The Daily Populous

Thursday October 25th, 2018 morning edition

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Back in January, Italy’s antitrust organization launched two separate investigations against Apple and Samsung to determine if the companies were intentionally using software updates to slow down customers’ devices.

Now, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) has issued a statement saying both companies violated several consumer codes, and it has issued fines.

The AGCM is levying a €5 million fine ($5.7 million) against Apple for problems that occurred on various models of the iPhone 6 when users installed iOS 10, which was developed for the iPhone 7.

Because the new iOS required greater energy demands, those using it on older iPhones experienced unexpected shutdowns.

Samsung is also receiving a €5 million fine ($5.7 million) from the AGCM.

The report says both companies’ decisions to have customers install newer firmware on older phones “caused serious dysfunctions and reduced performance significantly, thereby accelerating the process of replacing them.”

Last year, Apple published a letter to customers apologizing for the “misunderstanding” regarding older iPhones being slowed down. »

Killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi's children are reportedly barred from leaving Saudi Arabia, some are dual US citizens

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Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's children have reportedly been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia, according to his editor at The Washington Post.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was often critical of Riyadh in his reporting, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

But he left Saudi Arabia last year after he was barred from writing by Saudi leadership. »

Scarlett Johansson reportedly turned down film funding from Saudi prince

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Scarlett Johansson reportedly vetoed funding from the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for her next film.

The actor is set to play the Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario in a biopic directed by Ridley Scott, but when she found out the initial set of funders included Bin Salman, she rejected his involvement.

“Scarlett Johansson said absolutely not,” Addario said in an interview with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. »

Vatican Releases Pokemon GO Clone For Catholics

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A third party developer with papal blessings from the Vatican has released a free smartphone app called JC GO (JC stands for Jesus Christ), a game that’s similar to Pokemon GO, but different in other ways.

In JC GO, instead of catching Pokemon, players have to roam around the world to find Catholic saints and other biblical characters to join their “evangelisation team”.

Instead of attacking them, you have to answer some of their questions before they can join your team. »

CNN to Trump: You incited this

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“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” CNN President Jeff Zucker said in a statement.

Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: — CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018.

The aforementioned press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a tweet that Trump’s “condemnation of these dispicable acts certainly includes threats made to CNN.” »