Apple's Battery 'Service' Alerts Are a Blow Against Right to Repair

Apple's Battery 'Service' Alerts Are a Blow Against Right to Repair

“You can’t provide special tools for fixing things in your repair center without also providing it to consumers.” (Apple has not confirmed whether it uses special software to eliminate the “Service” warning on an iPhone at the time the battery is replaced.).

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles

Snap Bets Its Future on a Stylish New Pair of Spectacles. For Snap, the maker of the ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, it's preparing by making a new pair of sunglasses: Spectacles 3.This isn’t Snap’s first rodeo.

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Could Feds Force Companies to Support Your Right to Repair?

Manufacturers can’t void the warranty on product just because the consumer went and repaired it themselves, swapped parts, or had it fixed by a third party.

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

Apple's MacBook Pro Battery Recall Adds to Its Laptop Problems

The batteries, according to Apple’s support page, “may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” The recall is said to affect 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina displays sold between September 2015 and February 2017, and Apple is replacing batteries for free on eligible laptops.

We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

Desperate farmers have taken to hanging out in shady internet forums, looking for software that will get around John Deere's locks, trying to assert their right to repair the tractors they ostensibly own.

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

Apple Is Finally Fixing the Keyboards on MacBook Pros

More than a year and a half after some MacBook owners began vociferously complaining about broken MacBook keyboards, Apple is making what it says is a material change in the keyboards in its high-end MacBook Pro laptops.

Hearing Aids Get a Tech-Minded Upgrade

Hearing Aids Get a Tech-Minded Upgrade

Eargo's product comes with a pocketable charging case and two tiny hearing aids that nestle into the ear canal. But its latest product, Livio AI , includes sensors that, combined with a mobile app, turn it into a full-fledged activity tracker.

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Security Experts Unite Over the Right to Repair

Now, with right to repair legislation gaining traction across the country, a new nonprofit advocacy group called wants to push back against that kind of messaging, arguing instead that devices can be both easy to fix and secure.

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Preserving Your Right to Repair Your Gadgets

Our guest this week, Nathan Proctor, is the national director of the Right to Repair Campaign for US PIRG. Also this week, Peter Rubin tells us about what to expect from the new PlayStation console Sony plans to release next year, and we discuss the problems with early review units of the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Fiber optic cable being loaded onto a ship owned by SubCom, which is working with Google to build what's expected to be the world's fastest undersea data connection.

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News. Here are the best rain jackets on the internet right now , and how to pick the best one for you.

Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

Right to Repair Is Now a National Issue

Our work to help people fix their stuff reached a milestone last week, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called for Right to Repair to support farmers struggling with growing antitrust issues in agriculture.

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair

Corporations Are Co-Opting Right-to-Repair Vadim Zhakupov/Getty Images "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." As an advocate, organizer, and campaigner for preschool access, tax fairness, plastic pollution and other causes for the last 14 years, I’ve heard this saying many times.

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Coyote researcher Brian Mitchell describes the sounds you’re likely to hear at this time of year: “Group yip-howls are produced by a mated and territorial pair of “alpha” coyotes, with the male howling while the female intersperses her yips, barks, and short howls.

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Try on Your Next Pair of Glasses Using Just Your iPhone

Leveraging the face-mapping tech on Apple's iPhones, the Warby Parker app will now include a a "virtual try-on" feature, which lets customers preview what glasses would look like in impressive detail using augmented reality.

Space Photos of the Week: It’s Love vs. Hate in Star vs. Star

Space Photos of the Week: It’s Love vs. Hate in Star vs. Star

Clusters like these, dating back to just a few billion years after the Big Bang, are the source material for scientists looking to understand star formation, and by combining data from several telescopes they gain a better understanding on the goings-on at these nurseries.Two’s the charm: You’re looking at a white dwarf and a red giant, a binary star called R Aquarii.

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

Regardless of the impact on the alleged SamSam hackers specifically, the Justice Department made a statement that should resound among cybercriminals who rely on bitcoin and the dark web for anonymity.“It absolutely adds a chilling effect,” Jarvis says.

To Heal Wounds, Cells Time-Travel Back to a Fetal State

To Heal Wounds, Cells Time-Travel Back to a Fetal State

Instead, the cells of the damaged tissue turn the clock back all the way to a more fetal state, tapping into the proliferative power that once characterized development — and a program thought to have long gone silent.Atom Bombs and Self-Renewing CellsIn the early 1900s, scientists theorized that the specific blood cell types they’d learned to distinguish from one another under a microscope — red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets — came from a common, more primitive source: a stem cell.