Posts tagged with: sapphire
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    Last Friday, I published the most recent iteration of our Durability Report series, where we take a phone we've carried for months on end and provide an update on how it's handled the abuse of the daily grind throughout our use. While the Moto X has proved rather resilient, even through some drops on hardwood and concrete, some damage is inevitable. Whether you drop your phone, toss it on tables, place it in the same pocket as something such as keys or change, or even if you handle it with the utmost care, tiny dings, nicks, and scratches will ultimately appear over time. Some of us avoid ...

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    Ubuntu has positioned itself to be one of this year's many smartphone platform upstarts – the littler guys who are trying to elbow their way into an already incredibly competitive market. We were able to give Ubuntu a lot of hands-on time earlier this year when those preview builds arrived for Nexus-series devices, but news on the platform has been relatively quiet ever since. Today, we finally hit a big Ubuntu milestone, with Canonical starting a major fundraiser campaign for the Ubuntu Edge handset. The Indiegogo campaign seeks to raise an astounding $32 million for development of the ...

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    We've been huge fans of future possible sapphire solutions for smartphones ever since MWC. We've also visited the factory that can make this possible. Sapphire is known to be an extremely tough material, almost impossible to scratch. It has its own downside though: it's also very brittle. Gorilla Glass, on the other hand, is less brittle, but, it is much easier to scratch. Gorilla Glass vs sapphire has recently become a real topic. Currently, the majority of phone makers are using Gorilla Glass, from Corning, in one of its version iterations -- adding up for 1.5 billion consumer electronic ...

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    Synthetic sapphire smartphone screens: besides being fun to say five times real fast, they sound like they could be the future of advanced damage-proof smartphone designs. After hearing about the tech in some super-expensive smartphones, we got to check out a pretty impressive demo at the Mobile World Congress, and later GT Crystal Systems was nice enough to give us a tour of its manufacturing facility. With sapphire screens starting to sound less outlandish and more likely to actually end up on an affordable commercial device within a span of a few years, we were getting pretty excited. ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    If you followed our coverage from MWC in Barcelona, you might remember a demo by Jeff Nestel-Patt of GT Advanced Technologies, showcasing a smartphone display 2.5 times stronger than Gorilla Glass that was, for all intents and purposes, impervious to scratches. If you missed that video, maybe you caught our article from last week discussing sapphire's importance to the future of the mobile industry. If you missed both of those, then you're still in luck - because this piece right here trumps them both. You see, it turns out that the GT Crystal Systems facility at which much of the ...

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    We love us some new technology, and we certainly give it its fair shake on today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly. But every so often, you need to give a little lip-service to the tech of days gone by. The platforms and devices of yesteryear. That's right: I'm talking about dead technology. It makes sense, then, that a man going by the twitter handle DeadTechnology is here to help us dust off those fond memories. In his inaugural visit to the Pocketnow Weekly, our own Adam Doud pulls back the veil of public apathy secrecy surrounding the phenomenon of the "webOS meetup," a regular ...

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    Last month at MWC, we were treated to a rather compelling demonstration: a smartphone screen made of material so tough, it was practically un-scratchable. The company providing the demo was GT Advanced Technologies, and the screen was made of a material you've probably heard of, but in other contexts: sapphire. In an industry where hardware is fast becoming the differentiator of choice, "sapphire" is the new buzzword for legions of excitement-seeking tech fans. We're going to take a closer look at how synthetic sapphire comes into being, and how it finds its way into smartphones, next ...

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