Mars rover’s home crater was a potential hotbed for life

NASA landed the Curiosity rover in Mars' Gale Crater precisely because it promised to be a sort of open book that revealed a lot about the planet's history. Well, scientists have been busy reading… and it looks like the crater had an intriguing pa… (Source)


Week 22 in review: Essential PH-1, Moto Z2 Play and Nubia Z17 announced

Week 22 of 2017 is now behind us and it brought some interesting hardware. Andy Rubin’s new company Essential announced its first phone, Motorola delivered the Z2 Play, while ZTE brought the beastly Nubia Z17.

Meanwhile OnePlus 5 leaks and teasers kept coming in and the hype around the next flagship by the Chinese company is really building up.

Nokia’s return to the global smartphone market is also coming closer and we might be close to seeing the first proper flagship by the brand that is now under HMD ownership.

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Weekly poll: BlackBerry KEYone serves a hardware QWERTY, will anyone bite into it?

The first BlackBerry got its name thanks to its characteristic keyboard – the keys made it look like a blackberry. That keyboard arrangement, with keys at the bottom, was an ergonomic win and became a trademark for the company.

The BlackBerry KEYone is a return to that legacy, after the company lost its way in the torrent of touchscreen-only phones that washed away its market share. The square grid of the QWERTY keyboard doesn’t look like the eponymous fruit. However, if you look closely, the keys still have a 3D shape that follows the arc of your thumbs as you move to type at a blinding… (Source)

Counterclockwise: tracking the shrinking bezels of phones over the years

Everyone loves large screens. We’re less passionate about large phones, though. It’s bezels that make all of the difference, so we’re happy to see manufacturers put smartphones on a bezel-burning diet. This is a relatively new trend, enabled by improved touchscreen technology.

Let’s start at the dawn of the modern smartphone, 2007 and the launch of the Apple iPhone. Back then the average screen to body ratio was 33%, clearly the market was dominated by non-touch devices with keypads or keyboards. The iPhone rose way above that with a 52% Screen-to-Body (StB) ratio.

Average screen to… (Source)