Apple Beats Nokia In Smartphones Category

Apple has beaten world’s largest mobile phone maker Nokia in the smartphones category, an area the Finnish company had been losing ground to the US tech giant since the iPhone hit the market, as per the April-June quarter results filed by the two companies.

Nokia, which filed its second quarter results today, sold 16.7 million smartphones worldwide, while Apple’s third quarter numbers reveal that it sold 20.34 million units, across the globe.

Apple came up with its June quarter results on Tuesday.

During the June quarter, Nokia saw the erosion of its smartphone sales, which dipped 34 per cent compared to 25.2 million units sold by the company in the same quarter of 2010. [Read more...]

Electromagnetic Pollution

RIGHT now, you’re probably wondering what electromagnetic radiation means. Many people are not aware what electromagnetic radiation is. If you work on a computer or own a mobile phone, make sure you read this article. What you do not know may be a major cause of ill-health.

Electromagnetic radiation (or EMF pollution) is a term given to all the man-made electromagnetic fields (EMF) of various frequencies, which fill our homes, workplace and public spaces. When we call something in our environment a pollutant, we are implying that it is somehow harmful to nature and to ourselves.

The source of electromagnetic pollution in our environment has been growing exponentially for the past 30 years or so. From desktop computers to mobile phones, we have a potential crisis of sorts with the “pollutants” that come from these and other similar technologies. It’s called electromagnetic pollution. [Read more...]

Could Apple Divorce Samsung for iPhone Chips?

Apple may rely less on Samsung as an iOS hardware partner, as TSMC is reportedly testing new chips it’s building for future Apple mobile products. Reuters notes that Samsung is currently the only chipmaker producing Apple’s A5 chip for the iPad 2; that dual-core chip, or a similar version of it, is widely expected to appear in Apple’s upcoming iPhone. While Apple has previously locked up component deals with multiple manufacturers to help manage supply, the timing of another chip-maker testing its silicon coincides with patent disputes and a corresponding lawsuit between Samsung and Apple.

If Apple does change chip suppliers, it may not be an easy nor a fast process. According to an analyst at NH Investment and Securities, Seo Won-seok, Samsung has deep roots in the chip design and using another supplier could mean more research and development from Apple: [Read more...]

Japan Escalates Warning As Yen Continues To Rise

Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned on Thursday that recent yen strength does not reflect economic fundamentals, escalating a verbal campaign to cool the rising yen although traders saw little immediate chance that authorities would intervene directly in the market.

The dollar tumbled to a four-month low against the Japanese currency after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday signaled that the central bank was ready to ease monetary policy further if economic growth and inflation slow much more.

“The movement doesn’t reflect fundamentals and has been one-sided,” Noda told reporters on Thursday regarding the yen’s recent surge. [Read more...]

What’s Next For U.S. Space Program?

Looks like America will just have to ride shotgun.

The Atlantis space shuttle launched into orbit Friday, marking the final flight of the 30-year-old space shuttle program. That leaves the United States without any vehicles capable of human spaceflight.

Some experts believe that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s abandoning of spaceflight could have far-reaching implications on scientific discovery. Others say the focus of tomorrow’s engineers will shift to new areas that may have been overlooked if their efforts were spent on the costly travel.

Either way, it is the end of an era.

“I grew up with the shuttle, it was my generation’s Apollo,” said Laura Venner, a NASA ambassador and educator for New Jersey. “It’s something that makes you so proud and patriotic.” [Read more...]

Samsung Asks U.S. To Ban iPad, iPhone Imports

Samsung asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the importation of Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPods, ratcheting up its dispute against Apple.

The filing, dated Tuesday, says Apple’s iPhone, iPod digital music player and iPad tablet infringe on five of Samsung’s patents involving telecommunications standards and user interface inventions.

Samsung also filed a new patent lawsuit against Apple in a Delaware federal court on Wednesday,

The complaints are the latest salvo in a growing legal battle between the two consumer electronics giants.

In April, Apple sued Samsung in a California federal court, claiming the South Korean firm’s Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets “slavishly” copies the iPhone and iPad. [Read more...]

A Supercomputer Made Of Unused PCs

Buying a supercomputer costs millions of dollars, then thousands more each year to maintain it. That’s not to mention the hefty electric bill to keep the massive system running.

So it goes without saying that average Joes can’t just get themselves a supercomputer. But many scientific researchers also don’t have access to them, even if they work at a university that owns one.

Particularly in the health, meteorology and astrophysics fields, scientists need immense processing to perform complex calculations in a reasonable amount of time. It might take a decade to run a set of modeling experiments on a standard personal computer.

But if you link millions of ordinary PCs together and split the calculations across them, you get a virtual supercomputer. That’s exactly what some people are doing. [Read more...]