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Your chances of finding authorized iPhone third-party repairs just improved

Your chances of finding authorized iPhone third-party repairs just improved

If you've cracked your iPhone screen or need a battery replacement, there are now more places to get an official repair, Apple has announced, with its Independent Repair Provider Program expanding both in the US and abroad. Launched back in the fall of 2019, the program promises genuine Apple parts but installation by approved third-party repair shops, handy for those too far away from an actual Apple Store.

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Walmart+ tipped to take on Amazon Prime later this month

Walmart+ tipped to take on Amazon Prime later this month

Amazon has practically won the e-commerce race and much of that isn't simply because of the convenience of online shopping. Its subscription-based Prime membership is a major factor in its success, providing exclusive perks that even go beyond the act of buying things. Amazon's biggest rival isn't taking the threat sitting down, of course, and Walmart may soon launch its own Walmart+ loyalty program within just a few weeks.

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OnePlus Nord price leaked ahead of AR launch event

OnePlus Nord price leaked ahead of AR launch event

OnePlus said it was going back to what it does best. There was even a promise of a sub-$500 smartphone that, while not a flagship killer, is expected to be a David among Goliaths. The company has just tried to drum up the hype by confirming its AR-flavored event later this month. Unsurprisingly, that may have opened the floodgates of even more rumors and leaks, including one about the OnePlus Nord's price tag that should remind people to be a bit more realistic with their expectations.

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Apple Pay QR code support could be coming soon

Apple Pay QR code support could be coming soon

Apple's mobile payment has been around for more than half a decade now but its primary interaction with the physical world has been through NFC. While more convenient and more secure than the likes of Bluetooth or RFID, that convenience requires both the phone and the terminal to have the hardware necessary to enable it. Now it seems that Apple is working on adding support for scanning QR codes and barcodes that could open the system to more users and potentially make it safer given today's health situation.

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ARM shifts away from IoT to focus on core chip business

ARM shifts away from IoT to focus on core chip business

The past weeks have been great for ARM, the designers of the most-used processors in the mobile and embedded world. From Apple's switch to its own ARM-based Silicon to powering the world's fastest supercomputer, ARM seems poised to become an even bigger threat to Intel than AMD was. Perhaps emboldened by that newfound prestige, the company has decided to stay focused on what it does best and spin off from that other popular IT market, the Internet of Things.

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Nokia 1 Android 10 update has started rolling out

Nokia 1 Android 10 update has started rolling out

The Nokia 1 isn't exactly a phone that would wow people, not unless you're impressed by how basic and affordable it is. Of course, its whole point was to deliver an Android experience that almost anyone can afford, regardless of budget constraints. Most phones on this tier often get forgotten after they land in the market. HMD Global, however, is proving it isn't like the others and is rolling out the phone's second and probably last major Android update.

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Galaxy Watch 3 strikes a pose as it passes by Taiwan’s NCC

Galaxy Watch 3 strikes a pose as it passes by Taiwan’s NCC

The date is set for Samsung's big event and while the Galaxy Note 20 is the obvious center of attraction, it is expected to be joined by no less than three other Galaxy devices. Whether that entourage includes a smartwatch, however, is still unknown but the Galaxy Watch 3 seems to be ready to jump into the spotlight at any moment. It has even stopped by NCC, Taiwan's FCC equivalent, long enough to give us a glimpse of at least one of two variants for the upcoming wearable.

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Galaxy A51 and A71 get gifted with Galaxy S20 camera features

Galaxy A51 and A71 get gifted with Galaxy S20 camera features

The Galaxy S20 may have been a flop but the first half of 2020 wasn't a total loss for Samsung. That's was mostly thanks to the unexpected popularity of its mid-range selection, the Galaxy A51 and Galaxy 71, to be exact. These more affordable phones offered looks and features that met the day to day needs of most users and now they might even have fewer reasons to be jealous of their more expensive siblings. Although they may not have the best cameras in town, they're at least getting some of the same high-end features that Samsung has been flaunting on the Galaxy S20.

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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 virtual August event detailed

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 virtual August event detailed

Samsung has officially revealed the details for its Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event, detailing how it will hold the virtual event and when it will take place. As with other major events this year, Unpacked 2020 will be streamed online for the public to tune in rather than being held as a live event. What can Samsung fans expect? New Galaxy smartphones, tablets, and more.

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Amazon Prime Video adds user profiles following successful test

Amazon Prime Video adds user profiles following successful test

Amazon Prime Video has finally added a feature that has already been available on a number of competing platforms: user profiles. With these, multiple people in the same household can separate their viewing habits, preventing someone from having their personalized recommendations messed up when another person views their own favorite shows. The profiles are only rolling out on certain devices to start with.

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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW brings mmWave to “affordable” tier

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW brings mmWave to “affordable” tier

This week the folks at Samsung and Verizon revealed the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW. This device is now the least expensive way to access Verizon's own Ultra Wideband 5G connectivity. With this device, users get a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display, four cameras (and a fifth on the front), 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for potential storage expansion.

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Tablo’s new OTA DVRs offer up to 1TB and key features for cord-cutters

Tablo’s new OTA DVRs offer up to 1TB and key features for cord-cutters

Tablo has expanded its DVR product line with the new Quad and Dual models, offering cord-cutters who use an over-the-air TV antenna new options that feature built-in storage. These two new OTA DVR models feature up to four tuners and 1TB of data, offering ample space for recording multiple shows -- up to 700 hours of HD content if you opt for the highest storage option.

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