Monday 12 March 2012


China vows no 4G until it's really worth the upgrade.
   That handsome chap above is Mr. Miou Wei and he is the man currently heading up the Ministry for Industry and information technology in China. And today he has outlined China's position on 4G mobile signal; from their point of view there is no point in upgrading infrastructure until the country is satisfied the devices and infrastructure are in place to provide a solid service.
   One of the main issues is the amount of base stations in China and China Mobile has a goal to increase their total number of base stations from 20,000 to 200,000 by the end of the year. That rate of growth would mean that 4G could roll out in 2-3 years according to Mr Wei. 
   Now if only the UK catch up to the states so we can get some decent broadband speeds that are better than my 8Mbps broadband at home!!!

There's more to the iPad's Retina Display than meets the eye.

   Whatever you think of Apple's new iPad one thing you have to give Apple is that it's another handsome device and they have over 1million preorders in one weekend, if the internet is to be believed, so they must be doing something right. But, there really is more than meets the eye with the new iPad, Apple has seriously upped their game with the Retina Display and not only in terms of pixels.
   Apple have implemented something called Super High Aperture (SHA) technology, don't worry if you've never heard of it, I hadn't until this morning, and we'll undoubtedly be sick of it in less than a month. But, apparently this technology really gives LCD displays the chance to compete with Amoled displays in terms of pixel density, brightness and colour reproduction. The only downside is that it takes a serious amount of backlight and therefore a tonne more battery power to give you your eye-gasms. Which helps explain why the new iPad has such a huge battery to maintain that ten hours of promised battery life and the battery life is a fair trade for the slightly increased heft and thickness of the 'new iPad'.
   The only problem with SHA? The screens are hard to make and with a backorder of 2-3 weeks already Apple may well keeping some customers waiting for their new tablets.
   For those of you with a disposition for physics (strange people) I have included a diagram below that explains SHA in better terms than I can muster.


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