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As mobile smartphones have become more advanced, they have also become more fragile (the author does not remember being particularly worried when she dropped her Nokia 3310).  With each advancement in security, screen quality, data speed, and so forth, something else is sacrificed—durability, size, and/or battery life.  Most people with smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone, have probably experienced an issue with their mobile phones at some point during ownership.  Speaking from experience—the author of this blog post has cracked the screen of every smartphone she has ever owned.

Upon damaging their phone, many consumers look to third parties to conduct repairs, as such repairs are often significantly cheaper than repairs through the manufacturer.

One issue for which consumers have sought third party support is Touch ID sensor issues related to the iPhone 6 and 6s.  For example, many have speculated that the Touch ID sensor feature on the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6s are prone to causing phone issues, such as the touch screen becoming unresponsive, the fingerprint sensor not registering when users are attempting to use it, and the home and lock buttons failing to work as expected.

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Volkswagen has recently come under serious fire for allegedly fraudulently concealing the true emissions of pollutants in certain of its Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi diesel vehicles.  An announcement by Volkswagen this week is even more troubling for the company and also for those who own Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.  On Tuesday, Volkswagen announced that an internal investigation revealed what it titled “inconsistencies” in both carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy of an additional 800,000 vehicles, most of which were sold in North America.  The Volkswagen internal investigation indicated the “inconsistencies” may lower fuel economy of certain vehicles up to 15 percent.

Details have yet to be revealed to the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates emissions standards and sets the requirements for fuel economy measurements.  Consumers, too, are left in the dark while Volkswagen continues to not fully disclose this important information.

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