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Apple Files Patent for iPhone's Swappable Lenses

clock June 19, 2012 00:16 by author Jeremy

As if smartphones weren't encroaching on the camera industry's turf enough, Apple's latest plans may sway a few more loyal customers to their cause. It's common to see phones with up to 12-megapixel cameras attached to them, which certainly makes digital cameras lose their appeal - after all, who wants to lug around an extra electronic when your cell phone can handle it all?

Apple seems to be thinking along the same lines, and recently filed a patent to have an iPhone with swappable lenses. Digital camera fans beware, since basic point-and-shoot cameras normally don't even have the option to change lenses.

For Apple, this could mean gaining a few consumers from the opposition, as Android phones don't have swappable lenses just yet. Meanwhile, for the digital camera industry, this is just another obstacle to overcome as they struggle with their hold on the market.

However, better pictures on your smartphone doesn't come without its quirks. While no official information has been released yet (such as, say, whether this is even going to be a feature in the next iPhone), one can only imagine what kind of an effect all the picture-taking and lens-swapping will have on your battery life.

Sources: appleinsider, pcmag



CTIA 2012: President Clinton Claims Cell Phones Have Drastically Changed Countries

clock May 11, 2012 00:34 by author Jeremy

CTIA, now more commonly known as The Wireless Association, held their annual wireless telecommunications trade show this past week, with a closing keynote from President Bill Clinton.

Since his departure from presidency, Clinton has continued to create and work with programs in countries all over the world that help economic growth and stability. He admits that much of the change that can be seen happening worldwide is credited towards wireless communication, with an emphasis on cell phones.

"In 2010, a UN report said that wireless technology is becoming a common medium and has done more to bring people out of poverty than anything else in history." Clinton used fishing families in Southeast Asian countries as one example: "If we gave every one of them a cell phone, they could immediately find out what the cost of fish was and increase their income 30-50% over a year."

Mobile phones have even had an effect on banking. In 2011, 80% of Hatians had access to a cell phone, which helped them more easily access their funds.

While much of Clinton's speech also dealt with politics, he made his point clear that cooperating together and using technology such as recent wireless innovations can easily steer countries toward better futures.

Sources: allthingsd (picture), engadget, mashable 



Nokia Partners With Microsoft

clock February 12, 2011 00:02 by author Jeremy

It's a big day for Nokia. There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the Finnish company has been sinking as of late, and even the new CEO himself, Stephen Elop, had publically admitted this. But today, during Nokia's Capital Markets Day, we finally get to see what Mr. New CEO plans to do to bring Nokia back to the winner's circle.

Probably the most tragic news: the death of Symbian. This OS has struggled to keep up with competitors like Android, and Elop has finally plugged the plug on the OS. Instead, it will be a "franchise" that Nokia will "harvest". Likely, we'll see phones released in 2011 that still use Symbian, due to their current development; but after that, who knows. Below is a slide that Nokia showed today during Capital Markets Day.

This, of course, means layoffs. Elop admitted that there will be "substantial reductions in employment". Already, over a thousand workers from the Tampere office who had worked for years on creating Symbian, have walked out of the building, not even waiting for the "reduction in employment" to occur.

But, this bad news does sort of come with good news. The official pairing of Nokia and Microsoft will hopefully bring Nokia back up into the market. They're now refocusing much of their effort into Windows Phone 7. And even though the news was just released today, they've already gotten one design concept revealed (picture below; thanks to Engadget).

Now we'll wait and see what the future holds for Nokia. But with designs like that, who could wish ill will towards Nokia? Their phones are so colorful and sprightly!

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