Issue# 204

1st Feb 2011

Technology Corner




The box is overall simple with a profiled image of the Reserve. Opening the flaps would reveal the Juice Pack tightly snugged in a nifty plastic tray with the USB connector, a Carabine keychain and a user's manual.


  • Smart battery technology automatically turns power on when the reserve is connected to your device and turns off when disconnected.

  • Uses breakthrough rechargeable lithium polymer battery. It is much safer than lithium-ion batteries.

  • Track battery power status at a glance with an integrated 4-light LED power indicator. Indicates charging mode and current battery life.

  • Rechargeable for over 500 cycles. These are FULL cycles. Partial cycles don't count as full. SO, you can charge your juice pack 10% of the way ten times before you get to a complete cycle.

  • Built-in short circuit, over-charge and temperature protection.




The Juice Pack Reserve has a soft-rubber exterior with the same matte black finish as other Morphine products. It's sides feature this silver plastic band that comprises the overall simple aesthetic of the product. The top side has a slider switch that contracts and extends the iPod/iPhone connector. At the side of the connector is a small LED flashlight that adds to the usability of the Reserve when not charging anything, especially when used as a keychain. 





Shown here is artist François Vogel who isn't that much of a supporter of the 3D hype today. As we should know by now, the most common technology to experience 3D involves wearing the mandatory glasses -- and some people don't want that, including Vogel. So here he is with something attached to his temples. What could they be and how would they work?

According to him, these pieces attached to him are supposedly to simulate the aforementioned glasses. He also clearly mentions that this would only work with displays at a 120Hz refresh rate. The device is then attached to the sides of your eyes that would sync your blinking to the monitor when needed. Other than these, not much detail is known on how this is supposed to work. On the other hand, you can see Vogel using the device to get an idea of whether you would want these yourselves.




You've waited and waited and waited... finally it's here! The iPhone has come to Big Red and we're betting that many are happy with its arrival. As for the phone itself, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirms that aside from the LTE version, they'll also be offering a CDMA version for those loyalists in the following month. Testings and all have gone and went for a year and all is to make sure that Verizon subscribers will be very happy once they got their new iPhones.

So what changes did the Big Red have their iPhones undergo? For one, their version is 3G (EV-DO) only -- meaning no support for 4G or GSM Roaming. Basically it only works for Verizon. It also has a new antenna design that is only CDMA-specific. The new design may have some effects on the physical layout as the volume and mute switches may move, thus probably warranting new specific cases.






They have been on the market since 2001, and it is hard to imagine our daily life without the ever-present iPod. Even as technophiles extol the benefits of the iPod's competitors, we continue to go back to Apple and their varied lines from Shuffles to Nanos, and the new Apple iPod Touch. But why do we do it?


Some of the credit for the iPod's success goes to iTunes and the MPEG-4. Not only is an MPEG-4 file nearly the same level of quality that one could expect from a CD track, iTunes makes it incredibly easy to purchase and download to both computers and iPod. Like many of Apple's products, there is a focus on making it user-friendly. iTunes works so smoothly with iPod that even the most basic of computer users can load their iPods full of their favorite songs, videos and even podcasts. However, putting music on a different brand of music player can become much more difficult when using iTunes, so using the familiar system to purchase and load music can be a hassle with anything but an iPod.


Another of the main reasons that we as consumers keep turning back to the iPod, even as we may complain of the lack of changeable batteries or benefits of alternative brands, is that it is so popular. Its huge success, initially due to ease of access and the quality of the music tracks, has helped to ensure that we continue to buy it. It is familiar, either because we already own one or we have friends that own one, so there is a very small learning curve.