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Mobile gadgets popularity cause some companies to leave the standard web

Smartphones and tablets are becoming so popular that some businesses have abandoned their traditional websites.

American consumers are using their mobile gadgets on an increasing basis in order to access websites, and this trend is reaching the point that companies have decided to abandon their websites on the traditional web in order to focus all of their attention on the smaller screen.

Though the desktop and laptop is far from being over, the number of smartphone users is skyrocketing.

A prime example of this complete switch occurred when the website, Hinge, which is designed to be an online matchmaker, had been having a rough time trying to draw potential daters. Instead of maintaining their site on the standard web, they decided to dump that effort and place all of their focus on apps that can be downloaded and used on smartphones and tablets. This occurred in February, and it gave the company the ability to build a stronger base of users.

The reason was that the company’s core market was young singles, a demographic that uses mobile gadgets.

Mobile Gadgets - Matchmaker websites become appsPeople within that age group were very likely to use their devices for activities that they are capable of accomplishing quickly and easily no matter where they happen to be at the time. Though this may not work for something that requires more information or that is more involved, the Hinge concept worked very well as an app when compared to a standard website for laptops and desktops.

The chief exec of Hinge, Justin McLeod, explained that “More and more people are using mobile as opposed to desktop [computers] for things like dating.” He added that “That’s where the world’s going.”

The world still loves its desktops and laptops. However, as an increasing number of people own smartphones and tablets, and as they add to the number of activities that they accomplish over those devices, they are starting to find that tasks such as meeting people to date – which involve very basic searches and communications online – suit the smaller screen quite nicely.

Therefore, for companies that have services and products that are well suited to mobile gadgets, it can make sense to place all of their focus on those channels, instead of their old traditional websites.

Gadgets could one day be charged using the microwave oven

Smartphones and tablets might be able to be recharged simply by nuking them.

A recent development from tech scientists has revealed that the microwave oven may soon be used for charging the batteries of electronic and mobile gadgets, instead of just for popping popcorn and nuking leftovers.

In a joint project between two educational institutions, this technology may one day be available.

The researchers were from the Institute of Technology in Georgia, as well as from the University of Tokyo. Together, they have come up with the initial form of a device that can gather and store microwave energy from the standard kitchen appliance, so that it can be used to charge the batteries in mobile gadgets.

This could make it very fast and easy to charge gadgets and is very promising for new technologies.

Microwave Energy and Mobile GadgetsAccording to a statement in a paper by Yoshihiro Kawahara, the leader of the team, “The energy accumulated over two minutes was found to be sufficient for the operation of some of low-power kitchen tools for a few minutes and operate wireless sensor node for 2.5 hours.”

That said, the team did acknowledge that the charging gadget still requires some work in order to perfect it, as the energy that was stored within the capacitor after the two minutes had passed “was only 15 percent of the ideal case.” The team explained that it may also be able to better the energy accumulation from the leakage that escapes microwave ovens “by using more sophisticated impedance matching and power management methods.”

In another report on the technology, it was revealed that the machine that was built by the team is able to collect the wasted microwave oven energy for charging electronic gadgets. It snatches up the escaped energy that is produced while the device is running for heating up food. It functions by picking up the excess energy through an antenna in the harvester, so that it can then be channeled into other devices such as smartphones or MP3 players. The technology still requires perfection or the microwave would need to run for a very long amount of time to be able to collect any worthwhile amount of charge for the device batteries.