Supercapacitor, SoLoMo, and more tech lingo you need to know

SoLoMo

Welcome back to this week’s lesson on the latest in tech jargon. With South by Southwest officially launching by this week’s end, we figured you might want to know more about the dreadful descriptor that’s going to quickly dominate the Web for the next week or so. That, plus more design terms that you’ve may have spotted on the Web or in real life but haven’t figure out their meaning.

Responsive Design

Responsive Web design became a popular feature for most websites after the mobile gadget world took over. The feature allows the user to resize, pan, and scroll a webpage in their most optimal view. The most identifiable way to spot a site’s responsive designs is when fonts and tables automatically readjust when you resize your Web browser’s frame. In this fashion, the site intuitively responds to the user’s action, and the entire content of the page fits in your screen no matter how small or large, reducing the need for users to to scroll sideways.

“With responsive design, my blog looks the same whether you log on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.”

SoLoMo

An acronym for “Social,” “Local,” and “Mobile.” You’ll hear this term a least a million times during one of the most social and techy event of the year: SXSW. The word refers to the intersection of those three subjects in one product – usually an app – so that users can interact, engage, and participate in various events and tasks based on their location. From a consumer standpoint, SoLoMo products give users a way to personalize results from a given app. Vice versa, marketers can target consumers more accurately based on their location, device, and social factors such as gender, relationship status, and age.

“Friend A: “SoLoMo” is such a terrible way to call apps.
Friend B: Don’t pretend you don’t constantly check into Chipotle on Foursquare to try to be its mayor though.”

Netizen

Citizens of the Internet. It’s an unofficial, colloquial way to refer to those who spend most of their days on the Web (like most of us here at Digital Trends), thus relying on the Internet as the go-to source for news, entertainment, social networking, and research. Basically, anyone born after the year 1985 is likely to be a netizen.

“Dear fellow netizens, Tumblr is down for the time being. Please refer to Imgur.com for your daily GIF needs.”

Supercapacitor

An electrochemical device that can absorb, store, and release energy at a high pace. Manufacturers are currently looking into replacing traditional batteries with Graphene-based supercapacitor strips which can be made inexpensively and efficiently. According to an article on Core77, “supercapacitor-equipped cell phone would charge in seconds, not minutes. If scaled up to integrate with an electric car, overnight top-ups would become a thing of the past.” The use of this new technology can also leave behind a more green-conscious, biodegradable product that can easily be composted, unlike traditional battery packs.

“Will supercapacitor-powered gadgets spell the end for Lithium-ion batteries? Let’s hope so.”

I’ll be in Austin for SXSW 2013 so no jargon lesson next week – but check back in two to catch up on our tech lingo watch!

Wearables

This $76,000 Grand Seiko watch has something in common with a plug-in hybrid car

How can a watch that costs $76,000 possibly have anything in a common with any car, let alone a plug-in hybrid? It's all about the complex, technically incredible Spring Drive movement inside this Grand Seiko watch.
Product Review

By adding features, tech, and all-wheel drive, Mazda puts the 3 in a class of one

Since its introduction in 2003, Mazda’s compact Mazda3 has been a mainstay of the brand’s driver-oriented strategy. Mazda now plans to move upmarket, and the all-new 2019 Mazda3 offers some clues about how that’s going to work.
Smart Home

These best outdoor security cameras will keep porch pirates at bay

Worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, or intruders entering your home? Always be in the know about who or what is on your property by installing one of these outdoor security cameras.
Product Review

The Ferrari Portofino is the super stallion you’ll want to drive every day

With the introduction of the Portofino, Ferrari addresses the California T’s stylistic shortcomings while improving comfort, convenience, and performance. There’s little “entry-level” about this super stallion.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover passes its tests with flying colors

The Mars 2020 rover team has been undertaking a series of tests to see if the craft will be able to launch, navigate, and land on the Red Planet. Called Systems Test 1, or ST1, these tests represent the first test drive of the new rover.
Outdoors

Light up the night! Here are the five best headlamps money can buy

Headlamps make all the difference when camping or walking the dog at night, especially when you're in need of both hands. From Petzl to Tikkid, here are some of the best headlamps on the market.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

A hive of activity: Using honeybees to measure urban pollution

According to a new study from Vancouver, bees could help us understand urban pollution. Scientists have found an innovative way to measure the level of source of pollution in urban environments: by analyzing honey.
Emerging Tech

Spacewalk a success as astronauts upgrade batteries on the ISS

The International Space Station was treated to some new batteries on Friday, thanks to two NASA astronauts who took a spacewalk for nearly seven hours in order to complete the upgrades.
Emerging Tech

Asteroid Ryugu is porous, shaped like a spinning top, and is formed of rubble

The Japanese Space Agency has been exploring a distant asteroid named Ryugu with its probe, Hayabusa 2. Now the first results from study of the asteroid are in, with three new papers published.
Emerging Tech

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super-speedy pulsar

A super-speedy pulsar has been spotted dashing across the sky, discovered using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the Very Large Array. The pulsar is traveling at a breathtaking 2.5 million miles an hour.
Emerging Tech

Chilean telescope uncovers one of the oldest star clusters in the galaxy

An ultra-high definition image captured by the Gemini South telescope in Chile has uncovered one of the oldest star clusters in the Milky Way. The cluster, called HP 1, could give clues to how our galaxy was formed billions of years ago.
Emerging Tech

Astronomers discover giant chimneys spewing energy from the center of the galaxy

Astronomers have discovered two exhaust channels which are funneling matter and energy away from the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy and out towards the edges of the galaxy, dubbed galactic center chimneys.
Emerging Tech

A milestone in the history of particle physics: Why does matter exist?

If matter and antimatter were both produced in equal amounts by the Big Bang, why is there so much matter around us and so little antimatter? A new experiment from CERN may hold the answer to this decades-long puzzle.