Italy Fines Apple $12 Million for Misleading iPhone Water Resistance Claims

Apple has been slapped with a 10 million euro ($12 million) fine by Italy’s antitrust watchdog for unfair commercial practices related to its iPhone marketing in the country.

One of the Apple ads cited in the Italian watchdog’s proceedings (credit: setteBIT)

Specifically, Apple is being charged for misleading claims in promotional messages about how deep and how long iPhones can be submerged in water without being damaged.

In marketing materials related to ‌iPhone‌ 8, ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, ‌iPhone XS‌ Max, iPhone 11, ‌iPhone 11‌ Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple said its iPhones were water resistant at a depth of between one and four meters for up to 30 minutes, depending on the model.

However, according to the country’s competition regulator, the messages did not clarify that the claims are only true under specific conditions, for example during controlled laboratory tests with the use

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Italy fines Apple 10M euro over water resistance marketing

Apple has been hit by a fine from the Italian Antitrust Authority for 10 million euro ($12M) over claims it misled consumers in marketing the water-resistance of its iPhones.

Levied on Monday, the fine from the regulator was laid against Apple Distribution International and Apple Italia SRL, over two commercial practices in how it marketed iPhones, ranging from the iPhone 8 until the iPhone 11 generation. The issues largely relate to Apple’s advertising for water resistance features of its devices.

In its advertising, Apple says its iPhones can withstand water for depths ranging from 1 meter to 4 meters, and for up to 30 minutes. On the first count, Apple was accused of not properly clarifying to consumers that the depths and timing work under specific conditions, such as lab-controlled testing with static and pure water.

There is also an issue with the disclaimer Apple offers, in

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UAE Food and Water security office renews collaboration agreement with Islamic Development Bank

Dubai: – The UAE government has revitalised its collaboration with the Islamic Development Bank in relation to the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) – a centre that enhances food security through research and development (R&D) into biosaline agriculture in marginal environments.

Through the UAE Food and Water Security Office, the government has renewed its agreement with the Islamic Development Bank, with the new terms focused on R&D into food production from areas that suffer from limited resources.

The agreement was renewed during a virtual ceremony held on Sunday, November 29, 2020 and attended by Her Excellency Mariam Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security; H.E. Dr Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group; and several officials and representatives from both entities.

Renewing the agreement effectively extends collaboration on the management and operation of ICBA for another five years. The agreement includes

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Scientists Design New Framework for Clean Water

Artist’s illustration of water molecules. A research team led by Berkeley Lab has designed a new crystalline material that targets and traps copper ions from wastewater with unprecedented precision and speed. (Credit: Sashkin/Shutterstock)

We rely on water to quench our thirst and to irrigate bountiful farmland. But what do you do when that once pristine water is polluted with wastewater from abandoned copper mines?

A promising solution relies on materials that capture heavy metal atoms, such as copper ions, from wastewater through a separation process called adsorption. However, commercially available copper-ion-capture products still lack the chemical specificity and load capacity to precisely separate heavy metals from water.

Now, a team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has designed a new crystalline material – called ZIOS (zinc imidazole salicylaldoxime) – that targets and traps copper ions from wastewater with unprecedented precision and

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Energy and Water Development Corp. to Acquire Hamburg Property to Showcase Its CO2-Free Assembling Manufactory

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL, Nov. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire — Energy and Water Development Corp. (OTC: EAWD) announces that it signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire a prolific 16,000 sq. ft. area near the Port of Hamburg to become its new branch in Hamburg, Germany. The property’s location is ideal as a key transportation hub. The German property is situated in a region where EAWD has a comparative advantage of engineering resources and expertise readily available to rapidly build its first CO2-free Assembling Manufactory.

EAWD recently signed several sales agreements to deliver Solar Powered Atmosphere Water Generation Systems (SPAWGs). This European CO2-free assembling manufactory is anticipated to satisfy yearly production of at least 3000 SPAWGs for worldwide export. The technological innovation of these systems is extraordinary and game changing in that they generate their own energy and water supply. 

CEO Ralph Hofmeier stated, “Despite challenges to

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ZK International Group Co., Ltd. Leads the Development of the New National Standards for Water Saving Design in Civil Building

WENZHOU, China, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (ZKIN) (“ZK International” or the “Company”), a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products primarily used for water and gas supplies, today announced the official approval of a new national standard for water conservation in China. The new standard that is going to be rolled out throughout China is referred as the “Water Saving Design Standards in Civil Building” (coded with GB 50555-2020) (the “Water Saving Design Standards”). This new national standard was promulgated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (“MOHURD”) and was jointly developed by ZK International and the China Architecture & Research Group.

Water conservation is one of the most critical problems in China and one which is only increasing in importance with continuing population growth and deteriorating effects of global warming. The heavy demand

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Can We Learn to Design With Water?

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Mary Street, completed by Touzet Studio in 2019 Courtesy Drone X

“Right and left, the streets take you waterward to a place washed by waves and cooled by breezes,” wrote Herman Melville. Everyone wants to be near the coast, and yet with global warming waterside living and building pose a new set of problems. No where are the challenges clearer than in South Florida. On October first, a lively panel of Miami-based experts in design, development, and engineering pondered “Designing With Water: Collaborative Solutions for Coastal Cities.”

“The history of Florida is ‘Build It and They Will Come.’ Going back to the 19th century when Henry Flagler built this great railway to Miami,” explained Jacqueline Gonzalez Touzet, founding principal at Touzet Studio, a local architecture firm with a diverse body of work from single-family houses to academic projects.  “Miami’s a young city. It’s never been more important that we

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