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Apple faces multiple lawsuits after admitting it slows down ageing iPhones

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Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change.

Last week, Apple has confirmed that it slowed down the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, and SE through a software update, and says it is doing so to avoid the devices from shutting down because of aging batteries.

The company said this feature “smooth[ed] out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down.”

Lithium-ion batteries, which are used in iPhones, “become less capable of supplying peak current demands when in cold conditions, have a low battery charge, or as they age over time, which can result in the device unexpectedly shutting down to protect its electronic components.” The software update prevented this from happening.

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All the lawsuits — filed in US District Courts in California, New York and Illinois — seek class-action to represent potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide.

A similar case was also lodged in an Israeli court on Monday, the newspaper Haaretz reported.

The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend.

Apple did not respond to an email seeking comment on the filings.

Phones without the adjustment would shut down abruptly because of a precaution designed to prevent components from getting fried, Apple said.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 launched in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Samsung has launched its Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in Nepali market which is one of the most affordable 4G tablets from Samsung that combines refined design, superior display and powerful battery to deliver enhanced performance.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 comes with features like Kids Mode and parental control to let parents provide their children with a secure experience. Parents can restrict app access and set usage time limits.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) is powered by 1.5GHz quad-core processor and it comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The tablet packs 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 200GB via a microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) comes with a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 (2018) runs Android and is powered by a 4000mAh. It measures 186.90 x 108.80 x 8.70 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 289.00 grams.

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It include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and FM and Accelerometer.

Users will be able to hold the Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in one hand thanks to its slim design, round edges and non-slip pattern. Weighing in at only 289g, the device is light enough to slip inside a backpack or purse, which further enhances its portability.

“With the Galaxy Tab A 7.0, we are providing our customers a device that is the perfect blend of refined design, superior display, great performance and non-stop entertainment,” said Pranaya Ratna Sthapit, head IM Biz at Samsung Nepal in a statement released by the company.

The device is priced at Rs 15,900 and available in two colours — White and Black.

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