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Sony Xperia Z4 – Literally Too Hot To Handle


The Z4 (US & Japan) or Z3+ in other parts of the world, was released 11 June in Japan, 26 June in the UK but wasn’t viewed as an improvement over the previous Z3 version. Adding to this un-impressed introduction was an over-heating problem of the processor during camera usage. According to Sony the overheating is due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the soon to be released Z5 will come with a new Snapdragon 820.

Sony is to hold a press conference prior to Berlin’s IFA 2015 show 2 Sept where the Z5 is expected to make an appearance, its unknown if the Z3 over-heating problem prompted this appearance or not. After un-impressive upgrades to their last flagship phones, the Z5 is expected to impress with a strong showing that is much needed.

In addition to the processor update the Z5 will have 4GB of RAM, 4500mAh battery and main camera to be Sony’s latest 23Mp Exmor RS IMX230 CMOS sensor, which will support 4K video recording and HDR capabilities.

Bolstering an impressive Z5 launch it’s rumored that Sony will be introducing three Z5 models at the IFA, in addition to the Z5 standard is a compact & ultra.

Read Article (Shu On Kwok | | 08/15/2015)

Surprising that Sony did not detect and correct the heating problem prior to launch, very out-of-character but the lack-luster updates leading up to this was an indicator.

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Technology For An Aging Population

We are witnessing unprecedented development and diffusion of technology into all aspects of everyday life. Currently computers, communications, safety, and health monitoring devices are being used to perform routine tasks and activities. The use of technology has become an integral component of work, education, communication, and entertainment. Read Article

To date, however, evidence shows that the potential benefits of technology for older adults has not been realized. The widespread use of technology in the larger society suggests that the lack of technology use among older adults will have increasingly negative implications.

Older adults have largely been ignored as a viable group by designers of technology systems. Although older people will have more technology experience in the future, they may still have problems adopting or negotiating technologies with new features unless systems designers perceive older adults as an important user group and take their needs into account. The age-related digital divide could be closed if efforts are focused on that goal. (These statements are very disturbing to me)

To date, however, 90 million smartphone users are in need of an effective way of learning to use high-tech devices. Current methods of instruction very ineffective because innovators do not take their needs into account.  This post has me literally begging for your support!

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