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Apple and Samsung have been fined €10m and €5m respectively by investigators in Italy for what they are calling ‘planned obsolescence’.

In less technical terms, the decision is related to the confirmation that the two  have been building the phones with the direct intention that they slow down over time, forcing you to buy a new one.

The investigation was launched in January by the Italian body responsible for monitoring competition between companies, and they discovered that software updates from both companies actually had a detrimental effect on the performance of their devices.

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