WSJ Confirms iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor On Eve Of Apple Event

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The iPhone 5S has already been expected to feature a fingerprint sensor for months, and now The Wall Street Journal has corroborated the rumor less than 24 hours ahead of Apple’s planned unveiling of the device tomorrow. (2 a.m 1 A.M on the 11th Sept Malaysian time).

“People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday,” according to the Journal. The second iPhone is rumored to be the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost, multi-colored iPhone 5 with a plastic back.

Apple purchased a company called AuthenTec last year that specialized in biometric security, and a patent was recently filed by Apple that details the company’s designs for a reader built into a button. It’s believed that the 5S will feature a redesigned home button with a ring around the edge that will act as a capacitive scanner.

Part of the Journal’s report notes that, “at least one new smartphone running Google Inc.’s Android operating system to be released this year will include a similar fingerprint sensor” as well.

Stay tuned for more about the event and the new iPhone 5S and 5C.

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Get your liveblog of Apple iPhone Event 2013 here

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Apple’s iPhone event is happening in a fer hours time (2 a.m 1 A.M Malaysian time, 11th Sept 2013). We are anticipating the event to be as awesome as always!

Apple’s making some huge changes to iOS this year, so what are the chances that the iPhone will undergo a similar transition? Based on what we’ve been hearing, the likelihood is pretty high; Tim Cook, Sir Jony Ive and the rest of the crew may show off not one but two new iPhone models for the very first time. We’re expecting to see both a 5S and a colorful 5C, but we’re still in the dark on when they’ll arrive, how much they cost and where they’ll be available. There’s always potential for a top-secret product nobody was anticipating, too.

Follow the live blog here!

Stay tuned for more!

Apple event confirmed: 10th September 2013

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Apple will hold its next iPhont event on the 10th of September 2013 according to many sources and recently confirmed by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop (who is always right btw).

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5 successor, the iPhone 5S with the likelihood of a fingerprint sensor home button and the official launch of iOS7.The iPhone 5S would probably have the same design as the iPhone 5S which actually makes the fingerprint sensor home button more doubtful. We still think that it will only come with the iPhone 6. Not the 5S. Alongside the iPhone 5S, Apple is also expected to launch a lower cost, plastic, multi-colored iPhone 5C targeted for the lower-end and emerging markets.

A new iPad which will look like a bigger iPad mini will also be announced alongside with a retina display iPad mini. But we are still doubtful that Apple will announce so many devices in one event. Probably they are going to hold another event sometime later for the iPads. We will see.

In the other hand, OS X Mavericks will probably not show up on this event. Or it will. Lets see.

Mark your calender and hope Apple will deliver yet another awesome event this time around.

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Everything Google Announced at Today’s Event [Wrap-up]

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Google’s Sundar Pichai just got done hosting breakfast at the press event in San Francisco and even though our expectations weren’t high, the event was packed with awesome goodies. Not only did Google show off Android 4.3 and all the new features, but some seriously great hardware was announced too.

Here’s a rundown of everything Google announced at today’s event:

Nexus 7

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1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro (80% faster than previous Nexus 7)
2GB of RAM
Bluetooth 4.0
4G LTE available in single U.S. Model
NFC
10 hours battery life with Wireless Charging
1920×1200 True HD
323ppi (world’s highest ppi for a tablet)
30% wider range of colors
Dual stereo speakers with Virtual Surround Sound from Fraunhofer
1.2MP front camera
5MP Rear Camera
16Gb – $229 (32Gb and 64GB also available)
2millimitters thinner than original Nexus 7
Slimmer bezel and lighter
Runs Android 4.3
Launches July 30th

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Android 4.3

Support for Bluetooth Smart
OpenGL ES 3.0 Support
DRM APIs to allow 1080p video streaming
Multi-Users with Restricted Profiles
Notification access for third-party apps
Textbooks for Google Play
50 billion apps downloaded on Google Play
Reveenue per user has increased 2.5x in the last year
1Million+ applications

Improved Google Apps

Google Drive – new title layout
Chrome – full screen mode, translation.
Google Maps – Discover new places with Explore feature. New full screen mode
Hangouts – Screensharing

Google Play Games app

Lists games you play and friends on one screen
See friends’ achievements
Social and Public Leaderboards

ChromeCast

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Plugs into back of TV via HDMI to receive video streams from a laptop or tablet
Project any Chrome tab to your TV
Runs simplified Chrome OS
Works with both Android and iOS
Casts music as well
Costs $35
Available now on Google Play

 

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WWDC 2013: the rumor roundup

It’s that special time for Apple devotees: WWDC 2013 is next week, and that means a customary glimpse of where iOS and the Mac are going next. However, we’re getting everything but business as usual this year. The crew at 1 Infinite Loop has shaken up its software strategy, putting much of its emphasis on Jony Ive’s design chops and tighter collaboration between teams. Is Apple about to deliver major OS refreshes that some say are long overdue? And what about hints of new hardware introductions at the same time? We’ve gathered together some of the more notable rumors to help understand what Apple may introduce on June 10th — and what’s likely to remain wishful thinking.

iOS: possibly flat design, but what else?

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If you’ve at all been following the talk surrounding the next version of iOS (likely iOS 7), the biggest amount of hubbub has surrounded its look… or rather, the absence of one. According to 9to5 Mac, Ive has spent much of his time pushing for a flatter interface design that removes many of the more conspicuous textures and skeuomorphic elements in both the OS and official apps. Apple reportedly isn’t going as far as Microsoft did with Windows Phone, which is dominated by solid colors and empty spaces. If the changes come to pass, however, they could still lead to the biggest surface-level overhaul for iOS since the platform launched in 2007.

Underneath the surface, it’s trickier: there’s only an incomplete list of rumored updates. Tipsters for 9to5 have suggested that integration with other devices might be the order of the day. They’ve mentioned Flickr and Vimeo integration, a car-optimized Maps view and possible AirDrop support that would simplify local file transfers. There isn’t much else to report, though, and those same sources have supposedly warned that some features may not make the cut. This isn’t to say that there aren’t other major, consumer-facing features in store — historically, they’re quite likely. We just have little to hang our hat on, and it’s doubtful that Apple could ever launch an OS update substantial enough to completely silence its critics.

The biggest improvements, for some, may rest in developer freedoms. Apple isn’t shifting to a laissez faire approach to development, but Tim Cook has promised that the company will eventually offer greater access to its APIs and otherwise loosen up its historically closed approach ever so slightly. We’re mostly left wondering whether that will happen this year, or if Cook was only making long-term commitments.

OS X: for the pros, maybe

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If there’s little we know about the iOS refresh, we know even less about the OS X upgrade (possibly 10.9). Again, many of the rumors come from just a handful of claims by 9to5. It believes that the update will be less about adapting iOS features and more about pleasing power users. While the task switcher may take a few cues from Apple’s mobile platform, most other tweaks would be Mac-specific, such as multi-monitor Spaces support and a Finder with tabbed navigation. Other upgrades might bring true Siri support (not just voice dictation) as well as a faster version of the Safari browser.

Hardware: Haswell-based MacBooks and a Mac Pro replacement?

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While Apple isn’t always the fastest to adopt new chips, it tends to be part of the first wave — and we’re in just such a wave with Intel’s Haswell-based, fourth-generation Core processors. These CPUs are seemingly tailor-made for Mac between their lower power consumption and faster integrated graphics. Some expect Apple to take advantage of this by repeating its strategy from last year’s WWDC, where it replaced almost every MacBook (and even added a new model).

But just what is Apple likely to introduce? Although there haven’t been signs of the replacements themselves beyond a handful of generic SKUs caught by 9to5, reseller inventory may be a clue. AppleInsider has noticed sellouts and low supplies for both the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which suggests that their updates are coming soon. If so, the use of Haswell is almost a given; it’s everything else that’s up for dispute. A MacBook Air with a Retina display? Slimmer Retina MacBook Pros? We don’t know if they exist at this stage, and we wouldn’t put much money on revamps for other MacBook Pros, the iMac or the Mac mini.

The Mac Pro is another matter. Apple has uncharacteristically gone out of its way to say that yes, Virginia, there should be a pro desktop replacement this year. Whether or not it arrives at WWDC isn’t clear. All the ingredients are there for a redesign, however. This spring, Intel finally introduced a significant Xeon E5 refresh that would be ideal for a new workstation. Apple also stopped European Mac Pro sales entirely rather than tune the old system to meet new regulations, and MacTrast has noticed dwindling inventory at US resellers. If a new Mac Pro (or a system like it) is coming at WWDC, the machine would most likely be a modernization that supports USB 3.0, Thunderbolt and recent advances in both storage and video cards.

The wildcard: internet radio service

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We haven’t heard of any unusual products that might appear at WWDC, except for one: a rumored internet radio service. Instead of confronting on-demand competition like Rdio or Spotify, Apple might unveil a free, iAd-supported streaming feature that would take on the free tiers at Pandora and Slacker. The service would chiefly take advantage of a deep connection to the iTunes Store by identifying listeners’ tastes and letting them buy tracks they like. Whether or not we hear about the service may depend on label deals — the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others all suspect that Apple may keep quiet if it can’t get enough content in time.

What not to expect, and when products may ship

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If there’s one thing we’ve encountered all too often at WWDC, it’s the anger from those who expect Apple to update everything at once. Remember, this is the Worldwide Developers Conference — consumer products aren’t the focus. Apple tends to bend the rules and announce mainstream goods only when they’re convenient or necessary for developers, such as new features that need developer support. Think of the App Store or Retina displays as examples.

As such, we’re not expecting iOS-related hardware launches (including Apple TV), new product categories or major software upgrades. We’ll be surprised if they appear. Apple has usually saved those for the late summer or early fall in recent years, and it needs to give developers time to test their apps against beta iOS releases. The firm is likely to hand out a closed preview of its next iOS revision at WWDC, but nothing for the public. A radio service probably won’t go live the same day, either.

Macs could be more complicated. Like with iOS, we’re not expecting to leave the Moscone Center with finished copies of the latest OS X version; at best, attendees will get preview builds ahead of a final release later in the year. However, Apple has developed a habit of shipping new Mac hardware almost as soon as the press releases hit the wires. If computer updates arrive at WWDC, they may be in stores that week — and they may be our only shot at instant gratification.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced tomorrow: What to expect?

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to be unveiled by Samsung in the event on Thurdays 7PM in New York (It will be 7AM 15th March 2013 local time). With all the recent hype and marketing by Samsung, a truly revolutionary device is expected. A device that most people say will finally take over iPhone in the top spot of the Smartphone battle. We will see it for ourselves when the Samsung Galaxy S4 is officially announced.

Here is what you should expect from the S4. Sadly Bloomberg confirms that there will be no eye-scrolling for the S4 yet but it will surely be in the future.

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One of the leaked photos of Samsung Galaxy S4

1. Dimensions

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This mantra sounds like it’ll apply to the dimensions of the Galaxy S4, which is said to be only slightly different from the Galaxy S3 — and that’s a good thing. In fact, it looks like Samsung is following its own formula when it transitioned from the S2 to the S3: Make the screen a little bigger, but the phone a little thinner. The Samsung Galaxy S3 measured 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to measure slightly longer at 140.1 mm and slightly wider at 71.8 mm, but much thinner than its predecessor at just 7.7 mm thick, which is just a tad (0.1 mm) thicker than the iPhone 5.

2. Display

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a beautiful smartphone with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display and a 1280 x 720 resolution of 306 pixels per inch, or ppi; its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, is said to feature a slightly larger 4.99-inch Full HD SoLux Display with a reported resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which comes out to be an extremely dense-looking display at 450+ ppi. If the display isn’t SoLux, it’s possible Samsung will implement its experimental phosphorescent organic light-emitting diode (PHOLED) displays, which can be up to four times more power efficient than the current OLED screens in the Galaxy S3. That said, we’re not sure if those PHOLED displays are fully ready for mass production just yet, so we’ll keep our money on the Full HD SoLux Display showing up in the Galaxy S4.

3. Chipsets

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was powered by Samsung’s own quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 processor and an ARM Mali-400 for its GPU. Both chips are said to get an upgrade in 2013, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to feature a new Exynos 5 Octa CPU, which was initially used in the company’s Chromebook model — the new processor is said to have eight cores for enhanced work flow and power efficiency. Last year’s ARM-based GPU is also said to be replaced by a new 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 chip from Qualcomm, which will help power the display and the phone’s operating system (likely Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, since we’re not expecting Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie until Google’s i/O Conference in May). The new Smapdragon chips don’t quite touch NVIDIA’s top-of-the-line Tegra 4 SuperChip Processors, but Qualcomm’s 600s clock in at about twice as fast as the Exynos 4 chip in the Galaxy S3.

4. Connectivity

More and more customers use their phones to browse the Web, so Internet connectivity speed is a major issue for customers, particularly in connecting over Wi-Fi and cellular bands. While the Samsung Galaxy S3 featured 4G LTE, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is said to boast an even more powerful chip from Broadcom — the “5G Wi-Fi combo chip,” listed as the BCM4335 chip. According to Broadcom’s press release, the BCM 4335 is the “only combo chip to address unique interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity.” The 5G Wi-Fi combo chip is also said to improve the wireless range of devices, making it even easier and faster to stream and download large files or videos.

5. Camera

Compared to the 8-megapixel camera in the Galaxy S3, many reports have claimed the Samsung Galaxy S4 would boast a beefy 13-megapixel camera, with an added feature that would put the iPhone’s Panorama to shame: While Google introduced its 360-degree panorama called “Photosphere” in Android 4.2, the Galaxy S4 will reportedly include a similar feature called “Samsung Orb,” which is said to create similar 360-degree images to create 3D-like photography; the company has allegedly been working with Facebook to ensure easy sharing of Orb images to the popular social network.

6. Special Features

Among the quirky features we’ve heard may be coming to the Galaxy S4, we believe the main “special feature” of Samsung’s 2013 handset will be Atmel’s new MaXTouch S controllers, which allow users to interact with their devices without actually touching the screen. The feature is similar to the Galaxy Note 2 S Pen, which can draw on the 5.5-inch phablet by simply hovering over the screen in what’s called Air View, but in the Galaxy S4, users will reportedly not need a pen.

7. Price Tag

As far as price goes, we fully expect Samsung to retain identical price tags from the Galaxy S3 in the Galaxy S4. Now that the Galaxy S3 has seen a price drop — Samsung is selling last year’s model anywhere between $49 and $99 — Samsung is free to sell the Galaxy S4 at last year’s prices. If the company follows the same plan as last year, the Galaxy S4 could cost $199 for 16 GB or $249 for 32 GB. Without a two-year contract, it’s possible Samsung could sell the new handset at $599 and $649 for 16 and 32 GB storage models, respectively, like it did last year.

Considering the growing number of reports saying Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone, Samsung might be keen to lower the price range for the Galaxy S4 to make its flagship smartphone even more competitive throughout the year, especially when we reach the all-important holiday season.

8. Release Date

Last year, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 on May 3 but didn’t release the device until May 28, and that was in Europe. The US didn’t even get the Samsung Galaxy S3 until June 21; it’s possible Samsung will roll out the Galaxy S4 in a similar manner, releasing the phone in the US roughly a month after its public unveiling.

With the unveiling set for tomorrow, it won’t be long until the official release date hits: Considering how Samsung is announcing the phone in the US, it would make little sense to tease the home crowd by telling them the release date isn’t for another two months. That said, it’s entirely possible Samsung will make customers wait until April to actually purchase the new Galaxy S4, just so it has enough time to build more hype until the release. As we learned with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, a little hype can go along way when it comes to selling smartphones.

* Expect many features in terms of software from Samsung Galaxy S4.

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