Apple takes apart phones for recycling at Texas facility | My Phillie Wireless opens Philadelphia store | Samsung will probe reports of foldable's easy breakage
April 18, 2019
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Apple takes apart phones for recycling at Texas facility
Apple takes apart phones for recycling at Texas facility
Apple deconstructs used iPhones for recycling at its 9,000-square-foot warehouse in Austin, Texas. Apple uses its proprietary robot technology to break down the phones into useful components at a rate of 200 phones per hour and plans to create a "closed loop" where devices are either refurbished for future use or recycled into materials for new devices.
CNET (4/18) 
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Repair Tips & Tools
My Phillie Wireless opens Philadelphia store
My Phillie Wireless offers smartphone repairs in Philadelphia, Pa. The company provides free device diagnostics, lifetime repair warranties and temporary loaner phones.
Digital Journal/News release (4/17) 
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Samsung will probe reports of foldable's easy breakage
Samsung Electronics said it will look into reviewers' reports that its Galaxy Fold handset breaks quickly, and is planning to do so ahead of the phone's April 26 launch. The South Korean company issued a statement saying, "...a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display, which caused damage to the screen."
Ars Technica (4/17),  Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (4/18),  TechCrunch (4/18) 
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Fla. iTech Repair Solutions location opens
A iTech Repair Solutions location has opened for business in Ocoee, Fla. The company offers walk-in repairs for smartphones and other electronics.
Digital Journal/News Release (4/9) 
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Apple reportedly tests smaller iPhone models
Apple is considering producing either a 5.42-inch iPhone XE or an even smaller 4.8-inch SE model, say reports from the handset's manufacturer Foxconn. The XE features Apple is testing include a bezel-less design and lone 12-megapixel camera.
Forbes (4/16) 
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V50 ThinQ 5G to include AI services
LG's upcoming smartphone, the V50 ThinQ 5G, will include artificial intelligence services based on the phone's existing data to provide more proactive assistance to users. LG reports the AI option will work faster and more securely than other options that use cloud data to predict needs.
VentureBeat (4/9) 
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Winning at Retail
How uBreakiFix became a $163M repair franchise
UBreakiFix Founder Justin Wetherill discusses the chain's start and its journey to becoming a 500-store franchise valued at $163 million. Wetherall says it focuses on customer service and notes, that "[w]hile smartphones do represent the bulk of our repairs, we actually offer repair service on anything with a power button."
Forbes (4/5) 
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How to avoid costly hiring mistakes
The consequences for a new business of making even one bad hire can range from costly to devastating. Breezy HR CEO Darren Bounds runs through some common hiring mistakes, starting with leaning too heavily on resumes.
TLNT (4/15) 
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6 ways to pare next year's tax bill, starting now
Tax season is over, so it's time to think about taxes -- for next year's bill. Gene Marks recommends six ways to minimize what you'll pay in 2019, beginning with capital items you may need to buy.
Inc. online (4/15) 
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