Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 10, 2013:
- Apple announced a few new products Tuesday morning. The previously announced iOS 7 will arrive on Sept 18, along with free iLife/iWork mobile apps for new iOS devices. Also the iPhone 5C in 5 colors with a polycarbonate back, replaces the iPhone 5 for $99 and $199 avail.pre-order 9/13. And of course the iPhone 5S in silver gold and "space-grey" with a 64-bit A7 processor, a new M7 chip that reads sensor data without waking up the main SoC, a new camera with dual-led flash and a larger sensor, AND a new fingerprint sensor to unlock phone and buy things. Both phones available for purchase 9/20 in US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the UK. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- Johns Hopkins University asked one of its cryptography professors to take down a blogpost that discussed the NSA defeating encryption. The University said it received information that the post linked to classified information and used the NSA logo. After looking into the post, the university found that the information linked was not classified and the NSA logo was removed. Johns Hopkins says it was not contacted by the federal government and it's still looking into the origin of the alert. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip has 8 cores, but only can run four at a time. Until soon! Samsung is close to launching Heterogeneous Multi-Processing for the Octa in Q4, which will allow the chip to run any number of cores in any configuration. Android Police reports it's a combo software and hardware upgrade, so little chance you'll see it in the newly-announced Galaxy Note 3, but new Samsung mobile devices that come along this autumn just might. Read more at androidpolice.com.
- Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel says the company rivals Facebook in photo volume with around 350 million "snaps" sent per day, That's up from 200 million snaps in June. The differernce of course is a photo or video message send to friends using Snapchat disappears after a few seconds, and Spiegel says that's a good thing. "The fundamental premise of Snapchat is that it's better and more fun if you delete everything except the things that are really important that you want to save," Read more at cnet.com.
- Intel is now shipping its fourth-generation Core i3 processors (otherwise known as Haswell) aimed at tablets. The dual-core Core i3-4012Y processor is part of a new line of processors that draw as little as 4.5 watts of power at a clock speed of 1.5GHz in certain scenarios. Typical power drain is around 11.5 watts. Expect to see these new processors powering the next generation of Windows tablets and laptops. Read more at citeworld.com.
- Netflix is coming to cable TV. In the UK. Kind of. Virgin media announced today that Netflix shows can be streamed from the Virgin media TiVo boxes using an app. Yes, that's like buying a TiVo on your own, except it makes Netflix available to people who didn't buy it on their own and by the end of the year that will be 1.7 million UK homes. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Rejoice, windows developer community! Microsoft has released builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to its MSDN and TechNet subscription programs, more than a month ahead of the updates' official launch date. The OS updates are available as ISO disc images in a variety of formulations, including x86 and x64 builds and "N editions" that ship without Windows Media Player. Read more at theregister.co.uk.
- Mirrorless cameras have not caught on outside Japan, which is why they were a no-brainer for troubled Olympus! The OM-D E-M1 launches today and Olympus claims its the first mirror less camera to compete on quality with SLRs. The successor to the E-5 will cost 145,000 yen about US$1,500 for the body-only version. Olympus hopes sales of the new model can help the camera division break-even so the folks in Olympus's highly-profitable endoscopy department stop making fun of them at company picnics. Read more at reuters.com.
- PayPal introduced a new piece of hardware for vendors called Beacon. It's part of a handsfree payment system where a PayPal user who opts in will be able to pay at a participating retailer without taking out their wallet or phone. Beacon uses Bluetooth instead of GPS to locate you. Paypal hasn't announced pricing for the Beacon hardware, but Beacon will launch in the fourth quarter of this year. Read more at techcrunch.com.
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