March 26, 2013 20:01 by Jeremy
It seems the race between Apple and Samsung is finally coming neck and neck, but who will come out victorious? This technological race to the top of the Smartphone battle has always seemed in favor of Apple and their competitive iPhone design. Close behind, Samsung has consistently tried to keep up, if not surpass Apple altogether. Finally, with the successful and booming launch of its Samsung Galaxy III, the Korean company is now moving full speed ahead, but with a twist in their strategy.
Instead of contriving a completely new design, with the expected bigger, better, bolder tactics; Samsung is copying Apple by copying itself. Now that Samsung beholds a mass of nationwide supporters who have been enthralled by the Samsung III, they are going to give them just what they want: the exact design of the Samsung III but with a larger screen, advanced and useful features that individuals will love, whilst leaving room for innovative design to come in the near future. In a race this close, a tactic this risky would fare highly unsuccessful, but with the flood of bombarding hype, advertisement and articles, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is projected to do exceedingly well.
Looks as though some things just never get old.
Passing the 100,000 e-signature mark necessary for an official white house response, legislation on the legalization of unlocking cell phones is now in the fore front of government attention. Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota(D), Mike Lee of Utah (R) and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (D) are the three individuals mobilizing the legislative efforts of the Wireless Consumer Choice Act. This bill would call on the Federal Consumer’s Commission to warrant that consumers can legally unlock their cell phones and switch mobile providers at any time they so choose.
No doubt this bill is necessary not only for the rights of consumers, but also for its potential to provide a global market boost and promote healthy competition. It is only fair that consumers should have the choice flexibility over who their wireless provider is no matter what mobile phone they obtain. Although this bill would open up the door for healthy and necessary competition on the wireless market, what repercussions would this cause for cell phone manufactures and their innovative processes? For such a new bill, the backlash this could create is uncertain but as it develops (and most certainly after the March 12th hearing with the FCC), consumers and manufacturers’ worldwide will gain a clearer perspective.
Source: pcmag.com, engadget.com
With Li-Polymer batteries become more mainstream as of 2011-2012, we've seen a change in our how smartphones are being manufactured. Companies can now further edit the structure of the battery, making them thinner than before to please today's consumers. Imagine, then, an even more flexible type of battery; one that can bend up to 300%.
Yonggang Huang, an engineer from Northwestern University, has created just that with the help of John Rogers from the University of Illinois. These stretchable batteries would initially be used in the medical field to help keep track of patients - for example, a heart monitor could be embedded into cardiac tissue.
The researchers were able to create this by placing several individual battery storage components next to each other. These are all connected with wavy wires to ensure that the material can still move around, while the rigidity of the small battery parts themselves help ensures that they don't break.
If this type of technology ever hits the marketplace en masse, we may see it spill over into other electronics, primarily phones, where a varying size of battery would help determine the size of the machine itself.