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Thursday
Nov032011

Apple: Yes, We Have a Battery Problem

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple concedes there is a battery problem with the new iPhone 4S.

"A small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said in a statement. "We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks."

Apple didn't say what the bugs were or go into other specifics. The problem may not be exclusive to the new iPhone; instead, it may be in the operating system, iOS 5, which the phone shares with other Apple devices.

People who crowded around to buy the phone since last month's release have been reporting that the battery runs down remarkably quickly, sometimes in mid-conversation.

Technology analyst Rob Enderle said any new product is likely to have bugs.

"The 4S is a new phone under the skin," he said in an email, "and virtually every time you make a major change in a device like this the biggest initial risk is that battery life will crater."

In the meantime, various bloggers suggest turning off Location Services apps you don't need.

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Monday
Dec062010

Gov't Has Spent About $120 Million on Bills It May Not Be Able to Use

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than 1.1 billion new $100 bills that were set to be released next year have been quarantined in vaults across the country because of a creasing problem.

A person familiar with the matter told CNBC that the bills, produced for about 12 cents each, are the most costly ever made. It appears that the government has spent about $120 million to produce bills it can't use.

In October, the Federal Reserve identified a problem with printing the bills, which have new security measures to prevent counterfeiting. The magnitude of the problem was unclear at the time.

Sources tell ABC News that an initial quality check on a small sample of the new bills by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing determined that "more than half" the new bills were fine and could be distributed. But you don't have to be a Fed economist to realize what that means -- up to 49.9 percent of the bills could be defective.

At this point, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has yet to determine the cause of the printing errors, according to sources investigating the matter. It could be the paper (supplied by Crane & Co.) or might be the BEP's presses.

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