Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sapphire Displays by Apple

The electronics giant is getting ready for massive production of sapphire displays. 

Speculation has been running rampant about Apple's plans for mobile devices with a sapphire screen and it is finally appear to be firming up on Thursday.

Apple uses sapphire for the ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S

The iPhone maker recently placed a large order with GT Advanced Technologies for furnaces and chambers used in making sapphire displays. According to 9to5Mac, GT Advanced has already received 518 furnace and chamber systems, which would let it build 103 million to 116 million 5-inch displays per year. (Another 420 machines are still on order, which would nearly double that production output.) Moreover, GT Advanced also has ordered Intego Sirius Sapphire Display Inspection Tool components, which would work to make sure that the displays meet high-quality standards.

Apple late last year signed a contract with GT Advanced to produce sapphire-based materials at Apple's new facility in Arizona. Apple has already used sapphire for the surface of the rear camera lens for the iPhone 5 and the ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S.

A future iPhone with a display made out of the material could render it scratch-resistant and nearly unbreakable. 

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Firefox's New Interface

The majority of Mozilla Firefox users will get a new browser's interface and features  in 12 weeks from now. The project, code-named Australis, has been limited to Firefox's nightly builds, but adventurous fans can check out what's in the works with Friday's release of Firefox 29 Aurora.

Firefox's menu under the Australis interface turns into a panel, a grid of links

Firefox's menu under the Australis interface turns into a panel, a grid of links

 Moreover, Mozilla has created a more graphics-friendly interface that looks similar across all platforms. The main menu on Windows, Mac, and Linux is hidden behind an Android-style "three horizontal lines" icon, with Settings options given big, touch-friendly, and easily identifiable icons. The curve angles on desktop Firefox tabs look similar, if not identical, to the curve on Firefox for Android, further reinforcing the unified look.
For almost two years, the interface will be the most apparent change. On Windows and Linux, the orange Firefox button in the upper-left corner of the browser is gone, a hallmark since 2011's Firefox 4.

new Firefox Sync makes it easier to synchronize tabs, history, passwords, settings, and add-ons between Firefox browsers on both desktop and mobile..

The new Firefox Aurora simplifies the Firefox Sync log-in procedure by creating a new unified Mozilla account while offering the same end-to-end encryption.

Mozilla's chief technology officer, Brendan Eich, said that existing Firefox Sync users can disconnect one of their devices to force the creation of a new account, but that it wasn't necessary.
The redesign is expected to play a large role in Mozilla's ongoing struggle to parlay its desktop success.

"If people want to wait until the Beta, they could do that," he told CNET earlier this week, referencing the Firefox Beta that will ship with the new sync log-in six weeks from now.
Moreover, A Mozilla spokesperson said that the company isn't expecting a backlash like the one that followed Firefox 4 and its new rapid-release cycle, which changed the browser to update versions every six weeks, like Google Chrome.

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Camera Gear that Getty Images is using to Cover the Olympics

Getty Images staffer Robert Cianflone recently snapped and shared the image you see above with PetaPixel. 

What you are seeing is the photography gear – all $425,659.59 worth – that the team took with them to cover the games. It’s all high-end equipment, most of which didn’t even exist seven years ago when they started planning their coverage.

Camera Gear that Getty Images is using to Cover the Olympics

Here’s a list of everything pictured above:

20 Canon 1Dx cameras
• 3 Canon 5DmkIII cameras
• 1 Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro lens
• 2 Canon 14mm fisheye lenses
• 2 Canon 15mm fisheye lenses
• 5 Canon 16-35mm zoom lenses
• 7 Canon 200-400mm zoom lenses
• 2 Canon 200mm f/1.8 lenses
• 2 Canon 300mm f/2.8 lenses
• 2 Canon 300mm f/4 lenses
• 2 Canon 35mm f/1.4 lenses
• 2 Canon 50mm f/1.2 lenses
• 2 Canon 400mm f/2.8 lenses
• 8 Canon 500mm f/4 lenses
• 10 Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses
• 7 Canon 8-15mm fisheye lenses
• 5 Canon 800mm f/5.6 lenses
• 2 Canon 85mm f/1.2 lenses
• And a set of Tilt Shift lenses

Monday, February 3, 2014

Samsung Unveils 5.5-Inch Galaxy Note 3 Neo With S Pen Features

The Galaxy Note 3 Neo comes with a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, an 8-megapixel rear camera, the full suite of S Pen features (Air Command) and a 3,100mAh battery. 

Samsung Unveils 5.5-Inch Galaxy Note 3 Neo With S Pen Features

Samsung Unveils 5.5-Inch Galaxy Note 3 Neo With S Pen Features

There is little reason for existing Galaxy Note II users to upgrade to this model since both models have almost the same specs.The Galaxy Note II is also recently updated to Android 4.3 although there are some software issues that Samsung needs to iron out fast. 

The Galaxy Note 3 Neo will come in two variants: 
3G and 4G LTE

The latter will sport a hexa-core processor which consists of two 1.7GHz A15 cores and four 1.3GHz A7 cores, while the former will come with a quad-core 1.6GHz processor. Both models will be equipped with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB.

Samsung basically repackaged the Galaxy Note II, threw in some new features and renamed the device as a "lite" version of the Galaxy Note 3. 

Samsung is expected to release the Galaxy Note 3 in global markets except the U.S and the U.K next month. 
The Galaxy Note 3 Neo will be available in three colors: white, black and green. 

An overview of the specs of the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (32GB)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (4G)
Samsung Galaxy Note II (16GB)
Launch SRP
  • From S$1048
  • From S$998
Latest Price
  • From S$835
  • From S$585
Operating system
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (at launch)
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (current)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz
  • A15 Dual 1.7GHz + 1.3GHz Quad A7
  • Exynos 4412 Quad quad-core 1.6GHz
Built-in Memory
  • 3GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch / 1,920 x 1,080 pixels / Super AMOLED
  • 5.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels / Super AMOLED
  • 5.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels / Super AMOLED
  • Rear: 13-megapixel with BSI sensor, autofocus and LED flash
  • Front: 2-megapixel with BSI sensor
  • Rear: 8-megapixel with BSI sensor, autofocus and LED flash
  • Front: 2-megapixel with BSI sensor
  • Rear: 8-megapixel with BSI sensor, autofocus and LED flash
  • Front: 1.9-megapixels with BSI sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac (HT80), GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), IR LED, MHL 2.0
  • WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (HT80), Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC, IR LED, GPS with GLONASS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n HT40, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), NFC, MHL
Storage Type
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64GB
  • 16GB internal
  • microSD (up to 64GB)
  • 3,200mAh
  • 3,100mAh
  • 3,100mAh
  • 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm
  • 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6mm
  • 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm
  • 168g
  • 162.5g
  • 180g

Solar, Motion Charging for iWatch

According to a story in Sunday's New York Times, Apple has been testing both solar and wireless charging for the rumored iWatch. This wireless charging method would involve magnetic induction.

Solar, Motion Charging for iWatch

This could conceivably involve the use of a charging plate.
However, another method to juice up the watch may be to integrate a solar-charging layer in the screen.

Yet another involves "charging the battery through movement, a method that is already used in many modern watches," the Times reported. "A person's arm swinging could operate a tiny charging station that generates and pushes power to the device while walking." Apple filed a patent for the technology in 2009.

The impetus for alternatives to the traditional battery is rooted in the fact that a smart watch powered by a sophisticated processor would run out of juice too soon to entice consumers.

In the story, the Times cited Nest co-founder and "one of the fathers of the iPod" Tony Fadell, saying Apple tried for "many years" to build a smarter battery with, for example, solar charging but failed.