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Apple’s 2014 Mac Mini may be cheaper… but it’s also harder to upgrade

This month Apple introduced the first major update to its Mac Mini line of desktop computers in two years. The new models feature Intel Haswell processors and starting prices of $499, which makes the new entry-level model about $100 cheaper than the 2012 Mac Mini it replaces. The new models also feature 802.11ac WiFi and […]

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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 plus dissected (by iFixit)

Another gadget, another teardown… or two. The folks at iFixit have ripped open Apple’s new iPhone and iPhone 6 smartphones to see what’s under the hood(s). As expected, the new phones have bigger screens, bigger batteries, and new processors. But just because that’s what we expected doesn’t mean it’s not fun to look at pretty […]

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Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch dissected

Now that Motorola’s first smartwatch is shipping, the folks at iFixit opened up a Moto 360 up to see what makes it tick… or not tick, since this is an electronic gadget and not a mechanical watch. There aren’t many surprises under the hood… but there are a few. For instance, Motorola says the watch has […]

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Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch get the teardown treatment

Now that the first smartwatches featuring Android Wear software are shipping, the folks at iFixit decided to rip them apart and see what they could learn about the hardware behind those watches. It turns out the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch are easier to take apart and repair than a typical smartphone, earning […]

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Report: Google Glass has about $80 in parts, sells for $1500 (for now)

Want to be part of the Google Glass Explorer program? You’ll need an invite (usually) and $1500. But according to TechInsights, Google’s wearable computer only has about $80 worth of parts. Google tells the Wall Street Journal that the price estimate is “absolutely wrong,” and there are likely at least a few good reasons for […]

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Lilbits (4-11-2014): Amazon Fire TV sales are on fire… maybe

Amazon launched the Fire TV about a week ago, and already it looks like the company’s having a hard time keeping its TV box in stock. As of April 11th, the Fire TV page on Amazon says the online video streaming, game playing device will be “in stock on April 18th.” Amazon says it’s building […]

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Lilbits (4-04-2014): Inside the Fire TV, Cyanogen’s new image

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 […]

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Lilbits (11-05-2013): Another peek inside the Google Nexus 5

Another high profile device, another teardown from iFixit. The repair shop has ripped open a Google Nexus 5 to get a look at its insides. They liked what they saw, deeming the Nexus 5 relatively easy to repair — but let’s be honest. the odds of you fixing the $350 phone yourself instead of buying […]