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Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Mac Mini teardown results: repairs are more difficult

Following the iMac teardown late last week comes the folks at iFixit again, who have this time gotten down and dirty with the newest Mac Mini. You'd expect from the look of things that it would largely rate the same as the previous model, but sometimes appearances can be deceitful, as was apparently the case this time. Said iFixit, "Apple took one of their most-fixable, most-upgradable products and broke it." How, you ask? We've got all the details -- and a few pictures -- for you after the jump.

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iFixit teardown shows the Galaxy Alpha to be a tiny monster

iFixit teardown shows the Galaxy Alpha to be a tiny monster

Teardowns done by iFixit aren't performed just for the sake of sleuthing but for determining how easy it would be to repair and replace parts of the device. In that light, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, branded to be an iPhone rival, proved to be a tad difficult to handle despite its smaller size and supposedly more premium built.

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iPhone 6 costs $200 to build, according to study

iPhone 6 costs $200 to build, according to study

We all know the markup on iPhones is significant, but how much does it cost to actually build one? According to a new report, Apple spends roughly $200-$250 for each iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. When you remember the phone starts at $650, it sounds downright evil to charge so much, but that’s not the whole picture.

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Moto 360 battery is 300 mAh only in name, really 320 mAh

Moto 360 battery is 300 mAh only in name, really 320 mAh

One of the benefits of teardowns is discovering details that never make it to marketing materials or even reviews. That might just be what iFixit stumbled upon when it broke open the Moto 360 smartwatch, finally available to the public, and discovered that the battery was seemingly not what Motorola said it would be.

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Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Fire Phone teardown: Extra cameras set Bezos tough challenge

Amazon's Fire Phone could have been a potent mid-range challenger had the retailer opted to leave out the 3D interface gimmicks, teardown analysis suggests, with the polarizing quad-camera system an outlier in what's otherwise an exercise in cost-cutting. The final bill of materials for the Fire Phone, released last week, comes to around $205 in components according to IHS iSuppli's calculations, undercutting what Samsung is believed to spend on each Galaxy S5, but more expensive than an iPhone 5s.

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Android Wear teardown shows two easily repairable devices

Android Wear teardown shows two easily repairable devices

Android Wear is cool, but is it sturdy? More to the point, if (or when, maybe) you break your G Watch or Gear Live, how easy will it be to repair? The team at iFixIt have given both devices their teardown treatment, and the results just might surprise you a bit.

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LG G Watch easy to pry, Samsung Gear Live compact but complex

LG G Watch easy to pry, Samsung Gear Live compact but complex

The first batch of Android Wear smartwatches isn't even out in the wild yet, and here we are seeing the first teardowns of the devices. Though it's not exactly the thorough iFixit treatment, it does give a bit of insight into the inner workings of these super small computers, particularly the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, as well as potentially how easy they are to break or fix.

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OnePlus One iFixit teardown: not so easy to repair

OnePlus One iFixit teardown: not so easy to repair

Every new high-profile smartphone is almost always given the iFixit treatment, being torn down piece by piece to see not just what keeps it all together, but ultimately how easy, or difficult, it will be to get one fixed. The Chinese-made OnePlus One is no different and with a score of 5 out of 10, the smartphone turned out to be truly a mixed bag.

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Sony hacks open A7 camera to expose full-frame guts

Sony hacks open A7 camera to expose full-frame guts

Sony has taken a scalpel to the a7, chopping open its full-frame mirrorless camera to show off what's going on inside the unusual shooter. The video - which also shows the results of cutting a Vario-Tessar FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens in half like a sub - gives an inkling of just how crammed the camera's internals are.

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Another teardown reveals “true” cost of Google Glass

Another teardown reveals “true” cost of Google Glass

A new teardown of Google Glass rebuffs an earlier claim that the device hardware was worth under $100. While the new estimate of $132.47 for the hardware alone sounds a bit more reasonable, it’s nonetheless leaving quite a bit of the $1,500 asking price in the lurch. Are we paying for Google’s project, or are these tear-downs way off?

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Glass teardown cost estimate denied by Google

Glass teardown cost estimate denied by Google

Though Google Glass is not yet available to the average consumer, a relatively small number of the devices exist in the hands of "Explorers," the number of which just increased in recent times. Because of the nature of the Explorer program, Glass is priced at $1,500 for those with the opportunity to buy.

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Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.

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