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Lilbits: Amazon the knockoff artist, Dell’s rugged laptops, new OnePlus and Black Shark phones

For years critics have claimed that Amazon rips off the companies that sell their products through its online store by using data to determine which items are likely to be popular and then creating and selling their own knockoffs, undercutting the competition on price and by promoting its own products. Now a report from Reuters […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at home was supposed to be much, much better

Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home is a program designed to breathe new life into old smartphones by letting you repurpose the hardware for new uses. At least that’s the idea. But when the program rolled out in beta in April, only Android 9 phones released in 2018 are supported – you know, phones you might […]

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Lilbits 392: Dell XPS 17, Google Pixel Buds 2, and a DIY handheld gaming PC

It’s no secret that Dell is planning to launch an XPS 17 laptop with a svelte design (as well as a Precision 5750 model aimed at professional). But it looks like someone at Dell France jumped the gun and set a website for the upcoming laptop live a little early. The page is gone now, […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro X is the most repairable to date (which isn’t saying a lot)

The Microsoft Surface Pro X is the first tablet in the Surface Pro lineup to feature an ARM-based processor. And while that means it has integrated LTE and theoretically long battery life (which in fact varies depending on usage), early reviews suggest the $1,000+ tablet struggles with app compatibility issues. On the bright side, Microsoft […]

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iFixit’s Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown shows how easy it is to break the $2000 folding phone

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone was supposed to be available to the public this Friday. But after multiple reports of broken displays on demo units sent to reviewers, Samsung has postponed the launch of its ambitious, expensive smartphone with a foldable display. The folks at online repair shop iFixit did manage to get their hands on […]

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Motorola partners with iFixit to offer smartphone repair kits

Modern smartphones include a handful of features designed to make them tougher to break. Corning’s Gorilla Glass and similar technologies give many phones a tough-to-scratch screen. And a growing number of phones are waterproof, which means you can use them in the rain, splash water on them in the kitchen, or even drop them in the toilet […]

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Apple iPhone 8 teardown reveals an iPhone 7 (with better CPU & cameras)

For the past few years Apple’s iPhone release schedule has been fairly predictable: release a new model one year, and follow it up with a similar-looking phone featuring a spec bump. That’s how we went from the iPhone 4 to 4S, 5 to 5S, and 6 to 6S. But this year the company is shaking […]

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iFixit tears apart a Galaxy Note FE, confirms it’s a Galaxy Note 7 with a smaller battery

Not that this should come as any surprise, but it turns out that if you crack open the case of Samsung’s newly released Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE) smartphones, what you’ll find is a device that looks virtually identical to last year’s Galaxy Note 7. The only difference? A smaller battery. Samsung pretty much told […]

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Apple’s new 21.5 inch iMac torn down, found surprisingly easy to upgrade

Apple’s new iMac desktop computers feature Intel Kaby Lake chips, brighter displays, faster storage, and improved graphics. But it turns out there’s another change that Apple didn’t talk about when unveiling its 2017 iMac lineup. The new models are also easier to upgrade or repair. Well, kind of. The folks at iFixit tore apart a new […]

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iFixit: Apple’s new $329 iPad is basically an iPad Air 1, but 44 percent brighter

Apple’s new iPad may not be much of an upgrade from earlier Apple tablets, but with a starting price of $329, it is cheaper… and I suppose there’s something nice about getting the same hardware for a lower price. But the same hardware as what? According to the folks at iFixit, the new iPad is a […]