Apple will reportedly give you trade-in credit for your busted up iPhone

If you’ve got a busted up iPhone you’ve been needing to replace, we’ve got some good news for you: Apple will reportedly be accepting busted up iPhones for trade-in credit on the purchase of a new iPhone at its Apple stores. That’s it! You’re welcome! Happy Friday!

Ok, there are a few details you need to know about:

The offer is only good for the trade-in of the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus, according to 9to5Mac, and the amount of damage Apple will accept is not perfectly clear. An unnamed source says Apple will accept iPhones “with damaged displays, cameras, and buttons within reason,” and the amount you get will be about $50 for a 5S, $200 for a 6, and $250 for a 6 Plus.

Don’t go drop-kicking your phone across the parking lot, but it’s nice to know a cracked screen isn’t the end of the world, right? Ok, now you’re welcome.

If you have a deep respect for priceless musical instruments, then you might want to look away or maybe just skip this next story entirely:

If you’ve not seen Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, there’s a scene in which actor Kurt Russell snatches an acoustic guitar from Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character and smashes it against a post. When it happens, you can see the look of shock on other on-screen actors’ faces. You see where I’m going with this, don’t you? Leigh looks genuinely shocked because Leigh is genuinely shocked.

What she knows that Russell doesn’t is that the guitar he just smashed was a priceless antique 1870 Martin guitar on loan from the Martin Guitar Company’s museum. It was supposed to be swapped out for one of six (why not eight?) painstakingly fabricated copies, and nobody told Kurt Russell what he was holding was a guitar potentially worth over $500,000. Why did the take proceed without the cut and swap?

That’s the half-million dollar question right now, but word is Tarantino was pretty pleased with the take. Anyway, Martin has stated it will not be lending any more guitars out for any movies ever again. This is why we can’t have nice things, people!

Finally this Friday: What better way to wrap the week’s news than with a story setting up the Super Bowl? Two hot headlines colliding like a pair of linebackers: Football injuries, and 3-D printing. We know a lot of folks who wonder if 3D printing is really good for anything. Well if you ask Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, he’ll tell you 3D printing is, like, the best thing ever.

Davis broke his arm during the AFC  title match against the Arizona Cardinals. He was then taken to the hospital where doctors worked to repair his ulna with 12 small screws drilled into his arm.  That’s it. Dude is done for the big game, right? Wrong.

3D Elite, a 3D printing company specializing in athletic braces took 3D scans of Davis’s arm, and in 8 hours, had produced a brace that will allow Davis to play in the Super Bowl with a busted arm.

Apparently, after trying three conventional braces, it was clear the 3D printed wonder-brace made with space-age materials was the way to go. And if you think that’s some fun Super Bowl business, just wait till you see what has in store for you this weekend. We’ve got Super Bowl stories aplenty to help you get amped up for the event, so visit often until its action time Sunday evening.


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