Wi-Power Technology : “Wi- What”?

Yes, you read it right, people. Qualcomm has introduced a new technology which enables electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets to be charged wirelessly, so that power adapters and cables no longer have to be carried when you travel.

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WiPower uses resonant based wireless charging to reduce the need for wall chargers, unsightly power strips, and congested wall sockets effectively. [1]

Here are some advantages of this technology :

  • True spatial freedom
    • Does not require the precise alignment of devices within charging area
    • Charge multiple electronic devices at the same time within the charging area without direct physical contact
  • Simultaneously charge different device types with varying power requirements
  • Metallic objects will not interfere with the charge process
  • Makes use of existing wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth to help minimize hardware requirements
  • By charging via surfaces, WiPower supports real world design requirements that blend into the home, office, automobiles and furniture
  • Reduces clutter by eliminating or reducing the amount of wires

Below is a clip showing how wireless charging works :

 

References :

[1]  Wireless Power Technology | Wireless Energy Transfer | WiPower. 2014.Wireless Power Technology | Wireless Energy Transfer | WiPower. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.qualcomm.com/solutions/wireless-charging/wipower. [Accessed 15 April 2014].

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Review

This week I went to Phones 4u to get hands-on experience with Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has been there in the stores for several months now but unfortunately I did not get some time to try it out.

First, I will explain the hardware. This mobile phone weighs 168 g and runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but can be upgraded to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) after purchase and consists of a 5.7″ FHD (full HD) sAMOLED (Super Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. This feature is suitable for a user who enjoys watching movies and playing games on his or her phone. I did not find this really fancy because it is hard to control the screen using just one hand. Note 3 has been manufactured with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and a Krait 400 quad-core processor with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, so the processing is lighting fast. It also comprises of 3 GB RAM (random access memory), which is ideal for multitasking, and also contains 32 or 64 GB flash memory onboard, so more files can be stored without installing additional storage using microSD cards, although it is possible to expand flash memory up to 64 GB. There is a 13 MP Auto Focus rear camera with features such as Smart Stabilisation, LED flash and Zero Shutter Lag and a front camera of 2 MP. The cameras also feature Dual Shot, Dual Recording and Dual Video Call, so both the cameras can be used simultaneously. The battery installed is a 3200 mAh Standard Battery, which supports up to 11 hours of internet usage time on LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 3G HSPA+, up to 13 hours on WiFi usage and up to 380 hours on standby with LTE, which is impressive. The phone also supports wireless networks such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth 4.0.

Now I will explain the features in the software. The main feature is Air Command, where a user can hover the stylus known as “S Pen” over the screen and tap the embedded button to open the Air Command, which consists of a list of useful features such as Memo and Scrapbook. Another feature is Action Memo, which allows a user to make a quick handwritten note that instantly activates a function. such as making a call, adding a new contact, creating a To-Do item or email, looking up an address on the map or searching the web [1]. Scrapbook is the third feature that the software contains, which organises photos and videos stored in different places, including online storage, so the user does not have to waste time searching for them. Finally, the S Note, which helps a user to create instant notes, browse through and edit them without having to recreate them. If the user scribbles a chart on S Note, the Easy Chart feature embedded in S Note can transform this in to a professional-looking graph.

In conclusion, this phone is suitable for professionals in the industry of art and design because it is easy to write down notes or ideas and draw sketches on the go using this incredible phone and the S Pen.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with S Pen [1]

References :

[1] Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. 2014. Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-N9005ZWEBTU-features. [Accessed 08 March 2014].

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with S Pen [1]

References :

[1] Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. 2014. Galaxy Note 3 – 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, 13MP, 5.7“ FHD, 2.3GHz – Samsung UK – FEATURES. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/galaxy-note/smartphones/SM-N9005ZWEBTU-features. [Accessed 08 March 2014].