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Italy consumer association sues Apple for planned iPhone obsolescence – The Journal Pioneer

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MILAN (Reuters) – Italian consumer association Altroconsumo said on Monday it had told Apple it has launched a class action against the U.S. tech giant for the practice of planned obsolescence.

In a statement Altroconsumo said it was asking for damages of 60 million euros ($73 million) on behalf of Italian consumers tricked by the practice which had also been recognised by Italian authorities.

Altroconsumo said the lawsuit covers owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, sales of which in Italy totalled some 1 million phones between 2014 and 2020.

Apple said in an email that it had never done anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.

Two similar lawsuits against Apple have been filed in Belgium and Spain for the planned obsolescence of iPhones.

European consumer association Euroconsumers, which is coordinating the three lawsuits, said it was also planning to launch a class action in Portugal in the coming weeks.

(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, Elvira Pollina, editing by Louise Heavens)

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DDHM CVD diamond-tipped tool system from Horn is designed for drilling and countersinking operations – Canadian Metalworking

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Horn introduces DDHM, a CVD diamond-tipped tool system for drilling and countersinking operations in solid carbides and sintered ceramics with a hardness of up to 3,000 HV. This will expand the company’s range of products for machining fully sintered carbides.

With new geometries for producing precise core holes, the tool system allows machining to take place on conventional milling or turning centers, eliminating the need for a grinding process.

The tools are designed for customers in the tool and die-making industries, more specifically, machining carbide punches and dies efficiently. The drills can be used for producing holes in solid material to a maximum depth of 10xD.

The CVD-D tipped drills have a two-edged design and are available in diameters ranging from 2 mm to 10 mm. All versions include internal channels for cooling with air.

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OnePlus shows OnePlus 9 Pro off in teaser – MobileSyrup

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OnePlus announced that it’s partnering with Hasselblad today and that its upcoming OnePlus 9 series will be revealed on March 23rd. Beyond that, the company also posted a brief ad that ends with a quick glimpse of the OnePlus 9 Pro.

The image shows off the phone’s camera module. This includes two large lenses, two smaller lenses, a microphone and a flash. There’s one other sensor that 9to5Google thinks is a laser autofocus module and Hasselblad branding.

It’s assumed that the standard OnePlus 9 will feature a pared-down version of this camera. Both the OnePlus 7 and 8 series launched with a ‘Pro’ variant.

We know from OnePlus’ recent announcement that at least one of these cameras is the new Sony IMX789 sensor that’s capable of dual native ISO, full-pixel omni-directional autofocus, 4K video at 120fps and real-time HDR video processing.

OnePlus is also highlighting that the ultrawide lens will feature minimal distortion. This system uses both lenses together to each take a wide image. Then it stitches these two photos together via software to create an ultrawide shot. This will likely disappoint people who love the fun fish-eye effect of most phone-based ultrawide cameras but will delight people who want to use this camera to take realistic images.

Overall we won’t know how effective this new camera setup will be until the phone releases. Still, since OnePlus is really hyping the camera tech this time, I expect big things from the company.

Source: OnePlus, 9to5Google, GSMArena

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Google Tops List of Mobile Publishers Worldwide for February 2021 – iPhone in Canada

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According to the latest data from Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence platform, Google was the highest ranking mobile publisher worldwide for February 2021 with more than 227 million downloads across App Store and Google Play.

Facebook came in at second spot last month with more than 138 million installs, whereas Voodoo, Bytedance, and AppLovin rounded out the top five most installed mobile publishers worldwide. 

Google was also the top ranking mobile publisher worldwide for January 2021 with close to 250 million installs, with Facebook again in second place with 191 million installs.

Store Intelligence notes that its estimates include downloads for the App Store and Google Play worldwide between February 1, 2021 and February 28, 2021. Apple apps and Google pre-installed apps are excluded.

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