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Microsoft Surface tablet gets torn apart, deemed difficult to self repair

There was a time not so long ago when updating, upgrading, repairing or otherwise tweaking your computer system was relatively tinkerer-friendly. Those halcyon days that helped fuel my drive toward a career as a computer engineer are now all-but over, and getting to the heart of today's ultra-thin notebooks and tablets calls for equal measures of cerebral athletics, manual dexterity and plain old luck. Happily, the folks over at iFixit are demystifying much of today's consumer electronic gadgets by ripping them apart, showing exactly what they're made of, and rating them for user repairability. Microsoft's new Surface tablet was recently given the teardown treatment and found to be quite a tough nut to crack ... but not quite as challenging as the iPad.Read More

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Review: iPad mini

After years of rumors, Apple finally expanded the iPad into a family. We put the new addition, the iPad mini, through the paces. Is it worth buying for yourself or a loved one this holiday season? Or are you better off with the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD? We'll help you make the best decision in our iPad mini review.Read More

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Review: 4th-generation iPad

When Apple surprised us with a refreshed 4th-generation iPad, many customers grumbled. After all, it was only seven months after the company launched the last iPad. Now that the updated iPad is here, is there any reason to upgrade, or is it best to hold out for something bigger? We'll try to answer that question in our iPad 4 review.Read More

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Best iPad mini apps

The iPad mini has an unfair advantage. It's technically a new device, but it launched with software that blew away the competition's. It runs all of the 275,000 iPad apps in the App Store. Though all of these applications are usable, some are especially well-suited to the iPad mini's size and portability. Let's take a look at the best iPad mini apps.Read More

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Nexus 10 vs. iPad (4th generation)

Google is evolving. Though Android is still licensed to countless manufacturers, the company is stepping up production of its flagship Nexus products. The devices, close collaborations with hardware vendors to promote new versions of Android, have been multiplied in number. This year, Google has released (at least) one new Nexus smartphone, and two Nexus tablets. The higher-end of Google's tablets - the Nexus 10 - is designed to go toe-to-toe with the iPad. How does it compare to Apple's market-leading slate? Let's take a look …Read More

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