If You Bought An Apple Charger On Amazon It’s Probably Fake And Might Catch Fire

by Leticia Miranda on October 24, 2016

The majority of Apple chargers sold on Amazon are counterfeits and some have the potential to overheat and catch fire, Apple alleges in a lawsuit filed against a New Jersey company that sells the chargers.

The majority of Apple chargers sold on Amazon are counterfeits and some have the potential to overheat and catch fire, Apple alleges in a lawsuit filed against a New Jersey company that sells the chargers.

AP/Kiichiro Sato

As part of an ongoing battle against counterfeit products, Apple purchased a number of power products — adapters and charging and syncing cables — from Amazon and determined that they were counterfeit, according to a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, California.

Apple accuses Mobile Star of selling Amazon counterfeit products that “pose an immediate threat to consumer safety.”

Mobile Star's products are not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and “are poorly constructed with inferior or missing components, flawed design and inadequate electrical insulation,” the company alleges.

Groupon also sold Mobile Star's power products through its site. Amazon and Groupon are not listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

In a statement, Amazon said it has “zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site.” The company said it works with closely with manufacturers and brands to stamp out fakes “and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.”

Mobile Star did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

Apple claims Mobile Star’s products can overheat, catch fire, and send a “deadly electric shock” to consumers during normal use.

Apple claims Mobile Star's products can overheat, catch fire, and send a "deadly electric shock" to consumers during normal use.

The products are presented on Amazon as shipped and sold by Amazon.com using Apple's own trademarks and images, the complaint says.

“Consumers are likewise unaware that the counterfeit Apple products that Amazon.com sourced from Mobile Star have not been safety certified or properly constructed,” Apple alleges.

Even with Apple's efforts to stamp out fraudsters, fake product continues to flood the market, it said. Each month Apple “identifies and reports many thousands of listings for counterfeit and infringing Apple products to Amazon.com under its notice and takedown procedures.”

A review by the company of more than 100 iPhone devices, power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine on Amazon.com showed almost 90% of these were counterfeit.

Read the full complaint:

Originally Posted By BuzzFeed - Tech


Here’s What The iPhone’s “Portrait Mode” Depth Effect Looks Like

by Nicole Nguyen on October 24, 2016


At Apple's iPhone event in September, company SVP Phil Schiller announced “Portrait Mode,” a new camera feature exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus. The beta version of Portrait Mode, which uses the device's dual-camera system to add a gauzy, out-of-focus “bokeh” effect to a photo's background while keeping the foreground in focus, is finally available today via the iOS 10.1 update.

The iPhone 7 Plus can preview Portrait Mode's depth-of-field effect live, allowing photographers the ability to calibrate their portrait shots before hitting the shutter. “This is something you can’t even do with a DSLR,” Schiller said at Apple's event.

Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News

To try out Portrait Mode, you need to have an iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 10.1 installed. Back up your phone, and go to Settings > General > Software Update.

Once the update is installed, open the Camera app and swipe to the left to reach the Portrait tab.

You'll see suggestions in the preview area, like “more light required,” “place subject within eight feet,” or “move farther away.”

Allyson Laquian / BuzzFeed News

Portrait is exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus, because it takes advantage of the phone's dual-camera system. The phone takes information from both the 56mm telephoto lens and the wide angle lens to map the “depth” of the image. The effect looks best on (no surprise here) close-up portraits.

The Google Camera app has had a similar feature, called “Lens Blur,” since 2014. The app uses computer vision algorithms to track the camera's 3D position and sense the depth of a photo to create the same depth-of-field effects.

Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News

No word from Apple on when Portrait Mode will leave beta, but the company said it will continue to make improvements to the feature. Intrigued by Apple's newest iPhones? Here's our review of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

iOS 10.1 includes some other noteworthy features. In Messages, effects will now play when Reduce Motion is enabled. Previously, Reduce Motion needed to be turned off to view full-screen and bubble effects. Users can also replay Messages effects in the update. The Maps app will now show a transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes. On the iPhone 7, the Home Button click settings now appear in search results.

The update is available for iPhone 5 and newer, iPad 4 and newer, and the sixth generation iPod Touch.

Originally Posted By BuzzFeed - Tech