Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 04, 2013:
- Samsung announced three new products at their IFA version of Samsung Unpacked in Berlin. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an iteration of their large-form phone or phablet. The Note 3 has a 5.7-inch-screen and comes with a new textured back in black white and pink. Samsung also announced a new Note 10.1 that's thinner and lighter.. And of course the Galaxy Gear watch available for $299 and compatible with any of Samsung's Android 4.3 devices mainly the two new Notes and upgraded Galaxy s 4s. The Note 3 and Gear will be available September 25th 149 countries. All 3 will be available in October, including the US and Japan worldwide. Read more at theverge.com.
- IFA doesn't start until Friday, but Sony's already announced the Xperia Z1 phone with a 5-inch full HD display and the newest Snapdragon processor. You can get it with a Black, White or Purple back cover, and it's fully waterproof. If you're a dev, you can access the API to add functionality to its camera software. Sony also formally announced the QX100 Smart Lens with the image quality of Sony's RX100 delivered to Android and iOS smartphones. Both the Xperia Z1 and the QX100 have Wi-Fi, NFC, & BIONZ image processors. The Xperia Z1 launches this month. The QX100 will ship later in September for $250. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- Get your calendars out and mark November 22nd as the launch date of the Microsoft Xbox One in 13 countries. Which 13 countries? Here goes: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. The console will retail for $499 in the U.S. The Sony Playstation 4 launches on November 15th for $399. Oh, and the Wii U is still out there at its new price of $299. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- Fingerprint sensors, champagne-gold colored phones, what's a pre-announcement rumor mill without a good Apple Television rumor? GigaOm has you covered. Panjiva, a supply chain analyst puts forth the following evidence culled from bills of lading filed with the US Department of Homeland Security. On August 11th, 18th and 25th Apple received shipments called some variation of “Set Top Box with Communication Function” from BYD Precision Manufacture in Shenzhen, China. Read more at gigaom.com.
- Google Authenticator, an app that generates two-factor authentication codes for services that offer the additional security layer, has a little issue with its latest update for iOS - it disconnects all services that users have already connected to the app — like GitHub, Twilio, and Evernote — which then have to be resynced all over again. Google says it's working on an update to fix the problem. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- When I saw this next story this morning, I said something that rhymed with "moley spit." HDMI Licensing just announced HDMI 2.0 officially - the new standard will be able to carry bandwidth of 18Gbps, handle up to 32 channels of audio, and show video with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 60 fps. HDMI 2.0 will even use the same style connector. Moley spit indeed. Read more at engadget.com.
- On the anniversary of the issuance of George Eastman's roll-film box camera patent in 1888, we have news of Eastman Kodak emerging from bankruptcy. Late last year Kodak sold 1100 patents for $525 million to help save the company. Kodak will focus on high-speed digital printing and other business-imaging needs like packaging, functional printing, graphic communications. The Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses were sold to Kodak Pension Plan. Read more at asrtechnica.com.
- Several major memory suppliers have stopped shipments after SK Hynix Semiconductor's memory fabrication plants in Wuxi, China went up in flames this morning after a chemical explosion. Reportedly, suppliers want to hold off with shipments until they know the full extent of the damage to the Hynix plants and potential effect on the market. SK Hynix has since released in a statement that the fires have been extinguished. Read more at computerworld.com.
- Alcatel launched two new smartphones. Alcatel's new Android 4.2 flagship, the One Touch Idol X has a 5-inch IPS display at 1080 x 1920 and Dragontrail Glass. It also carries 2 GB of ram, a 2000mAh battery and 3G, yes 3G. The single-SIM model has 8 GB storage expandable to 32 GB and the dual-SIM model is an unexpandable 16 GB. The One Touch Hero has a 6-inch IPS display at 1080 x 1920 16 GB of expandable memory, dual-SIM and a 3400mAh battery. No release dates or prices were announced. Read more at ndtv.com.
- Bionym announced the Nymi wristband that uses your heart electrical activity to authenticate you to a variety of devices. That would mean if you wore a Nymi, you'd be able to unlcok a car door or login to a website just by having a beating heart. If having a heart is difficult for you, the Nymi also supports gestures. The Bionym Nymi wristband is up for pre-order right now for $80 and will ship early next year. Read more at gigaom.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for September 04, 2013.