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Unauthorized Touch ID home button repairs may 'brick' iPhones

If you ever need to get your Touch ID-enabled home button repaired, be sure to have it done by Apple Authorized Service Providers or Apple directly only: UK newspaper The Guardian reports that "thousands" of users who have had their Touch ID button repaired by third parties and found that their iPhone would then "brick" itself (become inoperative) after the next iOS update. The notorious "Error 53" that causes this, according to Apple, is a security measure to prevent low-level hardware hacking.

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Daily Deals: D-Link smart plugs, HP display, Uncharted on PS4, more!

It's the end of the week, and the last thing you want to do is anything that involves effort. To save you the trouble of scouring online retailers for great offers, the crew of MacNN have done it for you. The still-active deals from earlier this week are accompanied by a new batch, including a four-unit D-Link Smart Plug pack for $60, a HP Business 23.6-inch monitor for $110, and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection for $28.

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Apple asks Supreme Court to ignore Samsung's lawsuit appeal

Apple has asked the Supreme Court not to listen to Samsung's appeal over the ongoing patent infringement lawsuit, a filing from Tuesday has revealed. Samsung's request to the Court in December asking it to hear a design patent case is being opposed by Apple, with the arguments that Samsung has already failed to prove it's innocence, and despite the attention the case has received over the years, it is "unexceptional" and should not be looked into further.

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Apple Pay bank support reaches 1,000 US institutions

On Friday, Apple added another 32 US financial institutions on its Apple Pay partner site who are now supporting the company's mobile payments technology, bringing the total in the United States up to an even 1,000 (not including two "loyalty card" issuers, BJ's Wholesale and Kohl's). The news comes following reports that Apple Pay is now accepted at over two million terminals worldwide and further reports that a number of name-brand chains is set to expand significantly across 2016.

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Report: Apple among negotiators for streaming Thursday Night NFL

Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.

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Hands On: Logitech K400 Plus

Previously, we've enthused about the Logitech K380, mostly enthused about the Create, and generally enthused with some caveats about the K400r -- and what do you mean, you're getting these names mixed up? Logitech took some steps toward making things clearer with this, the Logitech K400 Plus keyboard. That doesn't sound like a giant leap forward for keyboard naming, but in all other ways the firm markets this as being for use with your "smart" HDTV -- sort of.

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Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out

Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t


Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands

The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq


BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs

The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep


Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS

Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh

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Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done

The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN


MIT demoes 'Eyeriss' AI chip for mobile

At the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week, MIT researchers presented a new chip designed specifically to implement neural networks. The researchers claim that "Eyeriss" is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run artificial-intelligence algorithms such as Siri or Cortana, rather than uploading all data to a remote server for processing. http://bit.ly/1TISJBe


Pocket for iOS adds readability settings

Offline reader iOS app Pocket has updated, with reader-friendly changes. With the new revision, premium subscribers can adjust character spacing, and choose from eight new fonts including one that makes it easier for sufferers of dyslexia to read saved content. The app itself is free, with a premium subscription available for $5 a month, or $45 a year. http://apple.co/1KuILBl