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    Today's smartphones are essentially just miniaturized computers. They contain a CPU, GPU, screen, RAM, storage, networking components, and more. Computers, like the one on which I'm writing this article, allow for a certain level up upgradeability. If I want a faster processor, I simply have to remove the old one and replace it with a faster one. If I want more RAM, I simply plug in a new module. If I want better graphics, all I need to do is plug in a new video card or monitor. If I want more storage space, I just plug in a bigger SSD. Why aren't smartphones capable of being upgraded in ...

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    Data storage has come a long way from the early days of computers. Long ago we had spools of tape and punch cards. Neither were particularly efficient. Soon we left those formats for rotating disks. Over time the bits on the disks got smaller, they spun faster, and have become the defacto standard for storing data. There are downsides to disks, paramount among them being a theoretical hard-limit on how small you can make magnetized areas that can reliably hold data and are still able to be read from and written to easily. To combat all that we turned to optics. Storing data with LIGHT! ...

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