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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.


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 decedents of that transistor as a part of practically all of the high tech electronic devices we use every day.


Is HTC Ditching Samsung for Other Smartphone Component Suppliers, Just Like Apple?

Reports coming out of the ever-thrilling component supply chain world suggest that HTC is joining Apple in lessening its dependence on Samsung, moving away from the company and finding alternative suppliers for some internal parts of its smartphones.


The iPhone 4S Costs 49c More To Build Than The iPhone 4

The fellows at iSuppli have done what they do best, breaking down the material nitty gritty of the 4S to find how much its guts are worth. The answer? Slightly, slightly more than its predecessor, at $US188.


IBM's New Processors Will Think Like Brains

It’s been just over 30 years since IBM released its first PC and shook the whole world up. Hoping to do some more world-shaking, they’ve now built two chips that function more similarly to our brains than normal chips do.


What If Samsung Stopped Supplying Parts For The iPhone 4?

This is all hypothetical, but what would happen to the iPhone 4 if Apple’s vigorous legal campaign against Samsung caused an irreparable rift between the two companies?


Sony Adds White Pixel To 'White Magic' Phone Screens

So Sony’s got a brand new TFT LCD. Big whoop. But here’s something to write home to your grandmother about: the 3-inch screen has a switch for “outdoor mode” and “low-power mode”, letting you save battery life for when it’s needed.


Shape-Shifting Phone Changes Centre Of Gravity For Different Uses

Imagine looking at Google Maps on your tablet, and feeling one corner grow heavier where your destination is located. Or reading an ebook on your phone, and being aware of the fatter side of the book.


HP's Building Flexible Displays For Soldiers' Wrists And Ever-Changing Price Tags

Some mad flexi-OLED prototypes have been shown off by other companies before, but HP’s getting in on the act with screens that could be used for a multitude of purposes, and hopefully as soon as 2013.


2nm Quantum Transistors Are The World's Smallest

A team of scientists at Chungbuk National University in South Korea have created a transistor that’s only 2nm in size, which happens to be the smallest in the world. By comparison, the current generation of Intel processors use 32nm transistors.