Amazon already told us that it’s new TV box has a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage along with the ability to stream music and videos, play games, and run other apps. But that’s not good enough for the folks at repair shop iFixit — they want to see all those parts for themselves.
So they opened up the case to peek inside, and this is what they found.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Amazon Fire TV torn down by @iFixit, few surprises found unless you count the big heat sink
Amazon’s new TV box has the guts of a smartphone… plus a big heat sink to keep the Fire TV from actually catching on fire. [iFixit]
- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for iPad hit 12 million downloads in first week
Microsoft’s first touch-friendly version of Office hit the App Store recently, while the Windows Tablet version still isn’t ready to go. The iPad apps allow anyone to read documents for free, and allow Office 365 subscribers to create and edit documents. The move seems to have paid off… an awful lot of people downloaded the apps during their first week of availability.[@Office]
- Microsoft makes it easier for enterprise users to sideload apps in Windows 8.1 Update
It’s not particularly easy to sideload “Modern” style apps. Microsoft really wants developers to make them available through the Windows Store instead. But that’s not always an option for enterprise users. Now Microsoft’s making things a bit easier on those folks. [Windows Blog]
- Pre-order Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit from Amazon
The $299 Gear 2 smartwatch, $199 Gear 2 Neo, and $199 Gear Fit activity tracker are all up for pre-order. [Amazon]
- Cyanogen Inc grows up, gets a real corporate logo and stuff
As the developers of this popular custom version of Android transition from a volunteer-driven effort to a real corporate entity that’s partnering with smartphone makers, they’re giving their logo and branding materials a new look. The Cid mascot lives on… but it’s part of the community version of Cyanogenod, not the Cyanogen software that’ll ship on upcoming devices like the OnePlus One smartphone. [Cyanogen]