Author: James

Apple’s iPhone X Costs Just $370 to Build

In the past some tech companies would sell their products with minimal margins; the number of products being sold and the various upsells and software sold along with it would justify this. The original PS4 was a good example of this, where Sony actually incurred a loss on the console initially. The same cannot be said for Apple, and probably most premium phones nowadays. The new iPhone X is supposed to cost just $370 to manufacture according to IHS Markit. This gives them a tidy 170% markup or 63% gross margin on the phone. For the cheaper iPhone 8...

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Brainwavz BLU-100 Bluetooth Earphones Review

I was impressed with the Brainwavz B200 in-ear headphones when I reviewed them back in May this year. This time around I have been reviewing the Brainwavz BLU-100 Bluetooth earphones which are priced at a wallet-friendly £34.50 on Amazon. The design of the earphones is pretty standard, they are connected via a flat cable with the controls dangling from the right ear. The microUSB plugs directly into the rear of the right earphone. The earphones themselves are an aluminium casing, and they are not massive, obviously larger than wired alternatives. They come supplied with a decent quality carry case,...

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iPhone X Face ID bypassed within a week

A lot of people have expressed their concern over the security regarding the new Face ID on the iPhone X. It has been an immediate target for white (and probably black) hat hackers from its launch. Apple claims the system is impervious to being fooled by photos, impersonators and masks, but a team of hackers claims to have beaten the technology after just a week. Cybersecurity firm Bkav says a 3D-printed mask costing just $150 (£115) to make has fooled the Face ID software, which is used to unlock the iPhone X, authorise payments and log in to apps....

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iPhone X suffering from “green line of death” screen fault and responsiveness issues in the cold

It seems that it is not just the Google Pixel 2 that has some quality control issues. Some users that bought the recently released iPhone X are reporting issues with their screen. The phones seem to be developing a mysterious green line that runs down the side of their phone The above images, from Twitter users mix0mat0sis, Nate Heagy and Christian Roman, represent a few of the examples of the “green line of death” as the latter called it. No one seems to know what causes it or how prevalent it actually is. Apple has not yet commented on the issue, but some...

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The Evolution of LED Home Lighting

The Light Emitting Diode, or LED, first saw the ‘light’ of day back in the early 1960s. However, there was one major problem when it came to commercial applications for this new type of lighting. The very first LEDs were red, followed by green and yellow. Although aircraft and other heavy equipment manufacturers embraced the new LED technology, using it for warning and signalling lamps, it was to be another 30 years before LED lighting came into its own. In 1993 the LED came of age: In 1993 three collaborating Japanese scientists made the breakthrough by developing the ‘blue’...

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