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2013 Mac Pro video issues now covered by Apple repair program

2013 Mac Pro video issues now covered by Apple repair program

Those who own a late 2013 Mac Pro model and have been plagued by various video issues are in for some good news today: it appears Apple has just launched a new Repair Extension Program that covers the machine's problems. Users that have been affected have experienced issues including distorted video, no video at all, system instability such as freezing and restarting, and even being unable to start up.

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What is “error 53” on my iPhone all about?

What is “error 53” on my iPhone all about?

Today Apple has confirmed that there is, indeed, a trackable reason why some unique users are receiving an "error 53" on their iPhones. It is, apparently, people who have gone out and gotten their devices repaired by non-certified Apple technicians or have DIY'ed their device repairs at home. Not just any repairs, mind you - repairs to their home button. In this home button, a button with Touch ID, is a failsafe that can brick your whole device (or at least disable it) upon software discovery.

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Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

Instagram tests multiple account switching on iOS

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best with social media. It's not that I don't know how it works, it's more that I just don't care. I've got an Instagram account that I'll use on rare occasions to share a picture or two, but I've got all the same people on Facebook, so I usually just post on there. However, there are a lot of people who use Instagram so much that they need multiple accounts, which can be a pain.

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Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

Apple Stores in Japan will put a screen protector on your iPhone

One of the most common accessories that users pick up for their smartphones has got to be a screen protector, those clear plastic films that stick to the display to prevent scratches and smudges. Unfortunately, trying to get the protector to line up perfectly with the screen, home button, or ear speaker during application, not to mention air bubbles, is one of the most frustrating process. Well, Apple Stores in Japan are the first debut Apple's new solution: handheld Belkin devices that will automatically install screen protectors on iPhones.

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Goblin VR folds flat, fits in your pocket

Goblin VR folds flat, fits in your pocket

Amongst the many mobile VR headsets available in the wild today is a new "Goblin VR" headset, built to Google Cardboard Standard 2.0 and able to fold flat to fit in your pocket. It's simple. It's light. It's made of materials you will feel slightly less silly wearing on your face. It'll work with your iPhone and your Android as well, for devices with displays up to 6-inches diagonally - so your phablets can come to play.

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Apple might soon accept broken iPhones for trade-in

Apple might soon accept broken iPhones for trade-in

Apple has long accepted older iPhones, sometimes even non-iPhones, to be traded in for some monetary value towards buying a new device. Initially launched as a way to "reuse and recycle", the trade-in program has since then expanded to entice owners to invest in a new device. Now, Apple is extending it even further. According to sources in the know, Apple will soon be accepting even iPhones that have broken displays, cameras, or buttons, something that previously were grounds to be left out of the trade-in.

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Tim Cook: Apple Music on Android is just the beginning

Tim Cook: Apple Music on Android is just the beginning

If you're an Android user with a certain acquired taste for some of Apple's services and were surprised, even elated, at the recent Apple Music app update, here's some more good news. Apple might be bringing a whole lot more of its services to its rival platform. This was revealed by no less than chief executive Tim Cook himself at a company-wide town hall meeting. So unless Cook is thwarted by a company upheaval, you can probably expect popular services like iCloud and Apple Pay to come to Android in the, hopefully near, future.

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Apple discourages SC from hearing Samsung’s patent review case

Apple discourages SC from hearing Samsung’s patent review case

Apple has finally and formally reacted to Samsung's attempt to bring the patent tug of war between the two companies to the US Supreme Court. In an opposition brief filed by Apple's lawyers, Cupertino tries to dissuade the court from even giving Samsung's case the time of day. It's main argument is that despite the seemingly high-profile nature of the case and the half a dozen or so amici briefs filed in support, the matter is "legally unexceptional". Apple, however, might be facing a more difficult time proving that.

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Instagram keeps secretly testing the fix for its big problem

Instagram keeps secretly testing the fix for its big problem

Instagram's multiple accounts iOS app release begins now, sort of. What you're going to see, if you're super lucky, is the option to add multiple accounts to your single Instagram app. This was revealed as an option for the Beta users on Android not too long ago - now iOS users will be given the same opportunity. And lucky you, so very lucky, are you... if you get to use it. The roll out for now seems entirely random.

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Apple Pay hits 2 million accepted locations worldwide

Apple Pay hits 2 million accepted locations worldwide

It may have started off a bit slow, with only a few select retailers offering support, but Apple's mobile payments system Apple Pay has reached acceptance at 2 million worldwide locations. That is a lot of places for users to make payments on the go with their iPhone 6, 6s, and Apple Watch, and it's well beyond the company's own goal of reaching 1.5 million retail outlets before the end of 2015.

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Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

As if it weren't shocking enough that Apple has an Android app that doesn't try to convince users to switch to iPhones, it has just updated said app with a feature that no iPhone can have. At least technically. Apple Music on Android has been updated with, among other things, support for downloading music to external (micro) SD cards. This, in theory, would allow users to listen to a lot more music offline, more than any iPhone or iPad can handle, at least with current configurations.

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Apple now owes VirnetX more than what Samsung owes it

Apple now owes VirnetX more than what Samsung owes it

Some might call it poetic justice, but that might jumping the gun a bit too early. In a trial held at the East Texas Federal District Court, a notorious site for many patent lawsuits, a jury unanimously declared Apple guilty of infringing on "patent holder" VirnetX's patents in Apple's VPN on Demand feature as well as FaceTime and iMessage. More than that, however, the jury handed down a hefty sum of $625.6 million in damages. In comparison, Samsung is paying, somewhat, Apple $548 million in patent design damages.

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