Nick Precht

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Shin-Etsu Chemical eyes 10X boost in smartphone battery life

Shin-Etsu Chemical plans to begin mass production, in three to four years, of material that would enable one-week battery life.<p>Shin-Etsu Chemical thinks new material it has developed could boost battery life by tenfold. Needless to say, even if the company achieved a fraction of that, it would be …

Batteries

Galaxy S2 I9100 Receives Official Android 4.1.2 XWLSS Jelly Bean Update [How to Install]

Samsung rolls out Android 4.1.2 XWLSS Jelly Bean official firmware for Galaxy S2 I9100<p>Samsung has rolled out its latest Jelly Bean official firmware, …

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …

Robert Scoble

Amid Standards Battle, Wireless Power Consortium Gets a New Ally

The battle over wireless charging is heating up.<p>With at least three different standards groups offering different ways to cut the cord, the early …

Sony reveals prototype 13.3-inch e-ink slate with stylus, aims to put it in students' bags

Sony's no stranger to the odd e-ink device, but its latest prototype creation isn't targeted at the bookworm, it's intended to educate. The e-paper slate is quite a lot bigger than most tablets, let alone e-readers, sporting a 13.3-inch screen (1,200 x 1,600) to match the standard A4 size of …

Five Android sensations coming in 2013

We’ve seen a plethora of a great devices released in 2013 already. HTC managed to make a comeback with its immaculate and beautifully crafted device, the HTC One. Samsung? They launched the Galaxy S4, and though some may not like it, it’s still one of the most anticipated and biggest releases of …

Phones

Sony goes back in time to announce a 13.3-inch e-reader

A few years ago, a number of companies like Plastic Logic, Skiff, and even Amazon tried to crack the academic market with large-screened E Ink devices, but none managed to gain any traction. Now, in 2013, Sony is trying the same idea with a new device called Digital Paper — a 13.3-inch flexible E …

Bill Gates: Steve Jobs was better at design than I was

In an emotional interview on "60 Minutes," the Microsoft chairman speaks of visiting Steve Jobs in his last days and marveling at how well he understood the concept of brand.<p>When the sense of personal competition has gone, when time has passed, the memories become more acute and more …

Bill Gates

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung …

The Future of Wireless Power

We live in a wireless world. Cell phones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2G, 3G, 4G — the always on, always connected world of digital devices is driven by the magic of wireless. But all our devices, from smart phones to laptops, still rely on cords and plugs for charging. Everyone’s had their cell phone become …

University of Georgia stops plant photosynthesis to generate solar power

There's a more efficient way to harvest energy from the backyard than by wiring up hapless critters. Researchers at the University of Georgia have proof: they've discovered a way to generate electricity from plants through hijacking the photosynthesis process. By altering the proteins inside a …

Hackers release modified T-Mobile carrier update file to amplify iPhone 5 cellular speeds (jailbreak unnecessary)

Just prior to the official launch of the iPhone, T-Mobile issued a carrier update to enable LTE, improve battery performance and add Visual Voicemail support . The only problem is that some users were reporting slower speeds after the update. TmoNews reports that two well known cellular …

CamCard, A Card-Scanning App That’s Dominating Asian Markets, Reaches 50M Users

While there’s a perennial debate on the West Coast about whether and when business cards might become irrelevant, they continue to be at the center of business customs in China and Japan.<p>It’s just basic etiquette when meeting a new contact to offer your card with two hands and a slight bow.<p>That’s …

Printable bionic ear sends hearing to the dogs

Scientists have created a 3D-printed cartilage ear with an antenna that extends hearing far beyond the normal human range.<p>Using off-the-shelf 3D …