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Users report burn injuries from iPhone cables: consumer agency

(ATTNS: CHANGES headline, lead) SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The state-run consumer advocacy body said Thursday it asked the Korean unit of Apple Inc. to inform users of the risks of burns from using iPhone cables after reports of such injuries. The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said three people have reported sustaining second- to third-degree burns since last year while using Apple's lightning cable, which is used to transmit data and recharge the batteries of the iPhone 5.

Users report burn injuries from overheated iPhone cables: consumer agency

(ATTNS: ADDS Apple's stance in last two paras) SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The state-run consumer advocacy body said Thursday it asked the Korean unit of Apple Inc. to inform users of the risks of burns from using overheated iPhones after reports of such injuries. The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said three people have reported sustaining second- to third-degree burns since last year while using Apple's lightning cable, which is used to transmit data and recharge the batteries of the iPhone 5.

Users report burn injuries from overheated iPhone cables: consumer agency

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- The state-run consumer advocacy body said Thursday it asked the Korean unit of Apple Inc. to inform users of the risks of burns from using overheated iPhones after reports of such injuries. The Korea Consumer Agency (KCA) said three people have reported sustaining second- to third-degree burns since last year while using Apple's lightning cable, which is used to transmit data and recharge the batteries of the iPhone 5.

One of IPhone founders leaving Apple

One of the pioneers behind the iPhone, software engineer Greg Christie, is leaving Apple, a spokesman said Wednesday. "Greg has been planning to retire later this year after nearly 20 years at Apple," an official said in an email, saying he had made vital contributions to Apple. Christie was part of the team that developed the iOS software for the first iPhone, which came out in 2007. Christie was until now leading a team working on a so-called human interface team developing more software for Apple.

New iPhone likely out in September

Apple is likely to release its newest iPhone globally in September with a higher resolution and bigger screens, Japan's leading Nikkei business daily reported Friday. The handset, expected to be called the iPhone 6, is expected to come in two versions with a 4.7- or 5.5-inch screen, up from the current four-inch panel, the report said, without citing sources. US-based Apple is ordering its higher-resolution liquid crystal display screens from Japanese electronics giant Sharp, Japan Display and South Korea's LG Display, it added.

Apple shares to be fueled by new iPhone: Barron's

(Reuters) - Apple Inc shares could rise by 20 percent over the next year, fueled by sales of a new version of its iPhone smartphone that is expected to have a bigger screen, according to an article in the March 24 edition of Barron's. The iPhone 6, expected in late summer or fall, is certain to have a bigger screen than earlier versions, which could give iPhone users a major reason to upgrade or win back people who switched to other devices, according to the article.

New Tribune mobile app creates 'playlists' of streaming audio news

By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A new smartphone app developed by the Tribune Co will read aloud a personalized "playlist" of news articles along with weather and traffic updates, as the media organization looks for new ways to reach consumers. The free Newsbeat app released on Thursday is the first product developed by the year-old Tribune Digital Ventures group headed by former Yahoo Inc executive Shashi Seth.

Activists attack Apple for exposing Chinese factory workers to 2 hazardous chemicals in iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO - An environmental protection group and labour rights group are trying to pressure Apple into abandoning two hazardous chemicals used to make iPhones. Green America and China Labor Watch launched their campaign Wednesday to protect the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The groups unveiled an online petition protesting the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones. Benzene is a carcinogen that can cause leukemia if not handled properly and n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage.

Russia's Megafon to buy 750,000 iPhones in 3 years

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's second-biggest mobile phone operator, Megafon, said it would buy at least 750,000 iPhones from Apple Inc over the next three years for resale through its retail network. Megafon signed an agreement with Apple's Russian subsidiary in January, returning to a direct partnership with the U.S. company after a break of several years, but did not disclose the contract terms at the time.

Siri gets a seat in iPhone-friendly cars

Apple on Monday announced that autos will roll out this year with CarPlay technology making iPhones helpful road-trip companions, complete with Siri tending to messages. "CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch," Apple said in a release. Ferrari, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz will show off the technology this week at a car show in Geneva, but the long list of auto makers incorporating it into models included Honda, BMW, Toyota, and General Motors.
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