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This is not exactly the most scientific test we’ve ever seen, but it still seems likely that the new iPhone 5 is a little more robust than Samsung’s Galaxy S III.

Even after a swim in the pool, the former functioned more or less as it should while the latter seemed to have drowned. Consumers probably care more about features and technical functionality but some may see this as an additional selling point — or a reason to stay away.

The Galaxy quickly went kaput after both smartphones were dunked underwater while playing Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video. The water apparently only causes the iPhone screen lock up at first — but it keeps playing the tunes.

In a final exhibition, the testers drop rock-hard household items like canned goods and TV remotes onto both smartphone models. The iPhone seems to emerge from the abuse unscathed, while a smack from a glass bottle puts the GS3 down for the count again.

Yeeeeeeeaaaaah …. not the most scientific survey.

Let us know what you think in the comments, and read more coverage from Mashable here.

Watch the full video of the crazy smartphone torture test below here:

The iPhone 4S.
Credit: Wikipedia.

The future of mobile technology could very well end up being contained in your car. The only problem is, are you not shopping for a new car anytime soon? Do you still want some of that same mobile technology in your current car?

Well, if you’re in that particular situation you may be especially excited about this new innovation!

Intraphex, formerly Directus, is launching a car kit that will allow you to mirror your iPhone apps on a vehicle’s video screen. The company has developed proprietary technology separate from that in MirrorLink for its S.I.D. (Smartphone Integration Device). Kids can just plug in their iPhones and play the games from their phone on the screen in the back of the car!

“Mom can send videos to the back seat and you are not limited to specific apps. For every app, you see the same interface on the scree,” Intraphex CTO Don Zaeny told CE Outlook.

Sounds cool, huh!

It should retail for $499 and will include the interface, wiring harness and HDMI cable. It will not, however, allow you to control the apps via your car’s touchscreen.

So if you’re not looking to purchase a brand new car for the mobile technology — you may want to consider one of these car device Mirrors!

Click below to read more about the app mirror from CE Outlook:

Car Device Mirrors All Apps

The car is the biggest gadget we own. And if it does truly turn into the former, then we may be buying new ones as often as we do computers!

Major chip manufacturers are boosting the brains in cars, making them think faster than they can move. Soon there will be very little your car can’t do that your favorite handheld does.

Is it possible for people to be as crazy about their cars as they are about their phones? Today, people have an intimate attachment to their phones that is hard to shake. It doesn’t even seem possible to sit down at dinner, or even sit down in a class, without texting, Instagramming, tweeting, etc.

Let’s face it, that glow on our faces as we stare down at our smartphones is all too familiar. Most people can’t even SLEEP without their phone right by their sides.

However, we’re also safe to dream about the bright future of the digital, cloud-connected car. Picture it: Keep all your passengers or kids safe and quiet in the back while they kick back and watch the latest movies on Netflix. Just think, they can enjoy themselves singing along to Veggietales as you discover the newest DIY project on Pinterest. It could be a road-trippers dream!

When you think about it, it does indeed start to sound as though the car can become the future of all mobile technology. Especially with companies such as Texas Instruments and Nvidia collaborating to make this revolutionary change.

Google is even working on the project to bring about the robotic, driverless car. It seems like there is more exciting news in store for the automotive industry than at any time in its history — the only real question is which way does this digital monster go from here?

For more on this topic, check out this article from Gigaom here:

Mobile Tech’s Future Isn’t in the Phone, It’s in the Car

The iPhone 4S, the most recent generation of the iPhone.
Credit: Wikipedia.

As the iPhone 4 approaches its first birthday, Apple fans around the world are biting their nails awaiting the release of the iPhone 5.

With much speculation surrounding the release date of the newest phone, most reports project that it will be Sept. 12 of this year, right in line with several other Apple product releases.

Of course, actual confirmation of the September deadline by Apple is still pending.

Until that date, all of you Apple lovers can dream of all the new features the iPhone 5 will offer — possibly an improved Siri who just may be willing to tell you a bedtime story, or have the wry wit to play along with your jokes.

Web pics of a finished iPhone 5 were leaked, which were reportedly smuggled out of a Foxconn factory.

Apple’s third quarter numbers have taken off, a sign that the release is indeed imminent, and Bloomberg has reported that the company placed a mega-order for some $1.15 billion in parts.

Check out a full report on the impending iPhone 5 release from Examiner.com here.