Peek Inside iPhone X

While ripping apart your new $999 phone may seem a stupid idea, the first teardowns of the iPhone X have revealed its internals were as radically redesigned as its exterior.

These incredible images from iFixit reveal several surprises inside the handset.

Apple managed to cram in two batteries for instance, allowing them to arrange them in an L shape to optimise space.

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What you get for $999: iFixit took its iPhone X apart to reveal the handset has been radically redesigned on the inside as well as the outside. It found two batteries and a radical 'folded' circuit board.

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Take 3D Photos with New iPhone 8

The camera in the iPhone 7 Plus was deemed the ‘future of photography’ – but the technology set for the 10th-anniversary is said to be ‘revolutionary’.

An analyst has revealed that Apple is planning on implementing a front-facing camera with an infrared module that senses 3D space in the iPhone 8 handset.

This system could be used for a range of applications including, snapping a selfie that would be added to an augmented world, facial recognition or iris scanning.

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 The camera in the iPhone 7 Plus was deemed the ‘future of photography’ – but the technology set for the 10th-anniversary is said to be ‘revolutionary’ (pictured is an artist impression of the iPhone 8 smartphone)

LATEST RUMOR 

The latest rumor regarding Apple’s iPhone suggests it will have a front-facing camera and infrared module that senses 3D space. 

The sensors in the phone are said to detect the location and depth of objects around it. 

The complete 3D system would send invisible IR light signals out from the phone and then wait for them to hit objects and return using the 1.4 megapixel IR receiver. 

The camera would be used for a range of applications including, placing the user’s face on a character in a game, facial recognition, iris scanning and overall improved selfies.

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Education’s Shiny Toy Syndrome

from: Michelle Malkin

It’s elementary. Public education bureaucrats do the darnedest, stupidest things. Clever kids are ready, willing and able to capitalize on that costly stupidity in a heartbeat. Within days of rolling out a $30 million Common Core iPad program in Los Angeles, for example, students had already hacked the supposedly secure devices.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the disastrous initiative has been suspended after students from at least three different high schools breached the devices’ security protections. It was a piece of iCake. The young saboteurs gleefully advertised their method to their friends, fellow Twitter and Facebook users, and the media. read more

Has the iPhone Met It’s Match?

iPhone facing its biggest threat yet with the launch of new Samsung Galaxy which could be controlled by the eyes

 

The iPhone is to face its biggest challenge for supremacy in the smartphone market this week with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy.

In what has been described as the most eagerly awaiting technology release of the year, the Galaxy S4 will be unveiled in New York on Wednesday and rumors are the device will feature eye control.

The S4’s predecessor, the S3, already had a feature called Smart Stay that detected if users were looking at the screen.

The Samsung S4 is set to launch on Wednesday in New York with rumoured features such as wireless charging and eye-controlled scrolling
The Samsung S4 is set to launch on  Wednesday in New York with rumoured features such as wireless charging and  eye-controlled scrolling

But the S4 is expected to have revolutionary functions such as ‘eye pause’ and ‘eye scroll’, which will let users scroll around apps and websites simply by moving their eyes.

Since its launch last year, the S3 briefly outsold the iPhone 4S but after the release of the iPhone 5, Apple have regained the top spot.

However, the S4 is predicted to become the biggest seller when it hits the stores in a few weeks thanks to rumored technological improvements such as wireless charging,

It is also expected to be powered by an eight core processing chip, compared to the iPhone’s two, and to have a larger screen – 5in compared to 4.8in on the S3.

There was fierce competition between Apple's iPhone 4s, left, and Samsung's Galaxy S III, right as the battle between the two technology companies continues
 There was fierce competition between Apple’s  iPhone 4s, left, and Samsung’s Galaxy S III, right, last year as the battle  between the two technology companies continues

Other leaks suggest it will have a 13  megapixel camera, as opposed to the iPhone’s eight.

Francisco Jeronimo, from technology analysis firm IDC, said: ‘Apple is not the one leading the market. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Samsung device sells more than the new Apple device over the next two years.’

The S4’s launch ceremony will be held at the famous Radio City music Hall and will be broadcast live in Times Square.

South Korean electronics giant Samsung have released a few teaser advertisements for the phone, which show a boy’s face being lit up by a golden glow as he opens a box containing the S4, with the catchline ‘one of the most amazing products to hit the market since TVs went  color.’

Attribution: Rebecca Evans, Daily Mail

Golden Apple

For $30,000, you could be the proud owner of a 24-carat gold covered MacBook Pro with an Apple logo that features multi-color diamonds.

Computer Choppers, a company that personalizes high-tech gadgets, also offers the  chance to cover your favorite Apple product in white, rose and yellow gold, as well as copper, black and silver chrome.

The company’s founder, Alex Wiley, explained  to CNNMoney: ‘We’ll take an iMac, an  iPad, a tablet of some sort and we’ll strip it down to bare metal, we’ll engrave or  personalize it for a customer and then go ahead and plate that with 24-karat gold.’

Golden apple: For $30,000, Computer Choppers will cover your laptop in 24-carat gold with an Apple logo that features multi-color diamonds

For $30,000, Computer Choppers will cover your laptop in 24-carat gold with an Apple logo that features multi-color  diamonds

Computer Choppers provides custom engravings, custom logos and  ‘diamond accents on the unibody chassis,’ so it reassembles the product and sends it off to the customer.

And if price is right, the company will coat just about anything, from Nintendo game controllers to iPhones and Blackberries.

The website says: ‘Though we are known for our customized Apple products, we provide our services on most any computer or electronic item.

Gold dipped: Computer Choppers personalizes high-tech gadgets and offers to cover your favorite Apple product in white, rose and yellow gold, as well as copper, black and silver chromeComputer Choppers personalizes high-tech  gadgets and offers to cover your favorite Apple product in white, rose and  yellow gold, as well as copper, black and silver chrome
Customized engravings: 'Exotic graphic plating' is also available, and the designs are created from scratch ‘Exotic graphic plating’ is also  available, and the designs are created from scratch
Printed pattern: The website says: 'There is no limit to the intricacy of the drawing and we are happy to create any type of artwork you request'The website says: ‘There is no limit to  the intricacy of the drawing and we are happy to create any type of artwork you  request’

‘Other specialty plating such as: silver, old english gold, chamagne gold, almond gold, honey gold, rose copper, bronze, and pewter can be requested.’

And ‘exotic graphic plating’ is also  available, which are created from scratch.

‘There is no limit to the intricacy of the drawing and we are happy to create any type of artwork you request,’ the website says.

Cashed up customers: Although Computer Choppers is based in the U.S., Mr Wiley said that 90per cent of the company's orders are shipped internationally Although Computer Choppers is based  in the U.S., Mr Wiley said that 90per cent of the company’s orders are shipped  internationally
Midas touch: The company will coat just about anything, from Nintendo game controllers to iPhones and Blackberries The company will coat just about anything,  from Nintendo game controllers to iPhones and Blackberries
Precious metals: Other specialty plating such as silver, old english gold, chamagne gold, almond gold, honey gold, rose copper, bronze, and pewter can be requestedOther specialty plating such as silver,  old english gold, chamagne gold, almond gold, honey gold, rose copper, bronze,  and pewter can be requested

Although Computer Choppers is based in the  U.S., Mr Wiley said that 90% of the company’s orders are shipped internationally.

He told Business Insider he recently sold a $30,000 13-inch MacBook Pro, a $14,500 Rose Gold Plated iMac with a 24-inch screen, and a $20,000 platinum MacBook Pro with a customized, multi-color diamond logo, to a customer in Azerbaijan.

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Another Reason to be Pro-Israel

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all know the saying, “You don’t discuss politics or religion with acquaintances or colleagues”. Well, I’ll go you one better. You also don’t discuss the state of Israel.

It seems there is no gray area regarding Israel. One is either profoundly pro or con. It is one of a very few nations that virtually everyone has an opinion.

If you are a regular reader, you will know that I am pro-Israel, so I will not be discussing nor debating the anti-Israel stance.

Pro-Israel advocates cite it to be the sole civilized democratic society in the Middle East, just trying to survive since its formation. It is the only bastion of freedom in that region, surrounded by radical Israel_MapIslamist states hell-bent on destruction. This is true.

There is however another reason to support Israel. One, it seems, very few know.

Take heed all you techie liberals for Israel is fast becoming a high-tech mecca (pardon the regional pun).

Despite its small size, this country has managed to become a leader in the world of high-tech innovation. In fact, it has the second highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world, topped only by Silicon Valley in California.

And as California continues to collapse under the weight of massive tax increases and entitlement debt, it is quite possible Israel may eventually overtake Silicon Valley.

Most don’t know of the close relationship between Israel and Intel, but the depth of that relationship may be surprising to even those who do. Intel Israel has been responsible for many, if not most, of the processor breakthroughs for Intel, and the Intel Sandy Bridge processor, developed in Israel, was responsible for 40% of Intel’s sales worldwide in 2011.

2012 was an important year for Intel Israel, as the company refit its Kiryat Gat facility to manufacture the 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge processor. The Kiryat Gat facility makes Intel’s 45-nanometer Sandy Bridge processor and the company invested $3 billion in the facility Kiryat Gatfor the Ivy Bridge.

Intel Israel is also indirectly responsible, through suppliers and subsidiaries, for the employment of 23,000 heads of household, and altogether employs 10% of all workers in the electronics and software industry in Israel.

Intel Israel totaled $2.2 billion in exports in 2011 alone. The country is the third largest investment target for Intel outside the US – after China and India – and over the past 15 years the company has invested in 64 different Israeli companies.

Apple Computer, the manufacturers the iPhone and iPad, is opening a new research and development center in Haifa Israel. It is expanding to Israel with its first technology research and development center outside of its Cupertino California headquarters.

Microsoft Corp. is opening the first startup accelerator in the company’s history to increase the success of young companies. The accelerator will take place at the Microsoft Research and Development Center and is part of the Israel R&D center ThinkNext and Microsoft BizSpark programs for startups.

Israel was chosen by Microsoft to lead the accelerator initiative due to the wide-ranging activity of startups in the area and the experience and know-how to propel startups into the global marketplace.

Microsoft Israel

A number of Microsoft technologies are made in Israel. These include Microsoft Gateway VPN technology, Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus suite and the recommendation system for Xbox.

Israel was the first Microsoft R&D center outside the US and opened in 1991. The country has the highest number of Microsoft workers per capita of any place on earth.

Hundreds, if not thousands of high-tech and medical companies, both large and small have come to this little spit of land in the Middle East.

Israel has been a world innovator for decades. The following is but a very small list of the many products developed there:

  • Remember the Epilady hair removal system? Israel.
  • InSightecs focused ultrasound machineReWalk Glee
  • ReWalk robotic skeleton, featured in the TV program glee
  • The modern cherry tomato (yes that yummy little salad add-on)
  • Life Touch dental laser
  • The first flash drive data storage device
  • Both Windows NT and XP were developed in Israel
  • The first commercial network firewall
  • Original Cell phone technology was first developed at Motorola’s Israel R&D facility
  • The core component for the Xbox Kinect system
  • The Powermat recharging platform

So, the next time you hear some liberal whining about Israel while holding a hi-tech gadget, let him or her (or it, in some cases) know they may also have a lot to lose with Israel’s demise.

Talk About Something Old, Something New

For the mobile gadget enthusiast who nonetheless loves to have that period look at home, one U.S. designer has come up with the ultimate iPhone dock.

The iPhone Gramophone borrows the iconic analogue horn speaker from the earliest sound playback devices and uses it to amplify the sound from Apple gadgets’ speakers.

Simply place your iPad or iPhone in the solid walnut base and the metal horn will boost the volume of the gadget’s speakers by three or four times – with no need for electricity.

The retro device is the brainchild of Matt Richmond, a San Francisco-based furniture designer who built the original prototype from a Twenties horn speaker bought from an East Bay antiques shop.

‘I found this old Victrola horn that had a shape I really loved, and I thought, “How cool would it be if I could use this with my phone?”,’ he said.

‘I held up my phone to the opening on the speaker, and I could immediately tell it was something that would work.’

Taking a heavy piece of hardwood, Mr Richmond carved a hole for the horn, a slot for his phone, and a channel to connect the two.

The result was a elegant but functional iPhone speaker dock, with no battery or plug required.

The nascent product needed little in the way of marketing: everyone who saw Mr Richmond’s original device wanted one of their own and soon, after word reached the internet, he had more orders than he could hope to fill.

So Mr Richmond refined his designs and teamed up with luxury brand Restoration Hardware to bring his product to a wider audience.

Compatibility: The solid walnut base of the retail version of the Gramophone accepts all iPhone models - the new connector on the iPhone 5 poses no technical problems for its iron and brass hornWith a base hand-crafted from solid  walnut, the Gramophone accepts all iPhone models – the new connector on the  iPhone 5 poses no technical problems for its iron and brass horn
Inspired: The retro device is the brainchild of Matt Richmond, a San Francisco-based furniture designer who built the original prototype from a Twenties horn speaker bought from an East Bay antiques shopThe retro device is the brainchild of Matt  Richmond, a San Francisco-based furniture designer who built the original  prototype from a Twenties horn speaker bought from an East Bay antiques shop

With a base hand-crafted from solid walnut, the retail version of the iPhone Gramophone accepts all iPhone models – the new connector on the iPhone 5 poses no technical problems for its iron and brass horn.

Like Mr Richmond’s original prototype it needs no electricity or batteries, and so can be used wherever its owner bothers to heft it.

However, its old-school amplification technology means its not for head bangers.

‘It’s not overpowering, so it’s great in the background,’ Mr Richmond said. ‘And it’s directional – you can point the horn  where you want the sound. If you put it in a corner it’ll really fill a room.’

The iPhone Gramophone is available online from Restoration Hardware for $249.

Attribution: Damien Gayle