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Lilbits: Handheld gaming PCs, iPhone 14’s repairability improvements, and Google Tensor G2 chip details

Valve has been ramping up production of its Steam Deck handheld gaming PC throughout the year, and while there were long wait times when the portable computer went on sale earlier this year, the wait times are getting shorter and shorter. Meanwhile other companies making handheld gaming computers are releasing new details about upcoming devices. […]

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Lilbits: Pixel 7 colors revealed, Steam Deck repair centers opened, and Khadas VIM1S single-board PC detailed

Valve has already made it (relatively) easy for folks to repair broken Steam Deck hardware at home by partnering with iFixit. Prefer to leave things to the professionals? Now official Steam Deck repair centers are open. In-warranty repairs will be performed free of charge, but there’s also an option to pay for repairs that aren’t […]

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Samsung Self-Repair program goes live: buy replacement parts for some phones from iFixit

Up until recently if you broke a Samsung smartphone or tablet that wasn’t covered under a warranty, your best bet was probably to take it to a third-party repair shop or try to find reliable replacement parts and repair guides to perform smartphone surgery on your own. Now Samsung has launched a Self-Repair program. In […]

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Lilbits: Intel Arc 750 GPU preview, Steam Deck replacement fans and batteries now available, and Amazon Prime Air drone delivery expands to Texas

After launching a very limited trial in California last month, Amazon is expanding its delivery-by-drone service to residents of a city in Texas where more than 100 thousand people live. Intel has provided a performance preview of its upcoming Intel Arc A750 desktop GPU, claiming it can outperform NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060. Meanwhile the chip maker […]

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Now you can buy replacement parts for Google Pixel phones from iFixit

As promised earlier this year, you can now buy genuine replacement parts for Pixel phones from internet repair shop iFixit. Kits that also include the tools you may need to perform at-home repairs are also available for purchase. Google says genuine parts are available for Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 series phones. Replacement parts include […]

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Steam Deck spare parts and repair guides are now available from iFixit

The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC that crams the guts of a laptop computer into a compact design that’s meant to be held in your hands. But despite the tight fit, Valve promised earlier this year that the Steam Deck would be user-repairable. And now the company is delivering on that promise. Spare […]

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Lilbits: Apple’s Self Service Repair isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Apple launched its Self Service Repair program in April in what appeared to be a major win for the right to repair movement. Folks who want to buy a replacement screen, battery, or other components without taking their phone to a repair shop can now do that. But actually fixing a phone by yourself? That’s […]

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Google partners with iFixit to offer replacement parts for Pixel phones

Google has announced plans to make it easier to fix a broken Pixel phone. Starting later this year you’ll be able to buy spare parts and tools to fix Pixel 2 and later phones from iFixit. Google says things like replacement displays, batteries, and cameras will be sold as individual parts and as parts of kits […]

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Samsung introduces a self-repair program for select phones and tablets

Repairing a cracked screen, broken charging port, or other components of a smartphone or tablet can be an expensive, time-consuming, and generally inconvenient proposition, especially if it means going without a phone while you wait for somebody else to perform the repairs. While some folks are comfortable performing their own repairs at home, finding genuine […]

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Lilbits: Would you pay a subscription to always have the latest iPhone?

Over the past few years we’ve seen a growing number of companies move to subscription models for things you used to be able to pay just once for. Want to use Adobe Audition or Premiere? You need a subscription and if you stop paying, you lose access. QuickBooks recently went the same way. And Microsoft […]