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Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

Motorola XOOM world modem spotted in teardown

It's something of a teardown day, with first the new MacBook Pro getting stripped to basics and now the Motorola XOOM suffering the same. iFixit whipped open the casing - a straightforward process, given Motorola obviously doesn't want to make things too difficult for its technicians adding in 4G modem support - and discovered that the XOOM actually uses the same hybrid CDMA/GSM modem as found in the Verizon iPhone 4.

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Verizon iPhone 4 teardown: World Phone CDMA/GSM radio inside

Verizon iPhone 4 teardown: World Phone CDMA/GSM radio inside

iFixit has been at it again, whipping out the adjustable spanner set (well, a selection of Torx screwdrivers actually) and taking on Verizon's iPhone 4. We've already given the CDMA smartphone a good going over in our full Verizon iPhone 4 review, but now we get to see the changes inside the iOS handset too. The biggest point of interest is the Qualcomm MDM6600 radio chipset, which actually could've been used to make the Verizon iPhone 4 into a so-called world phone.

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New Apple security screws block unofficial fixes: replacing old screws on repaired iPhones

New Apple security screws block unofficial fixes: replacing old screws on repaired iPhones

Apple has quietly changed its hardware to prevent hackers tampering with it, and it's a tweak at the most basic of levels: the screws that hold Apple gadgets together. According to iFixit, Apple has progressively shifted to a new type of tamper-resistant screw that isn't a regular Torx - the company describes them as "pentalobe security screws" - and normal electronics screwdriver sets can't handle them.

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Nexus S Teardown

Nexus S Teardown

Oh those folks at iFixit, they're so wild in their need to take everything apart. Come with me and see their unscrewing and note with me how they find Nexus S to be more of a gimmick than a feature-filled device. Ruh roh. Did they say gimmick? They sure did. They note first and foremost the fact that it's got a curved display and is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, saying basically that these shouldn't be enough to convince someone to purchase the brand new phone. They do say some nice things though! Or maybe they're just funny. They note that once the back of the phone is off, it looks like something out of Tron: Legacy. Then they say that you shouldn't give the battery to a baby. And you know good and well that it only gets better from there!

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11.6″ MacBook Air Torn Down by iFixit

11.6″ MacBook Air Torn Down by iFixit

With another Apple announcement done and over with, and new hardware showcased, it's about time that iFixit gets their hands on the new toy, and starts tearing it down. And sure enough, they've wasted no time in getting the smaller version of the brand new line-up of MacBook Airs to their work benches, and tearing them down.

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