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NVIDIA Shield dissected, enormous battery discovered

NVIDIA’s $299 handheld gaming console is now shipping, and as NVIDIA’s first entry into the consumer device space, it’s generating a bit of buzz… and uncertainty. One thing that is certain though, is that if you take apart the NVIDIA Shield, you can get a better idea of what makes the device tick. So that’s […]

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Nexus 7 news: Wireless charging, faster than a Nexus 4, Root

Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet hit the streets this week. And almost immediately folks figured out how to install a custom recovery and root the tablet. Meanwhile, some folks tore apart the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet to see if it’s really what’s on the inside that counts, and they found a few surprises under the […]

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Google Chromecast dissected, not much found inside

Google’s Chromecast is a tiny $35 device designed to let you stream videos from the internet to your TV. It’s running a modified version of Chrome OS, but you’d never really know that to look at it — there’s virtually no user interface. Instead, when you fire up a video on your phone, tablet, or […]

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New MacBook Air, Google Glass get the teardown treatment: Huge, tiny batteries uncovered

Two new high-profile portable computing devices went under the knife this week. The folks at repair shop and community iFixit tore apart Apple’s newest 13 inch MacBook Air with a Haswell processor, while Star Simpson and Scott Torborg dissected a Google Glass device and snapped some stellar photographs of the process. Not surprisingly, the insides […]

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iFixit disassembles the Surface Pro, doesn’t recommend trying it at home

The Microsoft Surface Pro is basically what you get if you take an ultrabook, throw it in a 10.6 inch tablet case, add an active digitizer and stylus, and call it a day. It’s a computer in a sleek, compact package which offers decent performance and less-than-stellar battery life. But it’s what’s on the inside […]

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Samsung Galaxy Camera rooted, torn apart

The Samsung Galaxy Camera looks like a typical point-and-shoot camera with a decent lens and a 21x optical zoom. But what makes this $499 camera special is the fact that it has the guts of a pretty good smartphone, including a Samsung Exynos quad-core processor, a 4.8 inch touchscreen display, Android 4.1 software, and even […]

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Google Nexus 4, Nexus 10 dissected secrets revealed (including a dormant LTE chip)

Just days after the latest Google Nexus products hit the streets, a couple of repair shops have taken apart the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet to see what lies beneath the surface. And they’ve posted teardown guides online. Powerbook Medic disassembled the Nexus 10 tablet, while the folks at iFixit ripped apart the […]

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Asus VivoBook X202 dissected: Almost as tough to upgrade as an ultrabook

The Asus VivoBook X202e is a thin, light, and reasonably affordable Windows 8 laptop with a touchscreen display. It’s a little too thick to be called an ultrabook, and Asus sells the notebook with hard drives instead of solid state disks. But the VivoBook X202e features an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and it should be almost as […]

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iPad Mini dissected: It’s full of tiny parts… and lots of glue

Now that Apple’s iPad mini is available for purchase for $329 and up, some folks are using Apple’s cheapest and smallest iPad… and others are busy tearing it apart. The folks at iFixit have posted a teardown guide which shows what the tablet looks like under the hood — and just how difficult it would […]

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Dell’s $500 XPS 10 Windows RT tablet hits the FCC, dissected for your viewing pleasure

Dell’s new Windows RT tablet isn’t expected to ship until December. But the Dell XPS 10 showed up this week at the FCC website, complete with a user manual and photos of the 10 inch tablet’s case and internal components. The Dell XPS 10 features a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a Qualcomm […]