Life may be sweeter under the sea, but it’s clearly safer under the screen. As biometric security becomes more common on our devices, the problem of placement has become a proper predicament. Whereas companies like LG and Huawei have been keen to keep fingerprint readers on the back – where they can’t be seen – others like Samsung, Apple, and now HTC are placing them on the bottom bezel. Then there was Sony which decided to slide the unit off to the side. LG Innotek however, may have solved the problem entirely: put it under the screen.
Designing a portable gadget is all about compromise. The main tension is between power and portability: how light can I make this phone without making it unacceptably slow or killing battery life, and how fast can I make this laptop without making the battery and necessary heatsinks and fans too large to comfortably carry around?
According to Re/code, Samsung met with major chipmakers in Silicon Valley to push its cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and fabrication facilities, announcing plans to roll out new 14-nanometer and 10-nanometer processes. The Korean tech giant's 14nm process, once the industry standard, has been surpassed by offerings from competitors like Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the latter of which produces Apple's latest A-series silicon.
After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY kit outpaced routers whether they were of the $90- or $250-variety.
Swedish self-assembly furniture giant IKEA has announced that it's about to enter the city bikes market with a new two-wheeler called Sladda (Swedish for "skid sideways" or "drifting"). In the UK the bicycle will be available for £450, or £350 for IKEA Family Card holders.
A unisex city bicycle with a belt drive instead of a chain, Sladda will be available in 26-inch and 28-inch versions. It was created in partnership with design studio Veryday, and is clearly aimed at casual cyclists. It will also be equipped with an automatic gear-changing system created by Bioshift.