Apple Confirms That They're Slowing Down Your Old iPhone, and People Aren't Happy

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Does it sometimes feel like your older model iPhone is getting slower with each passing day? You're not imagining things. Apple recently issued a statement regarding claims that it’s been intentionally slowing down older iPhone models as new updates to its operating system have been rolling in. While the tech giant admitted to the practice, it claims the reasoning behind it is purely out of necessity.

As lithium-ion batteries age, they’re “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,” according to the company. This means they’re unable to handle the high workloads of phones with new batteries. So in order to mitigate the issue, Apple introduced a feature on older models to slow them down to avoid overloading the batteries which would lead to these shutdowns.

Some consumers and tech journalists have a different theory, though, claiming that this is a tactic on Apple’s part to force users to upgrade to the latest phone models. The practice left such a bad taste in some consumers’ mouths that some people have filed lawsuits over the issue.

In both Illinois and Los Angeles, consumers have filed class-action lawsuits against Apple. The Chicago-based suit—which was filed by consumers in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina—claims Apple took part in “deceptive, immoral, and unethical” practices that violate the rights and protections of customers.

“Corporations have to realize that people are sophisticated and that when people spend their hard-earned dollars on a product they expect it to perform as expected,” attorney James Vlahakis told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Instead, Apple appears to have obscured and concealed why older phones were slowing down.”

In Los Angeles, the suit, filed by two law students from the University of Southern California, argues that customers “were never given the option to bargain or choose whether they preferred to have their iPhones slower than normal.” The suit also says Apple “never requested consent” for the slowdown, and that it caused the plaintiffs to “suffer, and continue to suffer, economic damages,” according to a copy of the suit obtained by CBS.

Both suits are seeking unspecified damages from Apple, and as the story continues to grow, more suits could be filed. Apple has yet to respond to the lawsuits.

Fortunately, upgrading your phone isn't the only way to speed it back up. There are several simple tricks, like changing your wallpaper or deleting some widgets, that can help to make your iPhone faster. And if battery life is a constant problem, there's an easy way to squeeze more juice out of your device in just five minutes.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]