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Friday, January 2, 2015

Apple sued over 'shrinking' gadget storage

Apple is facing a lawsuit for not telling users about the amount of memory required by its flagship operating system. The legal complaint revolves around iOS 8 and the amount of memory it reserves for itself on iPods, iPhones and iPads. The complaint alleges that it takes up so much space that far less than advertised is left for people to store their own data. Apple has yet to issue any official comment on the lawsuit. Update upset The complaint has been filed in California by Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara who say that iOS 8 can occupy up to 23.1% of the memory available on some Apple devices. In addition, upgrading devices from the earlier iOS 7 to 8 can cause people to lose up to 1.3 gigabytes of memory, said papers filed in support of the legal action. The amount of memory taken up by iOS 8 can mean users run out of storage and, the pair allege, this is helping Apple force people to sign up for its fee-based iCloud storage system. The lawsuit is seeking millions of dollars in damages for those using Apple devices facing the storage squeeze. So far, Apple has not responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit. The latest upgrade to iOS 8 was released in late September but Apple was forced to withdraw and then re-issue it because the first version meant a lot of iPhone 6 and Plus handsets could no longer make calls. Apple issued a public apology over the botched update but said only 40,000 people were affected by it. Reported By BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30655176 http://www.mtvpromote.com

Prince Andrew sex case claim denied

Buckingham Palace has denied "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors" by Prince Andrew, after he was named in US court papers. A woman named him in documents she filed in a Florida court over how prosecutors handled a case against financier Jeffrey Epstein. She claims that between 1999 and 2002 she was forced by Epstein to have sex with the prince when she was a minor. The palace said it would not comment in detail on the legal proceedings. But a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "This relates to long-standing and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party. "As such we would not comment on the detail. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue". line Analysis By Peter Hunt, BBC royal correspondent This is a long-running, complicated legal action which began in 2011 against an American businessman called Jeffrey Epstein who has served 18 months in prison for soliciting a minor for prostitution. Back in 2011 Prince Andrew had to apologise for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. In these court documents, for the first time, an unnamed woman alleges she was forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew when she was a minor, three times in three different locations. He is paying a heavy price for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein which he acknowledged at the time was a mistake on his part. It is interesting Buckingham Palace issued this statement in the first place because in the past the Palace would not have commented on such things, they would just hope they'd go away. Given that it was on the Politico website, it was on other national newspaper websites, I think they felt they had no choice but to make it very clear that this denial was "absolute, total and emphatic", as one of the people close to him said to me. The woman says she was forced to have sexual relations with the prince in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein. The accusation is contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week, which is part of a legal case over how federal prosecutors handled the case of Epstein. The court document, first reported on by Politico Magazine, alleges: "Epstein also sexually trafficked the then-minor Jane Doe (a name used in US legal proceedings for people with anonymity), making her available for sex to politically connected and financially powerful people. "Epstein's purposes in 'lending' Jane Doe (along with other young girls) to such powerful people were to ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political, and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information." Reported By BBC News For More Info: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30659629

Sony cyber-attack: North Korea faces new US sanctions

The US has imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to a cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The White House said President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday sanctioning three North Korean organisations and 10 individuals. The White House said the move was a response to North Korea's "provocative, destabilising, and repressive actions". US sanctions are already in place over North Korea's nuclear program. Reported By BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30661973

AirAsia QZ8501: Search teams find more bodies at sea

More bodies have been recovered from the Java Sea, five days after AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed, bringing the total found so far to 30, Indonesian rescue officials say. The Airbus A320 disappeared with 162 people on board while flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore. Operations to recover victims continue but no survivors have been found. Specialist equipment has arrived to aid the search for the plane itself and its "black box" flight recorders. However officials said it could not be used on Friday because of high waves, Reuters reported. The plane is almost certainly at the bottom of the relatively shallow Java Sea. The cause of the crash is not known yet. 'Strapped in seats' Some 20 more bodies were found on Friday, as a massive search operation in the presumed crash area continued. Some were reported to be still strapped into their seats. The aircraft's fuselage has still not been located, and it is thought most of the passengers could be inside. "Waves were between three and four metres today, making it difficult to load bodies onto ships and [move them] between ships," the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency said. Bambang Soelistyo told reporters in Jakarta that some vessels would search through the night. "Tonight we are sending tug boats which should make the [body] transfers easier." He estimated the fuselage was at a depth of about 25-30m (80-100ft). In a statement, AirAsia confirmed only that 22 bodies had been found, adding: "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501." The bodies recovered from the sea are being taken to Surabaya in numbered coffins. Four people have been identified so far. They include a flight attendant and a four-year-old boy. The boss of Air Asia, Tony Fernandes, tweeted that he would accompany the body of one victim home from Surabaya. "I cannot describe how I feel. There are no words," he said. Several pieces of debris have been recovered, including what is thought to be part of a wing flap. Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. The BBC's Alice Budisatrijo in Surabaya: "Their main priority is just to get the bodies of their loved ones back" The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Pangkalan Bun says there is a growing sense among search teams that their task is going to be harder than initially thought. Bad weather and churning seas have dashed hopes of finding the plane visually, he says, and teams will now be relying on scans of the sea floor. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30658877 Reported by BBC News