Happy Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following today.
Turns out Americans aren't the folks up in arms after Apple admitted slowing down older iPhones. French prosecutors are now looking into Apple's actions to determine if they rise to the level of fraud. From The Associated Press: "In France it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to encourage customers replace it. A 2015 law makes it a crime, with penalties of up to two years in prison and fines of up to 5 percent of the company’s annual turnover."
With South by Southwest just two months away, more and more news is trickling out about this year's festival. For instance, we've learned that philanthropist Melinda Gates will be a keynote speaker this year, while Michael Dell and Richard Linklater have been added as featured speakers. Our Omar Gallaga has a full rundown of the latest announcements here.
New CES gadgets
The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, with tech firms trotting out their latest and greatest inventions. USA Today took a look at some of the items we're likely to see in stores soon, including a real-time speech translator, social companion robots and even a marker-sized kitchen tool that can tell if meat is rotten, if alcohol is pure and if you've got the right prescription pills.
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