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Apple launches repair program for iPhone 6 Plus ‘touch disease’ flaw

Apple launches repair program for iPhone 6 Plus ‘touch disease’ flaw

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Apple has launched a new repair program for a widely reported on iPhone 6 Plus hardware malfunction known as “touch disease,” which renders the touchscreen useless and manifests as a thin grey line at the top the display. According to Apple, however, this flaw is caused by dropping the phone repeatedly. The company says it will not cover the cost of a repair and will ask those affected by the issue to pay $149 to have it fixed. That might not sit too well with the iPhone owners who filed class action lawsuits against Apple over the touch disease issue. “Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device,” the company writes on its
Student’s iDentifi app puts object recognition in the hands of the visually impaired

Student’s iDentifi app puts object recognition in the hands of the visually impaired

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For someone who is blind or partially sighted, everyday tasks can be a pain — choosing the right can from the pantry, for instance, or picking up the right book from the table. A smartphone could help them with this kind of problem, of course, if it knew how to identify objects and describe them to the user — which is precisely what this app from a 12th-grade student from Toronto does. iDentifi, out now and free on iOS, lets users point the camera at an object and receive a description of it shortly after: “Red headphones,” or “a bottle of Darigold milk on a wood table.” It isn’t the only app out there that can tell what it’s looking at, but it has the advantage of being aimed at visually impaired users and multiple languages from the start. Anmol Tukrel began working on it a year a
Amazon’s Discounting Prime Memberships By $20, Today Only

Amazon’s Discounting Prime Memberships By $20, Today Only

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Just in time for Black Friday (and ostensibly to commemorate the premiere of The Grand Tour), Amazon’s discounting 1-year Prime memberships to $79 today, for new members only. In the past, there have been loopholes for existing members to take advantage of these sporadic Prime discounts, but unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case this time around. That said, if you still haven’t yet joined Prime, this is a fantastic opportunity. Need convincing? We’ve compiled a rapidly expanding list of benefits that you get with your membership, including free two day shipping, access to thousands of streaming TV shows and movies (including...The Grand Tour), 20% off video games, free Kindle ebooks, and a whole lot more. It’s the best deal in tech even at $99, so you shouldn’t hesitate
How a Donkey Became My Running Partner

How a Donkey Became My Running Partner

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It was nearly dark when our neighbor pulled into our driveway with a brace-yourself look in his eye. “He’s in rough shape,” he warned, as he got out of his pickup and walked back to open the trailer. “Rougher than I thought.” I took a look at the donkey huddled inside, then grabbed my phone to call for backup. “Scott, you’ve got to get over here. This is really bad.” “Don’t worry. I’ve seen it all,” Scott replied. My neighbor tried to lead the donkey out of the trailer but it could barely walk. Its fur was crusted with dung, turning its white belly black. In places the fur had torn away, revealing raw skin almost certainly infested with parasites. He was barrel-shaped and bloated from poor feed and his mouth was a mess, with one tooth so rotten it fell right out when touched. Worst o
Top US intelligence official: I submitted my resignation

Top US intelligence official: I submitted my resignation

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(CNN)Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the House Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday he had submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday night. "(I) submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good," he said before the panel of lawmakers, in response to the top Democrat on the panel joking he hoped he would stick around for another four years. "I have 64 days left and I'd have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that," Clapper told California Rep. Adam Schiff, who also paid his respects to Clapper's service as the hearing opened. All members of an outgoing administration must submit a resignation at some point. Clapper's announcement wasn't a surprise to those around him and was expected at the end of his term. For mont...