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The future of high-speed broadband is in your iPhone X


The laser in the iPhone X's Face ID could one day transform the speed of broadband.
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That nifty little laser in the iPhone X that scans your face to create a custom animated emoji could also connect cities with ultra high-speed broadband.

That’s what a team of researchers in Europe have discovered by combining the laser with silicon photonics to create long-wavelength, high-capacity communications. If implemented, it could make data logjams a thing of the past.

iPhone 8 laser supplier hints device could launch in October


The iPhone 8 won't be cheap.
The iPhone 8 might pack friggin' lasers!
Photo: iDropNews

The launch of the iPhone 8 may not happen until October of this year, based on the comments of one of Apple’s suppliers that is making a key component for the new device.

Apple allegedly plans to take its augmented reality tech to the next level by adding lasers to the iPhone 8. One of the companies that is likely supplying Apple with the parts, Finisar, dropped some details during its latest earnings call that hints when fans can finally expected to see the iPhone 8.

Navy’s laser weapon zaps drones out of sky for $1 per shot


USS Ponce has U.S. Central Command's blessing to defend itself with this laser weapon.  (U.S. Navy video)
The USS Ponce has Central Command's blessing to defend itself with this laser weapon. Photo: U.S. Navy video

Can you hit your targets when playing an Xbox shooting game? If so, the Navy might just want to put a video-game-like controller in your hands. Except this version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have you aiming a ship-mounted laser at real enemies.

A Navy video shows a new laser weapon system successfully zapping a small target on a moving ship, shooting an unmanned aircraft out of the sky and picking off other targets at sea.

Stop Worrying About Scratching Your iPhone 5 And Engrave It With Frickin’ Lasers Instead


How cool does this laser-engraved iPhone 5 look? Image via Gizmodo.

One of the things I miss most about the design of the iPhone 4S is the ability to easily change the back of my iPhone to something different, like a non-standard color, or even teak.

You simply can’t do that with the iPhone 5, but Gizmodo just pointed out an even better idea: you can laser engrave the back of your iPhone 5 with your own custom design.

This is awesome, and there’s a laser engraving place right around the corner. I might just have to give it a try. The only questions are, which design should I get, and is this going to void my AppleCare+? After all, technically, it’s just a bunch of scratches.

There’s more laser-engraved iPhones at the link below, so check them out.

Source: Gizmodo

Apple’s Supply Chain Secret Weapon? Frickin’ Lasers.



How does Apple do it? How do they keep secret products that require huge billion dollar deals, years of planning and cutting-edge technology up until the moment Apple wants to announce it? How does Cupertino consistently leap frog the competition to market with new products at such low prices, then keep that lead for years? And how does Apple do all of this while maintaining record profits and 40% gross margins?

BusinessWeek has a fantastic look at the intricacies of Apple’s supply chain, which is the best on Earth. The secret? Hoarding lasers, they cheekily suggest. But that’s not actually all that far off.