iFixit: We Are All Geniuses, Advocates Right to Repair

· Andrew Orr · Link

Writing for iFixit, Kay Kay Clapp advocates for the right to repair devices and says we are all geniuses.

If all this feels a bit dystopian, take heart! Thanks to repair advocates and brave netizens around the world, the tide is starting to change. This year, Right to Repair legislation has been successfully introduced in 18 states. The movement continues to spread—and for the first time, European repair allies have introduced their own version of repair legislation.

I think it’s nice that people can repair their devices, but it can also be a security risk. If it’s easy for you to repair, it’s easy for bad guys to “repair” and put hardware implants into your device.

Lessons I Learned While my MacBook Pro was in the Shop

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This single Thunderbolt cable let me connect my 27-inch external display, Ethernet, printer, keyboard, mouse, and all of my backup disks—all at once!

Dr. Mac’s “daily driver,” a MacBook Pro, was out of commission for several days last week, so he had to use his far less capable MacBook Air in its stead. This week he relates four lessons he learned along the way.

Check out the Machine Apple Stores Use to Calibrate iPhone Screens

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Motherboard published a photo of a machine Apple Stores reportedly use to calibrate iPhone screens, Touch ID sensors, and cameras. The photo was sent to Motherboard‘s Jason Koebler after he offered a photo bounty on it. He believes it’s a key part of how Apple maintains a lock on iPhone screen replacement, which is probably true. One can argue whether or not Apple should maintain that lock, but judging from the kludgy look this device has, it may be necessary. The tipster told the site he was a former Apple Genius, and he described the machine as, “not very Apple-like at all.” Check out the full piece for more information and a larger version of the image.

Check out the Machine Apple Stores Use to Calibrate iPhone Screens