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In Tech: Dish techs fix iPhones, Best Buy gets Oculus VR

The new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is on display following a June11 news conference in San Francisco. Best Buy will sell the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headsets at some of its retail stores starting Saturday.

[Associated Press]

The new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is on display following a June11 news conference in San Francisco. Best Buy will sell the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headsets at some of its retail stores starting Saturday.

When Dish technicians aren't busy installing satellite TV services in people's homes, they'll be making house calls to replace iPhone batteries and broken screens.

The new program represents Dish's latest effort to diversify its business as it faces a decline in TV subscribers — currently at 13.9 million, down 1 percent from a year ago. Technicians are also being trained to set up Wi-Fi networks and smart-home systems.

Dish will charge $75 for a battery replacement and $135 to $185 for a screen repair, depending on the iPhone model. There's also a $35 charge for the house call, which covers as many repairs as needed in one visit to the home or office. Dish plans to extend the service to Android phones later.

Buyers beware: As with many other third-party repairs, Dish's program isn't authorized by Apple and will likely void any warranties.

Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

Oculus is making its $600 headsets available at the stores even though many who ordered them directly from Oculus have yet to receive them, more than a month after the company started shipping the headsets. Oculus has blamed the delays on an "unexpected component shortage." …

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