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By Jay Bonggolto
Apple is launching its independent repair program worldwide
by Jay Bonggolto
Apple kicked off its independent repair service program for third-party providers in 2019 to help customers in the U.S. get their devices fixed by non Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) beyond the warranty period. The program expanded to Europe and Canada last year.
Today, Apple announced that it's bringing the independent repair provider program (IRPP) globally. The Cupertino-based tech giant confirmed that it will open its independent repair program to service providers across more than 200 countries. This means the program will be accessible in nearly every country where its products are available to purchase.
Like its participating third-party repair providers, the additional repair centers will have access to genuine Apple parts and tools as well as manuals and diagnostics. These are the same resources available to Apple's authorized service providers.
The repair providers will also go through training sessions for free. In order to qualify, they must also agree to allow an Apple-certified technician to do the repairs.
Application for the program will commence this week in the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, and Vietnam. Click on this link to apply. It's also expanding to more territories later this year.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
You can get your phone fixed without having to leave your home thanks to uBreakiFix
by Usman Khan Lodhi
uBreakiFix, an electronics repair service, is launching its "We Come to You" mobile repair program across the U.S., in which the company's services are brought to customers' doors rather than the other way around. It also offered free Google Pixel repairs to frontline workers earlier this year. A fleet of more than 640 repair vehicles has been deputed to handle repairs, which include screen repair and battery replacement, in two hours or less.
Appointments can be booked as soon as the same day, and visits can be arranged for places other than your home, as long as the place is in an eligible zip code. Customers may take note that the vehicles won't offer a full range of repairs that they can get at a brick-and-mortar location. For now, only a handful of repair types are supported, with the firm planning to expand the program for more types of devices and services in the future. To secure appointments, there is a $30 non-refundable fee.
Though the launch has been announced nationwide, it isn't available in every market yet, with the firm planning to add 700 vehicles by the end of the year and extending the program to Canada. To check if these mobile repairs are available in your area, head over to this page, and input your zip code.
Google Photos can now automatically back up pictures from Canon cameras
by João Carrasqueira
Google has announced a new integration between its Google Photos storage service and Canon cameras. It's now possible to have photos from compatible Canon cameras backed up automatically to Google Photos, which should save users some trouble when transferring photos to a computer.
The integration relies on the image.canon app, which is available on both Android and iOS. If you have a camera that's compatible with the app - a compatibility list can be found here - you can head into the app's settings to set an automatic backup to either Google Photos or Google Drive.
The reason these are separate options is that Google removed the integration between the two services earlier this year, since users found it confusing. Google Photos integrates with some devices like smart photo frames so you can show off your pictures, whereas you can have random images stored on Google Drive that you don't want to be visible.
Once you enable automatic syncing, photos will be backed up in original quality. The feature does require a Google One subscription, so it's not exactly free storage, but considering file sizes from professional cameras can be fairly large, you'd probably need more than the free storage tier anyway. Canon users get a free month of Google One with 100GB of storage, so you can get started that way and decide if it's worth it.
How to use Canon DSLR camera as a webcam with your PC
by Rajesh Pandey
With almost all major countries shutting down due to coronavirus outbreak, millions of people across the globe have been forced to work from home. This, in turn, has led to a rise in video meetings and conferences. The problem is that the webcam on most laptops can be of poor quality which means that the video call quality is going to be equally poor. Then, there are people with PCs who don't have a webcam. In both cases, people can buy a webcam from Logitech or any other company to solve the problem. However, there has been a spike in demand for webcams which has led to them being in short supply and their prices increasing dramatically as well.
If you find yourself in a similar situation and have access to a Canon DSLR or PowerShot camera, you can use it as a webcam for your PC. While it is possible to use DLSRs from Nikon, Sony, and Fuji as a webcam with your PC as well, it requires one to buy a capture card which can cost anywhere between $100-$150. Canon DSLR owners though simply need a miniUSB/microUSB or USB-C cable to connect their camera to the PC and a utility from the company to turn their DSLR into a webcam.
Another benefit of using a Canon DSLR as a webcam is that it will offer superior video quality compared to your laptop's webcam. So, if you are giving online presentations or holding classes online, you should consider using your Canon DSLR as a webcam for the superior video quality it offers instead of relying on your laptop's built-in webcam. One thing to note is that this method will only work if you have a Windows PC because the utility from Canon is currently not available for Macs.
The following Canon DSLRs and PowerShot cameras are supported by the EOS Webcam Utility and can be used as a webcam.
Step 1: Go to the Canon EOS Webcam Utility page on your PC and then select your camera model to download the utility. Proceed to install the utility on your PC and restart it after everything is done.
Step 2: Grab your Canon camera, power it on, and set it to Movie mode. Depending on which Canon DSLR you own, you either need to rotate the mode selector dial to the icon that looks similar to a cinema camera or simply toggle between camera and movie mode using a dedicated button. After that, change the ISO levels, shutter speed, etc. as per your requirement.
Image Source: Canon Step 3: Now proceed to connect your camera to your PC using a miniUSB/microUSB or USB-C cable. After that, open the video calling app of your choice like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Go to the app settings, find the camera option, and select the EOS Web Utility beta from the camera dropdown list.
Step 4: Wait for a few seconds and the feed from your Canon DSLR should show up on your PC. If it does not, make sure to quit Canon's EOS Utility app if you have it installed. If it still does not work, quit the video calling app you are in and repeat the steps again.
You should now be able to use your Canon camera as a webcam for your PC.
Skype users, do note that the version of the app that's available on the app store and the one that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 PCs does not work with the EOS Webcam Utility for some reason. You need to download and use the version of Skype that's available on Microsoft's website.
If you are still facing any issues in trying to set up and use your Canon webcam as a DSLR on your PC, drop a comment so that we can help you out!
Apple is offering free repairs for two iPhone models that don't power on
by Paul Hill
Apple has announced that it will be repairing some older iPhone models free of charge after several devices have been found not to power on due to a faulty component. The iPhone maker has said that the repairs will be available for affected iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models.
While these two models were originally released back in 2015, the scheme only applies to a limited number of devices with a certain serial number range that identifies whether the phones were manufactured between October 2018 and August 2019. If you believe that you’re affected and want your device repaired you’ll have to find your serial number and use Apple’s serial number checker to check eligibility.
There are several ways to check the serial number:
If your device is affected, you can take it to an Apple Authorised Service Provider, make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store, or contact Apple Support to arrange a mail-in via the Apple Repair Center. Before you get it repaired, make sure you backup your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud if possible. If you’ve paid to have the problem fixed previously, you can contact Apple to ask for a refund.