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‘Error 53’ fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6

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It’s the message that spells doom and will render your handset worthless if it’s been repaired by a third party. But there’s no warning and no fix

The first customer of Apple's newest smartphone iPhone 6 in Tokyo in September 2014

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Happy days? The first customer of Apple’s iPhone 6 … but users have since reported problems with the mysterious ‘error 53’ message. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images



Thousands of iPhone 6 users claim they have been left holding almost worthless phones because Apple’s latest operating system permanently disables the handset if it detects that a repair has been carried out by a non-Apple technician.

Relatively few people outside the tech world are aware of the so-called “error 53” problem, but if it happens to you you’ll know about it. And according to one specialist journalist, it “will kill your iPhone”.

The issue appears to affect handsets where the home button, which has touch ID fingerprint recognition built-in, has been repaired by a “non-official” company or individual. It has also reportedly affected customers whose phone has been damaged but who have been able to carry on using it without the need for a repair.

But the problem only comes to light when the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software, iOS 9, is installed. Indeed, the phone may have been working perfectly for weeks or months since a repair or being damaged.

After installation a growing number of people have watched in horror as their phone, which may well have cost them £500-plus, is rendered useless. Any photos or other data held on the handset is lost – and irretrievable.

Tech experts claim Apple knows all about the problem but has done nothing to warn users that their phone will be “bricked” (ie, rendered as technologically useful as a brick) if they install the iOS upgrade.

Photo of Antonio Olmos working in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
No choice: journalist Antonio Olmos dropped his iPhone while covering the refugee crisis and had to use a local repair shop

Freelance photographer and self-confessed Apple addict Antonio Olmos says this happened to his phone a few weeks ago after he upgraded his software. Olmos had previously had his handset repaired while on an assignment for the Guardian in Macedonia. “I was in the Balkans covering the refugee crisis in September when I dropped my phone. Because I desperately needed it for work I got it fixed at a local shop, as there are no Apple stores in Macedonia. They repaired the screen and home button, and it worked perfectly.”

He says he thought no more about it, until he was sent the standard notification by Apple inviting him to install the latest software. He accepted the upgrade, but within seconds the phone was displaying “error 53” and was, in effect, dead.

When Olmos, who says he has spent thousands of pounds on Apple products over the years, took it to an Apple store in London, staff told him there was nothing they could do, and that his phone was now junk. He had to pay £270 for a replacement and is furious.

“The whole thing is extraordinary. How can a company deliberately make their own products useless with an upgrade and not warn their own customers about it? Outside of the big industrialised nations, Apple stores are few and far between, and damaged phones can only be brought back to life by small third-party repairers.

“I am not even sure these third-party outfits even know this is a potential problem,” he says.

Olmos is far from the only one affected. If you Google “iPhone 6” and “error 53” you will find no shortage of people reporting that they have been left with a phone that now only functions as a very expensive paperweight.

Posting a message on an Apple Support Communities forum on 31 December, “Arjunthebuster” is typical. He/she says they bought their iPhone 6 in January 2015 in Dubai, and dropped it the following month causing a small amount of damage.

They carried on using the phone, but when they tried to install iOS 9 in November “error 53” popped up. “The error hasn’t occurred because I broke my phone (it was working fine for 10 months). I lost all my data because of this error. I don’t want Apple to fix my screen or anything! I just want them to fix the ‘error 53’ so I can use my phone, but they won’t!”

Could Apple’s move, which appears to be designed to squeeze out independent repairers, contravene competition rules? Car manufacturers, for example, are not allowed to insist that buyers only get their car serviced by them.

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Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%

February 6, 2016 Leave a comment


Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%

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Is the American worker finally getting a raise?

After years of scant real gains despite steadily falling unemployment and healthy hiring, wages picked up significantly last month, a sign the job market could be tightening enough to force companies to pay more to attract and retain employees.

The half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings in January was the brightest spot in a generally positive Labor Department report on Friday, which showed job creation slowing from the white-hot pace of late 2015 even as the unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 4.9 percent.

The last six months were the best extended period for employee paychecks since the recovery began six-and-a-half years ago.

“That gain in average hourly earnings is significant,” said Diane Swonk, an independent economist in Chicago. Sustained increases are still needed to make up for years of stagnation, she added, “but it’s a move in the right direction, and that’s reassuring.”

Economists also said that the new figures suggested that the American economy was holding up well despite a slowdown in China, growing risks in emerging markets and turmoil in the stock market.

“The financial markets are leery,” said Michael Hanson, a senior economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, “but the labor market still looks like it’s continuing to grow.”

President Obama, who expressed frustration that he has not received the credit he feels he deserves for the country’s improving economy, said the jobs numbers were further signs of progress.

“After reaching 10 percent in 2009, the unemployment rate has now fallen to 4.9 percent even as more Americans joined the job market last month,” he told reporters at a White House briefing in Washington. “Americans are working.”

Over all, employers added 151,000 jobs last month, a pace that is strong enough to keep soaking up people looking for work if it continues in the months ahead, but a big step down from December’s revised increase of 262,000.

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The Labor Picture in January

Labor force
(workers and



In millions
Working part
time, but want
full-time work

People who
currently want
a job§












Less than
High school

High school


Some college


Bachelor’s or higher


In millions
Nonfarm payroll,
12-month change



Figures are seasonally adjusted, except where noted. *Hispanics can be of any race. †Not seasonally adjusted. §People not working who say they would like to be. Includes discouraged workers and those who cannot work for reasons including ill health.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
By The New York Times
The combination of rising pay with a slower pace of hiring and downward pressure on prices from a stronger dollar complicates the picture for the Federal Reserve as it contemplates its next interest rate increase.

Wages have shown month-to-month strength during the recovery, only to lapse back into a funk. But a slight increase in the length of the typical workweek in January also bodes well for future salary increases, as do private reports showing the same pattern.

An increase in the minimum wage in more than a dozen states at the beginning of 2016 may also be giving hourly earnings an extra tailwind.

A December survey by PwC, the accounting and consulting firm, showed companies budgeting for salary raises of nearly 3 percent in 2016, the biggest annual increase since the recovery began. More than a third of executives said they were worried that labor costs could eat into corporate profit margins, nearly twice the number who cited that fear a year ago.


Workers starting construction on a casino in Schenectady, N.Y. The construction industry, a source of better-paying income for blue-collar workers, added 18,000 jobs in January. Credit Mike Groll/Associated Press
“No doubt about it, I’m hearing that executives are seeing wage pressures and not just in a few pockets of the country,” said Ken Esch, a partner at PwC. “It’s pretty broad-based.”


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Managers like Dave Rozenboom, president of First Premier Bank in Sioux Falls, S.D., have had to hand out raises for both existing employees and new hires.

Starting salaries for workers who handle credit card customer service and collections recently rose to $13 an hour from $11.75, Mr. Rozenboom said. Hospitals and construction firms in Sioux Falls, where the unemployment rate is 2.6 percent, are also hiring.

“The economy is as strong as it has ever been here,” Mr. Rozenboom said “It’s a very tight labor market, and we continue to hire.”


A job applicant at a military job fair in Washington in January. The economy added 2.65 million jobs last year, but many Americans say they do not feel it. Credit Gary Cameron/Reuters
Sioux Falls’s situation may be unusually robust, but the upward trajectory in employment across the country suggests to some analysts that Main Street business leaders like Mr. Rozenboom know something that the Wall Street pessimists don’t.

“The January employment report provides yet one more piece of evidence that the chance of recession this year is truly remote,” said Bernard Baumohl, chief global economist for the Economic Outlook Group in Princeton, N.J. “Economic activity should accelerate this year as rising employment, income, home values and confidence drive more spending.”

Of course, markets are mercurial, foreseeing some recessions that never come to pass, while economists often fail to see that the good times are coming to an end right up until the music stops.

There certainly have been reasons for investors to feel edgy lately, including weakness in China, plunging oil prices and disappointing retail sales figures.
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Obama Speaks on Improved Economy
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Obama Speaks on Improved Economy
The president said Friday that the United States economy is “the strongest, most durable” in the world, showing a rise in wages and a decline in unemployment. By REUTERS on Publish Date February 5, 2016. Photo by Drew Angerer for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »
Those industries closely tied to commodity markets where prices are dropping showed real weakness last month. Stripping out seasonal adjustments, oil and gas drillers laid off more than 2,000 workers in January, wiping out four years of employment gains. The overall mining industry, which includes the oil sector, has shed 146,000 jobs since September 2014.

But jobs in manufacturing, in a reversal from its weakness in the second half of 2015, surged last month, rising by 29,000. The strong dollar and weak export markets in Asia and Europe have hurt factory employment, but some experts suggested that the worst might now be over.

“It’s a sign the manufacturing sector may be stabilizing,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West in San Francisco. While the factory sector in the United States is not nearly the size it once was, it plays an important role in the ups and downs of the business cycle and is a source of better-paying jobs for blue-collar workers who have fared poorly in recent decades.

The construction industry, another source of higher-paying working-class jobs, also held up well, adding 18,000 jobs despite the colder weather in the eastern half of the country.

The overall figures for job creation, as well as the sector-by-sector data, are likely to be revised in future months as more data comes in. The proportion of Americans who are in the labor force, which has been stuck at lows not seen since the late 1970s, ticked up slightly in January.

As has been the case since the current recovery began in mid-2009, the most educated workers are doing the best in today’s job market: The unemployment rate for college graduates was unchanged in January at 2.5 percent, while joblessness rose to 7.4 percent for people without a high school diploma.

“We do think the unemployment rate will continue to drift lower and that will support wage growth,” said Michael Gapen, chief United States economist at Barclays. “We don’t think the economy is sliding into a recession.”

Gardiner Harris contributed reporting from Washington.

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January 31, 2016

Jaunt is a virtual reality (VR) media company specializing in cinematic experiences. To date, it has raised about $100 million, including funding from The Walt Disney Co. and other major players in the entertainment industry, to develop content creation and distribution tools that bring 360-degree video to the masses. eMarketer spoke with David Anderman, Jaunt’s chief business officer, about how the company works with brands and agencies and the analytics it looks at to measure success.

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Discover the best social media marketing techniques from the world’s top experts

January 30, 2016 Leave a comment



Watch this quick video for highlights from our 2015 event.
You’ll rub shoulders with the biggest names and brands in social media, soak up countless tips and new strategies and enjoy extensive networking opportunities in San Diego, California.

This is a historic opportunity for you to connect face-to-face with the top social media marketing experts while breaking bread with like-minded peers from around the globe.

Here’s what’s in store for you in 2016:

Networking: Make new connections at the opening-night networking party and at extensive structurednetworking opportunities.

Discovery: Take in practical social media marketing sessions from the world’s top experts at the bayfront San Diego Convention Center.

Fun: Make new connections at our opening-night networking party held aboard an aircraft carrier!

You’ll pick from 100+ expert-led sessions and workshops covering social media tactics to content creation to social strategy. Plus, hear from dozens of top brands, including Google, BMW, IBM, Campbell Soup Company, HP, OtterBox, BMC Software, the San Diego Chargers, Adobe, Tyson Foods, Cisco, HSN, Citrix, Experian, Hyatt Hotels, SAP, Air New Zealand, Priceline, Cox Business, the San Diego Zoo, Humana, Atmel, Constant Contact, Dell, Avery Dennison and more.

This is just a sampling of what’s in store for you at Social Media Marketing World 2016 in San Diego on April 17,18 and 19, 2016.

Here’s why you should attend this conference:

#1: Discover the best and newest ways to deploy and track social tactics: Take in 100+ practical, action-oriented social media marketing sessions and workshops from the world’s leading experts—all in beautiful San Diego, California.

#2: Reduce your trial and error time: Why experiment with your social media marketing when you can fast-track your time to success? The experts at this event will empower you to focus on what really works (and prove it to others). Click here for pricing!

#3: Network with marketers just like you: Imagine connecting face-to-face with thousands of people just like you—as you share stories, gather ideas and build relationships that last for years. We make it easy by building in extensive networking opportunities.

#4: Meet the world’s top social experts: Want to meet the social pros you’ve looked up to for years? Social Media Marketing World is the planet’s largest gathering of social media thought leaders. We encourage all of our speakers to make themselves accessible to you.

What makes this event different?

Beyond meeting friendly social media pros who are at the top of their game, here’s what makes Social Media Marketing World unique:

  • Highly valuable, pitch-free content—our trademark at Social Media Examiner, includingworkshops at no added cost.
  • Extensive networking opportunities—you’ll make priceless professional connections because we built this event to include networking after keynotes and lunch. Plus, join in memorable events including our opening-night party on an aircraft carrier (the USS Midway).
  • San Diego waterfront in mid-April—while much of the country is thawing out, you’ll enjoy a land and sea experience in sunny San Diego at the bayside San Diego Convention Center.
  • Full access to the recordings of EVERY session—if you miss a session, no worries! You can watch playbacks from your computer, tablet or smartphone at your leisure. In addition, we’ll provide audio MP3 files so you can listen to the sessions while you are on the go!
  • First-class conference experience—from the moment you arrive on Sunday, you’ll be provided for at every turn.  You’ll never be left wondering what to do or where to go.
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The man who leads with no limbs

January 29, 2016 Leave a comment


Life, and success, without limbs. (Credit: Peter Bowes)

‘I have no arms and legs that weigh me down,’ How a man born without arms or legs learned to swim, surf, skydive – and speak in front of thousands

Editor’s Note (26th December 2015): As the year winds to a close, BBC Capital brings you one of our best-loved and most-inspirational stories of the year.

The man standing before the stadium-sized crowd held the attention of thousands, in part because of humorous, yet moving, speech about the power of hope. But also because he was standing there at all.

Nick Vujicic, the 32-year-old president of motivational speech marketer Attitude is Altitude, was born without arms or legs. Though he struggles with some practicalities of everyday living (brushing teeth, for example), he has become an in-demand inspirational speaker.

There is no medical explanation for Vujicic’s physical disability, an extremely rare congenital disorder known as tetra-amelia syndrome. He has a small foot on his left hip which helps him balance. He can type, pick things up between his toes and even kick a ball. The self-confessed adrenalin junkie regularly swims and has gone skydiving.

Confidence didn’t come naturally to Vujicic. Growing up in Melbourne, Australia, he struggled with depression and was bullied at school. When he was just 10 years old, he attempted suicide. Over time, Vujicic worked on adopting a positive attitude, and, at 17, an encounter with his high school janitor inspired him to go into public speaking. The charismatic Australian now travels the world addressing huge crowds, including business groups and schoolchildren. He has visited more than 50 countries and given thousands of talks.

The author of memoir Love Without Limits now lives in California with his wife, Kanae, and their 2-year-old son. They are expecting another child later in 2015. Vujicic runs a non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs, as well as Attitude is Altitude, which markets his motivational speeches and campaigns against bullying.

Please click on the arrow above to see Nick Vujicic speak with BBC Capital about his extraordinary life and his recipe for success in the corporate world.

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