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Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Technology
Two of Apple's major investors have urged the iPhone maker to take urgent action to curb children's growing addiction to its smartphones, amid fears frequent use may be damaging the next generation.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $ 2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.They also called o
Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Technology
Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some models of the iPhone as they age.Many customers have long suspected that Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade.The company has now said it does slow down some models as they age, but only because the phones' battery performance diminishes over time.Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices.The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced."I used my brother's iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong," wrote TeckFire.Technology webs...
UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

Science
A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove. He told BBC News that he wants to reduce the amount of plastic used in the UK, and to make it simpler for people to recycle. Environmentalists fear Mr Gove will be reluctant to set tighter rules for firms which benefit from the current use of plastics.The Environment Secretary outlined his thoughts during an informal meeting.He says he wants to:Cut the total amount of plastic in circulation. Reduce the number of different plastics in use, because that will help recycling firmsImprove the rate of recycling, which has been slipping recently. And make it easier for individuals to know what goes into the recycling bin and what goes into general rubbish.Reality Check: Are seafood lovers eat...
New industrial strategy to tackle productivity

New industrial strategy to tackle productivity

Business
A new industrial strategy is to be revealed by the Government later, aiming to tackle Britain's "weakness" of productivity.Business Secretary Greg Clark said workforce efficiency was "well below what can be achieved" and pledged to address the crisis threatening to "stop us achieving our potential".Britain ranks fifth out of G7 industrial nations, behind Canada and Japan, on productivity.Mr Clark said the country should "seize" the benefits of a "new industrial revolution".He added: "This would be needed at any time, and Britain's decision to leave the European Union makes it even more important."Image:Greg Clark pledged to tackle Britain's productiviy 'weakness'The announcement includes news of a major pharmaceutical company opening a "world-leading" life-sciences campus in northwest Engl...
£100m fighting fund to tackle terror online

£100m fighting fund to tackle terror online

Technology
Tech companies have begun investing huge amounts of money to help in the fight against extremism.Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are directly funding an increasing number of projects, not just online, but in local communities.Sky News has been told the investment, aimed at countering propaganda from terror groups like ISIS, currently tops more than £100m and is separate to the many millions already invested in policing and removing extremist content online.:: Amber Rudd plans tougher laws for terrorists using the internetIt comes at a time of fierce criticism from politicians that the tech sector is not doing enough to deal with extremist content online.Richard Allan - Facebook's Vice President of Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa - said their investment in counter-extr