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Apple apologizes for slowing down iPhones, offers discounted battery replacements

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After getting sued and taking a backlash among iPhone users, Apple is now apologizing for not being more transparent about their new power management feature which causes old iPhones to slow down.

In a published statement on their website, the Cupertino company clarified that they “have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” That’s perhaps the main point of this message for the battery and performance fiasco of the year.

To address the issue and help iPhone owners with old batteries, Apple is offering discounted battery replacements. For US$ 29 (down from the usual US$ 79 fee), users can get a new battery for their iPhone regardless of whether it’s covered by AppleCare or not. It’s only a temporary offer that’ll last through the end of 2018.

Apple further explained how batteries age and classified them as “consumable components.” As we all know, batteries degrade over time which is why we have to keep its health in check.

Early next year, Apple will release a software update that’ll give users more info on the health of their iPhone’s battery. This will be really useful in determining if one should replace their phone’s built-in battery already, but this feature should have come sooner.

You may read the full statement of Apple here and learn more about the how the new updates manage performance and avoid unexpected shutdowns as batteries age, which started in iOS 10.2.1 for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE and iOS 11.2 for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

SEE ALSO: Apple deliberately slows down older iPhones because of battery issues

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Alleged Windows XP source code leaks online

Source code of other legacy OS from Microsoft leaked too

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The alleged source code of Windows XP just leaked recently on various platforms online. This huge leak contains everything and reveals some interesting tidbits about the beloved OS.

However, it remains unclear if it’s real or not. The anonymous leaker first posted the source code as a torrent on the popular forum site, 4chan.  The torrent file is a massive undertaking, clocking in at 43GB overall.

It is worth mentioning that the torrent file doesn’t only include the source code for Windows XP. Source codes for MS DOS 3.30, 6.0, Windows 2000, CE 3, CE 4, CE 5, Windows Embedded 7, CE, Windows NT 3.5 and Windows NT 4 are also included. The leaker says that two months were spent compiling all of them.

A smaller 3GB file also exists which only contains the source code for the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. The leaker states that hackers have had access to the Windows XP source code for years, and this leak marks the first time it was released to the public.

Interestingly enough, the source code leaks also contain conspiracy theory videos about Bill Gates. MacRumors also pointed out that Microsoft thought about imitating the signature look of macOS way back when it still sported a skeuomorphic design.

Microsoft has already responded to the leaks, saying that they’re “investigating the matter”.

A threat to users?

The leaked source code presents an opportunity for hackers to learn more about Windows’ operating systems. Windows 10 actually has some bit and pieces of Windows XP code.

Savvy hackers can exploit this code to gain access to Windows 10. This threat is feasible, but the risk is low for now. After all, Windows 10 sees continuous development from Microsoft, with legacy code being replaced or modified after updates.

Source: Bleeping Computer via MSPowerUser 

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Dell launches XPS 13 2-in-1, upgraded to 11th Gen Intel processors

Thunderbolt 4 has arrived

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Dell has updated its XPS 13 2-in-1 lineup by upgrading all the options to 11th Generation Intel chipsets. Also called Tiger Lake CPUs, they’re coupled along with Intel Iris X GPU for a faster and smoother experience.

Intel says the EVO series brings a perfect combination of portability and power, making the laptops very versatile. The base option comes with i3-11564, with a clock speed of 4.1Ghz. The top-end variant gets the i7-116567, a quad-core chipset with a maximum clock speed of 4.7Ghz. RAM can go up to a whopping 32GB.

The XPS 13 2-in-1 has two display options — 13.4-inch UltraSharp 4K InfinityEdge touch or 13.4-inch InfinityEdge touch HD+. On the GPU front, the top end option gets Intel Iris X GPU while the starting one gets Intel UHD graphics. Keep in mind, these are coupled along with the CPU and shouldn’t be considered on par with standalone gaming-dedicated GPUs.

The new 11th Generation Intel processors finally support Thunderbolt 4 and these laptops sport two of them. There’s also an SD card reader and Dell ships a USB-C to USB-A dongle along.

The backlit MagLev keyboard has an embedded fingerprint reader in the power button and along with larger keys, the touchpad is also 19 percent bigger. To accommodate the 2-in1 form factor, a new sequential hinge is designed for better ergonomics.

Backing these internals is a 51Whr battery that Dell says will last you a day of work. To keep the laptop cool, Dell has incorporated dual fans and an ultra-thin vapor chamber with the exhaust vents in the hinge. Lastly, it ships with Windows Home or Windows Pro, depending on usage.

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vivo Y20i price and availability in the Philippines

Affordable gaming phone?

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There’s a new affordable phone in town! Chinese smartphone company vivo officially unveiled the vivo Y20i.

It’s a sleek, entry-level smartphone that lets you play in style. It comes in a lightweight design, coated in stylish colors: Nebula Blue and Dawn White.

The vivo Y20i is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 5000mAh battery. It sports a large 6.51-inch IPS LCD display, making this budget phone perfect for your gaming needs.

Aside from looking chic and powerful, the vivo Y20i is equipped with an AI Dual Camera setup: a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 2-megapixel bokeh lens. It’s also loaded with midrange-like features such as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, FaceView unlock, and AI Portrait technology.

Pricing and availability

The vivo Y20i will be available on October 3, retailing for PhP 7,499 (US$ 155). Customers can pre-order the Android 10-ready smartphone through vivo’s concept stores, exhibits, kiosks, and multi-brand stores nationwide. For online orders, head through vivo’s official Shopee store and Lazada store.

Pre-order starts on September 28, 2020, until October 2, 2020. There’s a downpayment needed to pre-order: PhP 500 downpayment or online purchases and PhP 300 for in-store purchases. Freebies include premium headphones and an adorable “little V” USB night-light.

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