Terabyte RRAM Storage For Future iPhones

Submitted by lalit on July 24, 2014 - 8:38am.

There have been lot of talk about how RRAM (resistive RAM) can bring more and faster storage to mobile devices, but production process and durability have put a big question mark on the technology. However, researchers at Rice University have developed a way to use silicon oxide rather than more exotic materials to make RRAM. The best part is that the method can use regular chip making equipment at room temperatures and make RRAM chips that are 100 times more durable and heat resistant.

So, how is it made? Researchers used porous silicon oxide and metals like gold or platinum to fill the pores, resulting in a silicon material that is familiar and easy to work with using current chip manufacturing equipment. However, by using metal with silicon researchers were able to make far denser and faster chip than earlier RRAM. The new RRAM chip stores nine bits per cell, which is three times higher than current flash storage. This approach will allow manufacturing of postage stamp size RRAM chips with 1TB of storage.

So, when will it come to the market? Research lead James Tour says that they are working on a deal with an unnamed manufacturer in next couple of weeks and as the technology uses current manufacturing equipments it shouldn't take long for the RRAM to come to the market or to your iPhone (our guess in about 2-3 years).

[Via Engadget]

 

Review Roundup: Amazon Fire Phone

Submitted by lalit on July 23, 2014 - 2:22pm.

Last month Amazon announced their highly anticipated first smartphone the Fire Phone, featuring Dynamic perspective and Firefly two new technologies. The phone comes with quad-core Snapdragon 2.2GHz processor, 2 GB RAM, 4.7-inch HD display, 13-megapixel camera, LTE and dual dolby speakers. The hype around the launch of the Fire Phone was so much that many analysts and tech journalists believed that it will be the biggest announcement since iPhone launch in 2007.

However, reviews are in and the adjective used most to describe the new phone is gimmicky. Wall Street Journal headline says, “ Full of gimmicks, lacking basics.” Engadget concluded their review by saying:

"The Fire's defining features are fun, but I can't help but feel as though they're merely gimmicks designed by Amazon to demonstrate the company's brilliance -- and at the expense of battery life, to boot.

Not only is the Fire lacking in useful new features, but its high price and exclusivity to AT&T guarantee its irrelevance. The company owes its success to millions of loyal online shoppers and bookworms who use Amazon for its convenience and aggressive pricing, so why come out with a smartphone that isn't particularly convenient, and isn't particularly cheap? By no means is the Fire a horrible phone, but it's a forgettable one."

The Fire Phone will ship on July 25 and is exclusive to AT&T for $199 with two year contract. Check out some well written reviews below.

Wall Street Journal - Review By: Geoffrey Fowler

Engadget - Review By: Brad Molen

The Verge - Review By: David Pierce

Ars Technica - Review By: Andrew Cunningham

Gizmodo - Review By: Eric Limer

SlashGear - Review By: Chris Davies

 

Google Signs Deal with Novartis to Commercialize Smart Contact Lens

Submitted by lalit on July 17, 2014 - 4:16am.

Google has been developing Smart Contact Lens in their Google X labs for past few years. The lenses are designed to analyze tear fluid in the eye to provide constant measurement of blood glucose levels for the wearer. The lens also includes a wireless antenna to send the data wirelessly to the person’s mobile device to help him manage his diabetics.

Even though Google has announced the Smart Contact Lens they haven't show a commercially viable product and for that they have partnered with Novartis. Google will now license the technology to Novartis and the company through its eye-care subsidiary Alcon, will develop a commercial product based on Google’s technology.

Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin said, “Very excited to work with Novartis the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life of millions of people.” However both Google and Novartis agreed that this is a long term project and it will take at least few years to bring a viable product to the market.

[Via Verge]

After Launching Galaxy S5 with Below Par Fingerprint Scanner, Samsung Plans to Bring Iris Scanner to Galaxy Note 4

Submitted by lalit on July 17, 2014 - 1:44am.

The fingerprint scanner on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 is erratic at best and errors out many times when you are unlocking the handset. After failing to provide its customers with a reliable alternative to Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5s, Samsung is planning to bring Iris scanner to its next generation Galaxy Note 4.

A tweet from Samsung’s official account @SamsungExynos stated “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That's what we envision. What would you use?” The tweet was accompanied by the above image hinting at Iris scanner in next generation Samsung device.

It has been rumored that upcoming Samsung Exynos processor will include built in Iris scanning support like Apple’s A7 Processor has built in Touch ID support. However, Iris scanners are know to be very finicky and create lot of problems in low light conditions. Iris scanner also cases problems when the subject is moving or the distance between the eye and the camera is not right. Basically, even with advanced technology like Iris scanner the implementation won’t be as effortless and simple as Touch ID, where you just place your finger and the iPhone 5s unlocks.

[Via BGR]

LG Shows Super Flexible OLED Display, Promises 60-inch Rollable TV by 2017

Submitted by lalit on July 15, 2014 - 5:09am.

We have seen many small flexible OLED display till now, but LG is for the first time showing an 18-inch flexible OLED display that can be rolled in a 3 cm across tube. LG is using a new polyamide film in place of plastic film typically used as back panel for the OLED display. This not only makes the display substantially more flexible, but thinner also.

LG’s head of R&D, In-Byung Kang is confident that the company will be able to successfully develop an ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED of more than 60 inches by 2017. Yes, LG we are waiting for a window shade that when rolled down can work as a TV also.

[Via Engadget]

 

Apple To Bring More Robust Touch ID Sensor to Next Generation iOS Devices

Submitted by lalit on June 24, 2014 - 2:21pm.

iPhone 5s’ Touch ID sensor is one of the most reliable and accurate finger print sensor on the market today (you will know what I am talking about if you have used Galaxy S5’s finger print sensor), but that isn't stopping Apple and the company will be using an improved Touch ID sensor on next generation iOS devices according to a report from China Times.

Last month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple and its Touch ID manufacturing partner TSMC will be using Tin for manufacturing of the fingerprint sensor to increase its durability. With China Times also corroborating this news it looks like we will get a more robust Touch ID sensor in next generation iPhone 6.

China Times also reported that TSMC is doubling its Touch ID sensor production to 120 million units for second half of 2014, which would indicate that not only next generation iPhone, but also iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will also get Touch ID sensor. TSMC will start delivering the new sensor in July for production of next generation of iOS devices in third quarter. 

 

Apple Announces iPhone Finally Coming to China Mobile on January 17th

Submitted by lalit on December 23, 2013 - 2:48am.

Apple and China Mobile today announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring iPhone to the world's largest mobile network. As part of the agreement, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available from China Mobile's expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, January 17, 2014. Customers will be able to pre-register for the new phones on China Mobile’s official website (www.10086.cn) and on customer service hotline “10086” beginning on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.

“Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service,” said Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.

“Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together. China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “iPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one.”

China Mobile now has over 1.2 million 2G/GSM, 3G/TD-SCDMA, 4G/TD-LTE base stations and over 4.2 million Wi-Fi access points, providing broad coverage to quality networks for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c customers. China Mobile is rolling out the world’s largest 4G network. By the end of 2013, China Mobile’s 4G services will be available in 16 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. By the end of 2014, China Mobile plans to complete the rollout of more than 500,000 4G base stations, which will cover more than 340 cities with 4G service. The collaboration between Apple and China Mobile will give a big boost to the development of China's homegrown 4G/TD-LTE technology. iPhone on China Mobile supports major cellular network standards, making a global phone a reality for China Mobile customers.

Details of pricing and availability of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for China Mobile will be available at a later date.

 

 

MDN Reports 4K Thunderbolt Display Coming on December 19th With The New Mac Pro

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2013 - 7:42pm.

Few hours back Apple announced that they will start taking orders for the new Mac Pro and now MacDailyNews is reporting that Apple might even launch new 4K Thunderbolt Display alongside the Mac Pro. MDN posted:

We have been hearing a growing smattering of chatter from disparate sources, none of which can be confirmed to our satisfaction to report this as anything other than a rumor, that Apple is planning to surprise professional users with a 4K UltraHD Thunderbolt Display alongside the release of the Mac Pro tomorrow, December 19th.

MDN has also heard from one source that some other peripherals will also be announced tomorrow for the new Mac Pro.

The new Mac Pro can support up to three 4K displays via Thunderbolt 2 ports. And as there are very few 4K displays available on the market today. It would be a good idea for Apple to release their own, giving customers an option of spending their cash on Apple’s 4K display rather than some third party 4K display. Most customers buying the shiny new Mac Pro would want a 4K display to see the new desktop in its full glory.

[Image Via SlashGear]

 

New Mac Pro Available for Order Starting December 19

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2013 - 5:26pm.

Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals, including the latest 4K displays.

The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999; and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999. Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.

 

Rumor: iPad Pro with 2K Display in April and 4K Display in October 2014

Submitted by lalit on December 17, 2013 - 10:49am.

International Business Times is reporting that Apple is working on iPad Pro model that will feature 12.9-inch screen. The website is also reporting that “The tech giant will be releasing the device in April 2014 sporting a 2K display. Another model sporting a 4K display will reportedly come in October 2014.

Which we think is odd, because if Apple plans to release iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display why launch two different model with 2K and 4K display within six months. We believe if Apple releases a iPad Pro in 2014 it will come with 4K display only and the 2K display will be for the 9.7-inch model.

Business Times farther adds that the iPad Pro will provide very clear picture quality very similar to high-end UHD displays. 2014 will be a interesting year for Apple and the company will launch two very important high end products, that will change the way we look at mobile devices.

[Image Via iMore]