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Pepsi launches stevia-sweetened soda

The new soda targets more health-conscious millennials who prefer more natural and organic drinks.
By Aileen Graef   |   Oct. 1, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Pepsi is trying to revitalize its soda sales with the launch of mid-calorie, stevia-sweetened Pepsi True.

The drink does not contain any artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup, instead it uses sugar and stevia to create a new beverage that contains 30 percent less sugar than regular Pepsi. It is the first American cola to use stevia as a primary sweetener, reports CNBC.

Chief competitor Coca-Cola is planning the launch of a reduced-calorie, stevia-sweetened Coca-Cola Life which will have 35 percent fewer calories than regular Coke.

Soda sales have consistently declined for 10 years as people shy away from the unhealthy, high-sugar, empty-calorie drinks. Soft-drink companies are combating with health-conscious more natural and lower calorie sodas.

"The cola wars are alive and well," John Sicher, publisher of Beverage Digest, told USA Today. "Now, both Coke and Pepsi have similar products with Coke Life and Pepsi True. Who will win? The consumer."

The roll-out will be in mid-October and will be exclusively sold on Amazon. It will be sold in 24-packs of 7.5-ounce cans on the website before eventually being launched in grocery stores.

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Some iPhone users getting checks for liquid damage

Some older iOS users are getting up to $300 in settlement money as part of a settlement over liquid damage indicators.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM

CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- More than two years ago, Apple settled a $53 million dollar class action lawsuit.

That lawsuit was filed over iPhone and iPod touch units that may have been wrongly denied warranty service due to water damage indicators that were triggered in the devices.

The settlement covers iPhones denied warranty service on or before 31, 2009 and iPod touches denied coverage on or before June 30, 2010.

During that time, Apple used triggered water damage indicators as a reason for denying warranty service. Meaning if users wanted a new phone, they had to pay for it out of pocket.

The maker of the sensor, 3M said the sensor could have been triggered by humidity and not necessarily direct liquid contact.

According to the settlement's home page, checks started going out to eligible claimants this week.

Owners of several different iPhone models said they have gotten checks of more than $250 while some have gotten checks as high as $300.

Since the lawsuit was filed, Apple has changed their policy to also require visual inspection of devices that have had the liquid sensor tripped.

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