Jan 12, 2018

House committee requests answers from Apple over processor speeds

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Image: Chip Somedevilla / Getty Images

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook expressing concern over reports that Apple slows the processing speeds of older iPhones to avoid battery shutdowns.

Why it matters: Though Apple has admitted to throttling processing speeds and is offering reduced prices on battery replacements, the company is still facing lawsuits from angry consumers. And now the tech giant must answer additional questions from congressional investigators about how exactly this all came to be.

  • As Axios' Ina Fried has pointed out, Apple may be guilty of being secretive and of making batteries hard to replace, but it isn't necessarily doing the wrong thing here — that is, ensuring older batteries don’t shut down the phone by lowering peak power.

An Apple representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Read the E&C committee's full letter here.

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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