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Mobile Manufacturers Torture Phones So You Don’t Have To

June 22nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

If you have ever wondered why you can get your mobile carrier to honor the warranty on your cell phone for some types of damage but not others, you might want to plan a trip to Shenzhen, China. Before a smart phone manufacturer will release a new phone on the market, it will have conducted hundreds of ‘torture tests’ to ensure the highest possible standard of quality. So what exactly do they do to smart phones in Shenzhen? Well, that question can be summed up in one word – everything.

The effects of the elements are tested on smart phones so that you don’t have to worry about having your device break when you drop it in freezing temperatures, or have the glass on your screen crack in hot weather. If you have ever kept your mobile phone in the bathroom with you while taking a shower, your smart phone manufacturer already knows what type of damage is consistent with steam versus how your phone will react when it is dumped in a shower stall.

Mobile phone manufacturers need to know how durable their products are in order to avoid having to recall them, but they also need to make sure that they are not creating ‘throw away’ products. In addition, offering extended warranties can become expensive if you are constantly having to replace phones because of the same reasons. In Shenzen, scientists torture phones because they have to, which hopefully will help you to avoid inadvertently breaking your mobile device.

Why Buy A New Video Camera?

June 17th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Consumer Electronics

Some consumers are under the impression that they only need to buy certain kinds of electronics once in their lifetimes. For example, technology has changed substantially since the first DVD players were manufactured. While you can continue to play many different kinds of DVDs on an older model DVD player with no issue, you will also be missing out out a lot of features. Like other electronics, video cameras are continually evolving. You don’t necessarily need to upgrade your electronic devices every year, but you should keep an eye out for updated models.

Newer video cameras come with a number of special features and options that can help you to record better quality footage. Take family movies in HD definition, then use your new video camera to add special effects. Whether you use your video camera everyday or only on special occasions, you will want to capture all of your special memories clearly.

Even if you are on a budget you can still find a great new video camera at an affordable price. Most consumers start their product searches on the Internet so that they can read up on the specs, compare prices and find reviews. You don’t have to wait until the shopping season to find a low priced video camera with all of the bells and whistles that you want if you know where to look. Find out which manufacturers offer the best warranties and produce the most technologically advanced electronics so that you can get the best value.

It might take you a few days of searching, but in the end you will be fully satisfied with your purchase. Make sure that you are able to enjoy your new video camera by doing your research before you get ready to pull out your credit card and sign on the dotted line.

Microsoft Loses i4i Patent Lawsuit

June 10th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

The recent ruling concerning technology firm i4i and its legal case against Microsoft proves that science can be far more convincing than a solid defense. After a lengthy case, i4i was able to prove that Microsoft Word infringed on its copyrights. The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2007 made its way all the way up to the Supreme Court. The popular word processing software Microsoft Word uses Extensible Markup Language, which i4i says that it has patented. Microsoft does not deny that i4i might have created the technology, but the company also believes that it had the right to develop the Word Suite while utilizing XML.

Other companies such as Facebook backed Microsoft. The idea that patents can prevent companies from innovating new technologies was Microsoft’s main area of contention. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of i4i. As a result, Microsoft will pay i4i a staggering $290 million settlement.

Although i4i is a small firm based out of Canada, it was able to come up with a good enough offense to beat Microsoft in court. Technology experts believe that the i4i case will be beneficial to independent developers and small businesses that want to protect their copyrights. Understandably, Microsoft is not happy with the ruling. Some believe that Microsoft even tried to get members of the US government to sponsor new copyright laws in order to beat the i4i case. The owners of i4i made a public statement expressing their happiness with the outcome of the case.

Turkey Power Plant Combines Wind Solar And Natural Gas For Clean Electricity

June 7th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

General Electric announced it will be the supplier for the new power plant that will be located in Karaman,Turkey. The plant will be 508-megawatts and will utilize energy from the wind, sun and natural gas to deliver around the clock electricity to more than 600,000 homes. The project is expected to be completed by 2015. The unique factor of this project is that one facility will pull from three sources to deliver the power needed to meet the continuous energy demand for the area; this type of power is called ‘Baseload.’ GE says that this plant’s overall efficiency will be approximately 66% higher than the average natural gas plant.

GE also sees this project as a showcase for its Flex Efficiency power plant system which is based around a natural gas turbine that combines wind and solar power. The other components to generate power are GE wind turbines which produces 22 megawatts of energy and a 50-megawatt eSolar concentration solar thermal plant. ESolar plants generate heat by using thousands of sun-tracking mirrors that produce steam; the steam is driven through a turbine which creates electricity.

GE, a pioneer in the energy industry was chosen by MetCap Energy Investments due to GE’s outstanding reputation for clean sourced energy. “In addition to record-setting fuel efficiency, this power plant will have zero liquid discharge, low emissions and a rapid-response, 28-minute start capability,” said Met Cap Energy chairman Celal Metin. GE said it should see more interest in renewable energy plants in the near future. If all goes as planned, renewable energy will be even more powerful.