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Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

“You got the juice now”

If your smartphone battery drops below 5%, you will break out in cold sweats while you frantically search for a power outlet to tether yourself to while your proverbial lifeblood is restored. Having additional power for your smartphone is essential to your daily survival.

Terrance GainesMophie Juice Pack for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

DIY iPhone Repair Via iFixit Liberation Week 2014

DIY iPhone Repair Via iFixit Liberation Week 2014 via
As a iPhone repair guy and all around hardware geek, iFixit is one of my go-to resources for all my gadget repair needs. They have repair tutorials, an dope repair community, and offer tools and kits to help professionals and DIY-ers alike repair their own electronics.

For the 2nd year in celebration of Independence Day here in America, iFixit wants more people to be liberated from going into a crowded Apple Store to let a “Genius” diagnose your phone. So between July 1-4th amount of time, or until supplies run out, iFixit is giving a way free iPhone Repair Kits that will let any iPhone owner crack open their own iPhone to save some money and feel a sense of freedom from the clutches paying for Apple Care.

Replacing a cracked rear panel, replacing a dead battery, checking loose cables, and even fixing your own screen isn’t as hard as you think, so long as you have the right tools. So check out Liberation Week at iFixit and get your own free iPhone Repair Kit.

Terrance GainesDIY iPhone Repair Via iFixit Liberation Week 2014

Could A Modular Smartphone Be In Google’s Future?

As a smartphone repair guy, I know how inexpensive some of the current phone repair/replacement parts (that can be replaced) can be. The problem isn’t the cost, it’s the labor that goes into taking the entire phone apart, and keeping track of all the little tiny pieces, just to replace that singular non-functioning piece. Time consuming, but job security.

I’m a fan of D.I.Y., so I would gladly just sell the parts and just let my customers snap them on. That kind of “swappable” phone may not be too far off in the distant future. Imagine a smartphone where if your screen cracks/goes blank, camera stops working, battery dies, or you just need more storage space, you just pop that piece off and slap on a new piece in a matter of seconds.

Google’s Project Ara is exactly that – A modular smartphone that resembles blocks of separate components that you piece together to build a complete device. Think of a Lego phone.

Sound crazy? Probably. But when has that stopped Google? The company recently held an entire press conference, where consumers could buy three basic sizes, but all the components (motherboard cellular radio, camera, battery, screen) are separate pieces that snapped to the main unit by electro-permanent magnets.

During the two-day conference, Google outlined their plans to build the devices, support a network of module developers & manufacturers, and retail shops [lightbulb] where consumers can come in and pick up the necessary parts to repair or upgrade their device.

According to Google, the plan is to ramp up the support networks first, before launching the actual units, which could all go down sometime in 2015 if everything works out. If you’re a developer looking to jump on the latest and greatest, a MDK (Module Developers Kit) is already available for download.

Google plans to have two more additional conferences this year where more modules and actual prototypes could be on display. Then I would assume the last piece would be getting buy in from the wireless carriers and making sure there are enough parts and retailers to keep up with supply and demand.

The question is, are manufacturers of smartphones willing to give up control of the actual phone to well, any and everybody looking to profit from a modular smartphone where all the individual pieces can be “sold separately”?

Additionally, if all the all pieces don’t have to be made or sold by the same company, will that make smartphone fragmentation even worse? Questions Google will have to overcome if they want Project Ara to see the light of day.

On the flip-side, imagine if a longer-lasting battery, higher resolution camera, faster processor, or better screen came out, and all you had to do to upgrade your phone was to buy the module(s) that are most important to you A La Carte style…without buying the entire phone?

Pretty dope right?

Terrance GainesCould A Modular Smartphone Be In Google’s Future?