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Battery upsurge spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future.Slag from an …

World War II

Imperial testing driverless oilsands haulers at Kearl

Imperial Oil says it has commenced and is ready to expand field testing of driverless oilsands heavy haulers.The company says that in June it …

Selling autonomous trucks moves from push to pull: Caterpilllar

Autonomous trucks are no longer an up-sell, says Caterpillar's Craig Watkins, commercial manager for a surface mining technology.The technology has …

Oil Sands

The American Revolution history you didn’t learn in high school

If you think the American Revolution was an isolated conflict between Great Britain and the American colonies, you know only part of the story.<p>A new …

Remembrance Day

Lithium demand from battery makers to almost double by 2027

The outlook for lithium continues to shine, with demand from companies that produce batteries to power electric cars, laptops and other high-tech …

How tractor seller John Deere became a technology company

Posted by<p>on<p>Agriculture is undergoing a revolution. IoT sensors are making it easier to grow more crop with less, while drones and robots are bringing …

Should Tesla Disable Salvage Cars — And Should You Repair One?

Follow Nikki on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AminorjourneyFollow the show on Twitter https://www.twitter.com/TransportEvolveBuy Transport Evolved …

Troubleshooting Challenge: Pump Shaft Seals Blowing Out

Workers couldn't figure out why the pump shaft seal in their trenching excavator's proportional-valve-controlled hydraulic system would sometimes …

Once Again, Activists Must Beg the Government to Preserve the Right to Repair

The excruciating DMCA section 1201 exemption process is upon us again, and the right to repair tractors, cars, and electronics is at stake.<p>You’d be hard pressed to find a more controversial piece of legislation in tech policy circles than the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Written in 1998 to …

Greenpeace To Apple: Forget The Robots And Make iPhones Repairable

Apple has made important strides in its green efforts, but it continues to oppose efforts to make iPhones more repairable.<p>Apple is out with its 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report today, and in it is news of a new iPhone disassembly robot named Daisy that can rip apart 200 iPhones in an hour …

Apple Sued an Independent iPhone Repair Shop Owner and Lost

Apple said an unauthorized repair shop owner in Norway violated its trademark by using aftermarket iPhone parts, but a court decided in favor of the shop owner.<p>Last year, Apple’s lawyers sent Henrik Huseby, the owner of a small electronics repair shop in Norway, a letter demanding that he …

FTC warns console makers about warranty restrictions (update)

Parts and service conditions are not lawful, unnamed companies told<p>Six unnamed companies, including ones “that market and sell ... video gaming systems” have been warned by the Federal Trade Commission that they cannot condition warranty coverage of their products on the consumers’ use of certain …

The New iOS Update Killed Touch Functionality on iPhone 8s Repaired With Aftermarket Screens

iPhone 8 devices that worked fine prior to the iOS 11.3 update have suddenly stopped working.<p>Last year, an iOS update killed touch functionality on iPhone 7 devices that had been repaired with third-party screens by independent repair stores. Patch notes for the update said that third-party …

Right-to-Repair Laws Could Make It Easier to Get a Phone or Laptop Fixed

The push for right-to-repair laws in electronics is heating up in state legislatures across the country.<p>Basically, these laws address what happens …

Laws Don't Make America Great, It's Freedom From Them

Would you want to return to "a practice that was taken for granted a generation ago?" That might depend on what it was, and why. Progress relegates …

Repairs

10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Warren

Credit: National Park Service<b>1. Warren was one of Boston’s foremost physicians.</b><br>After enrolling in Harvard at the age of 14, Warren began to exhibit …

American Revolution

Be the Voice for Your Business & Our Industry

Last week I had the pleasure and honor of joining the Equipment Dealers Assn. and many of you out in Washington, D.C. for the AED/EDA Fly-In. And …

Snowstorms

CASE at #CONEXPO: Six new mini excavators and the debut of project ‘Minotaur’

CASE Construction Equipment used CONEXPO to debut a ton of new stuff. We will be focusing on the new mini excavators that expand its lineup to its …

Engineering

Dr. Joseph Warren's Informant - Journal of the American Revolution

With April 19 nearing, marking the anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War (the official regional holiday of Patriot’s Day in New …

Domenitz: Why Right to Repair reforms are needed in Massachusetts

We don’t like waste in New England. Thrift is deeply embedded here.<p>Long on the forefront of reducing, reusing and recycling, the people of …

Repairs

California, home to Silicon Valley, considers controversial right to repair

Dive Brief:<p>A bill working its way through California's legislature (AB-2110 Electronics: Right to Repair Act) would require electronics manufacturers …

Apple Must Explain Why It Doesn't Want You to Fix Your Own iPhone, California Lawmaker Says

Susan Talamantes-Eggman, who introduced a right to repair bill in California, says Apple can't play politics behind the scenes: "The onus is on them to explain why we can’t repair our own things and what damage or danger it causes them."<p>A California state lawmaker says she hopes to make Apple …

Nineteen states now considering 'right to repair' legislation

California is the latest to join a handful of states considering "right to repair" legislation covering today's electronic products.<p>With nearly every …

Easy Fix

There a simple way to make phone repairs easier, even if big tech companies like Apple disagree.<p>The people have spoken, and they want their phones to …

Repairs

Proposed California law would give you the right to repair your tech

by Dom Galeon March 9, 2018 Future Society 3252<p>The Right to Repair<p>On March 7, lawmaker Susan Talamantes Eggman introduced the California Right to …

Tractor hacking new underground revolution

Many midwest American farmers feel their sovereignty and sense of independence has been violated by the electronic lockups integral to new farm …

America's Farmers Are Becoming Prisoners to Agriculture's Technological Revolution

Big data, proprietary systems, and restrictive EULA agreements threaten farmers, but the right to repair movement shows they are fighting back.<p><i>Rian Wanstreet (@rianeliza) is a PhD Student at the University of Washington and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Media and Data Studies.</i><p>Farmers …

Farming

U.S. farmers fight for right to repair

Farmers buying a new implement face two technological hurdles. First, the electronics are nearly impossible to repair, and second, they may not have …

Washington State