Kyle Wiens

Kyle Wiens

I'm fixing the world.

I started iFixit, the free repair manual. Technology will make life on Earth better—if we take the care to do it right. My research has taken me around the world, and I speak and write about repair.

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The Atlantic

Fix Things, Never Force It: Lessons From Grandpa

Remembering a tinkerer in an age of silicon and code...

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The Atlantic

Why Fixers Will Save Our Planet

My physics professor summarized the Three Laws of Thermodynamics with an allegory: "You can't win. You can't break even. And you can't get out of the game."

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The Atlantic

White House Backs the Right to Unlock Your Phone—Will Congress?

The next step for advocates of phone unlocking is legislation that will give people who open up their devices --...

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The Atlantic

Political Tensions Heat Up Cairo, But Repairmen Carry On

Cairo is on edge. Sectarian tensions are rising in the face of the first post-revolution election at the end of November.

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The Atlantic

One Way to Create American Jobs: Fix Our 5 Million Tons of Out-of-Use Electronics

We're not only letting 75 percent of our old electronics go to waste, we're also wasting an opportunity to rebuild...

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The Atlantic

A Visit to the Only American Mine for Rare Earth Metals

That big hole in the ground? It's a pit mine at the Molycorp Mountain Pass rare earth facility in California's Mojave Desert. Metals mined from pits like that were used to make the cell phone in your pocket and the computer screen you're staring at right now.

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The Atlantic

Meet Saleh, Egypt's Master Car Mechanic

An adventure in Herefyeen, a car-repair district on the outskirts of Cairo...