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  • iFixit Tears Apart A FBI GPS Tracking Device — Really

    iFixit Tears Apart A FBI GPS Tracking Device — Really


    Ever wonder what sort of space age technology the FBI tracks people with? Well, as iFixit found during a special teardown, space age sort of properly describes the equipment if the term space age refers to 1990-ish equipment. I won’t spoil all the fun (like the 20 year battery life) partly because I wanna get this story posted quickly and go give my car a thorough pat down for any… Read More

  • iFixit Tears Apart The New iMacs, Warns Of Deadly Thunderbolts (Not Really)

    iFixit Tears Apart The New iMacs, Warns Of Deadly Thunderbolts (Not Really)

    The best part of the iFixit teardowns — besides the gadget pr0n — are the notes found on the last step. iFixit grades the given product in terms of its repairability and then comments on the highlights. The new iMac scored 7 out of 10 where 10 is the easiest to repair. iFixit notes that while it’s relatively easy to disassemble the iMac, “Making the LCD and glass… Read More

  • Show Off Your iPhone 4's Innards With This Clear Back Panel From iFixit

    Show Off Your iPhone 4's Innards With This Clear Back Panel From iFixit


    The cool cats over at iFixit are best known for their gadget teardowns and how-to guides, but they also sell accessories and tools. Their latest is a clear backplate for the iPhone 4. Now, this is a DIY sort of thing and will require the buyer to install the $29.99 piece. But don’t fret! iFixit has excellent guides and instructions so installition should be trivial. Note: this… Read More

  • iFixit Tears Apart The Nikon D5100, Warns Of "4 Billion Screws"

    iFixit Tears Apart The Nikon D5100, Warns Of "4 Billion Screws"


    There are some electronics that are totally worth fixing yourself. Most modern electronics aren’t, though. But you still do it anyway for shits and giggles. Then there are DSLRs — or in this case, the new Nikon D5100. You’d have to be John Biggs-crazy to tear this thing apart. Read More

  • iFixit Tears Apart The PlayBook

    iFixit Tears Apart The PlayBook

    It’s the newest tradition in gadget journalism: get the latest device and break it to pieces on camera neatly and systematically, then arrange all the pieces in a little display, noting the most interesting bits. The PlayBook has just gotten the iFixit treatment. Read More

  • iFixit Tears Down The….Apple Smart Cover

    iFixit Tears Down The….Apple Smart Cover


    Sigh. Here we go. iFixit just did its thing on the iPad 2 Smart Cover. Yep, they tore down the cover and found that a whooping 31 magnets are used between the cover itself and the iPad 2 to hold the cover in place — ten in the iPad and 21 in the cover. So there you have it. Lots and lots of magnets. God’s little magically wonders. iFixit Read More

  • iFixit Tears Down The Latest MacBook Pro, Finds MacBook Pro Parts Inside

    iFixit Tears Down The Latest MacBook Pro, Finds MacBook Pro Parts Inside


    When there’s a new gadget, iFixit simply must tear it apart in the name of gadget pr0n. This includes the latest MacBook Pro. The firm found that the battery is the same as the current generation even though the advertised life is slightly lower. (or rather more realistic) It’s also secured separately from other components, allowing it to stay in place rather than removing it… Read More

  • iFixit Goes Speaker Hunting In HTC Surround Teardown

    iFixit Goes Speaker Hunting In HTC Surround Teardown

    Spoiler: The inside of a Windows Phone 7 device looks like the inside of an Android or iOS device — just so you know. Didn’t want you proceeding expecting to see something like little Redmond gremlins hobbling around the circuit boards and modems. Yeah, if you’ve seen one teardown, you’ve seen them all. So unless you get a tech chubby from circuit board pr0n, proceed… Read More

  • iFixit's iPad App: A Nice Last-Minute Gift For The Tinkerer In The Family

    iFixit's iPad App: A Nice Last-Minute Gift For The Tinkerer In The Family

    That is, if they like gifts that are free. Because the newly-on-iPad app from the folks at iFixit definitely is free, and isn’t even ad-supported. It’s leveraging their growing database of repair instructions for cameras, game consoles, mobile phones, and pretty much everything out there. Read More

  • GalTab Broke Down

    GalTab Broke Down

    What’s inside a Samsung Galaxy Tab? Not snips, snails, or puppy dog tails. Instead you fine a large battery, an ARM A8 Hummingbird processor, and all the build quality of an Apple product. After pulling off the screen, iFixIt got to the guts fairly quickly and they had a bit to say about the reparability and processing power. Read More