Wednesday, February 26Always On-point
Shadow

Gizmos

New Green Technology Generates Electricity ‘Out Of Thin Air’

New Green Technology Generates Electricity ‘Out Of Thin Air’

Breaking News, Gizmos, What's Hot
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine. As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have created a device they call an “Air-gen.” or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” s
A Motorola Razr’s screen is reportedly peeling right on the fold

A Motorola Razr’s screen is reportedly peeling right on the fold

Gizmos, Telecomms
The new Motorola Razr is not a good phone — it’s expensive, has a mediocre camera, the hinge is creaky, and a display has odd dips and bumps underneath the screen. But now, there’s at least one reported instance of the new foldable’s screen actually separating from the plastic laminate above the display, and it’s apparently doing so right on that bad hinge. Input’s Raymond Wong published an article yesterday about the issues he’s seeing with a Razr that Input has owned for a little more than a week. Wong noticed that the screen had started to peel away the laminate top layer right at the hinge, creating a bubble between the screen and the laminate. Here’s what the bubble looks like: That bubble isn’t just distracting — it also apparently affects the functionality of the touchscree
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in for review: a closer look at its unique features

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in for review: a closer look at its unique features

Gizmos
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung’s hottest new flip phone and while the latter part of this might remind you of 2005, the phone is every bit 2020. Samsung (and Motorola with the Razr) has used cutting edge technology to bring back a classic form factor. We’ve got our hands on a Mirror Purple retail unit of the Galaxy Z Flip and have been getting an idea of what it’s like to use as a daily driver. Exactly how does a smartphone with a clamshell form-factor work differently than the regular candy bar design we’ve settled on in the last decade - here's what a day with the Z Flip was like as we start work on our review. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip in for review: an extended look at its unique features The Galaxy Z Flip is all about its design. When folded, its far more compact than any mod
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip pre-orders sold out in The Philippines

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip pre-orders sold out in The Philippines

Gizmos
On Friday’s midnight launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the US saw online stocks quickly deplete in both AT&T and Unlocked variants of the foldable handset. Samsung Philippines is in the same boat, announcing that it, too, has sold out of the first batch of devices after a three-day pre-order period. All the excitement surrounding the Galaxy Z Flip proved that there is a strong desire for a new mobile experience that offers both style and function. – Jerry Mañus, Business Unit Head of IT and Mobile, Samsung Philippines The Galaxy Z Flip officially goes on sale in The Philippines this Friday, February 21, but pre-orders started on the same day sales began in Western Markets – Valentine’s Day. The Galaxy Z Flip costs PHP 79,990 in either the Mirror Purple or Mirror Black models.
Airzim plane gets nod to fly

Airzim plane gets nod to fly

Gizmos
Air Zimbabwe (Airzim)’s 50-seater Embraer ER145 is set to take to the skies within three months after the national airline received the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) certification. In aviation circles, the KYC is a rigorous process that seeks to demonstrate an airline’s capability in maintaining and operating the aircraft. It also covers traceability of the aircraft and the standing of the operator, as well as showing the competence of its cabin crew, among other requirements. Airzim corporate services manager Mr Tafadzwa Mazonde yesterday said the United States supplier of the Brazilian-designed ER145, has cleared the airline to start flying the plane. “We have been cleared by Embraer to operate and we will now proceed to update all documents and other operational preparedness issues.

UNDP support for miners

Gizmos
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is conducting a needs assessment for the small scale mining sector in conjunction with the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development that will culminate in the development agency providing funding to address challenges bedevilling the sector. This was revealed by Mines and Mining Development Permanent Secretary Mr Onismo Mazai-Moyo on the back of the agency having signed a cooperating agreement with the ministry last year. Small scale mining is central to Government’s overall mineral output as the country’s geology dictates that some of the mineral deposits are amenable to small scale mining operations while others are more suited for conglomerate mining. The development agency has this year held at least two high level meetings with the
First national agricultural indaba for young farmers

First national agricultural indaba for young farmers

Gizmos
THE Youth in Agriculture Apex Council Board (YAACB) has embarked on a national agricultural indaba to deliberate on a number of issues affecting young farmers with a view to boost production. In a telephone interview yesterday, YAACB chairperson Mr John Muchenje who is also the National Young Champion Farmer for 2019 said the first indaba will be held in Karoi, Mashonaland West province this Friday. He said after the indaba in Karoi where Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Minister Mary Chikoka-Mliswa and the Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Settlement Deputy Minister Vangelis Haritatos will be part of the high-profile delegation, similar events would be held in other provinces on dates to be announced. “Our issue as young farmers is centred on production. The Presi
The iPhone turns 13 today and there’s been nothing like it since

The iPhone turns 13 today and there’s been nothing like it since

Gizmos
Today, the first iPhone turns 13 years old. On January 9, 2007, then Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed off the device for the first time at the MacWorld Conference & Expo. Even if you’re not a fan of Apple or the iPhone, that was still an incredibly important event. Take a look at your current smartphone. It doesn’t matter if you’re an iPhone or Android user, if your phone is cheap or expensive, or if its the latest-and-greatest or five years old. Just look at it and tell me: how is it different from the first iPhone? It’s certainly a lot bigger than the original iPhone and definitely has a sharper resolution. Depending on its age, it likely doesn’t have a physical button on the front and most likely doesn’t have a back panel made of metal. It also very likely has
Apple Acquires U.K. Startup to Improve iPhone Picture Quality

Apple Acquires U.K. Startup to Improve iPhone Picture Quality

Gizmos
Integrating Spectral Edge’s low-light technology. In an effort to improve the quality of iPhone pictures, Apple has bought U.K.-based startup Spectral Edge. The company developed a form of machine learning that can substantially improve picture quality in low-light conditions — its AI takes data from an infrared shot and combines it with the actual image captured, increasing the depth of color in the picture. AI-based photography has been a popular field of development for tech companies over the last few years, working to improve smartphone camera performance for low-light settings — Apple’s Night Mode in iPhone 11 is one example of this development. According to Managing Director of Spectral Edge Christopher Cytera, the
Apple faces backlash for using the DMCA to take down tweet containing iPhone encryption key

Apple faces backlash for using the DMCA to take down tweet containing iPhone encryption key

Gizmos, News
Apple is facing backlash for using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to remove a tweet that contained an iPhone encryption key. Motherboard reports that Apple filed the DMCA request yesterday, but then retracted it today. A security researcher under the Twitter handle Siguza posted a tweet on Sunday with an encryption key that Motherboard says “could be used to reverse engineer the Secure Enclave Processor” in the iPhone. In turn, this would grant access to sensitive data that is stored in that processor. After the tweet started to gain traction, a law firm with ties to Apple submitted the takedown request. Twitter complied with that request, and took the tweet down. Almost immediately, however, Apple started facing pushback from security researchers – som