iphone_6_mockupApple’s iPhone 6 is scheduled to be unveiled on September 9, but many details of the device have already leaked out well in advance (especially the design and interior components of the device). Today, however, we’re getting reports of a design decision with the iPhone 6 that we hope turns out to be false when the device is finally revealed next month.

Mac Rumors is reporting that leaked schematics for the smartphone show that the A8 processor will still come with just 1GB of RAM onboard. The iPhone 5 was introduced with 1GB of RAM in September 2012, and Apple stayed the course with the iPhone 5S in September 2013.

It should be noted that Android flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) ship with 2GB of RAM. LG’s G3 ups the ante with 3GB of RAM. And Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will reportedly pack in a hefty 4GB of RAM.

If this report turns out to be true, this could mean bad news for the next generation of iPads, which could also be stuck with 1GB of RAM. As testing has shown in iOS 7 with Apple’s current generation of iPad tablets, 1GB of RAM is often a limiting factor in Apple’s own apps like Safari where tab refreshing can get incredibly annoying.
Source: Mac Rumors

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SuitRaise your hand if you don’t know what “business casual” actually means. That’s what we thought.

As fashion changes and younger generations rise up the ranks at companies, the official office dress code is a threatened species. While some sectors, such as law, finance and construction, have clear rules about what to wear to work, other industries lack a universal uniform.

This can be a double-edged sword when you start a new job, especially when the company you’re joining doesn’t have an explicit dress code. Some offices could be cool with T-shirts and jeans, but if you come in to work on your first day looking too casual, that could be an embarrassing first impression.

Here are a few tips on how to figure out your company’s dress code when it doesn’t actually have one.

1. Just ask.

The easiest way to figure out what to wear is to ask someone who already works there. If you’ve been hired already, asking your interviewer, new supervisor or human resources representative is a good idea — it’s even expected. As awkward as it might seem, it’s a lot less awkward than coming into work on your first day under- or overdressed.

Since there’s no formal dress code, ask what someone in your department at your level wears on a typical day. If the company’s big enough, different departments and levels of management might have different expectations, so try to pin down the average outfit for someone in your role.

2. Take cues from your boss.

While the CEO of the company might have stricter expectations to follow than everyone else, you can base what you should wear off of your department head or supervisors’ outfits. If your boss comes in wearing a suit everyday, than you shouldn’t come in wearing anything less than a collared shirt, slacks and decent shoes. If he’s wearing a hoodie and flip-flops, you can take it a little easier.

3. Make sure you’re comfortable.

No, that doesn’t mean you should wear a Snuggie to work, but make sure you feel comfortable presenting yourself a certain way when you walk in the office. Even if the company norm is an untucked button-down with a pair of jeans for guys and casual pants with flats for women, you can tuck in your shirt and wear a pair of khakis or go with an office-appropriate skirt.

That said, make sure you don’t alienate anyone by dressing too formally for your job. “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” is innocuous enough, but going overboard can make it seem like you actually don’t want the job you have.

4. Think of the company culture.

A company’s culture can be just as hard to figure out as its dress code, but if you can get a sense of that, picking outfits can be easier.

If you’re about to start working for a company that prizes creativity and open collaboration, the daily dress might be more casual. But if you’re about to jump into a notoriously cutthroat environment, formal attire might be expected.

5. Do some scouting.

It’s best to stay safe when dressing for your interview, but if you get a chance to look around the office before or after it, you can check out what other employees are wearing.

If you don’t get a chance to do that, the company might have a Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr page that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the office.

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Rezence_Wireless_Power_WideFor over a decade now scientists have been unable to find a battery chemistry of superior cost and efficiency to lithium-ion/lithium-polymer batteries.  As a result, a business that had seen a series of quantum leaps in prior decades has been reduced to slow improvements in battery density and efficiency.  Progress has been made, but remains sluggish, as it depends on subtle tweaks to the finer chemical details and the electrodes.

The electronics industry has survived this stall, in part given the ever shrink power requirements of mobile electronics.  But today the primary power draws in a mobile device are stalled for different reasons.  Circuitry is running into leakage performance barriers that are increasingly offsetting die shrinks.  Displays, meanwhile are suffering from cost issues that prevent the industry from rapidly deploying lower power alternatives to liquid crystal, such as OLED.

I. Charge Anywhere

As a result the pressure is on to think outside the box and provide novel new solutions outside the mere power efficiency and battery refinement frame of reference.  One such solution is alarmingly simple — just charge your device more frequently.

Charging your device more often allows for smaller, thinner devices that run cooler and have less flammability risk.  But current chargers make smaller batteries a headache — instead the trend in mobile devices is to pack bigger and bigger batteries onboard.  The root reason for this trend is that charging is, simply put, a pain.

Thus a couple companies have committed to coming up with smarter charging solutions in order to both curb the mega-mobile battery trend and to compensate for power shortcomings on the hardware and battery front.

One solution that’s rapidly approaching is magnetic resonance charging.  Relying on electromagnetic phenomena first explored by Nikola Tesla in the late 19th and early 20th century, this new charging tech is more flexible than current wireless chargers, which rely on induction.

Unlike the inductive chargers, which require you to lay your device directly on a charging pad, resonant chargers can charge your device from inches away.  That makes them suitable candidates to be incorporated into furniture (e.g. tabletops, shelves) and other locations (e.g. a car headrest or seat), raising the potential of an eventual ubiquitous wireless power transfer solution for mobile devices — something Nikola Tesla dreamed of a century ago.

Leading the charge to commercialize magnetic resonance charging is the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), which just released a new industry standard, the Rezence Baseline System Specification Version 1.2 (BSS V1.2) in July.  The group recently surpassed 100 members for the first time.  It is led by some of the world’s largest chipmakers — Intel Corp. (INTC), Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935).  Of the major mobile chipmakers, NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) is the only major player not involved in the project.

The technology is not as simple as you might think.  Resonance chargers need to tune their fields to nearby devices in order maximize efficiency.  Using a combination of largely Qualcomm and Intel patents, the new Rezence spec offers a complex set of fixes to allow a single charger to target multiple devices at high efficiency.  The new spec draws 22 watts on the transmitter side and supports charging at 3.5 and 6.5 watts on the receiving side — enough for virtually any smartphone.

Upcoming chips from Samsung, Intel, and Qualcomm will contain circuitry that will communicate with the charger, allowing support for a higher number of devices and/or faster charging.  The coalition is also working on two upcoming specifications — BSS V1.3, a higher power spec. for tablets/laptops/etc., and BSS V1.4 a spec for low power wearable devices.

In a recent interview with CNBCMark Hunsicker, senior director of wireless power solutions at Qualcomm explained:

We want to eliminate battery anxiety.  You should no longer have to worry about turning Wi-Fi off or Bluetooth off.

In the future the technology may allow three friends to sit down at a working lunch at lay their laptops and smartphones on table, and all six devices will be simultaneously charged, so that by the time they leave they will have enough power for their commute to the next meeting.

It took a couple of years for wireless inductive charging to pick up steam after the specs and hardware became available.  Hence you may not see these kinds of “drop-and-go” charges in the next year, outside of a handful of devices.  But in the next 2-3 years expect them to become relatively common.  Ubiquity will take a bit longer.

II. Charge Faster

The other option when it comes to eliminating power concerns via charging is to cut the charging time.  From a simplistic view you can charge faster, simply by upping the charging power.  But in the real world you are limited not only by the power constraints of your charging spec., but also by device longevity concerns.  Charge too quickly, too often and your battery would traditionally deteriorate and die much sooner.

A number of companies including Intel and Qualcomm have also fielded proprietary “fast charging” solutions, which resort to various tricks to get around these concerns.  One solution is to simply only use fast charging when a very low battery charge is detected.

Even more promising and intriguing is new technology from Qnovo, Inc. Founded in 2009 in Newark, Calif. Qnovo, like early wireless power startups, was among the first to see the writing on the wall in terms of slowing power efficiency progress.  Now its fast-charging technology is reaching maturity at just the right time. -

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Lverizon60ately these days, it seems as though T-Mobile (and its fearless leader, John Legere) has been the wireless carrier constantly rolling out newer, lower rate plans. America’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, however, is quietly announcing a new wireless plan of its own aimed at individual smartphone users.

Under the new plan, customers will receive unlimited talk and text along with 2GB of data for $60 per month. If you purchase a new smartphone using Verizon Edge, that price edges further down to $50 per month.Whether you are on Verizon Edge or not, Verizon Wireless will charge you $15 extra per GB used past your 2GB monthly allotment.

For comparison, AT&T gives you unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data for $65/month, while T-Mobile ups the ante by giving you unlimited talk/text and 3GB of data for $60/month.

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tumblr_n7e7lpuyQa1rao1deo1_500A recent survey conducted by Cotton USA asked 1000 British people in relationships what they wear to bed and how happy they were in their current relationships. The survey found that couples who sleep in the buff had happier relationships, more sex and stronger bonds.

57% of those who reported sleeping naked said they felt happy, compared with 48% of pajama wearers and 43% of nightie wearers.

Manhattan-based therapist and relationship expert Amber Madison wasn’t surprised by the findings.

“Being naked in bed with your partner is physically and emotionally intimate,” she said. “It’s a way of showing, ‘I want to be close to you’ and a green light for sex. That intimacy and emotional and physical availability is what keeps a relationship strong in light of daily stressors and challenges.”

The study also looked at general sleeping habits and relationships. It found that dirty clothes on the floor, clutter and beds left unmade are big turn-offs. Eating in bed, allowing pets in the bedroom, stealing the covers and wearing socks to sleep were also listed as pet peeves. Full story here via the Gaily Grind!

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