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‘Error 53′: Your Repaired iPhone Is Dead

A cryptic Apple Inc.AAPL -2.74% error message is informing some iPhone owners that their devices, repaired by outsiders, are dead, in what some people view as an Apple effort to exert more control over repairs to its products. Dozens of iPhone owners are complaining online that when upgrading their phones to the latest software, they received “Error 53” messages that lock them out of their devices and the data stored on them.

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Apple Watch 2 Said to Enter Mass Production in Mid 2016

Quanta will be the sole manufacturer of the second-generation Apple Watch, according to a few sources out of the China supply chain (via DigiTimes). The same sources believe that the manufacturing company will ramp up mass production on the "Apple Watch 2" sometime in the second quarter of 2016, following reports that it began a trial production on the smartwatch this month.

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Windows 8, Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and 10 (mostly) consigned to the dustbin of history

Microsoft's new support policy for Internet Explorer, announced all the way back in 2014, kicks in today. From now on, Microsoft will only support the newest version of Internet Explorer on each supported version of Windows. Windows Vista, for example, shipped with Internet Explorer and had downloadable updates to Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. Today, Microsoft patched Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 on Windows Vista. But next month, with the new policy, only Internet Explorer 9 will receive updates. Versions 7 and 8 have dropped out of support. On Windows 7 and 8.1 the only supported version will be Internet Explorer 11.

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iOS 9.2 update targets Apple Music improvements, bug fixes

Apple on Tuesday released a software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The update, which bumps devices up to iOS 9.2, includes improvements to Apple Music and Apple News, along with a variety of bug fixes. Users can begin downloading the update by going to Settings, clicking on General, and selecting Software Update.

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Cat vs Raccoon HD now available for Apple TV

Lead your cat to survival and ultimately space supremacy. The goal of your cat is to defeat the raccoon and avoid losing it's nine lives to asteroids and other space debris. The cat has a jet pack and an endless supply of falling mice to gain power and help in achieving your cat's goal.

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Teardown shows Nest Cam is “always-on” even when you think it’s off

It turns out your home security camera may see more of your home than you thought it did. In a teardown of the Nest Cam, a team at ABI Research found that even when "off," the camera draws nearly the same amount of power as when it's fully powered on, meaning it's functional and running even when the indicator light claims otherwise.

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The Marines start training Google's 160-pound robo-dog Spot

Spot, the silent robo-dog made by Google-owned company Boston Dynamics, enjoyed the great outdoors for a week back in September. Not to fetch sticks or roll around in the grass, but to train... with the Marines. It's gone a long way since its time stalking indoors, getting kicked by well-meaning engineers.

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Rdio shutting down, and Pandora will buy its technology

Streaming music service Rdio is planning to shut down and sell "key assets" to Pandora. Pandora announced the pending acquisition today, saying it will spend $75 million to buy "technology and intellectual property from Rdio" and hire "many members of Rdio's team." Pandora is not buying the full company. But using Rdio technology and staff, the buyer "expects to offer an expanded Pandora listening experience by late 2016, pending its ability to obtain proper licenses."

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Verizon brings back $20 activation fee for devices

If you're considering signing up for wireless service with Verizon, you may want to do so before Sunday.

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Tag Heuer’s $1,500 smartwatch brings a high-class brand name to Android Wear

The smartwatch market has led to a bunch of electronics companies making questionably fashionable wrist watches, but now the Swiss are here to (supposedly) show everyone how it's done. Tag Heuer has teamed up with Google and Intel to create a $1,500 Android Wear device called the "Tag Heuer Connected."

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Roku vs. Apple TV vs. Chromecast vs. Amazon Fire TV vs. Android TV: Which streamer should you buy?

Streaming video, whether it's from Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Watch ESPN or PBS Kids, is more popular than ever. And the selection of devices to get those shows and movies from the Internet onto your TV continues to expand.

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Samsung is making more money from chips and screens, but not from phones

Samsungs third-quarter earnings report is out, and the results are mixed. On the one hand, profits are up year-over-year for the first time since early 2014

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Skype for iPhone now supports Apples 3D Touch

Skype unveiled a new version of its iPhone app with 3D Touch, filters and better ways to manage your conversation.

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Verizon issues $20 price hike to customers who held onto unlimited data

Verizon Wireless customers who still have unlimited data plans will soon have to pay $49.99 a month for data instead of the current $29.99, the company confirmed to multiple news outlets today. Verizon stopped selling unlimited data to new customers a few years ago, but some longtime subscribers still have the plans.

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Amazon to ban sales of Apple TV, Google Chromecast to boost Prime Video

Starting on October 29, the Apple TV and Google Chromecast will no longer be available from Amazon. Bloomberg reports that the online retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers telling them that it is not allowing any new postings of the devices, and the company will remove existing listings at the end of October.

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Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide

People around the world are receiving a highly suspicious software bulletin through the official Windows Update, raising concerns that Microsofts automatic patching mechanism may be broken or, worse, has been compromised to attack end users.This Web search, which queries the random-appearing string included in the payload, suggests that its being delivered to people in multiple regions.

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Android is now used by 1.4 billion people

Android just keeps on getting bigger. Last year, Google announced that its mobile operating system had over a billion active users, and at this years Nexus event, the company revealed that this figure has now topped 1.4 billion actives over the last 30 days.

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The iPhone 6S may just be waterproof

Two videos posted on YouTube suggest that Apples latest devices might possess an unadvertised feature, but dont bet your new iPhone on it working.

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Sprint thinks its existing wireless spectrum is enough

Phone carriers usually have a voracious appetite for wireless spectrum, and for good reason: they dont want to lose your business because their networks are overloaded or missing coverage.

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Here are the coolest things you can do with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

So you bought the new iPhone. Whether you’re jumping to Apple for the first time or upgrading from an iPhone 5S, you could probably benefit from learning the features, tips, and tricks that will help you get the most out the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

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VR Minecraft announced for 2016 at Oculus Connect conference

The second day of this years Oculus Connect conference for virtual reality developers kicked off with an announcement-rich keynote presentation.

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Firefox bakes instant messaging into latest version

The new version also adds some minor updates and bug fixes at a time when Firefox continues to trail Google Chrome among desktop browser users.

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Instagram now larger than Twitter as user tally climbs to 400 million

Usage of the photo-sharing service bought by Facebook in 2012 jumped 25 percent in the past year, with most of its users based outside the US.

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Apple is giving refunds to everyone who bought top ad-blocker Peace

Apple has decided to issue refunds to every person who downloaded the popular ad-blocker Peace that was abruptly pulled from the App Store last week after its creator had a change of heart.

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Microsoft expecting PS4 to come down in price soon

Ever since Sony announced last week that it is finally dropping the Japanese price of the PS4 by 5,000 (about $42), there's been rampant speculation about whether or not a similar reduction is in the works for the rest of the world. While we looked at the context and suggested a wider price drop might not be in the cards yet, Sony's biggest console competition seems to think otherwise.

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