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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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DIY Bullet Time with your smartphone (and a prayer)

DIY Bullet Time with your smartphone (and a prayer)

Professional skier Nicolas Vuignier has done an experiment in which he whips his iPhone around his head on a string. As he does so, he films the process. As the process unfolds, slow-motion video captures Vuignier in what's commonly referred to as Bullet Motion. Think The Matrix. Remember Neo. The action you're about to see is going to blow your mind, if only because it's been done so simply.

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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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GoodBye Message App lets you say so long after you’re gone

GoodBye Message App lets you say so long after you’re gone

There are lots of people around the world who have lost loved ones unexpectedly and know the kind of pain that comes from not getting to say goodbye to the person who died. I'm sure there are also lots of people out there who worry about suddenly dying and not being able to say goodbye to their favorite people. This is where an app called GoodBye Message App comes in.

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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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Huawei GX8 goes live in the US

Huawei GX8 goes live in the US

It's a busy and probably profitable week for Chinese OEM Huawei. Its Honor sub-brand launched the Honor 5x in the US, which was then also launched in the UK. It also teased the existence of the Honor 7 Premium for the UK as well. Now it is making real another CES 2016 promise, this time from its own stable of smartphones. The Huawei GX8 is a mid-range Android smartphone, basically a modified G8 designed for the US market. With its arrival, Huawei's early 2016 contenders for the US market have all arrived in full force.

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Huawei Honor 5x comes to the UK, Honor 7 Premium coming soon

Huawei Honor 5x comes to the UK, Honor 7 Premium coming soon

It isn't only in the US the Huawei's sub-brand Honor is coming on strong. In Europe, it is putting its best and most recent foot forward. The Honor 5x, which just launched in the US to relative success, at least according to honor, is also now available in the UK as well from Huawei's official store on Vmall. But not only that, Huawei will soon be making a reprise of its Honor 7 flagship. Now called the Honor 7 Premium, the smartphone will feature more storage and a fast charger out of the box.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 camera details: bettering the best

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera details: bettering the best

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are likely headed toward a full reveal on the 21st of February, complete with a new set of cameras. Today we're having a peek at some of Samsung's newest in camera technology - mobile technology, that is to say - revealed in part all the way back in November. This camera tech will make the next Galaxy smartphone's camera powerful in all conditions. Not just outdoors. Not just in high lighting conditions. All places.

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BlackBerry reiterates its commitment to BlackBerry 10 OS

BlackBerry reiterates its commitment to BlackBerry 10 OS

It's admittedly hard to keep a serious and credible face when one of your own broke ranks to basically negate what you officially said earlier. That might be the sentiment that BlackBerry is going through right now when its senior director for APAC product management Damian Tay mentioned the company's eventual transition to an Android-only platform. Although it already said so last month, BlackBerry feels the need to emphasize again its commitment to its own BlackBerry 10 OS, at least for the near future.

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VAIO Phone Biz flaunts Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum

VAIO Phone Biz flaunts Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum

When Sony sold off its VAIO PC brand, it was presumed that the new VAIO company would busy itself with only PCs. Last year, however, the Japanese company unveiled its first ever smartphone, unsurprisingly an Android mobile device. Now it's unveiling its second, and, as the rumors have suggested, it is indeed running Windows 10 Mobile. VAIO Phone Biz, as it is called, is clearly designed for the business man or woman, but with less than "serious business" specs but with a lot of business-class looks.

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LG G5 day confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S7 night

LG G5 day confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S7 night

While Samsung may have the night all wrapped up with the Galaxy S7, LG has chosen to reveal the LG G5 in the afternoon. This set of events, it turns out, will be taking place on the 21st of February - later this month - in Barcelona, Spain. That's during Mobile World Congress 2016, where both events will be taking place outside of the main event center. It's the invite that has us baffled the most, it being animated with a walking robot and a bouncing fish... thing.

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The Android ad-blocking war has begun

The Android ad-blocking war has begun

Google blocks an ad-blocking from the Google Play app store not long after Samsung announced an ad-blocking API release for its own web browser. Thus begins the ad-blocking war on Android devices in ernest. This is not the first time an Android app has been blocked from Google's official app store for disobeying the official developer rules - and at this time it's not entirely clear whether or not the block has been put in place for something new, or the same reason as the old.

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