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Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

Apple Powerbeats headphones in 'sweat-proof' legal action

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A US judge has ruled legal action against Apple over its Powerbeats headphones can go ahead "in part".Seven customers, from various US cities, say the headphones do not hold their charge for as long as Apple advertises and they are not as water- or sweat-proof as claimed.The judge said the sweat-proof claims "require amendment" but the challenge regarding battery life could proceed.Apple had asked for all claims to be dismissed.District judge Richard Seeborg said the case could go ahead but some amendments were required to the allegations the headphone failed when in contact with sweat despite being marketed as activity wear.He wrote that while the customers had not explicitly specified whether they had sweated while wearing the ...
Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake

Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake

Technology
Apple shares have hit an all-time high on news that legendary investor Warren Buffett now has a roughly 5% stake in the tech giant.Shares in Apple, already the world's most valuable company, rose by almost 4% on Friday to more than $ 183.7 each.Mr Buffett said his Berkshire Hathaway group bought about 75 million more shares of the iPhone maker in the first three months of the year.His investment moves are closely watched across the world.Mr Buffett's company has been buying up shares in Apple since 2016. Berkshire Hathaway claimed a nearly 3.3% stake, or more than 166 million shares, at the end of last year. At the time, the holding, one of Berkshire's biggest stock market gambits, was worth more than $ 28bn. Now, after the additional share purchases and an 8% rise in price since the start...
Apple faces battery pledge complaints

Apple faces battery pledge complaints

Technology
Apple has been accused of finding unnecessary faults with iPhones and thereby profiting from a battery replacement initiative.When the US firm announced it had been slowing down iPhones in order to "preserve battery life" in December last year, it apologised for not telling people sooner.Facing a consumer backlash, it promised owners of the iPhone 6 and more modern models a discounted or free battery replacement.It said: "We are able to do the work we love only because of your faith and support - and we will never forget that or take it for granted."But since then, some Watchdog viewers have told the programme that their faith in the company has been seriously shaken after trying to take Apple up on its offer. Apple demanded that some customers pay 10 times the sum it referred to in its ap...
Solid iPhone sales boost Apple revenues

Solid iPhone sales boost Apple revenues

Business
Apple plans to double its share buyback scheme to $ 100bn (£73bn) as solid iPhone sales helped revenues rise 16% to just over $ 61bn.The company said it sold 52.2 million iPhones in the three months to March - only a touch below expectations, despite waning global demand for smartphones.Revenues at Apple's services business that includes Apple Music and the App Store jumped almost a third to $ 9.1bn.Shares rose 3% in afterhours trading.Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight, said the services growth was "particularly impressive". He also pointed out that the iPhone X was the best-selling model in every week of the quarter - despite costing almost $ 1,000 or £1,000.Some analysts had questioned whether demand for the top-of-the-range smartphone would hold up after the initial rush.Overall Apple
Is Apple planning to sell crumb-proof keyboards?

Is Apple planning to sell crumb-proof keyboards?

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Crumb-proof keyboards may be on the horizon after Apple filed a patent for new designs.Digging out remnants of your lunch - or a cheeky mid-morning biscuit - from your keyboard could become a thing of the past, with the patent describing different keyboard designs which will "prevent contaminant ingress".Skirts or flaps could be used to protect the edges of keys - similar to the spraydeck of a kayak. Other designs show brushes or wipers used to keep keys clean.Another design shows a keyboard which contains "bellows that blast contaminants with forced gas".Image:Flaps could be used to protect the edges of keys - like the blue spraydeck on this kayakCoffee enthusiasts may also benefit from the patent, as the proposed designs include spill-proof versions intended to help clumsier users who ar...