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Dec 7, 2018

Qualcomm’s ‘Extreme’ Snapdragon 8cx CPU Could Power Your Next Laptop

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones

Intel and AMD could be looking at some stiff competition in the processor game. Fresh off announcing its new Snapdragon 855 mobile chip, the company has announced the Snapdragon 8cx. It’s for laptops instead of smartphones and is by far the most powerful processor the company has ever made. How can you tell? The “X” in the name stands for “extreme.”

While the Snapdragon 8cx is not the company’s first PC chip (that honor goes to the quickly forgotten Snapdragon 850), it’s the first one that could make Intel take note. Like the 855, the Snapdragon 8cx uses a 7nm manufacturing process. It has the same octa-core design with four high-performance cores based on the Cortex A76 and four low-power cores based on the A55. That’s really the end of the similarities, though.

Qualcomm has cranked the clock speed of all of its “Kryo 495” cores way up in the Snapdragon 8cx, but it won’t say exactly how high. The chip has 10MB of cache between L2 and L3 — the 855 only has 3MB. That makes the Snapdragon 8cx better at running heavy apps, and there’s support for up to 16GB of system memory. You can also check the boxes for NVMe and UFS3.0 storage.

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Dec 7, 2018

Experiments at PPPL show remarkable agreement with satellite sightings

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, particle physics, satellites

As on Earth, so in space. A four-satellite mission that is studying magnetic reconnection—the breaking apart and explosive reconnection of the magnetic field lines in plasma that occurs throughout the universe—has found key aspects of the process in space to be strikingly similar to those found in experiments at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The similarities show how the studies complement each other: The laboratory captures important global features of reconnection and the spacecraft documents local key properties as they occur.

The observations made by the Magnetospheric Multiscale Satellite (MMS) mission, which NASA launched in 2015 to study in the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth, correspond quite well with past and present laboratory findings of the Magnetic Reconnection Experiment (MRX) at PPPL. Previous MRX research uncovered the process by which rapid reconnection occurs and identified the amount of magnetic that is converted to particle energy during the process, which gives rise to northern lights, and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt cell phone service, black out power grids and damage orbiting satellites.

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Nov 30, 2018

Keyboard for your knuckles lets you type using only your fingers and thumb

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, wearables

This wearable strap for your fingers allows you to text on your phone wirelessly 🖐️.

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Nov 26, 2018

China Is Building a $9 Billion Rival to the American-Run GPS

Posted by in categories: computing, government, mobile phones, satellites, security

Location data beamed from GPS satellites are used by smartphones, car navigation systems, the microchip in your dog’s neck and guided missiles — and all those satellites are controlled by the U.S. Air Force. That makes the Chinese government uncomfortable, so it’s developing an alternative that a U.S. security analyst calls one of the largest space programs the country has undertaken.


The Beidou Navigation System will be accessible worldwide by 2020.

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Nov 25, 2018

How high-tech toilets could soon be tracking your every movement

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, mobile phones

The bathroom is arguably the last bastion of privacy, but soon a new high-tech lavatory could be tracking your every movement.

Researchers at the European Space Agency (ESA) and MIT have teamed up with sanitation specialists to create the ‘FitLoo’ which screens human waste for early signs of disease.

Data gathered by the sensors in the toilet bowl could be beamed to the users mobile phone so they can see how their health is changing or even directly to the GP so they could keep a remote eye on patients.

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Nov 25, 2018

Refugees in Uganda Are Earning Money

Posted by in categories: economics, mobile phones

They can increase their income 16-fold using just their phones.

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Nov 24, 2018

Some Good Tech News: Entrepreneurs Leverage Tech for Economic Inclusion

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, mobile phones

Between the never-ending stream of news linking bad actors to social networks and studies documenting society’s growing smartphone addiction, it seems almost wrong today to think that technology can — ahem — help make the world a better place.

That’s why I am thankful for the annual Inclusive Innovative Challenge, hosted by MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. Launched in 2016, the IIC seeks out and awards entrepreneurs that are leveraging technology advances to reinvent the future of work. That’s right. There remains, even in this news cycle, firms committed to tapping technology’s ability to connect—and not divide—people and build—and not threaten—jobs and other economic activities.

Or, as the challenge organizers put it:

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Nov 23, 2018

Steve Jobs Introducing The iPhone At MacWorld 2007

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Nov 21, 2018

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Posted by in categories: biological, mobile phones, robotics/AI

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Nov 20, 2018

Meta-surface corrects for chromatic aberrations across all kinds of lenses

Posted by in categories: materials, mobile phones

Today’s optical systems—from smartphone cameras to cutting-edge microscopes—use technology that hasn’t changed much since the mid-1700s. Compound lenses, invented around 1730, correct the chromatic aberrations that cause lenses to focus different wavelengths of light in different spots. While effective, these multi-material lenses are bulky, expensive, and require precision polishing or molding and very careful optical alignment. Now, a group of researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is asking: Isn’t it time for an upgrade?

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