' news stories based on user surveys

Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to…

Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont is taking his campaign to recover his old job from Belgium to Denmark, in a bid to step up the pressure on Spanish authorities who have said that a fugitive abroad can't be the region's president

Special Operations dogs get tactical gear upgrade

Fox Firepower: Allison Barrie with a look at how U.S. Army SOCOM is looking to equip the 75th Ranger Regiment's dogs with advanced vest protection, wearable sensors and video cameras.

Teens Don't Mind Online-Only Relationships

Children are having online-only relationships without meeting in real life, and apparently they don’t mind! The New York Post Reports. Buzz60's Sam Berman has the full story.

Scientists Invented A Way To Control Objects Like…

Scientists wanted to see if they could create something that works like current virtual and augmented reality devices but without the wires.

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Russian networks pushing conservative meme, researchers say

Russia-linked Twitter networks are pushing a conservative meme related to the investigation of Russian election interference, researchers say

TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ on BBC…

“Blue Planet II” premieres this weekend, just one year after its sister series “Planet Earth II” returned for a second, triumphant series. But while “Planet Earth II” followed “Planet Earth” by a decade, “The Blue Planet,” the original installment of the BBC Natural History Unit’s docuseries about the oceans, debuted almost 20 years ago in […]

'Squirming on the Floor': Uber's Kalanick Had…

Bloomberg is out with a lengthy feature about the final, turbulent year of Travis Kalanick at the helm of Uber, which the story maintains was "a lot weirder and darker than you thought." As evidence of that, reporters Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone unearth a bizarre anecdote about Kalanick's behavior...

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as…

For cities knocked out of Amazon lottery, the effort may turn out to be a trial run to lure other businesses

High-tech winter sports gear

Take your winter sports game to the next level with this high-tech gear including folding skis, rubberized ski boots and winter wear to keep you and your smartphone from the deep freeze.

Netherlands to Build Affordable Housing with a…

Stefano Boeri Archetitti has designed a vertical forest apartment building which will be built in the Netherlands. Keri Lumm (@thekerilumm) reports.

Some People Might Have To Start Paying More For…

Members who choose to pay monthly will see a $2 increase. Those that pay annually won't see a price change.

Virtual Reality Chat Room Stunned as Robot Has Seizure

It was business as usual in the virtual reality chat room until the robot had a seizure. The Verge reports the unnerving incident happened Wednesday on VRChat, where users in the forms of avatars can interact with each other. According to the Daily Dot , "Morty, Sonic, Knuckles, a dude in...

‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ update adds biomes a…

One of the most surprising breakout successes of 2017 just got its biggest patch yet. Fortnite Battle Royale -- the free-to-play online multiplayer shooter that took the world by storm late last year -- was updated to version 2.2.0 on Thursday morning. Along with balance changes and bug fixes, the patch also included the long-awaited map update, which adds brand new locations to the island and introduces biomes to liven the island up. While Fortnite's top competitor, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, just debuted a second map, Epic Games decided to upgrade its only map instead. The entire western side of the map has been restructured, with the skyscrapers of Titled Towers and the underground mines of Shifty Shafts highlighting the additions. But those are just two of about a dozen locations that have been added to the map as part of the patch. And perhaps just as significant are the biomes, which should make different areas of the map a bit more distinct. Prior to the patch, most of the map was just covered in grass, but now you'll actually see the difference between zones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3Y-wxiEQQ Beyond the refreshed map, the update also features a few "significant improvements," including the ability to talk in the pre-game lobby, which now supports voice chat. Epic has also done away with friendly fire, which means you can no longer hurt or kill your teammates. Epic says that it's paying close attention to see how the community responds to this change and what effect it has on gameplay, so friendly fire might return in the future. Fortnite Battle Royale is free to download on PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One. Read the patch notes here.

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Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as…

A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue

IBM reports first revenue growth since 2012

IBM has reported its first quarter of revenue growth since 2012 as the company ramps up its cloud computing business and looks for new opportunities from its investments in artificial intelligence

Social media execs testify on combatting terror…

Raw video: Senate lawmakers grill Facebook, YouTube and Twitter executives on efforts to keep America safe.

Robomedic? This Drone Might've Just Saved A Life

A water rescue by drone in Australia might give us a glimpse at the emergency response of the future.

Lithuania probing bogus story after TV station is hacked

Lithuania has launched an investigation into a cyberattack against a news outlet that saw a fake news article targeting the defense minister

Tom Petty’s Family Says He Died of Accidental…

Tom Petty’s cause of death was an accidental overdose, his family said in a statement on his website and social media on Friday. “Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose […]

Buses carrying tech workers targeted outside San…

Six shuttle buses transporting Apple and Google employees had their windows broken while traveling south of San Francisco

Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese…

Researchers say major blunder has exposed global hacking operation tied to Lebanon's security agency

CES 2018: High-tech home broadcasting

Take your home live streaming and podcast recording to a new level with these high-tech home broadcasting setups revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Nintendo's New Kid-Focused Project Is Made Out Of…

Nintendo "Labo" kits will let kids build their own accessories for the Switch.

Brexit costs Britain data center for Europe's satnav system

Officials have decided to move a data center for the European Union's new satellite navigation system out of Britain because of Brexit

A Headline You Won’t See at CNN: Jeff Zucker…

Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBCUniversal and current leader of Time Warner’s CNN, has emerged as a surprise candidate to lead Walt Disney’s ESPN. Rumors began circulating this week in media circles that the TV executive who first rose to greater renown by boosting the fortunes of NBC’s “Today” show could be in consideration […]