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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #160 on: May 24, 2023, 06:35:15 AM »
Wasn't sure where to put this. A quiz about how well you know your old phones (as advertised) movies (in actuality). I got 7/10 but I don't think I actually knew more than two of the answers (multiple choice, and three answers at least are given to you automatically).

https://www.techradar.com/news/how-well-do-you-know-the-history-of-mobile-phones

8/10
Some answers I was confident, others I was able to make educated guesses
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #161 on: May 24, 2023, 01:38:36 PM »
8/10
Some answers I was confident, others I was able to make educated guesses
Same.
Gotta say the questions were pretty random.

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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #163 on: June 13, 2023, 07:28:59 AM »
https://www.pcworld.com/article/1936128/the-6-biggest-pc-hardware-myths-exposed.html

TL:DR (Opinions are of PCWorld only)
1. Are dedicated sound cards better than integrated ones? Only if you are listening to something of high quality, WITH high quality sound hardware. Otherwise you cannot tell the difference.
2. Will more RAM make your PC faster? Only if you didn't have enough to begin with.
3. Is a long HDMI cable bad for quality? Only if the cable is bad or if it is TRULY long (50 feet+).
4. Does a higher clock mean the CPU will be faster? Only if everything else about the processor is identical.
(As a teen at a friend's house, his father (an Intel employee) had a new computer with Intel's first quad-core. The computer was noticeably faster. When I asked if this was because of the cores, he responded, "No, Windows doesn't know what to do with the extra cores yet. It's because of the double-size L2 caches." Processors share the L2 cache, and the cores that were working were benefitting from the extra cache allocated because of the cores that were idle.)
5. Does overclocking damage the hardware? Not if you don't tell the software to ignore the safety parameters, which is will avoid by default.
6. Does shutting down the computer by cutting the power damage the hardware? No, but you run the risk of losing data and needing to reinstall Windows.
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #164 on: June 13, 2023, 09:28:04 AM »
3. Is a long HDMI cable bad for quality? Only if the cable is bad or if it is TRULY long (50 feet+).
Most recommend not more then 30ft, but nowadays you can easily get a fiber optic one that has no issues.
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« Reply #165 on: June 14, 2023, 10:57:34 AM »
I clicked this, thinking, "Can that really be true?" Then I realized they include malware in "a cyberattack" and closed the article then and there.
https://www.techradar.com/news/most-smbs-were-hit-by-a-cyberattack-last-year
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #168 on: June 20, 2023, 03:35:33 AM »
WOW. What happens now?
Lechora Apple will need to have an solar-powered iphone by then. /s

(I'll have to explain the joke? Okay. The EU mandated that all devices must soon charge by USB-C. Apple seems to be responding by removing any port for charging - they will charge the iphone only wirelessly - but non-Apple wireless chargers will charge at 1/4 speed.)
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« Reply #169 on: June 20, 2023, 07:10:08 AM »
Here's Laptopmag's list of pros and cons of the new ruling.
https://www.laptopmag.com/news/eu-must-be-joking-salty-union-demand-apple-makes-10-year-old-android-phones

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EU must be joking — Salty union demand Apple makes 10-year-old Android phones
By Jason England published about 1 hour ago
Is it time Apple says mind EU-rown business to Brussel's bigwigs?

 
Apple and the EU have been in a bit of a spat over the past year. Well the next big Brussels blow comes to the iPhone’s battery, as a set of new approved rules require that smartphone batteries are easily replaceable by 2027.

That’s right, people! We’re going back in time by about a decade to when it was easy to switch batteries out, and it’s fair to say this new ruling has got a lot of OEMs sweating. Good thing their phones are sealed for water resistance (for now)...

I jest — this is actually a good idea

The new rules cover a lot of ground when it comes to the way rechargeable batteries are designed, produced and recycled — including how light electric vehicles (such as electric scooters) will be required to have a carbon footprint declaration.

But the part we’re focussing on is the rule that states “portable batteries” in devices like cameras, tablets, and smartphones must be added to the device in a way that consumers can “easily remove and replace them.”

Currently (and it’s not just Apple), most OEMs seal the battery away from prying eyes, and make them accessible only with specialist tools and engineering know-how. So over the next three years (Android Authority reports that the law will be in place by 2027), these companies are going to have to rip up all their years of design plans and come up with something completely different to ensure they abide by the new rules.

Maybe we go back to the plastic backs of old Android phones that are easy to remove. Maybe it’s a door mechanism with a latch. Who knows! Either way, it’s definitely happening, as the European Parliament voted with 587 votes in favor, only nine against, and 20 abstentions.

Helping or hurting innovation?


This is an interesting question to ask of this, and my mind is in two places about it. On one hand, I can sort of see why OEMs are making smartphone batteries non-user replaceable.

Beyond the obvious cynical reason (money), this tighter control over the phone’s design means companies can make more use of the various surfaces across the phone, such as MagSafe charging on the back of an iPhone.

Not only that, but they are also able to cram more stuff into the frame too, like the new UWB chip in the upcoming iPhone 15.The argument can also be made about improving dust and water resistance by sealing phones up like this.

I mean, it is one of the reasons why Apple is looking to throw its middle fingers up at the EU and completely remove the USB-C port altogether — that and being a little petty of course.

If you go back to requiring the back cover and the battery being easily removed, this could potentially scupper a lot of these innovations.

But on the other hand, technology has moved on a lot since 10-year-old Android phones. While there may be some compromises, plenty of these features could still make it into new phones while still making their batteries easy to replace. For example, just put a wireless charging coil in the back cover, and contact points that meet between the case and the phone for it to work!

There are workarounds. Plus, the overall benefits that the EU sees, such as a 2031 target of 61% waste collection, and high minimum levels of recycled materials being used to make new batteries, are inexorably better for the planet too.

Outlook

Of course, as I poke a little bit of fun with the headline (Apple and the EU seem to be locked in a neverending pro wrestling feud), it’s abundantly clear that this is great for prolonging the life of your smartphone.

User-replaceable batteries are something that I sorely miss across a lot of my gadgets, and to see the European Parliament sign off on the rules to make them a thing again in 2027 gives me a lot of optimism when it comes to reducing the amount of waste.

Will Apple listen? The jury’s out on that gone given how much the company has dragged its heels on the whole USB-C thing. But I’m curious to see how much the company is going to drastically change the design to make this work. Don’t expect it in the iPhone 15 — think more like the iPhone 19.
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #172 on: June 20, 2023, 09:44:02 AM »
https://www.techradar.com/phones/iphone/this-is-ridiculous-apple-fans-arent-happy-about-new-european-mobile-law

I don’t know what’s considered “easily replaceable”, but I’d rather the build quality and waterproofing remain top notch. Perhaps there’s some middle ground - where you don’t need proprietary tools or the hands of a brain surgeon to change a battery.
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #173 on: June 27, 2023, 10:39:28 AM »
This reads like an April Fools joke but it isn't April.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/wingpt-ai-assistant-for-windows-31-released

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« Reply #174 on: June 27, 2023, 10:51:52 AM »
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #177 on: June 29, 2023, 08:10:43 PM »
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Re: Interesting Tech Articles
« Reply #178 on: June 30, 2023, 03:30:47 AM »
https://jmmv.dev/2023/06/fast-machines-slow-machines.html
Thanks for this. Great article!
Agav, I remember a reviewer testing for new DDR5 modules at 4800MHz, and in many ways, it came out slower than 3200MHz DDR4 due to latency.
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