Apple’s Lightning Cable’s ‘Mystery Chip’: Greater Security for iPhone 5?

For everyone who’s cribbing about the massive change that Apple has brought about in its connecting cable’s design, there’s probably some good news that will make you happy. Yes, you may need to go out into the market and spend a few precious bucks to pick up the new adapter, but the Lightning cable does have a few advantages too.

Teardown artists at ChipWorks managed to unpeel the Lightning cable to get a closer look at what’s on the inside. And according to them, the cable features four embedded chips and some passive devices within it, which have basic security features like CRC generation. Key parts within the cable also include a Texas Instruments IC. The TI IC identified within the cable has managed to shed some light on Apple’s technology upgrade that lets the same amount of signals move to and from the nine direct connections that it previously had 30 pins do.

There’s also speculation that this ‘mystery chip’ could even help identify the requirements of specific hardware that gets plugged into the Apple devices, and select which features need to be enabled onto this hardware, e.g. enabling digital audio and music player controls when the device is connected onto a speaker dock.… Read the rest

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HTC One X+ vs HTC One X: Make Way For Evolution

 

HTC One X+ is the newbie on the block and we are luring after it.Why? Well, HTC One X+ is a near to perfect Android phone. The premium looking flagship  phone of HTC, One X+ is a lethal combination of LTE capabilities of One XL and quad-core processor of One X

What We Love About it:

In terms of look HTC One X+ is no different than its predecessor HTC One X. Now the question here is how it is different from One X. Well as compared to One X’s 1800mAh battery ,X+ has  the power of 2 100mAH batteries. Needless to say, the phone need a gigantic battery to support its LTE capabilities.

HTC One X came loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich where as HTC One X+ runs on Jelly bean (Andriod 4.1). When you see most of the Andriod phones around you running on Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean brings a fresh whiff of air.

Now you must be wondering what about One X+ sensing capabilities, well it comes with incredible HTC sense 4 and dubbed Sense 4+. The deal breaker here is the ‘ Self Portrait’ mode of the front camera and the ‘Sightseeing mode of the rear 8-megapixel camera which makes for a great photography experience.

One X+ gives you loads of space to keep your movies , music and data. Thanks to its 64 GB onboard storage.

What we don’t love about it:

We wanted more in terms of looks, more than what One X was giving us. It could have been made into a bigger and slimmer Smartphone specially when you have competitors like Samsung S3 and iPhone5 which are literally ruling the smartphone market.

Wan’t to access the ‘ “thousands of movies” on your X+  with your HTC Watch 2.0 when  in Asia, chances are you have would not be able to enjoy the movie time as HTC is still struggling to bring movie content to HTC fans in Asia.… Read the rest

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After iPhone 5 Its Time For iPad Mini, Rumored To Breeze In On October 17

So you thought the iPad was proving too clumsy for you? Here’s news that could make you jump– Apple has indeed decided that good things must come in small packages and the iPad Mini is all set to prove it. If the rumor mills are to be believed, then the smaller and airier version of the iPad Tab from the gizmo giant is expected to hit shelves this October—October 17—to be precise. Given that there’s has already been a delay from the expected release date, the iPad Mini has serious competitors in more inexpensive tabs from Amazon and Google. However, despite great reviews that the latter have garnered, Apple is favorite among the pros and corporates too.

With a sleeker look and a smaller screen, iPad mini is going to be admirable. Of course, the price would be lesser than its predecessor –the iPad tab. Now the details about this much awaited gadget can only be known once it is officially released. We hope this proves to be a face saver for Apple post the huge number of complaints that the latest iPhone has brought in from users worldwide.

Now this makes us recall what Steve Jobs thought of 7 inch tablets—he branded them tweeners—something in between a tablet and a Smartphone. Jobs thought them to be a deal that’s not worth a drool but now we beg to differ! Till then we can simply keep fingers crossed.… Read the rest

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Let Not The Apple Map App Disappoint You, Here Are The Reasons Why You Would Love iOS 6

 

iOS 6 indeed grabbed eyes and ears of many of us since the time it was on its way and now that Apple has finally unveiled the upgraded software, the same eyes and ears are complaining about how disappointing the maps apps are and even before we know iOS 6 is being scrutinized all too strictly. Well, before you become judgmental, why not take a look into a triple treat that you can get hands on, only with the iOS 6. These are a trinity of apps that redefines coolness and wow!

DND and we mean it

No matter what phone setting you have put on late night prank calls and buddies banging your head for not meeting up at 1 am seem to follow you everywhere. No more with the iOS mode—Do not Disturb. What’s great about this mode is that it does not let you ignore calls if they recur all too frequently seems like the iOS6 mode can smell an emergency caller.. For us, DND on iOS 6 is a thinking mode that can be scheduled just as you want it to. And yes, iOS 6 understands what do not disturb means!

Bye Bye to Boring ads

Who’s bothered if some store is selling their clothes at half price when you have a super important meeting at office? But would your phone know this? The intelligent iOS 6, knows when you do not want ads popping up onscreen during an integral board presentation. The limit advertisement feature lets you control applications from streaming in advertisements that are targeted for your ID.  Does it sound too good to be true? Well, it’s worth a try at least!

Kiddy blunders no more

It happens often that your tot grabs your phone and ends up ringing your boss while intending to play a game.  iOS 6 understands the pain this causes and has launched a guided access feature that lets you lock an application. So, all you can let your kid do, is play games and only the games—no switching over to mischievous deeds with a game as an excuse.Read the rest

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Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs HTC One X: Who Is The Camera King?

We love our phones’ cameras, even more so nowadays, what with smartphones having separate apps like Instagram to make the snaps look even better. Be it the front facing camera for making video calls or taking self shots to make sure we look good, or the rear camera for finer photography experience, our phones are increasingly becoming our perfect travel companions by helping us capture memorable moments. iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One x are the hottest smartphones available in the market today, and we’re taking a look at which of them works best from a camera perspective.

Rear camera: This is where the competition among these 3 phones gets really tight. All of them have a 8MP backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. What this technology does is allow more light to touch the photo diodes, ensuring that even photos clicked in low light settings are reproduced effectively.

Even though the camera resolutions are identical, the aperture of the lenses in these 3 phones varies. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an f2.627mm lens, while the iPhone 5’s lens has an aperture of f2.433mm and the HTC One X has an f2.28mm lens. A brighter lens lets in more light, which means that even at higher ISO sensitivities, the images don’t have too  much noise affecting the details in the images captured.

What we don’t like much about the iPhone 5 camera, however, is the strictly auto settings. You can’t play around too much with ISO or white balance settings, but probably to compensate for this, Apple has included new HDR and panorama capture modes in the camera. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X camera, on the other hand, are quite generous with scene modes and more adjustment capabilities, making sure that we don’t miss our point-and-shoot digicams wherever we go. What’s more, both these phones’ cameras also have HDR and panorama shooting modes as well.

Front-facing camera: Thanks to 3G (and now 4G) connectivity and WiFi capabilities, we can use our smartphones to Skype and make video calls with our friends and family. As this new fad catches on, we need better front-facing cameras for that extra clarity, and these 3 phones do not disappoint. The iPhone 5 is equipped with a small iSight camera above the screen, while the Galaxy S3 has a 1.9MP camera for this purpose. Lagging behind in this regards is the HTC One X with a 1.3MP resolution front camera.… Read the rest

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Unlocked Version of iPhone 5 now Available with Verizon

Here’s some great news that will bring immense joy to all hardcore Apple fans all around the world. According to reports from iDownloadBlog, the latest iPhone 5 with Verizon is GSM unlocked, meaning that it can be used on any other telecom carrier like AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.

This means that you no longer need to pick up the iPhone 5 and run around looking for unlocking techniques, cutting up your SIM into a small size and sticking it into your phone with crossed fingers hoping that it succeeds. Apart from the freedom in selecting carriers that the unlocked iPhone 5 will provide, this comes as a great relief for travelers who frequently use multiple SIMs across their various destinations.

Some more news to cheer, all thanks to Apple, wouldn’t you all agree? So, who’s getting their hands on the officially unlocked iPhone 5?… Read the rest

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Make Your iPhone5 Look More Funky With These Amazing Wallpapers

Soon the web and the App Store will be cramped up with apps offering thousands of wallpapers for your latest iPhone 5. Trying to give your handset an added stylish look, here we got some of the best wallpapers we found on AppAdvice.com

Simply ‘Save the Image’ from this article on your device. On your iPhone 5, go to Settings > Brightness & Wallpaper > Change Wallpaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. HTC One X:The Flagship Derby

This is as big as it can get, at least as of today. After Apple’s recent announcement of the latest iPhone 5, the tech world is abuzz with comparisons and analysis of how this new iPhone would compare with two of the other heavyweight mobile phones launched a while back – the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X. We bring you an in-depth look into what’s on the inside of these phones so that you can pick the phone that’s right for you.

Operating System: The very first in the list of comparison would of course be the operating system – while the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X both come with Android 4.0, the iPhone 5 would have the latest iOS 6 installed in it. Samsung has already announced an upgrade to Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean in the near future, while we are yet to hear from HTC on this one.

Find more about Samsung S3 here:http://techthirsty.com/2012/07/21/samsung-s3-for-rs-38000-my-latest-crush/

Dimensions: This is where it starts to get more interesting. In this category, Samsung Galaxy S3 is the definite winner, boasting of a 4.8 inch large AMOLED screen, while the HTC One X comes a close second with a 4.7 inch screen. What’s disappointing about the iPhone 5 is that it will feature only a 4 inch screen, even though its resolution is much better than the other two contenders and also has Retina technology.

Tech Specs: All these phones spew a ton of power for sure. Samsung has put in a 1.4 GHz quad core processor in the S3, the One X has a 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor, and the iPhone 5 will have a brand new A6 processor based on dual core ARM Cortex A-15 architecture and is expected to be at least twice as better as the A5.

Camera: With better technology, we are getting increasingly dependent on our smartphones for our camera needs. And this is one area where all these 3 models have common ground – an 8MP rear camera. While the iPhone 5 features a smaller iSight camera in the front, the S3 is equipped with a 1.9MP front-facing camera, and the One X has a corresponding 1.3MP camera that can be used while making video calls or clicking self shots.

The Galaxy S3 and One X have been around in the market for some time now, and so have already got a jumpstart over the iPhone 5, which is expected to start shipping by September 21st. Let’s see if Apple can change the balance and sway more customers towards itself like the previous models have managed to do in the past.

Also see the comparison between iPhone5 and Nokia Lumia 923: http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/14/iphone5-vs-nokia-lumia-920-i-am-in-a-fix/Read the rest

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iTunes – Now more Social than Ever Before

                                                                                                                                                                    While usually these upgrades are more on the technical side in the backend, this time around, the iTunes interface has been completely revamped, and how! Featuring an edge-to-edge snappy design, you can enjoy an entirely new experience with better view of the album art. But wait, that’s not all – the enhancement to iTunes doesn’t just end with a new look.

Probably the most exciting upgrade to iTunes is the integration of iCloud. There’s also the introduction of a brand new feature called “Up Next”, which is similar to the one in Spotify. With this feature, you can make a mini playlist of sorts, adding more songs to play after the currently playing track.

Another area that has been redesigned is the mini-player – it’s now got its own search bar and you can even manage your playlists directly from the mini-player. We have to say that the new iTunes sure looks a lot more stylish with a brand new look even for the iTunes Store. What we don’t know yet is if the resource-heavy iTunes has received a boost to improve its sluggishness though. Users can get their hands on the upgraded iTunes by late October, as per Apple reports.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 Coming on September 21?

It is coming. Get Ready. Apple is reportedly set to make the most awaited launch of this year, the launch of iPhone 5, scheduled on September 21. The reports have flown directly from the nest of iMore, which have claimed that the source from where the information has come has “proven accurate in the past”.

The reports for the iPhone 5 and the new iPad has been building up for quite a while and it was expected that that both Apple products will be hitting the shelves later this year but it seems that iPhone and iOS6 would arrive a bit earlier than expected.

As pointed by Gigaom, Apple does only one upgrade in a year but this time it is  just after 11 months of release of iPhone 4S that Apple may put the new model in store. Moreover, iPad Mini, which is going to be a significant addition to the company’s product line up, may release after 6 months of the recent iPad update, this would be something which Apple has not done before. However, the early launch of iPad Mini would put Apple in a better position against its competitors, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon who are ruling the 7 inch tablet market for now.

iMore’s report says iOS 6 would be given a final presentation on September 12, and be released as a software update a week later, which would be September 19.

Though Apple SVP of iOS Software Scott Forstall said at WWDC in June that iOS 6 will be released “sometime this fall.” And if seen logically fall doesn’t began from September 22 but yes Apple is allowed to change its mind especially after its products sale has slowed down.

And if Apple delivers iPhone 5 this September then it would get itself many customers who are waiting to upgrade their phone. Apple is also going to earn major benefit from the quarterly release of iPad as it will fetch more profits.

In the words of Washington Post, timing the launch at the end of its fiscal fourth quarter would be one way to avoid repeating what happened in its fiscal fourth quarter last year – and again in its fiscal third, reported last week — with Apple seeing its iPhones sales dip while customers wait until October for a new iPhone. Even a late-in-the-quarter release (the quarter ends Sept. 30), would result in one of the company’s typically insane launch weekend numbers press releases, which would be encouraging to investors.

And there is no doubt that a kind of company which Apple is, futuristic in its approach, it will by no means take Wall Street concerns lightly especially under the leadership of Tim Cook.… Read the rest

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