As we demand more of our mobile devices, action cameras and drones, the need for faster spacious storage grows with it. Samsung is the first to offer a taste of the next-gen memory cards. Its new Universal Flash Storage cards are the same size as microSDs, but can match the blazingly-fast data transfer speeds of solid state drives.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
This year, February 27, Pokémon (pocket monster) turned 20. It was created by Japanese game designer Satoshi Tajiri for Nintendo as a video game for the old Gameboy handheld video game platform. My sons still own theirs. It was introduced to the United States in 1998. Nintendo was quick to capitalize on its popularity. The video game soon spawned a celebrated trading card game, books, movies and a television series. The tag line of Pokémon is: “Gotta Catch Em All.”
Since then, at least a few of the Pokémon characters have gained international recognition. One of the most recognized characters, called Pikachu, was made into a five story tall Thanksgiving Day parade balloon.
But like most everything else, particularly in the what-have-done-for-me-lately world of video games, all things must come to an end – except Pokémon.
Unless you have been living under a rock – and even then it would be hard to miss the hundreds and thousands of people in any given geographic area that appear to just be walking around aimlessly. The one thing they all have in common is the smartphone, which they stare into as they stroll about.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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.