Inside NFC: how near field communication works

Inside NFC: how near field communication works

Speculation about whether Apple would include NFC (near field communication) capabilities in its rumoured iPhone 5 has been rampant this year fuelled by growing interest in the technology and its rapid push into the mainstream through inclusion in smartphones.Yet Apple is too late to claim first-mover advantage: devices including Nokia’s 6131 NFC SAGEM’s my700X Samsung’s…

What to look for in a monitor: MVA panels explained

What to look for in a monitor: MVA panels explained

Most of the LCD panels we know and love are based on twisted nematic (TN) technology. These panels have fast response times meaning they can display quickly moving images without ghosting. TN panels have limited viewing angles and tend to only represent colours with six bits and are thus unable to display true 24-bit colour;…

The new mid-range displays: BenQ EW2420 VA monitor review

The new mid-range displays: BenQ EW2420 VA monitor review

Until recently there was a pretty big gap between high-end and medium range monitors. That fancy pants 30in monster you keep eyeing undoubtedly uses an IPS panel that provides top-notch colour reproduction and image quality. Cheaper monitors typically use TN panels that get the job done but just don’t satisfy those who need total quality.…