Technology

Apple Accused of Misleading Customers Entitled to Repairs, Replacements

Roughly 16 months ago, news began to surface of a problem affecting iPhones that had recently been upgraded to the then-new iOS 9. Devices that had previously been repaired by third-party shops or centers suddenly began throwing “Error 53” messages and refusing to function normally. It was caused by repairs that replaced either the Home button or the associated cable. But because this wasn’t known to be a problem at the time, devices that had been repaired and worked flawlessly under previous iOS versions suddenly began failing when upgraded to ...

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ET Deals: Save 12% on Quad-Core Kaby Lake Dell XPS 15 Laptop

Today, Dell is offering up a 12% discount on its 15.6-inch XPS 15 laptop. With high-end internals and killer battery life, this sleek modern machine is absolutely worth the premium asking price. • Kaby Lake Dell XPS 15 Laptop for $ 1273.99 (List price: $ 1449.99 — Coupon code: XPS150) Spec-wise, this laptop features a seventh generation quad-core 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, 8GB of DDR4 RAM (2400MHz), a 256GB solid-state drive, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support. This 15.6-inch display benefits ...

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Battery-Free Pacemaker Is Powered by Microwaves

Millions of people have benefited from pacemakers since the first one was implanted in 1958, but the basics facets of the design have remained unchanged. These devices are still battery-operated, with leads running from the device itself to the heart. Now, researchers from Rice University have developed a battery-free pacemaker that can be implanted directly in heart. If the design is adopted, it could eliminate many of the common complications associated with pacemaker implantation. The battery-free pacemaker was designed in the lab of electrical and computer engineering professor Aydin Babakhani. ...

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Court Forces Verizon to Fix Critical Infrastructure in Pennsylvania

Back in 2015, Verizon was sued by the Communications Workers of America for its general failure to maintain copper infrastructure in Pennsylvania. We covered the issue in October of last year, when CWA officials testified that Verizon was willing to fire employees for maintaining copper infrastructure, while simultaneously failing to deploy replacement wireline service over fiber. Employees were instructed to migrate customers to Verizon’s VoiceLink wireless service if any opportunity to do so existed, even if that service was an imperfect or unsuitable replacement for the copper service they previously ...

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HP Omen Accelerator Adds External GPU, SSD, and More for Laptop Gaming

For the past few years, companies like Alienware and Razer have worked to push the idea of external GPU boxes as upgrades for PC laptops. Alienware has had their own solution, customized for their own systems, while companies like Intel, AMD, and Razer teamed up to create the XConnect platform last year. We’re finally seeing more OEMs opting for this approach, and HP’s new Omen Accelerator extends it from graphics into other performance areas as well. Unlike other GPU accelerators we’ve seen, the new Omen Accelerator will include a 2.5-inch dock ...

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Apple’s Metal 2 API Adds External GPU, VR Support to macOS

For most of Apple’s existence, gaming on the Mac has meant second-rate performance, particularly for the dollar. While there have been a handful of exceptions over the years — often only when major GPU refresh cycles happened to precisely coincide with Mac refresh cycles — the GPU performance available in a Mac has vastly lagged what you can buy in a PC. Apple may not be doing much to close the gap in absolute terms, since the GPU hardware in its brand-new iMac Pro will likely be quite expensive. But ...

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Kaspersky Accuses Microsoft of Unfairly Disabling Its Antivirus

Microsoft used to ship Windows without a built-in antivirus client, which seems foolishly naive in this day and age. However, the addition of Windows Defender to the operating system has caused some tension with third-party antivirus makers. Windows Defender has occasionally interfered with other antivirus apps. Kaspersky recently accused Microsoft of unfair practices for the way it deletes the company’s antivirus during Windows updates. The Russian company has now filed a number of regulatory complaints to right what it sees as a tremendous wrong. Kaspersky began complaining about Microsoft’s activities late last ...

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Apple’s HomePod Faces Fierce Competition Among Smart Speakers

When Apple gets into a market, it usually has something innovative to bring to the table. HomePod might be an exception, though. Apple announced this $ 350 smart speaker at WWDC to go up against Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos Play 3. Despite the company’s insistence that HomePod will sound amazing, it all feels like too little too late to take on the growing smart speaker market. HomePod is a rounded cylinder about 7-inches tall (it looks like the “trashcan” Mac Pro). Inside is an array of seven beam-forming ...

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With iOS 11, Apple Leaves 32-bit Apps Behind for Good

One of the advantages of Microsoft Windows is its generally excellent approach to backwards compatibility. Thanks to a mixture of virtual machine support and native OS capabilities, you can generally run x86 apps from any era in a modern system. There are exceptions to this, but backwards compatibility works very well, more often than not. Apple, in contrast, has been aggressive about its move to 64-bit compared with 32-bit, and it’s preparing to leave 32-bit software behind altogether with its upcoming iOS 11. Google has made some moves to shift ...

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Google Home Outage Shows Smart Homes Can Be Dumb Sometimes

Google launched its Google Home hardware last year as a way to bring the Google Assistant into your daily life. Unlike Assistant on a phone, Home is designed for everyone to use, and it launched with various smart home integrations like Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats. Google has been talking a big game when it comes to voice recognition and control, but a small hiccup on Google’s end over the weekend is a reminder just how fragile a “smart home” platform can be. Beginning on Thursday or Friday and ...

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