by Joe Levi | October 1, 2013 7:26 AM
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a somewhat unusual USB port on it. No, it's not reinventing one proprietary connector into another proprietary connector like Apple recently did with their "you can plug it in upside down" Lightning connector. Instead, Samsung opted to go with a standard port, albeit an ugly one: USB 3.0. Some are touting the inclusion of this new port as "revolutionary" or "a step in the right direction". To be frank, it's kind of silly. To find out why, let's take a look at the USB 3.0 standard and see what benefits it brings -- and why they aren't all that important on a ...
by Michael Fisher | March 25, 2013 6:17 PM
We were doing some speculating on last week's episode of the Pocketnow Live, and, as tends to happen, we got to talking about the future. Not the distant future, where embedded transceivers and wearable gadgets have replaced the smartphone, but some time before that. An era close to our own, with smartphones in nearly every pocket and more connectivity than ever, but with an important catch: this hypothetical world features connectivity without cables. Signal without strings. Phones without ports. The idea is amazing. So amazing I can't claim credit for it. Sure, other publications have ...
by Michael Fisher | May 31, 2012 3:21 PM
Apple is a master of making slow, steady iterations to its products, and when it comes to new devices or features, is famous for preferring to "do it better" than "do it first." This has resulted in the current fifth-generation iOS smartphone, the iPhone 4S, looking not all that dissimilar from its original-recipe progenitor, despite five years having passed between the two. Granted, the feature set has ballooned, and the industrial design has matured immensely, but the devices still appear not just cousins from the same family, but siblings who grew up in the same house. Many component ...
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