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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.

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Stop Your Snoring and Track Your Sleep With a Wi-Fi Smart Pillow
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Everyone could use a better night's rest. The CDC says that only 66 percent of American adults get as much sleep as they should, so if you're spending plenty of time in bed but mostly tossing and turning (or trying to block out your partner's snores), it may be time to smarten up your sleep accessories. As TechCrunch reports, the ZEEQ Smart Pillow improves your sleeping schedule in a multitude of ways, whether you're looking to quiet your snores or need a soothing lullaby to rock you to sleep.

After a successful Kickstarter in 2016, the product is now on sale and ready to get you snoozing. If you're a snorer, the pillow has a microphone designed to listen to the sound of your snores and softly vibrate so that you shift positions to a quieter pose. Accelerometers in the pillow let the sleep tracker know how much you're moving around at night, allowing it to record your sleep stages. Then, you can hook the pillow up to your Amazon Echo or Google Home so that you can have your favorite smart assistant read out the pillow's analysis of your sleep quality and snoring levels the next morning.

The pillow is also equipped with eight different wireless speakers that turn it into an extra-personal musical experience. You can listen to soothing music while you fall asleep, either connecting the pillow to your Spotify or Apple Music account on your phone via Bluetooth or using the built-in relaxation programs. You can even use it to listen to podcasts without disturbing your partner. You can set a timer to turn the music off after a certain period so you don't wake up in the middle of the night still listening to Serial.

And when it's time to wake up, the pillow will analyze your movements to wake you during your lightest sleep stage, again keeping the noise of an alarm from disturbing your partner.

The downside? Suddenly your pillow is just another device with a battery that needs to charge. And forget about using it in a place without Wi-Fi.

The ZEEQ Smart Pillow currently costs $200.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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For most men—and Avril Lavigne-imitators—learning to tie a tie is an essential sartorial skill. Digg spotted this video showing how you can tie one the simple way, with a tabletop method that works just as well if you’re going to wear the tie yourself or if you're tying it together for someone else who doesn't share your skills.

The whole technique is definitely easier to master while watching the video below, but here's a short rundown: As laid out by the lifehack YouTube channel DaveHax, the method requires you to lay the tie out on a table, folded in half as if you're about to loop it around your neck.

With the back of the tie facing up, you loop over each end, then twist the thinner of the two loops around itself so it ends up looking like a mini-tie knot itself. You'll end up nestling the two loops together and snaking the thin tail of the tie through the whole thing. Then, essentially all you have to do is pull, and you can adjust the tie as you otherwise would to put it over your head.

Unfortunately, this won't teach you how to master the art of more complicated neckwear styles like the fancier Balthus knot or even a bow tie, but it's a pretty good start for those who have yet to figure out even the simplest tie fashions.

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