Around the IT Industry 10/1-10/5

by Modis on October 5, 2012

Eco-Friendly Fuel Cells Recharge On the Go

Rohm has introduced the prototype for its innovative disposable hydrogen fuel cell offering expected to debut in 2013 at CEATEC Japan recently, giving us a glimpse of how portable energy sources may extend life to smartphones and other devices even when far away from an outlet.  The cells are small and lightweight, much more so than their rechargeable counterparts, and release only hydrogen as a by-product of their operation.  Such items would allow wilderness enthusiasts and other people venturing far from civilization the ability to keep their smartphones running for days, even weeks, on a handful of these cells without ever stopping to plug in.

iPhone 5 Display Improvements Fall Short of Galaxy S3?

A study conducted by IHS suggests that Samsung’s Galaxy S3 smartphone, released several months earlier, still provides a sharper, cleaner image display than Apple’s newest offering.  While another study by DisplayMate insists that the iPhone 5 display is state-of-the-art and just short of the newest iPad in terms of accuracy and contrast, the comparison is not as black-and-white as it might appear.  Some reviewers have indicated that the colors on the S3 are oversaturated and unrealistic compared to the more even-toned iPhone display, but in terms of raw display technology, the numbers put Samsung on top.

Galaxy Note 2 Implements Feature You Never Realized You Wanted

Any owner of a modern tablet PC or e-reader knows that one of the more annoying quirks of the technology is that the screen reorients itself whenever it reaches certain angles, making reading at an angle (such as while lying down) often troublesome.  Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 2 aims to put an end to all that with a new feature that uses the device’s forward-facing camera to judge the user’s facial orientation relative to the screen and rotate accordingly.

Time Warner, AT&T Looking to Even the Field With Google Fiber

The pending roll-out of Google Fiber in Kansas City has competing ISPs Time Warner Cable and AT&T fighting with the local government to extend the same discounted rates provided to the search engine giant for network implementation on the local infrastructure.  Time Warner itself is currently negotiating with the city to provide community services and service improvements to their established network in exchange for the discounted rates.

U.S. Dept. of Justice Says Mobile Device Location Monitoring OK

Federal prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice have given judges the word that a user has “no privacy interest” in the cell-site records of mobile service providers which monitor the location of users’ mobile devices (often carried by the user themselves).  This means that such records may be rendered unto law enforcement officials without any need for a formal warrant or other authorization for investigation and that such requests would not be deemed violations of the Fourth Amendment.

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