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    British right to repair law goes into effect today but doesn’t cover smartphones or computers

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 2 July, 2021 - 09:21 · 1 minute

The law requires manufacturers to make spare parts available to both consumers and third-party repair companies, and it applies to any product bought starting today. Companies have a grace period of up to two years to make spare parts available whenever a new product is launched.

As reported by the BBC (via 9to5Mac), the purpose of the new law is to extend the lifespan of products up to 10 years in order to benefit the environment and consumers. It aims to tackle “built-in obsolescence”, which is when manufacturers deliberately build products to break down after a certain length of time has passed.

Spare parts won’t be available for everyone either, as some parts that are not easy to replace will only be available to professionals who can make those fixes. In the case of dishwashers, the replacement of a PCB in a dishwasher can only be sold to a professional, and those parts only need to be available for seven years.

Really, a PCB board is held with screws or plastic lugs and has a few wired connectors that plug on! And sorry this does nothing then as those PCB's must be designed to change out easier otherwise. So I suppose this is only a half-hearted start, and not going to make any real impact yet.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/british-right-to-repair-law/

#technology #righttorepair #obsolescence #RTR #repairs

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    Android 11 Custom ROM List – Unofficially Update Your Android Phone Because Even The Old Samsung Galaxy S III Can Get The Latest Updates!

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 4 May, 2021 - 12:49

It's just not true at all that most older phones cannot be updated regularly to the latest versions of Android. Manufacturers choose not to support those devices as they want to sell a new phone to you.

But 3rd party custom ROMs do exist for older phones and often give you the choice of whether to install the Google apps or not. Apart from getting the latest features (hardware permitting) and patches, these ROMs are often include extra features that you don't see in standard Android, and you also usually have a more privacy orientated OS.

The downside is you usually have to do a manual flashing the first time, but after that most ROMs will auto update just like standard Android does.

The site below lists the phones that can install these custom ROMs.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/android-11-custom-rom-list/

#technology #android #customrom #obsolescence #privacy

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    Pourquoi les joysticks de la PS5 driftent – sans perspective d’amélioration

    Bigou · Wednesday, 10 March, 2021 - 19:11

Pourquoi les joysticks de la PS5 driftent – sans perspective d’amélioration

Je tenais à partager cet article plutôt inquiétant quand à l'avenir de nos #manettes, et pas uniquement celles de PS5, mais de l'intégralité de nos consoles modernes. #obsolescence