Samsung put a “me-too” fingerprint security into the new Galaxy S5, but unlike the iPhone 5S’ revolutionary TouchID sensor, it’s an invisible swipe sensor. Emil Protalinski reporting for TNW:
As you can see, a simple swipe of the finger will let you log into your PayPal account to shop and pay while on the go. PayPal says it will provide a secure wallet in the cloud and won’t store personal information on the device. This might just end up being the killer feature Samsung is hoping for.
One question: where exactly are those fingerprint scans stored in the phone? Again, unlike Apple who clearly explained it where they store fingerprint scans within secure enclave in the A7 processor, Samsung doesn’t say much about how they secure those fingerprint scans within the Galaxy S5.
With so many malware apps written for Android every day, it’s only a matter of time until those fingerprints stolen. And knowing how “secure” Android is, for hackers it’s like snatching candy from a child. This might ends up killing the feature itself that Samsung hasn’t thought of, it’s a price to pay being just a copy-cat.
The Globe and Mail’s exclusive interview with BlackBerry CEO John Chen:
The short-term answer to the handset problem is twofold: New BlackBerry phones will continue to use the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but “will have some of the features our power-users love,” says Chen. He doesn’t want to get into specifics, but company sources confirm that the belt of five function keys will start appearing on BlackBerry 10 phones this year.
That’s a very short-term plan indeed, to go back with old design of their legacy phones. It’s both desperate and a bold decision, a short time will tell if he’s the right man for the beleaguered company.
The interview makes a quite interesting read, I like in particular the part Chen bashes the former co-CEO Balsillie and Lazaridis’ foolish decisions.
When Facebook announced they acquire WhatsApp for cool $19 billion, Jay Yarrow is trying to make sense of Apple’s 14 billion boring share buyback:
It (Apple) is sitting on a mountain cash and its most exciting idea for that cash is buying Apple shares, which aren’t looking like a particularly great investment lately.
There’s nothing out there, nothing at all?, that Apple sees and thinks is worth buying?
Actually, Apple is buying the only company it think is worth buying: Apple itself.
Facebook had to buy Instagram and WhatsApp because its popularity is in decline these days, and also because Facebook doesn’t have any new exciting products that can compete with those two apps, Facebook is running out of new ideas and most important: time. Instagram was gaining momentum with teens who are bored with Facebook, and even after Facebook acquired the app, its popularity is still heading down hill. Now Mark Zuckerberg thinks WhatsApp can bring the cool back to Facebook, and about 450 million WhatsApp users to Facebook’s embrace.
But Apple, on the other hand, already have everything. It lead the pack with its hardwares: iPod, iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, all of which got services like iMessages and FaceTime tied within those hardwares as stock apps. And who knows what Apple got in store next, Apple has been always ahead one-two steps from everyone, if you’re Tim Cook you’ll do the same thing: buy those shares back because your company is the smartest and longest-running investment available out there.
A couple days ago, John Chen wrote his honest feeling on BlackBerry’s blog:
I can assure you that we are outraged too. What puzzles me more is that T-Mobile did not speak with us before or after they launched this clearly inappropriate and ill-conceived marketing promotion.
Much respect Mr. Chen, not many big companies CEO have the gut to say that.
Yesterday, Sony officially announced it’s quitting the PC market. Finally one of the computer manufacturer giants has thrown down the white towel, confirming that we’re indeed undergoing the post PC era.
It’s a sweet ironic twist, the company which the late Steve Jobs once admired is also the same one who proves him right.
Sean Hollister writes for The Verge:
What happened to the iPod? Simple cannibalization, for one: every one of those 51 million iPhones can take the place of an iPod. (Steve Jobs famously called the iPhone “the best iPod we’ve ever made.”) And as people increasingly get their music from streaming services, a constant internet connection could be key, something you don’t get with an iPod or even a iPod touch unless you have a Wi-Fi hotspot to pair with.
I concur, Apple as might as calling it “just a hobby” soon enough.
And I couldn’t be more happier for Apple when the time has come, once again the company will come to one of its strongest roots: simplicity in the offering of its product line-ups.
David Pierce (The Verge) reviews the Typo keyboard:
But the only thing that really matters is that the Typo isn’t a good keyboard. Its four rows of backlit, angled, slightly raised black keys with white letters and borders may look suspiciously (and perhaps illegally) like they were lifted from a BlackBerry, but there’s no confusing the two. The Typo’s keys wobble in place, and have too much travel and a harsh, ugly bottoming-out feeling.
Why on earth they make it look like a BlackBerry is beyond comprehension, there are other ways to design great keyboard and although they know that they still go with this design. They think mashing up two device’s best feature is a good idea, this shows how inept they really are. Not only the Typo keyboard is poorly built, it also makes the iPhone to look like a big-sized-screen BlackBerry phone strapped with its full sized keyboard, which is not even the BlackBerry will build because it’s too friggin’ big/long.
According to Pierce’s review, there are two more cruxs of using the Typo: first is battery life of the iPhone becomes shorter, and user can’t use Touch ID since the Typo blocks the iPhone’s home button.