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Tech Giants Apple And Samsung Fined Millions For Being Engaged in Dishonest Commercial Practices

The ACGM said both companies had been fined the highest possible amount reflecting the severity of their dishonest practices

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While other players like Huawei, LG, Motorola and arch rival Apple have secured patents on foldable devices, Samsung has taken a definitive lead with a real one.

An Italian anti-trust authority on Wednesday fined tech giants Apple and Samsung in an unprecedented ruling on planned obsolescence, stating the companies had both engaged in dishonest commercial practices.

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) fined Apple and Samsung 10 million and 5 million euros respectively ($11.41 million and $5.7 million), stating the companies had forced consumers to purchase new phones by prompting users to install software updates that resulted in the phones malfunctioning, leading many consumers to upgrade their handsets, Efe news reported.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

The AGCM investigation suggested that Apple had failed to alert customers how long the lithium batteries in iPhones would last and had failed to offer useful information on how to care for them in order to boost their performance and shelf life.

Since September 2016, Apple repeatedly prompted iPhone6 customers to update the software on their phones to an operating system that had been designed for the next generation model, iPhone7, without alerting consumers that the update could lead the handsets to malfunction, the report said.

On the other hand, Samsung told owners of its Galaxy Note 4 phone to install a new version of Google’s Android operating system intended for the more recent Galaxy Note 7, but which rendered the old model sluggish.

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Samsung.

The ACGM said both companies had been fined the highest possible amount reflecting the severity of their dishonest practices.

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Apple acknowledged in December that it had intentionally slowed iPhones with degraded batteries through software updates to avoid sudden shutdown problems, but denied it had ever done anything to intentionally shorten the life of a product. (IANS)

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Samsung in a Deal to Supply 4G and 5G Network Equipment to Canada

It marks the first time for Samsung Electronics to supply telecom equipment to Canada, Yonhap news agency reported

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Samsung Electronics accounted for 11 per cent of the global market for telecom equipment in the third quarter, rising sharply from 5 per cent posted at end-2018, according to the data compiled by industry tracker IHS Markit. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electronics Co. said that it has won a deal to supply fourth-generation (4G) and fifth-generation (5G) network equipment to Videotron, a Canadian telecom firm.

“Starting in early 2020, Samsung will deliver 4G LTE-A solutions across Quebec and Ottawa,” the company said in a statement.

“Samsung will increase efficiency in accelerating the expansion of 5G service coverage to match the pace with Canada’s 5G commercial launch, which is expected to take place in late 2020,” it added.

It marks the first time for Samsung Electronics to supply telecom equipment to Canada, Yonhap news agency reported.

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Samsung Electronics Co. said that it has won a deal to supply fourth-generation (4G) and fifth-generation (5G) network equipment to Videotron, a Canadian telecom firm. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electronics accounted for 11 per cent of the global market for telecom equipment in the third quarter, rising sharply from 5 per cent posted at end-2018, according to the data compiled by industry tracker IHS Markit.

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The company is anticipated to post sales of 6.2 trillion won (or $5.29 billion) from the segment this year, marking a whopping 50 per cent growth from 4.2 trillion won recorded in 2018, market watchers said. (IANS)