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64-bit Apple A7 processor is a “marketing gimmick” says QUALCOMM exec

64-bit Apple A7 processor is a “marketing gimmick” says QUALCOMM exec

When Apple unveiled its new iPhone 5S it excitedly grabbed the distinction of using the first 64-bit processor in a smartphone. It didn't take long for Samsung to step up and say that it would be using 64-bit processors and some of its future devices. Samsung hasn't offered any further details on when it might begin using 64-bit processors, but according to a QUALCOMM executive there may not be any real benefit to using them now.

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Android Touch ID alternative in early 2014 promises FIDO Alliance

Android Touch ID alternative in early 2014 promises FIDO Alliance

iPhone 5s-style fingerprint security could show up broadly on Android phones within six months, a consortium led by Google, PayPal and others claims, promising an open standard rather than Apple's locked-down Touch ID. Early attempts at Android biometrics on the Motorola ATRIX and others proved clunky, but a new generation of fingerprint scanning with "very low friction" to success is fast approaching, Michael Barrett of the FIDO Alliance told USA Today.

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iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c now available from Virgin Mobile

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c now available from Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile made it known late last month that it would be offering the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on October 1, and a quick look at the carrier's website shows that everything has gone according to schedule. Pricing wasn't described at the time, however, leaving the topic open for speculation based on how the company priced the iPhone 5. Because of the lack of contract subsidization, buyers will be forking over a fair bit of cash, but less than Apple is charging.

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Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Gold iPhone 5s madness reaches fever pitch: China turns to stickers

Desperation has nearly set in for seekers of the gold iPhone 5s in China - and it's not just Apple that's cashing in. What's appearing now are massive amounts of standardized shiny gold stickers for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5, each of them made to make the non-gold editions of the device look a bit more up-to-speed. Retailers have begun selling gold iPhone stickers "in the thousands" according to some reports, with no end in sight as China's obsession with the color strikes hard.

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Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7 has been a lightning rod of controversy over the last week. The operating system has been called the very best mobile software Apple has ever released by the company’s hardcore fans, while those who aren’t so quick to sing its praises say that it has much room for improvement.

Of course, that there’s some backlash isn’t all that surprising. Apple’s iOS 7 is a major departure from the previous operating system, featuring an all-new design, new visual effects, and new functions. The operating system was crafted by Jonathan Ive, and by the look of things, Apple is going in whatever direction he chooses in the future.

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iOS 7 Waterproof hoax expands with “AirDrop protection”

iOS 7 Waterproof hoax expands with “AirDrop protection”

This week a hoax was dropped by the likes of some as-yet-unknown graphic designer who had a hankering for some iOS 7 trickery. The first joke in this series consisted of a series of images that suggested an upgrade to iOS 7 would include full waterproofing of whatever device you bumped to the new operating system. Needless to say, those that believed in the hoax were sorely disappointed when they found their iPhones dead as a doornail under water.

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iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

iPhone 5s A7 chip teardown gets transistor-deep

The teardown of the iPhone 5s has officially gotten microscopic. With the team at chipworks making it their mission to get down and dirty with the heartiest Apple chip on the market today, the iPhone 5s has joined the ranks of the devices that our current teardown culture has seen fit to take apart down to the tiniest of details. Tearing the top off the processor as you'd see it first when you pop off the back of the iPhone 5s (not recommended, by the way,) a new conglomeration is revealed.

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Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s and 5c prepaid sales launch detailed

Virgin Mobile iPhone 5s and 5c prepaid sales launch detailed

Virgin Mobile will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from October 1, the carrier has confirmed, one of the few opportunities to pick up Apple's newest smartphones with service but without an ongoing contract. Both handsets - along with the existing iPhone 4S - will be offered with Virgin Mobile's "unlimited data & messaging" plans, starting from $35 per month (or $30 if you opt for automatic payments); however, the big question is exactly how much freedom from a two-year agreement will cost in terms of the upfront iPhone price.

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iPad mini 2 in Gold: slate appears with Touch ID

iPad mini 2 in Gold: slate appears with Touch ID

All the way upstream in the wild west (or Wild East, if you prefer) of secondhand parts stores sourced from what's supposedly Apple's own assembly line appears a Gold colored iPad mini 2. This device follows with the release of the iPhone 5s in Gold and the suggestion that the iPad's 5th generation release will kick out the Gold as well. Here a set of up-close photos also suggest that this model will be released with Touch ID - aka the fingerprint sensor delivered with the iPhone 5s as well.

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Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Is Apple’s iPhone pricing outrageous or sound business?

Earlier this week, a teardown by IHS revealed that Apple’s iPhone 5c costs the company $173 to produce, representing a 12 percent reduction compared to the iPhone 5. The entry-level iPhone 5s, meanwhile, sets customers back $199.

The news was not at all surprising. Apple has for years been building products for a relatively cheap sum. But as Apple continues to generate massive profits and carriers sell unlocked iPhones for several hundred dollars, I can’t help but wonder if the company is going a little far with its pricing.

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