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By Joshua Ostrer

Dissolving Electronics

More professionally referred to as “transient electronics,” Professor of Materials, Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John A. Rodgers is developing electronic components that dissolve in the body. The electronics are made completely of silicon, magnesium and silk and many have high hopes for its possibilities within the field of biomedical procedures.

 

iOS 6 and Maps

Many new iPhone 5 users have become disgruntled after seeing the shortfalls of the new Apple iOS 6 maps application. Users are reporting  that many landmarks are misplaced, incorrectly named or even completely non-existent. Apple has even suggested its customers explore alternative maps application options while Apple works out the kinks.

 

The Rise of the Tablet

A report released by the Pew Internet & American Life project, estimates that 25 percent of American adults now own a tablet. The report lists Android devices (including the Kindle Fire) at 48 percent of all tablets, and the Apple iPad at 52 percent. The even split between Apple/Android marks a significant change from Apple’s 81 percent share in 2011.

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