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first_img[This is not the iPhone 5.]Are we already so bored with all the iPad 2 news that we’re back onto speculating about the latest revamp of the iPhone? Truthfully, we’ve been talking about the iPhone 5 since the iPhone 4 was announced. We’ve heard talk of an edge-to-edge display, of it having Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities, and of it having an aluminium body. Today, 9to5Mac reported that some of the rumors floating around may indeed be true, and there may even be new details.According to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, a source from Foxconn — whom he believes to be reliable — has provuded some info about the fifth-gen iPhone. The big news is that the iPhone 5 has already been seen at Foxconn and is going into the normal mass production stages soon. The design is said to be similar to the iPhone 4, but with two large differences: the screen size, and the materials.Apple has apparently decided to change the back glass enclosure found on the iPhone 4 and use something more like what the first-gen iPhone had. According to the source, the back of the phone will not be curved, and instead will have a flat metal back. The type of metal is still to be determined. The rumors are that it’s aluminum, but that’s still to be confirmed. Apple keeps the same antenna design, which suffered from the Death Grip problem, it shouldn’t cause any reception issues with the flat aluminum back.The other big change is the screen size. There are still no exact display specs, but we hear it will be larger. In fact, Digitimes says it will be 4 inches. Gurman’s source doesn’t have the precise screen measurements, but the person said it seems to be larger than the one on the iPhone 4.What do you want to see in the iPhone 5? Let us know in the comments below.Read more at 9to5Mac. (By the way, the image above is of a metal iPhone 3G/3GS case.)last_img read more

first_imgContacting 911 will soon be up-to-date with current communication technology. There are times when calling 911 isn’t the safest option, but calling has been the only option. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski recently announced a five step plan for implementing more ways to contact 911.The plan will expand the ways people can contact 911. Should the plan go into effect, the public will be able to send a text, photo, and video messages to the emergency services. Genachowski expressed his disbelief that an airline can send a text alert about a flight delay, but a person in an emergency situation can’t send a text requesting assistance.The endeavor, dubbed Next Generation 911 (NG911), will hopefully reduce response time in addition to making the service more accessible. Genachowski referenced the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 as a situation in which texting would have been a better option than voice. Texting is a not only quieter and quicker option than calling in that type of situation, but also information can be added in small, non-continuous.The FCC will also need to implement mechanisms that can quickly determine the caller’s location which is the first step in the plan. The second is enabling text, photo, and video messaging. The third is completing and implementing technical standards. The fourth is creating a governance network, and the fifth is creating a funding model.Based on our experience with texting, the FCC will probably have to implement a spam filter, too.See the press release, via Mashablelast_img read more