The gadget simulator will help to cope with smartphone dependence

Since smartphones have become an important tool in a person’s life, psychologists increasingly identify the dependence on these devices. In its extreme form, it is expressed in the fact that an attempt to take a device from the hands of a person provokes a reaction, as if the baby was deprived of a pacifier. Austrian designer Clemens Schillinger believes that he came up with a solution to the problem.

Smartphone-dependent people are not only those who spend hours on the mobile Internet. They are forced to twist, touch the device, for them the tactile sensation and touching the touch screen is akin to the umbilical cord, which connects with the real world. Even if this is an exaggeration, you can always look back and see a person who automatically pokes into his smartphone, by inertia, without a specific goal.

Schillinger took as his idea the concept of monastic beads – several large ceramic beads are built into the case with dimensions of the flagship model of the smartphone. They are relatively free to rotate around their axes, which when touched creates the illusion of the usual svaypov and tapes, scrolling and even reverse reaction of the touch screen. At the same time nothing happens, the energy of the battery is not consumed, but the fingers and brain of the dependent person get the usual, calming signals.

Schillinger presented his development within the framework of the Vienna Design Week, in different versions. On his page it is written that sales will start “soon”, but the details are not yet known.

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A hand scanner MolecuLight i: X will allow to see bacteria in an open wound

In Toronto, completed the first phase of clinical trials of the device called “MolecuLight i: X”. It is designed to make the world of microbes invisible to the naked eye clearly visible. After all, if the doctor knows exactly where the infection is, he can more effectively cope with it.

MolecuLight i: X is a hand-held non-invasive scanner that locates bacteria on the human body without contact with it. Everything happens in two stages. First, a picture of the wound is taken in high resolution under normal lighting, then similar, but with the light turned off and using ultraviolet illumination.

In the ultraviolet, the healthy skin looks pale green, and the bacterial colonies glow red. If two images are compared, the location and size of the population of harmful microorganisms can be determined with high accuracy. And apply the medicine point-by-point, without spending excess medicines and not affecting healthy tissues.

Clinical trials in the Toronto hospital showed that a competent doctor using the MolecuLight i: X scanner can accelerate the healing of a patient’s wounds by a factor of 9-10. After all, he not only sees the bacteria, but also tracks the healing process of the wound as a whole. It is expected that the technology will be approved for use in Canadian hospitals in the near future.

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Apple has officially apologized for deliberately slowing down the iPhone

Not so long ago, a serious drama broke out on the Web , when GeekBench experts found out by experience that as the batteries of some iPhone smartphones deteriorate, they start to work much more slowly than before. Apple tried to defend itself by explaining that this was done in order to avoid sudden gadget shutdowns and to extend the term of their work. But the first lawsuits against the company did not take long. The technological giant from Cupertino had no choice but to publish an official apology on the Web to at least somehow make amends for its users.

Apple values ​​its reputation, so the situation described above can seriously set up a thousand or even hundreds of thousands of users against the famous manufacturer. The official text of the letter turned out to be quite voluminous, and we will not quote it here, limiting ourselves to excerpts from it. If you want to read the original document, you canby this link. In the message, the company tries to explain how exactly the process of aging of batteries takes place, once again stresses that this measure is aimed at preventing unexpected device shutdowns in some situations, and also recognizes that it does not want to upset its users and will try to make amends In front of them.

“We understand that some of our users believe that Apple has let them down. And for that we apologize, the message says. “We have never tried to deliberately shorten the life of our products or to encourage our users to purchase more modern gadgets. Our goal has always been to create products that people will genuinely love. “

In addition to the extended apology, Apple announced that it is now offering customers replacement batteries in service centers at a price of $ 29. Considering that earlier this procedure costed $ 79, a 50-dollar discount is a good attempt to make amends for frustrated users. The renewed service will be launched in the company’s service centers around the world, starting in January 2018. Another good news for many was the promise to release an iPhone firmware update, making its technical state more transparent. Users will be able to see with their own eyes the degree of deterioration of the battery and to assess how much it affects the performance of the system as a whole.

“Here in Apple, the trust of our users means everything to us literally. We will never stop trying to win and maintain it at the highest level. Our work is entirely based on your belief in us and your support, and we do not for a moment forget about it and do not take it for granted. “

The first flagship of Xperia (2018). The main thing is in his corps?

New reports indicate the likelihood of announcements of the new flagship smartphones Sony Xperia at the two forthcoming technological exhibitions – CES 2018 and MWC 2018. Perhaps not all the expected devices will feature full-screen design. But among the proposed characteristics of the novelties, there is also a very pleasant feature, which is as important as the thickness of the screen frames.

It is expected that in February 2018 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, Sony announces the flagship smartphones based on the new chipset Snapdragon 845. This chipset in many ways ensures the performance of the device. In more detail, the alleged features of new products were considered by Anvinraj Valiyathara (Anvinraj Valiyathara) on the pages of the

New “leaks” showed the numbers of models of future phones from Sony – H8216, H8266, H8276 and H296. It is reported that the Sony H8266 will be equipped with a Full HD display and support for Bluetooth 5.0. The software platform for this smartphone will be released in 2017, Google’s operating system Android 8.0 Oreo. It should be noted that the same smartphone manifested itself in the benchmark Geekbench.

Shown a screenshot of the listing Geekbench, reflecting the technical characteristics of the novelty, allows you to make a definite idea of ​​the smartphone. Its chipset is Snapdragon 845. The amount of RAM of the device is 4 gigabytes.

In a single-core test, the Sony H8266 model scored 2393 points, in the multi-core testing – 8300 points. Indicators H8266 in the benchmark Geekbench, comparable to those that are characteristic of one of the most anticipated smartphones of the upcoming technology season – Samsung Galaxy S9 +. These characteristics appeared on the Web earlier.

According to rumors, the considered smartphone can be presented to the public as Sony Xperia XZ of the new generation. Earlier it was also noted that Sony Xperia XZ2 will be characterized by very thin screen frames, which is shown by the renderer, which previouslyhas already been considered. However, today all the “known” about the phone not yet shown is just speculations.

A slightly different picture emerges when considering the alleged features of the model H8266 by Omar Sohail on the pages of the resource The main differences are in the amount of RAM and the time of the likely announcement of the novelty. According to the announcement, the model H8266 will be equipped with a 5.48-inch FHD-display. It is interesting to note that using a 5.48-inch screen means that the famous Japanese vendor will not equip this smartphone with a trendy screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9, which is the most visible sign of the modern flagship.

As previously noted, the new smartphone H8266 will be equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset. So early, at the very beginning of the year, the flagship announcement based on the chipset of high-end devices of the new generation is impressive. The amount of its RAM will be 6 gigabytes. And it can become the first flagship of the Xperia line, which will be equipped with 6 GB RAM. The novelty can be presented already at the upcoming CES 2018. There is also an unconfirmed assumption that Sony plans to introduce this device in several configurations, which does not exclude the likelihood of the announcement of the version with 4 GB of RAM, which is shown by the benchmark.

In addition to 6 GB of RAM, it is also noted that the smartphone in question, which may be seen soon after the New Year, will be equipped with a built-in UFS-drive with a capacity of 128 gigabytes. The company will also provide users with the opportunity to expand the available capacity of the drive with support for microSD memory card slots. And this is a very nice feature on the background of the fact that many smart phone vendors refused to bundle their devices with memory card slots in order to make the design of devices more elegant.

According to rumors, the battery of the H8266 model will be characterized by a capacity of 3210 mAh. Given the screen resolution of the device in question, this capacity may be sufficient. However, as mentioned above, users are waiting for the appearance of “frameless” Xperia smartphones on the market, as the high ratio of the screen size to the size of the device allows the device to look more beautiful, which is no less important for users than hardware performance and software functions. The year 2018 could be the year for Sony’s smart phones Xperia, a significant yearthe redesign, which will allow the company’s devices to correspond to one of the most striking trends emerging in the digital devices industry in the current year, 2017.

The ecosystem of the new phone from Microsoft “showed” itself?

As you know, Microsoft has completed the development of the Windows Phone project. But this does not mean that in the future it is impossible to hope for the emergence of a smartphone from the software giant. Moreover, the web has a new message, indicating the likelihood of the company’s announcement of a new, very unusual mobile device.

Microsoft may have already completed work on the design and other details of its upcoming Andromeda Surface Phone / Mobile device, which was considered earlier , which was shown by a patent from Microsoft. It became known not only how it will look (thanks to 3D renderings), but also some of its other features – two OLED displays and a modified USB type C port. Recently a new message appeared on the web indicating the probability of the novelty announcement, which was in more detail reviewed by Nyan (Nayan) a note published by in the context of additional details provided by Victor on the pages of the resource .

It seems logical that Microsoft can also work on other aspects of the ecosystem and support its future device. Microsoft’s Walking Cat enthusiast has posted an additional detail on Twitter , which may be a sign of the software giant’s work on the application collection for its Surface Phone / Mobile novelty not yet shown to the general public.

The number 8828080 appears in different places in the Windows build code. And not only as a version of Windows, but also as a family of devices. It is interesting to note that this number is part of Microsoft’s phone number.

Thus, Windows 8828080 is considered as Andromeda OS, and also as a device running Andromeda, which on the Web is often called Surface Phone / Mobile.

A new message about the upcoming mobile device from the software giant Microsoft is especially interesting in the context of the fact that the company officially terminated the development of Windows Phone. Many users could start to imagine that Microsoft generally decided to leave the mobile market.

But WalkingCat found in the Microsoft Store page, which is an “application hub” (“App Hub”) and related to the code:

"pageName":"Apps hub for 8828080"

What can be the new device from Microsoft? Based on earlier “design leaks”, there is an idea of ​​a folding mobile device, similar to a laptop, code-named “Andromeda”.

More “tooltips” related to the device appeared in the application code Whiteboard and Journal. Functionality involves working on a device in the style of a laptop with two “pages” – right and left. This may mean that the novelty will, as previously believed, have two screens. To date, it is still difficult to guess whether the new Andromeda will have the functionality of the phone, that is, support for SIM cards and the ability to dial telephone numbers. Therefore, it is impossible to conclude now that the novelty will become the further development of smartphones offered by the software giant.

It is also expected that the new device Surface Mobile will be characterized by support for the most advanced (at the time of its debut) version of the Continuum function. In Continuum mode, it will be possible to work with Win32 applications as well as on the full version of Windows 10.

As already noted above, the novelty is likely to be equipped with two connected displays that can work as a single display in the tablet PC mode. In the folded state (Mobile Mode), displays will work as various screens, providing a mode of operation that is typical for a modern smartphone.

It is also noted that the new device Surface Mobile will be designed primarily for businesses. They will be supported by Surface Pen to create notes. An application for creating notes (Note) is likely to be called Journal. It is specially designed for two folding displays, providing new multitasking capabilities. Support for new handwritten notes is one of the most important features of the upcoming mobile device.

Surface Mobile will also have advanced multitasking functionality, which allows using two interconnected displays as a novelty advantage. The main distinguishing feature – the ability to quickly switch between tablet and Mobile modes. The main screen and other user interface elements will adapt to the tablet and Mobile modes.

It is also expected that Microsoft is working on optimizing its suite of Office applications to work with a dual display to take advantage of new multitasking capabilities. Not only the application for creating notes, but also Office applications will also be able to work in tablet and Mobile modes. Surface Pen and its handwriting capabilities will be the main function of new office applications.

The foldable mobile device, which Microsoft works on, may be released in 2018. For a long time, there have been rumors that the Surface Phone will be characterized by a folding design. It is also reported about the likelihood of the appearance in 2018 of mobile devices running Windows OS from the leading vendors of the industry.

In Russia, they will begin selling smartphones on the domestic mobile OS Sailfish

During the recent DIF 2017 (Digital Infrastructure Forum) conference, Open Mobile Platform announced the beginning of cooperation with OCS Distribution, which will launch the production of smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices on the territory of the Russian Federation. All new gadgets will work on the basis of Sailfish Mobile OS RUS.

This cooperation is beneficial to each company, since the first is responsible for the software, and the second for the technical implementation. The new Sailfish Mobile OS RUS is already included in the register of domestic software. In addition, it is officially approved as the state alternative to Android. Mobile devices based on the domestic mobile OS are planned to be used in state structures, in government and in Russian companies, which are afraid for the safety of personal data. The developers state that Sailfish Mobile OS RUS will ensure the full confidentiality of user information.

About when the first devices go to retail, at the moment is not reported, but this should happen in the very near future. In this case, most likely, the first wholesale buyers will be able to receive the latest Russian smartphones in the end of 2017 – early 2018.

It is worth recalling that one of the first mobile devices based on Sailfish Mobile OS RUS was the Russian device INOI R7, the announcement of which was held in February 2017. Despite the fact that the gadget has an obsolete “stuffing”, it is quite successfully and quickly running under the Russian operating system.

What has happened since 2000 with the batteries of telephones?

Modern smartphone users are not always enthusiastic about the need to often charge their powerful devices. Sometimes you have to do it even once a day. Many people remember that even in the recent past, phones were put on charge once every few days. What and how much has changed since 2000 for telephone batteries?

As ordinary push-button phones were replaced by smartphones, users began to feel that the batteries were “less”. Today, the battery life of a smartphone is usually enough for one day of use. And users, of course, would like the phone to be charged less often, every few days, as it was before with push-button phones.

There is even the impression of a lack of progress regarding battery cells. Nevertheless, the available data show that there has been progress, and it is very large. Moreover, the modern smartphone technically, in a simplified presentation, is a battery with a screen and a miniature motherboard between them.

When comparing the 50 most popular phones, notes Peter (Peter) on the pages of the resource , phones were taken each year, starting in 2000. The ratio of battery capacity (in mAh) to the volume of telephones (in cubic centimeters) was compared. If we briefly outline the essence of the diagram, it shows how many mAh are per one cubic centimeter of the volume of the digital device.

As you can easily see, in 2017 this figure was seven times higher than in 2000. The green line in the diagram is the trend line, and it shows that this ratio exponentially grows. If before the phone was equipped with a small battery, then today, with respect to the size of the device itself, it is simply huge.

Moreover, the volume of phones with the years also grew, as the screens became more and more. And more and more space in the phone takes his battery. Apple to increase capacity has used two batteries in its new iPhone X, while LG has used batteries in the form of the Latin letter “L” for years. Companies strive to maximize the battery capacity, while, of course, not forgetting about another important preference for users who do not want the device to be too thick.

However, the bright screens of modern phones with high resolution and productive hardware consume a lot of energy.