Posts tagged with: speaker
  • by | June 17, 2013 2:52 PM

    The modern world of smartphone audio is perhaps best summed up by country-music singer Loretta Lynn: we've come a long way, baby. For much of the decade or so that smartphones have existed, the devices have been plagued by underwhelming audio performance, a symptom of too-small speakers paired with anemic software drivers, permitted only to suckle the tiniest bit of energy from an already power-strapped system. With very few exceptions, audio has been the afterthought, not the focus, of the smartphone industry. Thankfully, that's started to change in recent years. As smart devices have ...

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  • by | April 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    The standard-issue Starfleet communicator of the 2260s is a marvel of Federation technology. The flip-top device is ruggedized for adverse interplanetary environments, outfitted with a transponder for transporter lock-on, and it's capable of transmitting voice and data over thousands of kilometers -even through solid rock- without the aid of a cellular network. Sadly, it is also completely fictitious. The communicator, a product of the keen imagination and amazing design talents of Desilu model-maker Wah Chang, burst into the public consciousness as a prop on the original Star Trek ...

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  • by | November 7, 2012 7:01 AM

    We children of the 20th century have seen our fair share of disappointment in the technology world: we're more than a decade past the millennium, but we have yet to witness the hovering skateboards of Back To The Future, the flying cars of The Jetsons, or even widespread use of wireless charging in our mobile devices. Fortunately, not all aspects of our existence are so beset by first-world problems. Today, we carry smartphones with more processing power than desktop computers from just a few years ago. We use tablets whose screens bear a higher resolution than our living-room ...

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