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Apple Announces New iPhones

clock September 19, 2013 00:02 by author Jessie

 

 

 

It is that time of year again: Apple announced the much anticipated additions to the iPhone family: The 5C and the 5S. This is =the first time Apple has released two new iPhone models at the same time. Because of the innovative advances of Android, Apple steps up with a double whammy to defend their position in the smart phone market and attract more price-conscious consumers.

                No longer will the iPhone be limited to black or white. With a splash of color, the iPhone5C has been rumored to be the “cheaper” iPhone has been priced at $99 for 16GB and $199 for the 32GB model with a two year contract. The phone is offered in yellow, green, blue, white, and pink. Now our phones can be customized to fit our own personality when it comes to style and color. Another great update from the iPhone 5 is the camera features and quality. With a boost in the megapixel department, you will now be able to take clearer, sharper pictures from both cameras. When it comes to speed, not much has changed from the standard iPhone 5, which will be discontinued once the new models hit the market. It is equipped with the same A6 processor as the original iPhone 5, which will make it significantly slower than Apple’s front runner, the 5S.

                The iPhone 5S also comes with a more classic, stylish, modern splash of color: gold, silver, and space gray. Along with the 5C, Apple has made significant improvements in the camera, speed, and design on the iPhone 5S. The Apple iPhone 5S runs off of an A7 processor which doubles the speed compared to the last generation of iPhones. The 5S also has a more scientific feature -the thumb print scanner to unlock the phone when trying to be accessed. This is a huge leap in the phone industry! The price for the iPhone 5S hovers around $199 for their 16GB model , $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB model.

                Apple is a front runner in the smart phone market. Maintaining this lead is a difficult task for Apple, but it’s taking a strong position with the introduction of a handset to address the lower price point in the market. Its biggest competition is with Android, who is also quite innovative. Maintaining position in the market requires the constant evolution of a product or invention of new products, something Apple and Android are constantly striving for.

 



New eBatts Site Design!

clock June 21, 2013 23:26 by author Administrator

 

This week we released a new site design on eBatts. The goal was to make it easier for people to use the site and so we focused on making the major brands and product categories more visible. We rearranged some elements; most notably, we moved the main product categories from the left side up to the top. Now you can clearly navigate to laptop batteries, camera batteries, camcorder batteries, cell phone batteries and cordless phone batteries, or see all of the different battery types we offer.

Next up, we added the most popular brands to the left side. This way you can easily find the battery for that Sony camera, laptop or phone from one convenient location. We also rearranged the center area of the website so users can visually identify the product they are looking for and click from there. Lastly, we relocated all of our social media links, including our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and blog to the footer.

We hope you like the new layout of the site and we would love to hear your feedback!



New Alienware laptop released at E3

clock June 12, 2013 19:00 by author Dustin

 

Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Announced at E3

 

This week at E3 Alienware announced the first new industrial design for their laptops in four years. "There's a thousand thin notebooks out there,” says Alienware's Frank Azor. While most companies are focusing efforts on thin models like the Razer Blade, Alienware's latest products are actually built like tanks. The new Alienware 14, is 1.6 inches thick, and weighs a full six pounds. "We want our users to be physically fit,” said Azor.

Alienware's design has always been a world apart from other models on the market, with their computers that look like alien creatures with UFO-like lighting seeping out of their frame. The machine is not a seamless unibody of machined metal, it is crafted in a way that makes sense for us as gamers. The laptop surface has a smooth soft-touch rubber, meanwhile there is enough metal to catch the eye. When you open the lid you’ll be drawn to the sight of the glowing keyboard with customizable RGB backlighting. While the under carriage glows lighting up in anticipation of your commands, it feels like an alien artifact. But what's inside that 14-inch package is a gamer’s dream.

The base model Alienware 14 is priced at $1,199 and includes  a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7-4700MQ processor fresh from Intel's latest Haswell batch, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, 8GB of memory, 750GB HD, and a standard 1366 x 768 resolution screen. Or choose the GeForce GTX 765M GPU (an additional $150) and 16GB of RAM to help drive games on that lovely 1080p display. It also has three USB 3.0 ports, three 3.5mm audio jacks, HDMI out, an SD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet socket, a lock slot, and a slot-loading DVD (or optional Blu-ray drive) for movies and disc-based installation.

The company's choice of operating system is Windows 7, rather than Windows 8, however you have the option to choose Windows 8 from the company website when configuring your machine. Your machine will also include Steam and its own Alien apps for customization, and includes AlienFX that dynamically changes the laptop's lighting.

You’re also stuck (for the moment) with two different graphics modes, switchable and discreet. The "switchable" mode is where both Intel and Nvidia graphics are active, and the "discrete" mode only has Nvidia. You must restart the machine and hit Fn + F5 to swap between them. Alienware says the reason for this is that Microsoft requires this for Windows 8 (Nvidia is working on a patch for this issue). The Alienware 14 is a solid gaming laptop that will provide you with a finely crafted gaming experience.

Source : E3 / Dell.com



Charge your mobile phone with the latest in Nano Technology?

clock June 3, 2013 23:34 by author Jeff

 With the technology of today it is possible to use environmentally friendly formic acid in fuel cells, and soon you may be able to use this technology to power your mobile phone or laptop. Physicist Florian Nitze of Umeå University in Sweden has written his thesis about catalysts to improve the capacity of these fuel cells so they can have greater application in consumer electronics and other areas.

Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to run. The technology is already commercially available but formic acid fuel cells still suffer from low power and lifetime which makes it a challenge today for high energy consumption electronics. The effect of a catalyst is to reduce the energy loss and to increase the rate of the chemical reactions, which leads to a higher efficiency in the fuel cell. In his thesis, Nitze has developed new catalysts based on a combination of material science and nanotechnology - engineering close to the atom level.

 Several of the new catalysts that Nitze has developed are based on palladium. It is a noble metal such as gold or platinum, but it is half as expensive. Formic acid can be produced from renewable sources such as wood, and is therefore an environmentally friendly alternative. "One of the major advantages over Li-ion batteries, which are dominating the battery market, is that the charging only takes seconds by simple refueling with formic acid," says Nitze. The working principle of a fuel cell: If hydrogen and oxygen (but equally valid for formic acid and oxygen) get in contact, they can burn and release a lot of energy. In this process hydrogen gives electrons to oxygen, it is oxidized, and oxygen takes electrons from hydrogen.

  

Source: sciencedaily.com

 



The Future of Messaging Apps

clock May 3, 2013 22:30 by author Jeremy

With the rapid innovation of messaging apps, a common question called to mind is, "Which one am I supposed to use?" It's hard enough having to choose between which carrier or manufacturer we want to side with, let alone having to choose how you want to communicate. Long gone are the days of sending a simple text: nowadays, you might get your response back from a handful of different methods. Creators of apps and websites like SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Kik are keeping their markets of consumers happy, but is there a way to bring them together to collectively keep our conversations in one medium?

From the sounds of it, the likelihood that these apps will align under one banner to create a convenient messaging stream for the rest of us, is slim. They are simply too different with their varying features, and people all over the world have their preferences - most seem to be specific to their region or country. What is popular in the United States may not be the preferred method in Australia or Japan. You could, of course, download a universal messaging app that combines them all - but it's still another 3rd party controlling it all.

However, that seems to to be just fine for many of these publishers, who have taken the laborious efforts of text/email and barely tweaked it just for their gain. Each group has their modicum of consumers, and we continue to use every means available, from video chat to picture texts, all for the sake of never losing touch.

But what we might not realize is that despite apps coming and going, our say in adapting and rejecting various forms of media will forge the necessary steps of innovation for creators in the future. Maybe we shouldn't be asking, "Which should I use?" but instead ask, "What do I want to help make popular, since it may have future potential?" We're already using multiple forms of communication - we might as well help push forward the good ideas and reject the bad or repetitive ones while we keep in touch.

Source: TheVerge



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