Broke your smartphone? ‘Right to repair’ rules just took another step forward

‘Right to repair’ calls for more transparency around the lifespan of tech products and better availability of repair instructions.

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Europe has taken a significant step towards introducing better device repair rules for consumers.

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The European Parliament has voted in favor of “right to repair” rules for Europe that would make it easier for consumers to repair their own devices, while also cracking down on practices used by manufacturers to shorten the lifespan of their products.

The European Commission announced plans for new “right to repair” rules covering smartphones, tablets and laptops in March 2021 as part of wider efforts to tackle e-waste and help Europe on its path to becoming climate-neutral by 2050.

The proposal seeks to make repairs more appealing and easier to access by consumers, either by extending guarantees from manufacturers, providing guarantees for replaced parts, or by providing better access to information on device

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EU takes a leap forward in supporting consumer device ‘right to repair’ rules

The European Parliament has signaled a move toward ‘right to repair’ rules in order to improve consumer choice and confidence in tech products. 

On Wednesday, members of the EU parliament voted to support consumers’ “right to repair,” with 395 in favor, 94 against, and 207 abstentions.

The vote backs wider aspirations of the EU Commission (EC) in increasing the durability and longevity of electronics in order to reduce levels of e-waste across the region. 

See also: Macs can now be repaired by some independent shops, says Apple

In March, the EC laid out a number of proposals including the right to repair consumer products including PCs, smartphones, and tablets, as well as potential rules requiring devices to be designed with sustainability, energy efficiency, and recycling suitability in mind.

The measures were proposed as part of the EC’s Circular Economy Action Plan (.PDF), a framework for creating “a regenerative growth model

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Pelephone Israel Incorporates mce’s Smartphone Diagnostic and Repair Solutions

mce’s solution extends cell-phones life cycle and saves in repair costs for Pelephone Israel. It reduces recurring repairs by over 25% via Same Unit Repair automation and increases customer satisfaction

mce Systems Ltd., a global provider of mobile device lifecycle solutions announces today the successful implementation of its logistics and retail solution at Pelephone which results in a significant improvement in customer satisfaction (NPS Index) and 25% savings via reduction in recurring repairs.

In 2019, Pelephone chose mce to provide the software automation and enforcement for the mobile repair program in all of its logistic and retail repair centers nationwide. The solution was customized specifically to Pelephone and integrated with Pelephone’s ERP.

mce’s Device Lifecycle experts analyzed the existing manual processes that were used in the retail repair centers and the repair facility, together with the data on returning (recurring) repairs. Together with Pelephone’s team mce has defined clear

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uBreakiFix Brings Industry-leading Smartphone Repair To Peterborough

Electronics Repair Business Keeps Peterborough Community Connected

uBreakiFix Peterborough

Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in Peterborough at 550 Lansdowne St. W. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.
Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in Peterborough at 550 Lansdowne St. W. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.
Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in Peterborough at 550 Lansdowne St. W. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in Peterborough at 550 Lansdowne St. W. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.

uBreakiFix Peterborough is owned by Zain Jaffery and Sabil Ur-Rehman. The business partners have hopes to expand by opening more uBreakiFix locations in the surrounding areas in the future.

“Staying connected is critical right now and it’s rewarding to be part of something

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Europe (EU5) Hernia Repair Devicess Market Outlook to 2025

Summary “EU5 Hernia Repair Devices Market Outlook to 2025” is a comprehensive databook report, covering key market data on the EU5 Hernia Repair Devices market. The databook report provides value (USD), volume (units) and average prices (USD) within market segments – Biological Meshes, Composite Meshes, Tack/Staples and Synthetic Meshes.

New York, Nov. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Europe (EU5) Hernia Repair Devicess Market Outlook to 2025 – Biological Meshes, Composite Meshes, Synthetic Meshes and Tack/Staples” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05987404/?utm_source=GNW

The EU5 Hernia Repair Devices Market report provides key information and data on –
– Annualized market revenues (USD), volume (units) and average prices (USD) data for each of the market segments. Data is provided from 2015 to 2025.
– 2019 company share and distribution share data for Hernia Repair Devices Market.
– Global corporate-level profiles of key companies operating within the EU5 Hernia Repair Devices

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Nana nabs $6M for an online academy and marketplace dedicated to appliance repair

A lot of the focus in online education — and, let’s face it, education overall — has been about professional development for knowledge workers, education for K-12 and how best to deliver cost-effective, engaging higher learning to those in college and beyond. But in what might be a sign of the times, today a startup that’s focused on e-learning and the subsequent job market for a completely different end of the spectrum — home services — is announcing some funding to continue building out its business in earnest.

Nana, which runs a free academy to teach people how to fix appliances, and then gives students the option of becoming a part of its own marketplace to connect them to people needing repairs — has picked up $6 million.

The seed round is being led by Shripriya Mahesh of Spero Ventures, and Next Play Ventures (ex-LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner’s new fund),

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Local Entrepreneur Brings Smartphone Repair Franchise To The West Village

Electronics Repair Business Keeps West Village Neighborhood Connected

uBreakiFix West Village

Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in the West Village at 96 Greenwich Avenue. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.
Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in the West Village at 96 Greenwich Avenue. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.
Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in the West Village at 96 Greenwich Avenue. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Electronics repair shop uBreakiFix is now open in the West Village at 96 Greenwich Avenue. The store offers repairs on smartphones, tablets, computers, and more to help the community stay connected.

“I was born in the Village and am now raising my own family here, so bringing this important service to my own neighborhood is special,” said Peter Marino, owner of uBreakiFix West Village. “At uBreakiFix, we understand that

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iPhone 12 Camera Repair Problems Could Spell Trouble for Future Third-Party Repairs

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When it comes to repairing certain aspects of the iPhone 12, some third-party companies are going to have a difficult time getting the device back into tip-top shape.

According to iFixit, which just published a teardown of the iPhone 12, the phone itself apparently has more than a few problems when users replace the camera module. Doing so can result in the cameras becoming near-totally unusable. The problem? It doesn’t appear to be related to any sort of hardware-only issue.

YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys originally called out the issue, namely when taking one camera module from an iPhone and swapping it into another. The iPhone with the replacement hardware appears to have problems with rejecting the replacement part. iFixit has outlined issues after doing so as the camera refuses to respond as well as problems with the ultrawide camera.

As expected, this doesn’t quite bode well for potential

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Your smartphone data may help report road status for quick repair. This is how

Motorists with smartphones could help highway chiefs maintain road quality by sending “crowdsourced” data from their mobiles that would allow engineers to assess when carriageway repairs are needed, according to a new UK study.

Road roughness is an important measure of condition and ride quality, but many agencies around the world with large road networks lack the resources to regularly check the state of their highways and make informed maintenance decisions.

Using high resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking already built into smartphones – together with a low-cost app – to record how a vehicle moves vertically in relation to the carriageway can provide a useful measure of road roughness for civil engineers.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have studied the feasibility of using smartphones in this way, publishing their findings in ‘Journal of Infrastructure Systems’ recently.

“The most accurate automated methods of assessing road roughness use vehicles fitted

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Bridges with limb-inspired architecture can withstand earthquakes, cut repair costs — ScienceDaily

Structural damage to any of the nation’s ailing bridges can come with a hefty price of billions of dollars in repairs. New bridge designs promise more damage-resistant structures and, consequently, lower restoration costs. But if these designs haven’t been implemented in the real world, predicting how they can be damaged and what repair strategies should be implemented remain unresolved.

In a study published in the journal Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Texas A&M University and the University of Colorado Boulder researchers have conducted a comprehensive damage and repair assessment of a still-to-be-implemented bridge design using a panel of experts from academia and industry. The researchers said the expert feedback method offers a unique and robust technique for evaluating the feasibility of bridge designs that are still at an early research and development phase.

“Bridges, particularly those in high-seismic regions, are vulnerable to damage and will need repairs at some point.

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