Has Apple used Obsolescence?

Lately it has came into speculation that the tech giant company Apple has been caught using obsolescence to gain a higher profit.

It has been a concern of Apple users that their products suddenly have lost massive chunks of battery life due to software updates released by the company.

As a result of this, Apple have offered to either fix the battery or supply them with a brand new phone however this is done for the full price.

Above all, the French government is mostly concerned because they filed complaints. As a result of the obsolescence conundrum, Apple may lose many of it’s customers unless this is resolved.

Written by Harry – Correspondent for the Science and Technology section.

The Mars Space Race

The Russian/American space race is back as earlier today, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin released a statement saying that Russia is going to launch a Mars Colonisation mission in 2019.

This will beat NASA and SpaceX with a $1.5 billion mission set for 2020.

Not much is known yet about the details however it is known that Vladimir Putin plans to send an unmanned exploration shuttle first before any colonisation attempts are made.

Written by Harry

Samsung Galaxy S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is undoubtedly an exciting new instalment in the Samsung Galaxy S series that was published on 11th March 2018. However, there are some concerns on whether or not it is worth the £800 that it costs.

Many brand new features have been added such as the dual camera, which allows some of the best photos out of any of the modern day phones currently available. Also, the fingerprint scanner has been lowered due to a high request from users.

Samsung have also added an improvement to the low-light camera. Finally, the last major feature is that it is the fastest smartphone out now.

There is a concern however that the Samsung S9+ is becoming similar to Apple in the fact that the battery life isn’t as long as on the Galaxy S8.

Here is a video explaining more:

Written by Harry, assisted by Ben.

Video filmed by Logan.

A Hero Has Passed

At 3:00AM Wednesday 14th March 2018, a sad story shook the world. World renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking was declared dead in his home in Cambridge by his doctor. Stephen Hawking was known for his impeccable theories surrounding black holes and also how he continued to persevere in his efforts even after his diagnosis of motor neurone disease where he was told that he only had 2 years remaining of his life.
He was both a genius and a hero who inspired many to continue in their scientific efforts for the benefit of mankind, despite him being practically paralysed. During his life he published several books on his theories and was also temporarily a professor at Cambridge. Later on in his life the biography: “The Theory Of Everything” was written and published as a film. He also made predictions on what would become of earth in the years to come. If you would like to read more go to the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43408961
However his death was not in vein, he managed to live 27.5 times his expectancy after his diagnosis 55 years before until he sadly passed of natural causes at the age of 76. His legacy has went on as on the day of his death, motor neurone disease charities crashed from the mass amount of donations they were supplied with in his honour.
Written by Harry , and helped by Joe

Social Influencers


Being a Social Influencer is a big deal.

For example, Selena Gomez.

Selena Gomez is a global superstar. She is the most followed person on Instagram (133 million and counting.) Her Social platform is a great way to spread awareness about certain topics towards millions of people, which is exactly what she does.

DACA, aka ‘Dreamers’, has been a big issue recently and Selena posted about it supporting it.  She also wore a ‘we are all dreamers’ shirt while behind the scenes.

She has lupus. So, to raise awareness about the disease she donated a lot of money to research. They have raised around $500,000 ever since Selena spoke about it and proceeds from her very high grossing tour went to lupus research.

She and her mother, Mandy, produced a very big TV programme called ‘13 reasons why’ which creates awareness about suicide, which has been a very big problem recently.

She has supported charities like the ‘Step up foundation’ which is about empowerment and fulfilling ones potential. The ‘We movement’ which is where the younger generation (around 16,000 people) come together to talk about social issues and making a better world. They have a ‘we day’ every year and Selena has hosted it 4 times and she has been supporting this movement for a while.

Unicef (The United Nations Children Fund) is quite a large and global charity.  Selena has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2009 and is the youngest ambassador there has ever been.  She has been to places like Nepal, which is a LIC (low income country) and has given money and supported the cause to help the most unfortunate of people.

Recently, there has been a lot of cases to do with sexual assault. There has been a very well known movement called ‘Time’s Up’ which is to create awareness and fight against sexual assault. Selena was one of the first to post about it on Instagram to spread the message and she anonymously donated $1 Million to the movement which is the biggest amount a celebrity has donated.

Here are a few more charities, which she has supported:

  • 10×10
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Stand Up To Cancer
  • Malala Fund
  • The Salvation Army
  • Teen Cancer America
  • Free the Children
  • ENOUGH Project
  • ALS Association

There are about 15+ charities/foundations that she has worked with.

We need more social influencers to create awareness about these types of topic to a wide audience and make a difference to improve our world and to get more people involved.

We need more people like Selena.

Samsung Galaxy S8

There is a large battle in the tech world especially between the two tech giants of the phone world: Apple and Samsung. Despite the conflicts between both Apple and Samsung users, no one can doubt that everyone is excited for the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to be released on March 29th in Barcelona.

The phone will be released on March 29th 2017 in Barcelona, where it will be available for sale and will gradually make its way to the shops globally and will be released in the Uk on April 21st 2017.

The new phone will be battery tested in a more thorough procedure to prevent incidents similar to the galaxy note 7 fiasco of 2016. Also more battery space has been added as an experimental way of preventing the phone to explode.

As well as in built fire/ explosion prevention systems, the S8 has leaked features which are still yet to be verified however have a good possibility to be included.

The first and probably most exciting feature of them all is the new iris scanner and facial recognition system. The system theoretically should be similar to that that is seen in films which makes the phone even more futuristic. This system (along with fingerprint) will be used as a lock system for even more privacy and protection of identification.

The other concept features will be reviewed in less detail as they are less exciting:
2. Narrower bezel and much bigger, dual curved display.
3. Ultra HD 4K resolution.
4. A revamped virtual or rear home button.
5. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (most likely for the Uk)
6. Dual rear cameras.
7. USB-C port.

As well as all of these amazing feature the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes in a variety of colours and ultimately should be a massive step in technology and a massive improvement to previous phones to be marvelled at.

Story by Harry (Main contributor), Adam and Logan (film contributors), correspondents of the BBC school report of St Ambrose Barlow