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Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 is exactly as impossible to repair as you'd expect

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 is exactly as impossible to repair as you'd expect

The Galaxy Z Fold3 is Samsung's latest shot at making a foldable smartphone and depending on who you ask, it's the best one to date. Not only is it equipped with the speedy Snapdragon 888 CPU, but you also get tangible improvements over its predecessor, like S Pen support and an under-screen front camera in the folding 7.6-inch display. We're really liking it so far. But of course, all of this comes at a cost: Galaxy foldables consistently come off as really hard to repair, and the Z Fold3 will be no exception, if this teardown is anything to go by.

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Watch a Red Magic 6 vivisected, broken, reassembled, and MacGyver'd back to life

Watch a Red Magic 6 vivisected, broken, reassembled, and MacGyver'd back to life

Teardown videos can be handy when you're doing your own repairs, or even if you just want to see how something works, but they can also be pretty entertaining in a gruesome sort of way. Yesterday Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything did a teardown of the recent RedMagic 6 gaming phone, and though there was one pretty major hiccup, he was able to take the phone apart while its cooling fan was actively running — and even pull it off.

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Sony WF-1000XM4 teardown: What makes the best earbuds around sound so good?

Sony WF-1000XM4 teardown: What makes the best earbuds around sound so good?

Sony's long-awaited WF-1000XM4 earbuds are here, and by all accounts, they're fantastic. You know what they look like on the outside, but in the words of ethically questionable surgeons, "What about the guts?" A Chinese audiophile site has meticulously dissected the ANC earbuds and documented each and every step in beautiful detail.

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Google TV Android app preps remote control interface

Google TV Android app preps remote control interface

Google has completely revamped the Play Movies & TV app as Google TV, and it looks like the new app is about to get some more functionality. 9to5Google has uncovered some strings that point at the integration of an on-screen remote, seemingly replacing the aging Android TV Remote Control app last updated in 2017.

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Google's Pixel Buds may soon support manual updates

Google's Pixel Buds may soon support manual updates

Google's latest Pixel Buds were pretty polarizing when they landed last year, months after their announcement. Like them or hate them, one feature has been almost universally resented: The fact that updates are an automatic process with no user control. They just kind of happen while the buds are connected, and you can't do much to speed up the process. But according to a recent teardown, manual updates may soon be possible.

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Teardown reveals potential OnePlus 9 camera features

Teardown reveals potential OnePlus 9 camera features

When OnePlus rolled out an Android 11-based beta to the OnePlus 7 and 7T last week, it also included a new version of its Camera app, v6.4.23. While there aren't any significant user-facing changes in it just yet, XDA Developers managed to dig into the code and found a few strings and assets that point to new features for upcoming handsets — possibly the OnePlus 9 that looks to be scheduled for March.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown suggests bigger is not always better for repairability

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra teardown suggests bigger is not always better for repairability

The Galaxy S21 got a thumbs-up in repairability with a recent teardown video. Will the S21 Ultra get similar or better marks? We've got another video from PBKreviews, the same channel that looked into the slab's smaller cohort, and the short answer is yes.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 teardown shows a surprisingly easy-to-repair interior

Samsung Galaxy S21 teardown shows a surprisingly easy-to-repair interior

Samsung just released the Galaxy S21 last week, and now, the first teardown video is already available for you to gaze at. It comes courtesy of YouTube channel PBKreviews and features a complete disassembly and reassembly of the regular S21, complete with the first repairability assessment. Spoiler alert: It looks like many parts could be pretty easily replaceable, except for the battery.

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Google Phone could soon record all calls from unknown numbers

Google Phone could soon record all calls from unknown numbers

The Google Phone app that comes preinstalled on Pixels and some other smartphones is a true boon for people constantly bothered by robocalls as it's capable of blocking them automatically. But the company has expanded its calling app with other features as well: It recently added call recording, rolling out to select phones and regions since the beginning of 2020. It looks like the developers are now working on automatic recordings if you receive calls from unknown numbers not in your contacts.

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Google is working on bringing COVID-19 contact tracing to smartwatches

Google is working on bringing COVID-19 contact tracing to smartwatches

Wear OS may feel dead in the water and might only be receiving a minimum of feature additions, but it  remains a widely used platform nonetheless. And it looks like the company isn't completely done with wearables. Following the Bluetooth SIG decision to expand the standard's specifications to enable contact tracing on Bluetooth Low Energy devices like wearables, Google already appears to be working on adding COVID-19 exposure tracing to its platform.

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