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Apple Confirms That If You Mess With Your Home Button It Will Brick Your Phone

Earlier today the Guardian reported on mounting “fury” over a mysterious “Error 53” appearing on iPhones repaired by unauthorised repair providers. The report includes a quote from an unnamed “specialist” journalist (whatever the hell that is) who claimed that Error 53 will “will kill your iPhone”.

Report: Apple Will Take Your Broken iPhones As Trade-In

According to Apple shaman Mark Gurman, Apple will soon be expanding its iPhone trade-in program to include busted handsets.

The VAIO Phone Biz Is A Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs

As all around it others realise that Windows phones might be on the way out, the Sony off-shoot VAIO has proudly unveiled a new handset that runs Windows 10.

Free Games Friday: High School Escape, Rototo, Rolling Sky

The weekend’s almost here, so you have time to relax and check out a free game (or three) on your smartphone. Here are the highlights from the last week.

App Deals: Over Adds Beautiful Typography To Your Photos

Today’s best deals include User Dictionary Plus for Android, Over for iOS and Prune for Windows Phone. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

Microsoft Is Buying Keyboard Maker Swiftkey

Swiftkey is the most innovative and interesting predictive keyboard maker in the business, and Microsoft is a software giant that’s trying to push its artificial intelligence cred a little higher. It’s a match made in heaven.

App Deals: Look Hot For Free

Today’s best deals include Hitman: Sniper, Relook and SomaFM Radio Player. Deals end without warning, so be quick!

Google Wants To Control The Design Of Nexus 'From The Ground Up'

Google’s Nexus phones are currently built in partnership with hardware manufacturers, such as Huawei and LG, who have development teams on site at Google. But taking a leaf out of Apple’s book with the iPhone, Google is reportedly looking to take a more hands-on approach to the production of the Nexus.

Oppo Is Launching Its New $299 F1 Smartphone Next Week

A relative newcomer in the world of smartphones, Oppo is making a splash in Australia’s mid-market ($250-$500) smartphone sales, creeping up on the likes of Apple, Samsung and Huawei. After the success of its $450-$550 R-series, the F1 is the first device to be introduced from Oppo’s new F-series, coming with a further reduced price tag.

Did Telstra Text You About Electromagnetic Radiation? Don't Worry, You're Safe

If you’re a Telstra mobile subscriber, you might have received a message yesterday sharing some slightly mysterious information on “electromagnetic energy”. But don’t worry, it’s nothing serious.

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