Tag Archive: Parts


Somehow, Alexa Skills are the best and worst parts of using Alexa

Amazon is still leading the charge in the AI assistant race in many ways. Compared to the closest competing assistants from Google and Apple, Alexa is offered on the largest line of Amazon smart home speakers and other smart home products.

Amazon Alexa Skills are another key feature that helps Alexa stand out from the competition. Amazon offers its Alexa Skills Kit to developers, giving them the ability to incorporate their products or services into the Alexa ecosystem.  [Read More…]

AT&T has launched 5G in parts of the U.S. Here’s why it’s a big deal

More beta than must-have, but it’s still an important step.

I remember the first LTE products; they weren’t phones but big, bulky Wi-Fi hotspots with tiny displays that terminated in USB-A connections. They’d plug into laptops so give them internet access, magically, and used giant SIM cards that seemed to take up the entire length of the stick.

Well, here we are at the launch of 5G and things aren’t looking that different. Today, AT&T has announced  [Read More…]

iFixit is now selling parts straight from Motorola

Not a knockoff.

iFixit has long been known for selling toolkits and providing guides on how to open consumer hardware so you can try your hand at fixing your phone instead of spending a bunch of money at a repair shop. iFixit has also sold replacement parts for various pieces of hardware so users can get their tools and replacement parts all in one go.

What’s been missing, until now, is support from a device manufacturer. But  [Read More…]

HTC’s latest event teaser shows parts of an iPhone 6

HTC is teasing their latest event with an image of smartphone parts surrounding a date. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a nice image. But you’d think HTC would use its own phone internals to tease an upcoming phone. Preferably U12+ internals, but any recent HTC phone internals would do.

But that’s not how HTC do. This teaser contains a collection of iPhone 6 internals. Just check out the above image next to iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 6.

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AT&T has two new unlimited plans and exclusive deals for parts of the U.S.

AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced costs $ 10/month less and has more hotspot data.

AT&T’s two unlimited plans – Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice – are about to get upgraded.

During the madness of nonstop news coming out of MWC 2018, the carrier’s announced two new plans joining its lineup, including Unlimited Plus Enhanced and Unlimited Choice Enhanced.

The exact details on these two offerings are still fairly murky, but here’s what we know so far. Plus Enhanced  [Read More…]

Samsung debuts Galaxy Note Fan Edition that uses Note 7 parts

A couple of months away from the expected debut of the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung has taken the wraps off of a different Galaxy Note smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition will officially launch in South Korea on July 7th at a price of 699,600 KRW ($ 611 USD). Samsung plans to offer 400,000 units of the limited edition device in Korea, with sales in other markets to be decided later. Samsung explains that the Galaxy Note Fan Edition  [Read More…]

There are still people in parts of the world who use Android Market on Android 2.1

Google is officially ceasing support for Android’s archaic app store on Eclair at the end of the month.

Do you remember using the Android Market to download apps for your smartphone? Google announced that it will cease support for the relic app on Eclair devices at the end of June.

In the Android Developers Blog, Google’s Maximilian Ruppaner writes:

On June 30, 2017, Google will be ending support for the Android Market app on Android 2.1 Eclair and older  [Read More…]

SCOTUS rules in favor of you fixing your smartphone and reselling its parts

Good news, tinkerers: now you can do what you like to your devices without fear of patent-defying blowback.

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of consumers in the Impression Products v. Lexmark International case. It’s a massive win for the repair world because it means that companies like iFixit that sell detailed repair kits, complete with replacement parts in some, aren’t violating patents.

Kyle Wiens, the founder of iFixit.com, took to Twitter to celebrate  [Read More…]

Google’s unique update process is one of the best parts of owning a Pixel

Google’s phones are updated the same way phones from other companies are, with one big difference.

There is an extremely well-defined divide between phones from Google and phones from any other company when it comes to updates. While a few exceptions exist, you know that you can only expect a timely Android update if you’re using a phone recently sold by Google. In short, unless your phone says Nexus or Pixel on the back of it, getting  [Read More…]

Pokemon Go’s new tracker now available in all of US and parts of Europe

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has been teasing a update to the oft maligned “Poketracker” feature of the popular app. Niantic has finally pushed the new Pokemon tracker to the rest of the US and “large parts of Europe” today after a lengthy limited access beta program that was in select areas of the US. The