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Concerns over battery life aside, the real reason your smartphone doesn’t have a built-in projector yet is because it would add too much thickness to the device. And because shaving millimetres helps add to a smartphone’s appeal, Texas Instruments might have finally found a way to convince handset makers to include a minuscule projector with its new 0.3-inch HD DLP Pico chipset.
The Snapdragon 800 has had a good run, powering some (bordering on all) of the Android flagship models for the last year. Now, there’s an upgrade. Larger camera sensor support, Ultra HD video capture and a headline maximum clockspeed increase to 2.45GHz are the next-phone boasts of the Snapdragon 801.
Nvidia’s Tegra K1 is damned pretty for mobile tech, but the desktop team hasn’t just been sitting around waiting for Tegra to catch up. Say hello to Maxwell — the new architecture on the desktop side — and the GTX 750Ti. It’s a tiny little sucker that’s worth its weight in watts.
Battery fires are no fun. Just ask Boeing. The problem is lithium-ion batteries are full of liquid acid electrolyte that gushes out when a battery’s housing ruptures, causing chemical burns and fires. Not fun. But what if, instead of burny liquid, batteries were filled with a viscous goo that would stay put? That’s exactly what these Washington State University researchers propose.
We use them every day without realising it. They’re in our phones, our cars, our cameras, and innumerable electronic devices. They’re called MEMS, and they’re the microscopic switches that allow our gadgets to become smaller, lighter and faster.
It might look understated, but you’re looking at the most functionally complex integrated quantum circuit ever made from a single material — and it can both generate photons and entangle them, all at the same time.
In just a few short years, bitcoin mining has come a long way, from CPUs, to GPUs, to specialised, single purpose, system-on-a-chip beasts. There’s still progress to be made though, more efficient mining marvels to build. This is that progress. Meet the (prototype) brains of an insane digital drill.