Samsung Galaxy S5 Expected To Come With Eye Scanner

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung is expected to have come out with a new technology, the Eye Scanner, to leave Apple behind in the Smartphone war. Apple iPhone 5s became popular and reached the peak in sales. With Galaxy S5samsung is expected to bring revolution in the world of smartphones.

The decision is belived to have come to surface after the disappointed sales number of the Galaxy S4model. With Galaxy S5, samsung is expected to once again top the sales. There is however no word on how this Eye scanning technology would work but what ever it takes to build this scanner it is in the end going to provide the strongest security to the device of its’ kind.

The fingerprint scanner on Apple iPhone 5s has many ways to bypass thus giving advantage to Samsung to better pitch the Eye scanner technology to be mounted on Galaxy S5.

Apple is all set to launch ‘iPhone 5S’ on 10 Sept: report

For Apple fanboys, 10 September is the big day when the Cupertino-tech giant will launch the next version of its iPhone, which has been named as the ‘iPhone 5S’ by media and tech analysts for now.

The date was first reported by techblog AllThingsD’s Ina Fried who quoted sources close to the company. Apple has not however, confirmed the launch date as 10 September. iPhone 5 was launched on 12 September by Apple.

Apple won’t just be launching the ‘iPhone 5S’ but will release iOS 7, the latest build of its popular operating for mobiles and tablets. Apple’s iOS 7 was first shown off during the company’s annual developer conference and is currently available for developers.

With the launch of the next version of the iPhone, the biggest question is whether Apple will finally offer something new to customers? According to the latest numbers from research firm IDC, Apple shipped around 31.2 million iPhones and its market share for Q2 of 2013 was 13.2 percent, 3 percentage points lower than what it was in Q2 of 2012. The report also noted that since there was no product launch from the company for nearly a year, Apple was vulnerable to losing its market share to the competition.

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Apple’s iPhone 5 is seen in this file photo. AFP

“But with a new iPhone and revamped iOS coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to re-capture market share,” said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team.

Apple is also likely to launch a cheaper iPhone, which was been dubbed as the iPhone 5 lite and could come with a plastic casing. The device is expected to be cheaper and could give a serious boost to Apple’s shipment numbers if it is launched quickly in developing markets like India and China.

There have been numerous reports all based from supplier sources regarding the cheaper iPhone.

Reuters reported in June that Apple is exploring launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colors, over the next year. The report said that Apple is looking at introducing at least two bigger iPhones — one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen but there’s a good chance that these will only be released in 2014.

A recent report by the China Labour Watch also confirmed that workers at Apple supplier Petagron which is based in China were working on an iPhone with a plastic backcover. The report was gathered between March and July of this year, so there’s a good chance that this phone could be launched along with the high-end iPhone.

Meet Sonny Dickson, the teenager behind Apple leaks

Sonny Dickson has been found to be leaking and selling prototypes of Apple products online before they launch.

An Australian teenager has been reportedly found to be the source behindApple products’ revelations before they are officially unveiled.

Sonny Dickson from regional Victoria has been found to be leaking and selling prototypes ofApple products online months or weeks before the original ones hit the market, Stuff.co.nz reports.

According to the report, Dickson has been distributing photos of leaked Apple device prototypes for a number of years and he said that he had a keen interest in uncovering upcoming features in Apple operating systems by trawling through developer code for signs engineers have left behind.

Dickson said that he doesn’t go to the US or China to develop relations with sources but goes to online forums or on Chinese social networking websites like Weibo.com.

Meanwhile, Apple has not taken any measure to stop the teenager which is likely because he is not an Apple employee or a worker from one of its suppliers’ factories, but a person with strong contacts who seem ready to leak Apple information to him.

The report added that he admits to be possibly breaking the law by on-selling the goods but he has changed the buying and selling process so that he doesn’t actually have to touch the devices anymore, making him a middleman.

He said that he has changed his strategy in January after one of his sources told him that Apple’s global security team was about to start an investigation and added that his website’s analytics data showed that in a recent one-month period it was viewed at least 100 times by Apple staff.

Apple Developer site hack: Turkish security researcher claims responsibility

Apple says its Developer portal has been hacked and that some information about its 275,000 registered third-party developers who use it may have been stolen.

The portal at developer.apple.com had been offline since Thursday without explanation, raising speculation among developers first that it had suffered a disastrous database crash, and then that it had been hacked.

A Turkish security researcher, Ibrahim Balic, claims that he was behind the “hack” but insisted that his intention was to demonstrate that Apple’s system was leaking user information. He posted a video on Youtubewhich appears to show that the site was vulnerable to an attack, but adding “I have reported all the bugs I found to the company and waited for approval.” A screenshot in the video showed a bug filed on 19 July – the same day the site was taken down – saying “Data leaks user information. I think you should fix it as soon as possible.”

The video appears to show developer names and IDs. However, a number of the emails belong to long-deprecated services, including Demon, Freeserve and Mindspring. The Guardian is trying to contact the alleged owners of the emails.

Balic told the Guardian: “My intention was not attacking. In total I found 13 bugs and reported [them] directly one by one to Apple straight away. Just after my reporting [the] dev center got closed. I have not heard anything from them, and they announced that they got attacked. My aim was to report bugs and collect the datas [sic] for the purpose of seeing how deep I can go with it.”

Apple said in an email to developers late on Sunday night that “an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers… [and] we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses and/or email addresses may have been accessed.”

It didn’t give any indication of who carried out the attack, or what their purpose might have been. Apple said it is “completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database [of developer information].”

Some people reported that they had received password resets against their Apple ID – used by developers to access the portal – suggesting that the hacker or hackers had managed to copy some key details and were trying to exploit them.

If they managed to successfully break into a developer’s ID, they might be able to upload malicious apps to the App Store. Apple said however that the hack did not lead to access to developer code.

The breach is the first known against any of Apple’s web services. It has hundreds of millions of users of its iTunes and App Store e-commerce systems. Those systems do not appear to have been affected: Apple says that they are completely separate and remained safe.

Apple’s Developer portal lets developers download new versions of the Mac OS X and iOS 7 betas, set up new devices so they can run the beta software and access forums to discuss problems. A related service for developers using the same user emails and passwords, iTunes Connect, lets developers upload new versions of apps to the App Store. While developers could log into that service, they could not find or update apps and could not communicate with Apple.

But if the hack provided access to developer IDs which could then be exploited through phishing attacks, there would be a danger that apps could be compromised. Apps are uploaded to the App Store in a completed form – so hackers could not download “pieces” of an existing app – and undergo a review before being made publicly available.

High-profile companies are increasingly the target of increasingly skilful hackers. In April 2011, Sony abruptly shut down its PlayStation Networkused by 77 million users and kept it offline for seven days so that it could carry out forensic security testing, after being hit by hackers – who have never been identified.

It has also become a risk of business for larger companies and small ones alike. On Saturday, the Ubuntu forums were hacked, and all of the passwords for the thousands of users stolen – although they were encrypted. On Sunday, the hacking collective Anonymous said that it hacked the Nauruan government’s website.

On Sunday, the Apple Store, used to sell its physical products, was briefly unavailable – reinforcing suspicions that the company was carrying out a wide-ranging security check. The company has not commented on the reasons for the store going down.

Marco Arment, a high-profile app developer, noted on his blog before Apple confirmed the hack that ” I don’t know anything about [Apple’s] infrastructure, but for a web service to be down this long with so little communication, most ‘maintenance’ or migration theories become very unlikely.”

He suggested that the problem could either be “severe data loss” in which restoring from backups has failed – but added that the downtime “is pretty long even for backup-restoring troubles” – or else “a security breach, followed by cleanup and increases defenses”.

Of the downtime, he said “the longer it goes, especially with no statements to the contrary, the more this [hacking hypothesis] becomes the most likely explanation.”