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For anyone else who’s been busy playing Flappy Bird, here’s the best way I found to get through it.

Apple patent describes slap bracelet smartwatch.
While the recently filed patent may be more of a case of Apple covering all its bases than an actual product design, it’s still exciting to see evidence the company is working to get into the smartwatch market, which I’m picking to be the ‘next big thing’ in consumer tech.
With component sizes and battery consumption falling, it seems the time is right for smartwatches - the Pebble is now shipping (apparently) to early Kickstarter backers (mine is shipping next month I’m told); the Neptune Pine looks promising and is ‘under development’; and there are strong rumors of both Samsung and Apple looking to get into the market.

Apple patent describes slap bracelet smartwatch.

While the recently filed patent may be more of a case of Apple covering all its bases than an actual product design, it’s still exciting to see evidence the company is working to get into the smartwatch market, which I’m picking to be the ‘next big thing’ in consumer tech.

With component sizes and battery consumption falling, it seems the time is right for smartwatches - the Pebble is now shipping (apparently) to early Kickstarter backers (mine is shipping next month I’m told); the Neptune Pine looks promising and is ‘under development’; and there are strong rumors of both Samsung and Apple looking to get into the market.

New Apple patent describes an “Active Stylus”.
While a traditional stylus is merely a more accurate ‘poking device’, able to be used on a smaller touchscreen with more accuracy than a fingertip, some such as the Samsung S Pen have run into problems with some users reporting slow response times from the stylus. The new Apple patent bills itself as being an ‘active stylus’, with embedded electronics able to make for a more sensitive and responsive input device.


Unlike conventional styluses which work passively by blocking electric field lines between the drive and sense electrodes of a capacitive touch sensor panel, the styluses disclosed in this patent filing can either act as a drive electrode to create an electric field between the drive electrode and the sense lines of a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel, or as a sense electrode for sensing capacitively coupled signals from one or more stimulated drive rows and columns of the touch sensor panel or both.
These active styluses can significantly improve stylus sensing on a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel without incurring significant additional cost.

New Apple patent describes an “Active Stylus”.

While a traditional stylus is merely a more accurate ‘poking device’, able to be used on a smaller touchscreen with more accuracy than a fingertip, some such as the Samsung S Pen have run into problems with some users reporting slow response times from the stylus. The new Apple patent bills itself as being an ‘active stylus’, with embedded electronics able to make for a more sensitive and responsive input device.

Unlike conventional styluses which work passively by blocking electric field lines between the drive and sense electrodes of a capacitive touch sensor panel, the styluses disclosed in this patent filing can either act as a drive electrode to create an electric field between the drive electrode and the sense lines of a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel, or as a sense electrode for sensing capacitively coupled signals from one or more stimulated drive rows and columns of the touch sensor panel or both.

These active styluses can significantly improve stylus sensing on a mutual capacitive touch sensor panel without incurring significant additional cost.

Lobster iPhone case the perfect Christmas gift.

Lobster iPhone case the perfect Christmas gift.

Foxconn ‘hires’ first robots on its way to 1 million robot workers.
10,000 Foxbots are said to have been put into use at Foxconn factories, with 20,000 more scheduled to start before the end of 2012. Foxconn had earlier announced they would replace 1 million staff with robot workers. That announcement came over a year ago, and at the time the company hoped to have 300,000 robots in place by now, so the plan is very much off track.

Though little is really known about these new bots, the rate of robot installation thus far is much lower than Gou’s original claim; however, the evidence suggests that it is difficult to know exactly what is going on in the factories and what is coming down the pipe. On top of that, these robots are manufactured in house, meaning that little information about them needs to be shared with the outside world in marketing reports, for example.
The FoxBots that have been installed apparently are designed for simple, yet precise repetitive actions common for simple manufacturing robots (lifting, selecting, placement). 

Foxconn currently employs 1.2 million human workers.

Foxconn ‘hires’ first robots on its way to 1 million robot workers.

10,000 Foxbots are said to have been put into use at Foxconn factories, with 20,000 more scheduled to start before the end of 2012. Foxconn had earlier announced they would replace 1 million staff with robot workers. That announcement came over a year ago, and at the time the company hoped to have 300,000 robots in place by now, so the plan is very much off track.

Though little is really known about these new bots, the rate of robot installation thus far is much lower than Gou’s original claim; however, the evidence suggests that it is difficult to know exactly what is going on in the factories and what is coming down the pipe. On top of that, these robots are manufactured in house, meaning that little information about them needs to be shared with the outside world in marketing reports, for example.

The FoxBots that have been installed apparently are designed for simple, yet precise repetitive actions common for simple manufacturing robots (lifting, selecting, placement). 

Foxconn currently employs 1.2 million human workers.

Apple event underway.

Apple initially teased the expected smaller iPad by making reference to a … new Mac Mini! They’ve since shown off the 7.9 inch iPad, along with bunch of product updates for desktop and laptop models. The new iMac is 5mm thick at the edges, making last years models look like crap!

A fourth generation 10 inch iPad has also been announced, in what seems like a punch in the face to everyone who shelled out for an iPad 3 over the last six months!

Google and Apple both announce events.

It’s looking like a big week for technology next week, with Google sending out invitations for a launch event on October 29, with the style of the invitation hinting at something related to Google Now. The event can be live streamed here - it’s at 10am in New York City.

Apple’s invitation for an October 23 event could well be the rumored iPad Mini launch, although a smaller MacBook Pro has also been hinted at.

Meanwhile Google’s October 29 event coincides with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch, which comes just three days after the October 26 launch of Windows 8 itself.

iPhone 5 benchmarked.
AnandTech have released data on the iPhone 5’s performance, with it coming up tops in most tests compared to other smartphones. The testing revealed the A6 CPU runs between 800MHz and 1.2GHz depending on load, and the graphics performance is similar to that of the new iPad.
Check out the full test results here.

iPhone 5 benchmarked.

AnandTech have released data on the iPhone 5’s performance, with it coming up tops in most tests compared to other smartphones. The testing revealed the A6 CPU runs between 800MHz and 1.2GHz depending on load, and the graphics performance is similar to that of the new iPad.

Check out the full test results here.

Video: Public gets a first look at the ‘iPhone 5’.

Members of the public were handed an iPhone 4S and told it was the new iPhone 5. Even those people who owned a 4S said how much lighter and faster the ‘new’ one seemed.

iPhone 5 materials cost estimated at $167.50
TechInsights have based their initial estimate on the information given by Apple at the September 12 release, along with known information about Apple’s supply chain.
The $167.50 is only for the actual materials that make up the phone, so it excludes costs for design, marketing, manufacture, and transport etc.
The cost is about $35 higher than the estimate for the materials in the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5 materials cost estimated at $167.50

TechInsights have based their initial estimate on the information given by Apple at the September 12 release, along with known information about Apple’s supply chain.

The $167.50 is only for the actual materials that make up the phone, so it excludes costs for design, marketing, manufacture, and transport etc.

The cost is about $35 higher than the estimate for the materials in the iPhone 4S.