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The Never-Ending Death of Smart Home Gadgets

I got my smart TV in early November 2016. It was a 50-inch Samsung—the largest size I could convince my then skeptical roommate to shell out for. We scored a modest deal. At roughly $600 split between two poor millennials, it wasn’t half-bad. (Though, in retrospect, I should have waited until Black Friday.) It was,…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Science, Samsung, Iot, Smart Home, Sonos, Philips Hue, Planned Obsolescence, Consumer Tech, Dyson 360 Eye, Do You Own Anything Anymore


Sonos warns customers that their older speakers will shortly be e-waste

Sonos has warned customers who bought speakers five or more years ago that it will no longer provide software updates to their property, and that they will cease to operate in systems that include newer equipment, and will have to be separated on its own subnet. In Q4/19, Sonos informed investors that it would be discontinuing support for older systems in order to reduce its software costs and thus maximize profits. Sonos equipment comes with a kill-switch that renders it permanently inope...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Music, News, E-waste, Landfill, Sonos, 1201, Planned Obsolescence, Andy Powell, Thomas Claburn, Adversarial Interoperability, Memex


iPhone 5 owners, update your device today to keep it working

If you have an iPhone 5, you'll need to update its software today to keep it working. Apple has warned that without an iOS update, online services on the device will stop working.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Updates, Mobile, News, Trends, Gps, Planned Obsolescence


Italy fines Apple and Samsung for slowing down older phones

The Italian anti-trust agency has fined Apple and Samsung considerable amounts of money for intentionally slowing down older phones with software updates -- and added a second fine for Apple. The post Italy fines Apple and Samsung for slowing down older phones appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Business, Legal, News, Samsung, Trends, Italy, Fine, Planned Obsolescence, Android Army


EU resolution aims to comprehensively limit "planned obsolescence"

The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on the European Commission (the EU's civil service) to craft rules that will severely limit planned obsolescence in electronics by forcing manufacturers to design products to facilitate repair by third parties, extend first-part warranties, warrant and support software, label products with an estimate of their overall life-expectancy, and publicly track and disclose how long products last in the field before breaking down. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Law, Eu, European Parliament, Planned Obsolescence, Right To Repair, Screws Not Glue


California to introduce ‘Right to Repair’ bill for electronic devices

California will become the latest in a long line of states to introduce a "Right to Repair" bill that could extend a device's lifespan, and would allow users more options when fixing broken electronics. The post California to introduce ‘Right to Repair’ bill for electronic devices appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Mobile, Business, Legal, News, California, Trends, Computing, Home Theater, Planned Obsolescence, Right To Repair


Apple: We Would Never!

Following news that the Department of Justice has allegedly opened an investigation into Apple’s practice of throttling iPhones with aging batteries, the company is speaking out.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Science, Batteries, Earnings, SEC, Statement, Department Of Justice, Doj, Stock, Planned Obsolescence, Iphone Throttling


Apple fails to end lawsuit that claimed it purposely broke FaceTime on iOS 6

A U.S. District judge ruled that iPhone 4 and 4S users can pursue a nationwide class action lawsuit claiming Apple "broke" FaceTime intentionally -- in order to save money from routing calls through servers own by Akamai. The post Apple fails to end lawsuit that claimed it purposely broke FaceTime on iOS 6 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Lawsuit, Trends, Ios 6, Facetime, Planned Obsolescence, Akamai


Piston Slap: New York State and the 5-Digit Odometer’s Death?

Edward writes: Here’s something I’ve been wondering: Why did odometers typically read only to 100,000 miles until fairly recently? Was that the maximum cars could possibly last when the practice began? Was it marketing — “100,000 miles, need a new car”? Is it something else? Durability expectations were certainly raised when Volvo added another digit, […] The post Piston Slap: New York State and the 5-Digit Odometer’s Death? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Marketing, Autos, Volvo, Edward, New York State, Planned Obsolescence, Piston Slap, Odometer, Mileage, 5 Digit Odometer, 6 Digit Odometer


Lawsuit: Apple broke FaceTime in iOS 6 on purpose, blamed it on a “bug”

A lawsuit filed in California alleges that Apple purposefully broke FaceTime on iOS 6 in order to reduce its overhead server costs, forcing users with older devices to upgrade to iOS 7. The post Lawsuit: Apple broke FaceTime in iOS 6 on purpose, blamed it on a “bug” appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Lawsuit, California, Trends, Ios 6, Facetime, Planned Obsolescence


People Trash Their Phones When an Upgrade Is Close

Screengrab Credit: TexRax A study in the Journal of Marketing Research found that right around upgrade time, people tend to be more reckless with their phones. Researchers Josh Ackerman, Silvia Bellezza, and Francesca Gina investigated why people’s preservation skills slide into Airplane Mode as soon as a new model phone comes out. Read more...
Tags: Science, Planned Obsolescence, Journal of Marketing Research


These ageless retro bikes fight against planned obsolescence

Looking for an electric bike with a timeless, retro look? Vintage Electric Bikes has you covered. The company is dedicated to handcrafting gorgeous and distinctive bikes that stand the test of time and fight back against planned obsolescence. Lead designer and founder Andrew Davidge writes, “I am determined to only manufacture products that can be passed down through generations to come.” Vintage Electric’s e-bikes come in three distinct models, retailing between $4995 and $6995. They can rea...
Tags: Design, Bicycles, Electric Bikes, Planned Obsolescence, Green Transportation, Handcrafted, E-bikes, Tempus


BMW Basically Claims Its Vehicles Are Disposable

Manufacturers want you to believe that their vehicles are durable, but at the same time they want to make money. So, they make continuous improvements and updates in order to keep buyers coming back. Setting a hard limit for how long a vehicle should last would be detrimental to any brand, but soft limits — […] The post BMW Basically Claims Its Vehicles Are Disposable appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Quality, Editorials, Autos, Cbs, Bmw, Planned Obsolescence, OCI


Planned obsolescence has led to ridiculous product cycles, and it's time to say enough is enough

Apple fans are already clamoring for an iPhone 7 release date -- but is modern hardware becoming more about the anticipation of new releases, instead of the pursuit of better devices? The post Planned obsolescence has led to ridiculous product cycles, and it's time to say enough is enough appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Mobile, Trends, Computing, Planned Obsolescence


The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers

Meet Matt Malone, professional dumpster diver. The post The Pro Dumpster Diver Who’s Making Thousands Off America’s Biggest Retailers appeared first on WIRED.
Tags: America, Magazine, Dumpster Diving, Planned Obsolescence, Matt Malone


How Attackers Could Send Your Smartphone To An Early Grave

 A rare genetic disorder called progeria that causes symptoms of old age to manifest in the young has been popularized in books and movies such as Jack, a film that featured Robin Williams as a boy who aged four times faster than normal, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on a story said to be inspired by the disorder. Researchers at NYU have published a paper showing how to… Read More
Tags: TC, Mobile, Column, Robin Williams, Smartphones, Jack, Planned Obsolescence, Hardware Obsolescence, Nyu