Chinese watchdog questions Apple over iPhone throttling debacle

Following recent inquiries from France’s DGCCRF and the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, a Chinese watchdog is now questioning Apple over its dubious practices of slowing down iPhones with aging batteries without notifying affected users.
The Xinhua state news agency reports that a Chinese consumer group has sent a letter to Apple, demanding additional information regarding the company’s “throttling” practices and how it plans to address the issue in the future, requesting an answer before January 19.
The query comes from the Shanghai …

French consumer fraud watchdog opens investigation into Apple "planned obsolescence"

France’s DGCCRF, the consumer fraud watchdog arm of the French Economy Ministry, has opened a preliminary investigation of Apple and the company’s alleged deception and planned obsolescence practices.

This, of course, refers to recent findings that Apple artificially slows down iPhones with older batteries. Apple had not admitted to the practice until a user investigation uncovered it and benchmarks confirmed. Apple has only then issued a public apology and reacted by slashing $50 off the cost of its battery replacement program, bringing the price down to $29.
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Ad watchdog group tells T-Mobile to stop calling its 4G LTE network faster than Verizon's

Both T-Mobile and Verizon have made claims in their ads that their 4G LTE network is the fastest in the U.S. Both can’t be right. So when T-Mobile said in an advertisement last year that its LTE pipeline was faster than Verizon’s LTE network, Big Red filed a complaint with the National Advertising Division. Part of the Better Business Bureau, the NAD reviews national ads for truthfulness. After reviewing the situation, the NAD ruled that T-Mobile should stop claiming that it has the fastest 4G LTE network.

For its part, T-Mobile relied on crowd-sourced data compiled by apps offered …