The Metals In Your Phone Aren't Just Rare; They're Irreplaceable

It takes a lot of different materials to make a modern day phone, and a fair number of them are of the rare earth metal variety. But a new study by researchers at Yale shows that there's another troubling detail about the supply of pre-phone components. Many of these metals aren't just rare; they're irreplaceable. » 12/06/13 11:20am 12/06/13 11:20am

65 Years Ago The Transistor Jump-Started The World Of Modern Technology

65 years ago, December 16th 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain operated the first ever working point-contact transistor, almost known as the iotatron. Now, so many years later, we rely on the descendants of that transistor as a part of practically all of the high tech electronic devices we use… » 12/16/12 12:00pm 12/16/12 12:00pm

Snapdragon-Equipped Phones Are Going Minority Report With Gesture…

Qualcomm did some amazing things with the Snapdragon family of chips. Before their launch, I doubt anyone cared a hoot what processor was running in their phone. Ensuring the shine doesn't tarnish, Qualcomm's snapped up gesture recognition tech from GestureTek. » 7/26/11 5:20am 7/26/11 5:20am

Toshiba's Tablet Camera Sensor May Be Small But Shoots Video at 1080p

Toshiba's created an 8MP camera sensor for tablets and phones that they say has the smallest pixel size of all sensors, at 1.12 micrometers. Capable of shooting video in full 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, samples will be sent to manufacturers this month, so expect them in gadgets in the coming year. [Toshiba via » 7/08/11 2:00pm 7/08/11 2:00pm

Apple's Japanese Suppliers Don't Skip a Beat

When asked the inevitable questions about the impact of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami tragedy on Apple's business, acting COO Tim Cook made clear that what matters, more than anything else, is the human impact. That being said: as it turns out, Apple's supply chain has remarkably remained largely intact. » 4/20/11 5:45pm 4/20/11 5:45pm

Rumor: Samsung Will Have a 2GHz Dual-Core Phone Next Year

A Samsung rep has been caught claiming that they are "planning to release a 2GHz dual-core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year," adding that "this product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC." Not only does Samsung plan on using these chips in their own smartphones, they're also hoping to sell the… » 4/18/11 10:10am 4/18/11 10:10am

Intel Will Support USB 3.0 in 2012's Ivy Bridge Chipsets

AMD can't have expected Intel wouldn't be snapping at its heels soon after announcing yesterday they'd be supporting USB 3.0 in two upcoming chipsets. Though AMD didn't specify a timeframe, Intel has said their Ivy Bridge silicon would debut in 2012—and told developers to work on both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 [CNET] » 4/14/11 4:30am 4/14/11 4:30am

AMD Chipsets Will be the First to Support USB 3.0

You may've noticed there are many laptops and PCs out there that support USB 3.0 now, but unfortunately both AMD and Intel haven't added support for the latest version in their chipsets before. This is set to change with AMD's A75 and A70M chipsets, which will be the first to be branded "Superspeed USB." Previously, PC… » 4/13/11 7:40am 4/13/11 7:40am