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    It wasn’t that long ago that we were making jokes about how small cellphones could get. From Zoolander’s tiny flip phone, to Amy Wong in an early season of Futurama, the mobile tech trends convinced us that future phones would be the size of one of our nostrils. Then smartphones happened As mobile devices began tackling more duties than phone calls and texts, the demands on displays grew. Email drove the design of Blackberrys. Multimedia became the hallmark of the iPhone. Then in 2011, Samsung popularized larger screen phones with the first Galaxy Note. While that fist Note was ...

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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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