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Samsung "Mobile Unpacked" Event Reveals New Galaxy S III

clock May 4, 2012 01:12 by author Jeremy

The Galaxy line of phones from Samsung have been nothing short of spectacular. Each new iteration brings something new to the table, and the latest Galaxy S III doesn't disappoint. While it may share a few similarities with it's recent cousin, the Galaxy Nexus, the S III still has a lot of brand new software features to offer.

First off, the hardware. Samsung is showing off it's latest Exynos 4 quad-core processor, rated at 1.4GHz. Along with 1 GB of RAM to help processing speeds, this phone is more than capable of tackling the multitasking that its users will likely ask of it. The phone will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, with a microSD slot as well for the media-attuned. The camera isn't exactly out-of-this-world, but still shows off with its 8 megapixels, along with a front-camera boasting 1.9 megapixels. There's zero shutter lag and it takes less than a second to boot up. The camera also offers a burst feature, capturing 20 shots at a rate of 3.3 per second. Lastly, the replaceable battery measures at 2,100 mAh, which is a bit more powerful than other flagship phones (such as the HTC One X).

Samsung seems to have placed a lot of effort into the S III's software. While TouchWiz (Samsung's custom UI) is still around, it actually offers quite a bit on top of Android 4.0.

Smart Stay: The phone utilizes its camera and facial recognition features to watch you through the front camera. As long as you stick around, the phone won't "sleep" and the screen won't shut off.

Smart Alert: Once your phone wakes up (or when you wake up), the phone will inform you of any activity that's occured since sleeping.

S Voice: The phone will "wake up" when you chat to it. You can have up to 5 personalized commands.

S Beam: Similar to Android Beam, the S Beam is an intuitive way of sharing that makes use of WiFi and NFC. By pressing your Galaxy S III against another S III, you can wireless transfer files such as videos and music.

Besides interesting new software, the Galaxy S III has it's own array of gestures that control the phone, but we may have to wait for the official release to see all of them for ourselves.

Sources/Pictures: engadget, cnet



Apple's WWDC 2012 Sets Official Dates

clock April 28, 2012 00:19 by author 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



HTC One X: Built-In Battery, Built-In Frustration

clock April 25, 2012 23:16 by author 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)



3M Hopes To Advance Lithium Ion Batteries and Cells

clock April 17, 2012 23:43 by author 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



New Fabric Charges Batteries for British Soldiers

clock April 4, 2012 00:11 by author Jeremy

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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