13 April  2018

Xiaomi  have not succumbed to the lure of the notch for their big screen devices, and that fact alone might bring some clients across their doorstep.  The company  did groundbreaking work in making the world aware of (near) full-screen phones with the original Mi Mix, and of course, the later iterations offer even more goodness. Unbox Therapy got a good look-see on the  Mi Mix 2S, and prattled on about it with apparent enthusiasm.
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From a new(ish) name to the truly venerable. Nokia did of course get lost int he forest a bit what with their Microsoft nuptials and eventual temporary disappearance, but the brand made a comeback to the cheers of adoring fans.  Their first stab at the Nokia 6 was a mid-range affair which kind of drew yawns due to lacklustre performance. The 2018 version of the phone is part of the Android One program, meaning it offers pure, unadulterated Android, and Nokia  gave it a bit of a tweak to elicit a smile on the cheek (see what we did there?). The phone looks particularly nice with the contrasting accents, and GSM Arena checked in to see if it has performance to match
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" So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
Cause there's bugger-all down here on Earth."
So sang Eric Idle from the Monty Python crew, and it is true, mankind has been casting its collective eyes heavenwards for the longest time to try and find signs of intelligent life out there. NASA has been doing quite a bit more than just speculate and study tea leaves, though. They have several powerful telescopes pointed heavenwards, and of course quite a few optical objecst zooming about in outer space looking for the evidence, And they haven't stopped, either. On Monday their latest telescope, called TESS, will pass the ticket gate and trundle off aboard a SpaceX rocket in search of exoplanets. We hope they find a planet. We could sell them a president,
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Everyone worth his or her salt in computing terms knows that there are two types of memory that make our beloved devices work and remember stuff, RAM and ROM. RAM is quick and essential for the device to boot up, but the synapses die when prower is removes, with the memory never to be revived. ROM stores memory long term, but it is relatively pedestrian in terms of access times (still quicker than looking it up in the library, though). Now scientists are working on a way on marrying the two memory types to produce a single offspring with the best characteristics of both. You can  efficiently store data long-term, but you can also tell the memory module how long to store short-term data (up to 3 crashes, perhaps). This is still a while in the future, though, so for now we're still lumbered with RAMROM (hey, that would be a cool band name).
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In a previous issue we touched upon  the practice of technological companies to control as much of their product post-sale life as possible, mainly by means of authorized dealer-only repairs.  We highlighted the fact that owners of even such unexpected products as agricultural implements are pushing back, claiming the right to have repairs of their machines done at repairers of their choice.  Apple is well known for coming down with a a fruity hammer upon those who would presume to effect unofficial repairs on their products, but in Norway, recently, they ended up with (apple) pie on their corporate face. The court sided with an independent iPhone repair shop owner when he would not yield to the company's bullying tactics for a relatively minor amount. It could be that the tide of sentiment is shifting against such tactics, and consumers everywhere would be all the happier for it.
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Most all-thumbs people can't solve a single Rubik's cube within the space of an afternoon, much less in five minutes, Now we know that speedcubers get this done in a manner of seconds, but would you believe three cubes simultaneously? Whilst juggling them? This is exactly what earns his young man our Winner of the Week award. We unfortunately have not managed to unearth more details about this remarkable young man yet, but suffice it to say, you would not want to take him on in two dimensional chess with any amount of money on the table.
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