Apple faces criminal investigation in France over iPhone ‘planned obsolescence’

This is an accepted fact of online life. Some of our most beloved cultural objects are not only ephemeral but transmitted around the world at high speed before the close of business. Memes sprout from the ether or so it seems. They charm and amuse us. They sicken and annoy us. They bore us. They linger for a while on Facebook and then they die—or rather retreat back into the cybernetic ooze unless called upon again. The constancy of this narrative may be observed in any number of internet memes in recent memory, from the incredibly short-lived Damn Daniel , Dat Boi , Salt Bae , queer Babadook to the ones seemingly too perfect to ever perish like Harambe the gorilla and Crying Jordan. At a glance—even from a digital native—meme death seems like a much less mysterious phenomenon than meme birth.

The Obsolete Man

The title seemed to sum up two popular contemporary pastimes, a despondency about societal progress and a condescension towards American over consumption. With its dust-jacket displaying a mountain of discarded computer screens I was anticipating yet another environmental diatribe about the woeful, wanton, wasteful animal that is man.

I regularly notice that books with first impressions such as these, tend to forewarn of a misanthropic authorial cri de couer. The book examines a range of products that exemplify historical periods throughout the previous century: from early car production, wartime electronics, post-war fashion, Fifties radios, cars again in the Sixties, home computers in the Seventies, information transfer at the end of the Cold War, and finally, the ubiquitous mobile phone.

to-date as at the date of publication, CADTH does not make any guarantee to sites and CADTH is not responsible for any injury, loss or damage suffered as a.

You may not know about Brooks Stevens, and today is his birthday. Clifford Brooks Stevens, born June 7, , was an American industrial designer of home furnishings, appliances, automobiles and motorcycles— as well as a graphic designer and stylist. But how many will reference a topic sure to light a fuse in any frugal consumer? Planned Obsolescence. While Brooks is credited for all this previous innovation, he is also cited with inventing the concept of planned obsolescence. Obviously, there is some debate over his role in what became a controversial business practice.

His vision was to always design the next product a little sleeker, shinier, or better so that the customer would want something new. Obsolescence, however, is a driving force in modern economy. Modern technology continues to advance and evolve so fast, that in order to stay competitive, original equipment manufacturers OEMs commit significant resources to innovations that keep their customers cutting edge and competitive. Even without Brooks highlighting the human desire to have something a little newer, and a little better… probably sooner than really necessary.

Is Putin right? Is liberalism really obsolete?

HereToStay, Rediscover the stunning iPhone 6s. This well-oiled mechanism has been in place since the very first iPhone and Apple has conditioned its consumers to happily accept this pace of obsolescence. For Back Market, these 80 million phones still have good years ahead of them. This fight against what we can accurately call a kind of new device bulimia – where new models are gobbled up and then soon enough purged – is an effective way for us to combat the overproduction of electronics, the overexploitation of natural resources, and the explosion of e-waste.

Certified refurbishing is a proven and reliable way to extend the life of electronics, keeping them out of the landfills.

Planned obsolescence. A term that is not new but is increasingly significant. New products are a must, no matter the need, and manufacturers.

By Staff Report. Email the author. Nya had put off getting a new battery for her phone for as long as she could, what with three kids, rent, and an underemployed husband. Finally, it would not charge anymore, so Nya went to her local store to get a replacement. It was now obsolete and had to be replaced with money she did not really have.

Gary was a senior citizen relying primarily on Social Security to provide for his daily needs. Before he retired some time ago, he purchased what, was then, a top of the line computer setup. It was quick, had plenty of RAM, a big monitor and was well recommended. Gary had also acquired the most popular software to operate the machine.

Over time, as with many of us, he scanned the Internet, did some shopping, played a few games, wrote some letters and sent, or received, a few pictures. Even though time had passed, the system was quite adequate for his needs. Yet, time and tide seemingly march on. Gary first heard about the new replacement version of his operating system on social media.

What is the lifespan of a laptop?

We use cookies to improve our service for you. You can find more information in our data protection declaration. Many companies deliberately shorten product lifespans to ensure consumers continue spending. Has your printer or coffee machine died shortly after the warranty period expired?

Bernard London first proposed the idea of planned obsolescence in the early ‘s object ever made to be given an artificial “death date” at the time of.

Cultures of Obsolescence pp Cite as. In a Ikea commercial, a woman unplugs a red desk lamp and carries it out of her home, depositing it with a bag of garbage on the sidewalk. A spare piano score emphasizes the sad fate of the unloved red lamp until, suddenly, a man appears out of the darkness. He addresses the camera in an exaggerated Nordic accent. It has no feelings! And the new one is much better. The lamp abandoned in the rain seems so charged with meaning, but the new nonetheless has a much stronger appeal.

Technology and Culture

It was too insecure, Jobs wrote , too proprietary, too resource-intensive, too unaccommodating for a platform run by fingertips instead of mouse clicks. All of those gripes hold true. And now Adobe itself has finally conceded. The web will be safer, faster, smoother without it. But between now and , the internet does need to figure out how to deal with the remains. It offers very little.

California court overturns death penalty for Scott Peterson, convicted of is also the subject of civil lawsuits in the U.S. over the obsolescence.

By Giles Slade. Cambridge, Mass. Cultures can achieve affluence either by wanting little and producing little or wanting much and producing much, anthropologist Marshall Sahlins taught us. The strength of Giles Slade’s Made to Break as history is its exploration of how professionals in twentieth-century America wrestled with the ethics and practicalities of moving from the former to the latter.

Slade reveals engineers, marketing consultants, and activists arguing among themselves and in public about the benefits and costs of repetitive consumption—replacing products that have not yet worn out. He draws on trade journals, corporate documents, and the popular press to show that U. Legitimating wasted materials, wasted human skills, and toxic wastes did not come easily. This exploration was not Slade’s primary goal, however. Instead, he sought to tell a “collection of stories” about how “mounds of hazardous materials and a poisoned water supply” became America’s “legacies to the future” pp.

Planned obsolescence; building in the death-date.

Planned obsolescence. It’s an idea I’ve touched upon in a few of my columns in the past. It is, or was, an approach that called for product designs that artificially reduced the life cycle of the products–whether it be in form, function or fashionability–in an attempt to increase sales, or “shorten the replacement cycle. Consumers started demanding greater longevity from the products they used.

But the essence of planned obsolescence was replaced by rapid technology improvement. Products, like software and smartphones, no longer become obsolete, but rather become something newer, better and almost completely different think horse and buggy to automobile.

(a) Physical obsolescence and. (b) Technological obsolescence. Planned obsolescence. Page 9. Limited functional life design (“death dating”) or.

And once again, having a meal there is the first step in a series of wacky adventures and journeys of self-discovery. Peanutbutter and Pickles. Her father John Leguizamo is the best-selling author of erotic novels Depth and Girth. All the boxes get checked, from the classic twin swapping to the seduction scene gone wrong to the priceless family heirloom getting broken, with exaggerated sound effects and Edvard Grieg-inspired score.

While they could be predictable, writer Elijah Aron keeps the comedic beats high thanks to both the heightened sexuality—every other home furnishing is genital-shaped, every conversation ends with a come-on—and the fact that the Buenaventuras keep adding new complications without pause. My personal favorite, after Angelica strips in front of Todd. The farcical elements are even more enjoyable because they avoid the pitfalls of trying to make a joke about asexuality, a journey that BoJack Horseman has handled with a ton of grace and maturity.

Even his discovery of the fact that she loves a corny musical—literally, a musical about corn—immediately becomes a subject of mockery. And when it comes to making someone happy, the only thing he can think to do is what he thinks is best for them, giving her a shot to sing on an upcoming Philbert episode. Though it is a ringing endorsement of clearing the ice this way in new relationships.

Skip to Main Content – Keyboard Accessible

French prosecutors looking to take a bite out of crime are eyeing Apple. Investigators in Paris have opened a criminal probe into the California-based tech giant after revelations that it had been intentionally slowing down older phones, a practice known as “planned obsolescence. In France it is illegal to slow down a product or degrade the quality in order to make customers buy a replacement.

The concept of “death dating” is studied – the idea of, say, a toaster of having a life span of only 3 years, after which it dies (deliberately), and the owner must buy​.

We explore the rhymes and reasons behind the ebbs and flows of technological innovation and obsolescence. Some technologies flash in the pan so quickly they hardly leave a trace Google Glass anyone? And still other creations appear to be gone for good, only to make a comeback within a niche—and likely nostalgic—community. We set out to explore the rhymes and reasons behind these ebbs and flows of technological innovation and obsolescence. First we go to a place where digital nostalgia is alive and well: a vintage video arcade outside of Chicago.

Reporter Colleen Pellissier tells the story of one man who dedicates his life to keeping these old and cranky machines running. He shares his love of the long-forgotten video disc and explains why nothing is obvious when it comes to the successes and failures of technologies.


When Lee Weinman started selling cars 25 years ago in Chicago, dozens of customers used to visit the showroom in the fall, eager to begin the yearly ritual of trading in their car for the latest model. That ritual, which began in the s soon after a mass market for cars developed, eventually went the way of quaint customs such as wearing a three-piece suit and straw hat to a baseball game or using mustard plasters and cold compresses to treat aches and pains. Still, the theme for just may be: “The yearly trade-in is dead–long live the yearly trade-in.

The consensus in the industry is that the annual trade-in is being resurrected, thanks to technological and safety advances and heightened competition in segments such as sport-utility vehicles. Sure, there always have been yearly improvements on most vehicles, but they’re not always as obvious as bigger and better tail fins. In recent years, those changes tend to be electronic, service or safety items that the buyer can’t see or touch, not the kinds of things you can drape with a sheet and dramatically unveil on the showroom floor.

In the past two decades, technology obsolescence has become an Another related feature of this is “death dating”, where a product is.

Dear Amy: My boyfriend and I have been dating for about six months. I want to break things off now and spend my last week free to do what I want with my closest friends. Is this selfish or should I endure the next week to spare his feelings? Dear Resentful: You obviously assume that a final week with you is an awesome prospect, but your boyfriend might be marking time until he can pull the rip cord on this parachute and escape from the relationship too.

I realize that you two had a deal. But it sounds as if one of those deals was sketched out on a napkin late at night. Unfortunately, those napkin sketches rarely yield workable plans. When you made your deal, you neglected to take into account that planned obsolescence and relationships do not mix. Human nature has a way of getting in the way.

Devils, Angels & Dating

Hi! Do you want find a partner for sex? It is easy! Click here, free registration!