April 28, 2012 00:19 by Jeremy
Mark your calendars, folk: Apple's famous World Wide Developer's Conference has been announced for June 11 to 15. It'll be 5 days of Apple, Apple, aaaand... more Apple.
Previous years of WWDC have seen the announcement of new iPods, iPhones, and even iPads. It's sort of like Apple's own personal little CES tradeshow. What can we expect this year? Their press release seems to emphasize more on developers and platforms. "We have a great WWDC plannde this year and can't wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers," said Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller.
Now for the long wait - 45 more days to go!
Sources: Apple, ComputerWorld
April 25, 2012 23:16 by Jeremy
I'm not the first to admit that I can't stop eyeing the HTC One X - as an award-winner from Mobile World Congress 2012, just about everyone expects its sales to go through the roof. Justifiably so, considering the specs behind this behemoth of a phone.
But, there is a catch: the battery. Most phones nowadays make use of removable/replaceable batteries, which is handy when we feel like carrying spares, or when the battery is just old and needs to be replaced. HTC's high-end smartphone, however, has a built-in battery.
What does this mean for users? Well, no more resetting a freezing phone by removing the battery (but that's not so bad). Also, you may need to contact a specialist in case your battery ever stops working (or replace it yourself by removing the back-casing, but that isn't recommended, of course). Current reports indicate that the One X's 1800mAh battery doesn't last too long, which might be expected given the powerful processor and graphics the phone provides.
And since you can't (easily) replace the battery yourself, you might as well carry around a high-quality charger whenever possible!
Source: zdnet.co.uk, phonearena (picture)
April 17, 2012 23:43 by Jeremy
U.S. battery materials supplier, 3M, has recently been granted $4.6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to further their efforts in creating the next advancement for lithium ion batteries. There's hope that a major change in lithium ion batteries will positively affect their use in electric vehicles.
Currently, 3M is doing research around their latest patent, which involves Silicon anodes that could increase call capacity by over 40% when matched with certain cathodes.. This, of course, could have an effect on not just larger-scale lithium ion batteries, such as for electric vehicles, but even smaller-scale lithium ion batteries used in cell phones, laptops, and camcorders.
Sources: businesswire, 3M
Whether at home, or in a battlefield, keeping your battery charged remains a top priority. That's why Intelligent Textiles, with funding from the UK's Centre of Defence Enterprise, created uniforms made of "e-textiles", which are complex conductive fabrics. These uniforms eliminate all the pesky wires and the problems that come with them, and instead charge your batteries directly.
Asha Thompson, director of Intelligent Textiles, explains to the BBC News, "We've got the fabric integrated into the vest, into the shirt, into the helmet, the backpack, and into the glove and weapons platform." With this, power and data can be sent back and forth between different parts of the uniform. "We have a ringmain that allows us to power data wherever we want it to go. We can send power up to the helmet without it being tethered."
While the uniform will be used in field trials starting May, it may not see extensive use until 2014 or 2015. It makes one wonder though if this sort of technology will ever be used in non-army environments. Will we ever start selling smartphone-charging pants? We can only hope.
Sources: gizmodo, bbc.co.uk
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