The dot projector is at the heart of Apple’s production problems. … The dot projector uses something called a vertical cavity surface-emitting laser, or VCSEL. The laser beams light through a lens known as a wafer-level optic, which focuses it into the 30,000 points of infra-red light projected onto the user’s face. The laser is made of gallium arsenide, a semiconductor material, and the lens is constructed of glass; both are fragile and easily broken. Precision is key. If the microscopic components are off by even several microns, a fraction of a hair’s breadth, the technology might not work properly… … [Read more...] about Apple Reportedly Made Face ID Less Accurate to Speed Up iPhone X Production [Updated]
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However, while the acquisition is valued at $1 billion, the sale of Intel’s smartphone modem business to Apple isn’t necessarily the cash windfall it might seem. In a court filing last week (via Reuters), Intel claims the deal still represents a multi-billion dollar loss for the company after the company was essentially forced out of the market thanks to anti-competitive practices employed by rival modem-maker Qualcomm. … [Read more...] about Intel’s Officially Out of the Smartphone Modem Following $1 Billion Deal with Apple
It's not quite the technological transformation of TV that Apple may have wanted in the past. Instead, it's a repackaging of the way TV works today, delivered over the Internet via Apple hardware and software—and so with the shiny interface and user experience we've come to expect from Cook & Co.. … [Read more...] about Apple Is in Talks About Its Own Web TV Service (Again)
Amnesty International previously called on both tech companies to “assess the risk of human rights abuses on women” in a statement to the Washington Post in early February. The organization said that Absher’s use for tracking and limiting women’s movements “highlights the disturbing system of discrimination against women under the guardianship system and the need for genuine human rights reforms in the country, rather than just social and economic reforms.” … [Read more...] about Google Reportedly Won’t Remove Saudi Government App That Allows Men to Track Women
I tried to put some sense into him: "Dude, do you think a chinese supplier would have an Apple phone before Apple themselves?" But he wouldn't have it: "COME ON! I KNOW IT'S REAL! IT HAS TO BE REAL! I BOUGHT THREE OF THEM FOR MY FRIENDS FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS!!!" After a while, I was polite and said good night. It was Christmas Day after all. … [Read more...] about Fakemodo: Undeniable Evidence of iPhone Nano 3G ZOMG!
You know who made the biggest leap forward in tablet design last year? Sony. The Tablet S, for all its faults, made as much sense in your hand as it didn't to the eye. It was comfortable, it was beautiful, it was everything you'd want a slate to be. Except that it was plasticky (that iPad price point is a killer) and the custom UI did more harm than good (those OEM skins again). … [Read more...] about Dear Android Tablets: Stay Crazy