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PCs Going the Way of the Dinosaur

It has been predicted for years, but phones and tablets are finally starting to replace PCs and laptops rather than just supplement them.

An Ofcom study has found 16 per cent of adults now exclusively use smartphones or tablets to go online, a 10 per cent increase on last year.

The study also found half of adults (51 per cent) who use search engines do not realize the top items on many results pages are adverts or sponsored links.  read more

Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus, with Dual Leica Cameras

Huawei's new flagship, the P9, has been unveiled in London

Huawei’s new flagship, the P9, has been unveiled in London (Credit: David Nield/Gizmag).

Outside of China, Huawei isn’t one of the first names that springs to mind when it comes to smartphones, but the company wants to change that — and the new P9 and P9 Plus, co-engineered with photography expert Leica, are leading the charge. The two flagship phones were shown off at a media event in London today and we were there to take a look. read more

Smartphone Camera Apertures

 

Gizmag looks at smartphone lens aperture, and why it's important

Gizmag looks at smartphone lens aperture, and why it’s important (Credit: Simon Crisp/Gizmag).

Lens aperture is increasingly up there with megapixels when it comes to the camera specifications that smartphone makers like to boast about, but what exactly do those numbers mean? Here we look at what aperture is, how it works, and what it means to your smartphone photography.

Aperture is essentially an opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. It works much like the iris and pupil of an eye, by controlling the amount of light which reaches the retina. A bigger aperture hole lets your smartphone camera sensor gather more light, which it needs to produce quality images.

The size of a lens aperture is described by its F-number, which is calculated using the lens focal length to the diameter aperture. As such, a larger F-number refers to a smaller hole, and therefore less light getting through. This is why smartphone camera manufacturers brag about larger apertures, with smaller F-numbers. read more

New iPhone 7 Leaked

Apple’s iPhone 7, expected to be revealed in September, will not have a headphone socket, a new leaked case design has shown.

The move has been rumored for several months, with Apple believed to be preparing a range of wireless headphones to launch with it.

The latest leak from nowhereelse.fr comes, the site claims, from a reliable case manufacturer.

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The latest leak from nowhereelse.fr shows a case with no headphone socket, but in their place holes believed to be for stereo speakers.

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Take a Selfie – Pay a Bill

The technology is demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The technology is demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Credit: Mastercard)

If paying for something with your smartphone still seems like a strange concept, then news that you’ll soon be able to do so with a selfie is likely all the more confusing. Indeed, though, MasterCard is set to roll-out both facial recognition and fingerprint payment authorization. read more

LiFi Faster and More Secure Than WiFi

In just two years, the lights in your home may provide you with internet access at speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, French start-up Oledcomm demonstrated the capabilities of Li-Fi, using just an office lamp to start playing a smartphone video.

Li-Fi uses visible light communication like the ‘digital equivalent of Morse code,’ so it cannot pass through walls. This gives it the potential to create a faster and more secure network, with less interference.

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This new wireless system hit speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab, and has the potential to revolutionize internet usage. The Li-Fi technology uses visible light between 400 and 800 terahertz (THz), and transmits messages through binary code
This new wireless system hit speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab, and has the potential to revolutionize internet usage. The Li-Fi technology uses visible light between 400 and 800 terahertz (THz), and transmits messages through binary code

A FASTER, MORE SECURE WI-FI

Lab tests have shown that Li-Fi can hit speeds 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi systems.

Speed is not the only advantage of Li-Fi.

The system uses visible light communication between 400 and 800 terahertz to transmit messages in binary code.  

Visible light cannot pass through walls, making Li-Fi a much more secure system, and less susceptible to interference.

While the system seems promising, it won’t likely replace Wi-Fi entirely, at least not anytime soon.

Instead, researchers are now looking to retrofit devices with Li-Fi to use the two wireless systems together to optimize speed and security. 

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Podcast – The Muslim Colonization of the UN – Elite Hackers Say They Can Access iPhone Data

In this episode I discuss the expansion of Muslim prayer in the United Nations General Assembly Building and their refusal to use the designated meditation room set aside since 1957 for that express purpose. Some would say the UN is being colonized by Muslims.

In segment two I discuss the ongoing feud between our government and Apple computer over the FBI’s demand that Apple create a back door into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone. The tech world is afraid this will set a precedent to allow abuse of citizens from the government, but one tech eccentric says he and his team will do the job for free. read more

New iPad – New iPhone

Apple is gearing up to reveal the latest version of its iPad Air  as well as new Apple Watch models at an event rumoured for March 15th.

The revamped tablet will likely be called iPad Air 3 and feature a 9.7-inch screen, much smaller than the firm’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The Cupertino-based company is also expected to reveal a new 4-inch iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 5se at the event, according to 9to5Mac. read more

Ultimate Portable Power

The HeLi-on solar panel is designed to generate up to 3 W of power under standard ...

The HeLi-on solar panel is designed to generate up to 3 W of power under standard conditions (Credit: infinityPV)

Compact solar panels have been around for some time, but in a trade-off with portability many are too small to generate practical amounts of electricity over short periods. New designs, such as the Yolk Solar Paper, are capable of generating more electricity while maintaining a slim profile, but the HeLi-on further expands on the idea of portable power generation with a flexible solar cell that rolls out from a compact package to soak up more rays. read more