Apple will repair 2016 MacBook Pros with ‘flexgate’ display issues for free

Apple will offer free repairs to owners of 2016 MacBook Pros with backlight issues — a problem that’s increasingly started to appear on the laptops as they age. The repair program, announced this afternoon, covers only the 13-inch MacBook Pro model that debuted in 2016, though both the Touch Bar and non-Touch Bar versions are eligible. Repairs will be covered for four years after a laptop was first purchased.

In recent months, some owners of 2016 MacBook Pros have started to encounter an issue with their laptops’ displays, where the lighting will appear uneven on the bottom, as though stage lights are illuminating some areas but not others. The issue, dubbed “flexgate,” seems to be due to a cable that connects the base of the laptop to…

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Apple will repair 2016 MacBook Pros with ‘flexgate’ display issues for free

Apple will offer free repairs to owners of 2016 MacBook Pros with backlight issues — a problem that’s increasingly started to appear on the laptops as they age. The repair program, announced this afternoon, covers only the 13-inch MacBook Pro model that debuted in 2016, though both the Touch Bar and non-Touch Bar versions are eligible. Repairs will be covered for four years after a laptop was first purchased.

In recent months, some owners of 2016 MacBook Pros have started to encounter an issue with their laptops’ displays, where the lighting will appear uneven on the bottom, as though stage lights are illuminating some areas but not others. The issue, dubbed “flexgate,” seems to be due to a cable that connects the base of the laptop to…

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T-Mobile’s merger promises are meaningless

For the last year, T-Mobile and Sprint have been telling anyone who’ll listen that their planned $26 billion merger will bring some incredible benefits to American consumers. To hear the companies tell it, the industry’s latest super-union will result in faster speeds, broader broadband deployment, and a dramatic boost in well-paying American jobs.

But if you’ve seen telecom mergers go through this process before, there’s plenty of reason to be skeptical. Consolidation tends to make prices higher, connectivity worse, and customer service even more terrible. Pre-merger promises to do better are usually hollow, as consumer advocates, unions, and many antitrust experts all agree. For Sprint and T-Mobile, the biggest new wrinkle is the…

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AI voice assistants reinforce harmful gender stereotypes, new UN report says

Artificial intelligence-powered voice assistants, many of which default to female-sounding voices, are reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes, according to a new study published by the United Nations.

Titled “I’d blush if I could,” after a response Siri utters when receiving certain sexually explicit commands, the paper explores the effects of bias in AI research and product development and the potential long-term negative implications of conditioning society, particularly children, to treat these digital voice assistants as unquestioning helpers who exist only to serve owners unconditionally. It was authored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, otherwise known as UNESCO.

The paper argues that by…

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