The Metals in Your Phone Aren't Just Rare -- They're Irreplaceable

It takes a lot of different materials to make a modern day phone, and a fair number of them are of the rare earth metal variety. But a new study by researchers at Yale shows that there's another troubling detail about the supply of pre-phone components. Many of these metals aren't just rare; they're irreplaceable. Read More >>

Camera Blamed for Delays, as HTC Throws Money at New Marketing Push

HTC's new marketing boss Benjamin Ho has confirmed that camera component difficulties were behind the short delay in getting its new HTC One out to the world, with the bespoke "ultrapixel" unit leading to supply problems. Read More >>

The HTC One Is Delayed Because Suppliers Think HTC Isn't a Top Tier Company

The HTC One, the beautiful beast of an Android, is delayed because suppliers no longer consider HTC a "tier one company". Which basically means that component companies only care about working with Apple and Samsung. Which basically means that we're going to have to wait a little longer to get our hands on the best Android phone. Which sucks. Read More >>

65 Years Ago the Transistor Jump-Started the World Of Modern Technology

65 years ago, back on December 16th 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain operated the first ever working point-contact transistor, almost known as the iotatron. Now, so many years later, we rely on the decedents of that transistor as a part of practically all of the high tech electronic devices we use every day. Read More >>

Just Like Apple, HTC's Ditching Samsung for Other Smartphone Component Suppliers?

Reports coming out of the ever-thrilling component supply chain world suggest that HTC is joining Apple in lessening its dependence on Samsung, moving away from the company and finding alternative suppliers for some internal parts of its smartphones. Read More >>

iPhone 5's 16:9 Ratio 4" Display Tech Supposedly Pictured

That thing there, if you choose to believe the word of Chinese component supply chain news sources, is the new display panel of the iPhone 5. If true, it confirms that the next-gen iPhone will be a 4" model with a wide 16:9 aspect ratio format screen, which includes new touch technology within the LCD itself to help reduce thickness. Read More >>

The iPhone 4S Costs 30p More to Build than the iPhone 4

The fellows at iSuppli have done what they do best, breaking down the material nitty gritty of the 4S to find how much its guts are worth. The answer? Slightly, slightly more than its predecessor, at $188 (£119). Read More >>

Western Digital's HD Factory "Submerged" by Thai Flooding

One of the world's largest hard drive makers has emerged as another victim of the floods that've hit Thailand, with WD reporting that one of its Thai plants has been "inundated" by water and some equipment is currently underwater. Read More >>


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