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Automotive Alliance Manages to Delay Revised Massachusetts Right to Repair Law

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI) has managed to stall enforcement of a ballot measure recently passed in Massachusetts that expands access to data related to vehicle maintenance and repair. Last week, the relatively new lobbying/trade group asked a U.S. district court for a temporary order that would bar implementation of the state’s new right-to-repair […] The post Automotive Alliance Manages to Delay Revised Massachusetts Right to Repair Law appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Laws, Diy, Privacy, Big Data, Government, Massachusetts, Regulations, Data, Industry, Regulation, Autos, Industry News, AAI, News Blog, Vehicle Repair

Automakers Continue Battling Right to Repair Laws in Massachusetts

Despite Massachusetts voters approving a ballot initiative giving customers and independent repair shops more access to the massive amount of data being tabulated by modern cars by a sizable margin, automakers haven’t given up their unpleasantly consistent opposition to the right-to-repair movement. Backed by consumer advocates, unaffiliated repair shops, the aftermarket community, and those interested […] The post Automakers Continue Battling Right to Repair Laws in Massachusetts appeared first...
Tags: Massachusetts, Lawsuits, Autos, Industry News, AAI, News Blog, Right To Repair, Hot Legal Actions, Right-to-repair Laws, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Right-to-repair Movement

European Parliament Votes to Support Right to Repair

The European Parliament has this week voted to support the recommendations of the EU Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection on the "Right to Repair," including a system of mandatory labelling on consumer electronics to provide explicit information on the repairability and lifespan of products (via iFixit). The motion will compel the EU Commission to "develop and introduce mandatory labeling, to provide clear, immediately visible and easy-to-understand information to consumer...
Tags: Apple, Europe, UK, France, Eu, European Union, European Commission, European Parliament, EU Commission, European Parliament Votes, Right To Repair, iFixit, Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Restart Project, EU Committee, David Cormand

Now's the Time to Tell Congress to Ban Carriers From Selling Locked Phones

Late last month, the UK banned carriers from locking smartphones. Now, Wired is reporting that the same thing might happen in the U.S. in 2021, as consumer activists push legislators to do away with some pesky regulations that allow for locked phones in the first place.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, UK, Science, Smartphones, Dmca, Carriers, Consumer Advocacy, Consumer Tech, Right To Repair, Unlocked phones, Unlock Da Phones, Time to Tell Congress

Massachusetts Passes Right-To-Repair Protections

Independent repair shops and aftermarket parts retailers have been pitted against major automakers and their dealer networks in Massachusetts for years. The state has served as the primary battleground for right-to-repair legislation that would permit/prohibit customers and independent entities from working on or modifying vehicles. However, a major victory came on Tuesday after voters overwhelmingly […] The post Massachusetts Passes Right-To-Repair Protections appeared first on The Truth About ...
Tags: Technology, Laws, Diy, Big Data, Government, Massachusetts, Maintenance, Regulations, Data, Autos, Industry News, AAI, News Blog, Automotive Repair, Auto Care Association, Right To Repair

Oh Great, Apple's Raised the Repair Costs for the iPhone 12

Every time I’ve bought an Apple product, I’ve always hesitated at shelling out extra for Apple Care. Even though I’m a documented klutz, I always use screen protectors and cases. I haven’t lost my phone. Generally, I’ve gotten lucky. Maybe you aren’t. Maybe you’re accident-prone and paid top dollar for a new iPhone 12…Read more...
Tags: Science, Repairs, Apple Care, Right To Repair, Iphone 12, Ceramic Shield

The Fairphone 3+ Is a Repairable Dream That Takes Beautiful Photos

A few weeks ago, I found myself in need of a repair for a borked camera lens on my iPhone 11. I do everything in my power to essentially encase my Apple products in bubble wrap, but a nearly imperceptible fracture in one lens had greatly impacted the functionality of my phone’s camera. I hadn’t anticipated that…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Android, Science, Smartphones, Repair, Fairphone, Right To Repair

Consumer Advocacy Group Demands Driving Data Be Controlled by Drivers

The Global Alliance for Vehicle Data Access (GAVDA) has issued a letter to automotive manufacturers around the world to request consumers be given direct access to the data generated by the vehicles they drive. While the group is comprised of organizations representing rental agencies, car sharing, independent vehicle repair shops that also want access to […] The post Consumer Advocacy Group Demands Driving Data Be Controlled by Drivers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Laws, Privacy, Repairs, Big Data, Government, Data, Editorials, Personal Data, Autos, Automotive Industry, Consumer Advocacy, AAI, OEMS, Right To Repair, Data AcQuisition

Don't Go Applauding Apple Just Yet

Apple is expanding support for its independent repair provider program to include its Mac computers. That means more options for consumers, but it’s important to remember Apple’s independent repair support is still very much on Apple’s conditions.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Mac, Right To Repair

Apple finally brings Mac repair program to independent shops

Need to get your Mac repaired? You now have much more choice over where to do it
Tags: Apple, News, Mac, Trends, Computing, Macs, Right To Repair

Congress To Consider National Right To Repair Law For First Time

The first step to returning ownership to the people who buy things.
Tags: Technology, Law, Congress, Right To Repair

iFixit Highlights Apple's Uncertain Right to Repair Stance Through Emails Shared With Judiciary Committee

Apple CEO Tim Cook yesterday testified in front of the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee where he was questioned on Apple's App Store policies, but Congress also released a series of emails that Apple had submitted as part of the ongoing antitrust investigation. Image via iFixit Those emails revealed Apple's thoughts on App Store fees and provided insight into its efforts to negotiate deals with Amazon, but there were also emails on other topics, including the ongoing Right to Repa...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Featured, Congress, California, New York Times, Tim Cook, John Deere, Right To Repair, iFixit, Apple Authorized Service Providers Apple, U S House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee

We need right-to-repair laws now more than ever

The economic slump is leading many to repair — not replace — aging electronics
Tags: Mobile, Cars, Trends, Features, Computing, Emerging Tech, Right To Repair, iFixit

The Hero We Need: Consumer Access to Repair Coalition

When it comes to activism, it’s best to choose your battles carefully. Fortunately, there aren’t too many causes within the auto industry and most are easy to get behind. Even though environmental activists sometimes find themselves at odds with reality, their hearts are usually the right place, and they’ve encouraged automakers to try new and […] The post The Hero We Need: Consumer Access to Repair Coalition appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Laws, Privacy, Repairs, Big Data, Government, Data, Personal Data, Autos, Automotive Industry, Consumer Advocacy, OEMS, News Blog, Aftermarket, Right To Repair, Repair Coalition

The No-Brainer Fix That Could Reduce Trash and Save You Money

While conducting an interview for this very blog, my phone started to die rapidly. My iPhone is a couple years old, and its battery isn’t what it once was. The logical solution, of course, is to replace the battery because the rest of the device is working fine. But Apple doesn’t make that easy. The company places…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Right To Repair, E Waste

The right to repair is the right to screw up

If you own a piece of hardware, you should be able to do whatever the hell you want with it, period. Don't like the color? Paint it. Not enough storage? Upgrade it. Not thrilled with it's operating system? Change it out. Many companies disagree with this. They'll void thew warranties of the things you putter about with. If you're cool with that, then putter away. I do. A couple of weeks ago, I got tired of the way that my accidentally tapping any of a number of keys on my Pomera DM30 would swit...
Tags: Post, News, Ebay, MacBook Air, Facetime, Soldering, Fix Your Shit, Don, Right To Repair, Tinkering

Tesla Clearly Confused About Secondhand Vehicle Sales

Last month we covered an alarming trend where Tesla appeared to be intentionally removing features from vehicles as they entered the secondhand market. Used automobiles are typically sold with their original equipment intact. The previous owner may have wanted to yank out the tape deck or remove the fuzzy steering wheel cover before handing it […] The post Tesla Clearly Confused About Secondhand Vehicle Sales appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Autos, Automotive Industry, Model S, Tesla Motors, Consumer Protection, Ownership, News Blog, Right To Repair, Over-the-air Updates, Used Market

Most Independent Repair Shops Say They Offer In-Store Fixes Apple Doesn’t, Survey Finds

Apple is notorious for its stranglehold on repairs and managing to weasel its way out of regulation by offering limited repairs through third parties—which Apple alone has the authority to choose. Right to repair activists have long called out Apple and many of its peers for restrictions that attempt to prevent…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Repairs, Iphones, Right To Repair

It’s Payback Time: Right-to-repair Movement Targets John Deere

With the California Farm Bureau effectively giving away the right of farmers to repair their own equipment without involving the distributor in the spring of 2019, the right-to-repair movement fell back on its heels. Horrified by the ground lost, the group has rallied to better incorporate those hoping to fix or modify mobile devices and automobiles. […] The post It’s Payback Time: Right-to-repair Movement Targets John Deere appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Farm Equipment, Autos, Consumer Advocacy, John Deere, News Blog, Auto Repair, Vehicle Repair, Right To Repair, Industry Trends, California Farm Bureau, Ownership Laws, Right-to-repair Laws

A Buyer’s Dismay: Tesla Reportedly Removes Features From Used Model S

I’m a broken record when it comes to consumer protections. Environmentalism may be more fashionable but the green movement has already amassed a sizable army in the current year. Someone needs to be watching out for Joe Customer because companies are stepping up their game. While we’ve often focused on data privacy, right-to-repair laws, and […] The post A Buyer’s Dismay: Tesla Reportedly Removes Features From Used Model S appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Tesla, Autos, Automotive Industry, Model S, Tesla Motors, Consumer Protection, Ownership, News Blog, Right To Repair, Over-the-air Updates, Used Market

Apple Proves It's One of Right-to-Repair's Most Powerful Villains

Well, well, well. After Apple—a company notoriously hostile to independent repair shops—appeared to cede part of its monopoly on Apple product repairs through its Independent Repair Provider (IRP) program, a new report has found that Apple is still very much on its bullshit.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Repair, Right To Repair, IRP

A Recycling Renegade Is Out of Prison—and Ready to Tackle the Electric Vehicle Battery Crisis

In a warehouse in Chatsworth, California, rows upon rows of giant wooden crates are stacked forty feet high, in a scene somewhat reminiscent of the secret U.S. military installation shown at the end of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Instead of Biblical artifacts, though, these boxes contain a more modern form…Read more...
Tags: Science, Indiana, Batteries, EVs, Lithium Ion Batteries, Lithium Ion, Eric Lundgren, Right To Repair, Ewaste, Chatsworth California

Debullshitifying the Right to Repair excuses Apple sent to Congress

Apple's response to the Congressional committee investigating monopolistic behavior by tech giants contains a chapter on Right to Repair, whose greatest enemy is Apple -- the company led successful campaigns to kill 20 state level Right to Repair bills last year. Apple's response was parsimonious with the truth. Ifixit (previously), a business that sells tools and manuals to the independent repair sector, has published a detailed rebuttal calling Apple's response "intentionally misleading...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Mobile, Post, News, Congress, Competition, Macbook, Tim Cook, Lies, Don, Congressional, Right To Repair, Crystal Prisons, Lauren Goode, Monopolism

Without right to repair, the military can't fix its own battlefield equipment

Captain Elle Ekman is a US Marine Corps logistics officer; in a New York Times op-ed, she describes how the onerous conditions imposed my manufacturers on the US armed forces mean that overseas troops are not permitted to fix their own mission-critical gear, leaving them stranded and disadvantaged. Instead of fixing their equipment has armies have done since the time of the Caesars, US armed forces personnel ship their faulty gear back to the USA for warranty repair, waiting months to get i...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, Corruption, Usa, News, Monopoly, US, Military, New York Times, Marines, John Deere, US Marine Corps, Right To Repair, Jerri Lynn Scofield, Beltway Bandits

Lack of Right-to-Repair Protections Is Even Screwing With the U.S. Military

A glaring lack of right-to-repair protections touches just about everyone, from consumers to farmers and independent repair shops. But a new op-ed explains how this form of corporate greed even impacts the United States military.Read more...
Tags: Science, Repair, Policy, Military, United States, U S Military, Right To Repair, Tech Policy

States Begin Dealing With Driving Data, Right-to-Repair Laws

In reading this website, you’ve no doubt come across paranoid rants about automotive companies vacuuming up your personal data as connected cars become the norm — often written by yours truly. Frequently bleak, they address a multitude of concerns we believe will only get worse before they can get better. A large part of that has […] The post States Begin Dealing With Driving Data, Right-to-Repair Laws appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Laws, Privacy, Repairs, Big Data, Government, Data, Editorials, Personal Data, Autos, Automotive Industry, Law And Order, OEMS, News Blog, Aftermarket, Right To Repair

When the company that made your prosthetic feet won't repair them

Erin Ehm's insurance company will buy her a new set of prosthetic feet every three years, but her $6,000/foot Echelon VT hydraulic prosthetics break down every 10 months. Erin's feet are now out of warranty, but she doesn't yet qualify for a new insurance-funded replacement, and one of them has broken down. She contacted the manufacturer, Blatchford UA (formerly Endolite) and asked them if she could pay for a repair, but Blatchford "would not repair them for any cost. Full stop." But they...
Tags: Health, Post, Business, News, Ada, Prosthetics, Erin, Blatchford, Right To Repair, Medicare For All, Blatchford Ua, Erin Ehm, Erin Ehm Facebook

Americans believe that they should own the mountains of data produced by their cars, but they don't

Your car is basically a smartphone with wheels, and it gathers up to 25gb/hour worth of data on you and your driving habits -- everything from where you're going to how much you weigh. Cars gather your financial data, data on the number of kids in the back seat, and, once they're connected to your phone, data on who you call and text. To the extent that Americans know this is going on, they believe that the data their cars generate rightly belongs to them, and if someone else is accessing i...
Tags: Post, News, Privacy, Elizabeth Warren, Surveillance, Automotive, New York Times, Farmers, Monsanto, Dmca, Autonomous Vehicles, 1201, John Deere, Deere, CFAA, Right To Repair

Ancient Psychedelics, Robocall Scams, and Space Bezos: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

This was one heck of a week in the tech and science world. Ridesharing giant Uber finally launched its long-awaited IPO, which was a major flop, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes asked the Federal Trade Commission to break up the company, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried his damnedest to convince humanity to colonize the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Gaming, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Wearables, Eyes, Space, UK, Science, Technology, Fitness, Video Games, Climate Change, Drugs

Right to Repair Is Less Complicated and More Important Than You Might Think

Take a second to look around you and consider the various gadgets within eyeshot. How many of them, if they broke, could you reasonably fix right now? Could you afford (or even know how) to repair your phone or computer? Your car? How about your coffee maker? Consider what you’d do with them if pricey repairs were…Read more...
Tags: Science, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Right To Repair