• Acoustic Imaging Technology Reported to Replace Touch ID in Future iPhone Models

    Posted on February 24th, 2017 Echo Brown | No comments

    In its filing for “Acoustic imaging system architecture,” Apple proposes a method by which a conventional capacitive fingerprint sensor like Touch ID might be replaced by an array of acoustic transducers laid out beneath a device display or its protective housing.

    As described in some embodiments, the transducers in a first mode generate acoustic waves, or pulses, capable of propagating through a variety of substrates, including an iPhone’s coverglass. Operation, or driving, of the transducers is managed by a controller.


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    The same transducer hardware then enters a second sensing mode to monitor reflections, attenuations, and diffractions to the acoustic waves caused by a foreign object in contact with the input-responsive substrate. Resulting scan data in the form of electrical signals is read by an onboard image resolver, which creates an approximated two-dimensional map.

    Applied to biometric recognition solutions, Apple’s acoustic imaging system might be configured to read a user’s fingerprint. According to the filing, ridges in a finger pad introduce an acoustic impedance mismatch that causes the mechanical waves generated by a transducer to reflect or diffract in a known manner.

    Like other biometric security solutions, the digital maps obtained by an acoustic imaging system are ultimately compared against a database of known assets to authenticate a user.

    Thanks to its design, the acoustic system can be installed practically anywhere in a device chassis, including directly under a display. Other potential points of integration include a screen’s perimeter or bezel, around buttons and in non-input areas of a housing, like a rear chassis. The latter coupling method would allow an example system to sample a user’s entire handprint.

    Indeed, in some cases the system might be configured to scan for particular body parts like a user’s ear or a skin pattern in order to determine how the device is being held. Depending on the implementation, an acoustic imaging system might also serve as a robust replacement for other legacy components like an iPhone’s proximity sensors.



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    The patent application goes on to cover system details like ideal materials, transducer placement, controllers, drive chips, component layouts and more.

  • 5 Reasons Why You should Choose iPhone over Android

    Posted on October 10th, 2016 Echo Brown | No comments

    Even though more and more high-end Android phones appear, like Samsung, LG,Huawei. There are still some key reasons to choose the iPhone over Android if you want to buy a new mobile phone. Here’s why you should pick the iPhone over Android phones.

    1. Guaranteed Software Updates

    iOS is the only platform that keeps updating with new features and bug fixes. In fact, Apple supports old iPhones long after most people stop using them. For example, the latest iOS 10 even works on the iPhone 5, which launched four years ago.
    Android phones rarely get that kind of support. Many manufacturers stop issuing Android updates after a year or so, if you’re lucky. That means you’re likely to miss the latest and greatest features that come to Android each year.

    2. Get the Best Apps First

    Both iPhone and Android have a robust selection of apps, but iPhone still tends to get the best apps first. Developers tend to make more money from the iPhone, which is why it often gets preference over Android. For example, Nintendo’s first Mario game, “Super Mario Run,” will be an iPhone exclusive when it launches later this year.

    3. No “crapware” from Your Wireless Carrier

    Carriers have a lot of control over what appears on Android phones, and they use that leverage to stuff the devices full of apps and services you don’t need. Even worse, those apps are taking up your storage space on phone and often impossible to delete from your device.
    The iPhone never comes with carrier crapware. The software is exactly the same no matter which carrier you buy your iPhone from.

    4. Run Smoothly for Years

    Even you have been using your iPhone for few years, you will find that it still runs very smoothly and you can easily access to all functions. But Android phones will run slowly after using several months. When you want to access some functions, like camera, you have to take a few more minutes, which will waste your time a lot.

    5. The Best Apple Support

    Apple has a vast network for customer support. Just walk into an Apple Store and someone will help you with your issues. It gets messy with Android phones though. In most cases, you have to deal with your wireless carrier if you have a problem with your phone, not the manufacturer, which means you’re working with people who aren’t as well-versed in how your device works.

  • iPhone Fell from 3rd to 5th in China’s Smartphone Marketshare

    Posted on August 2nd, 2016 Echo Brown | No comments

    The study, generated by Strategy Analytics, claims that vendor shipments by Apple dropped from 9.7 million to 7.3 million from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016. The drop in sales because of mixed demand for the iPhone 6s in the Chinese arena led to a significant decrease in overall marketshare from 9.2 percent in the year-ago quarter to 6.7 percent currently.

    China’s native smartphone manufacturers are taking up the huge market. Vivo and Oppo both maintain solid sales with device quality, greater retailer penetration, and rising brand awareness among consumers. In the same time period as Apple’s decline, Vivo rose from 7.4 percent of the overall marketshare, to 11.9 percent. Oppo climbed from 6.9 percent to 13.9 percent. The leading enterprise in China’s smartphone market, Huawei, climbed from 15.8 percent to 17.5 percent.
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    “In the first three quarters of this fiscal year, our total revenue from Greater China was almost $40 billion,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said, regarding the Chinese marketplace. Cook noted that revenue was “up 55 percent from the same time frame just two years ago, while iPhone units were up 47 percent.”

    In the latest set of Apple quarterly results, revenue from Greater China came in at $8.85 billion, a decrease of 33 percent from the same quarter last year. Revenue decreased both from the decrease in sales in the quarter, as well as the depreciation of the Chinese yuan against the dollar. The decrease of iPhone’s sales led to Apple’s sales decline in the last quarter.

    The big hit of Android phones are also attracting more and more iPhone users to wonder about switching from their iPhone to Android phones. However, it is quite difficult for iPhone users to transfer data from iPhone to Android phone. Leawo Software, one of the leading developers and providers for multimedia software of iPhone/Android phone, releases a piece of data transfer software to help transfer data between Android phone and Apple iPhone.

    In a year with the China smartphone shipments growing 3.7 percent, the country still remains the world’s largest market for smartphones. China accounts for one in three smartphone shipments worldwide, according to Strategy Analytics.

  • Apple iPhone 5 news: one of the two 3.999 inches new Apple iPhone being tested would be iPhone 5

    Posted on May 23rd, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    The new iPhone has been talked for a long time. People are guessing about what it would bring and when it would come out. I have written a post on the release date of iPhone 5 which indicates no release of iPhone 5 on this WWDC. And this seems to be more reliable since the latest news from 9to5Mac. The Phonearena writer Alan F has wrote a post about the news from 9to5Mac. Check the news bellow:

    According to 9to5Mac, at Apple HQ, testing is taking place on a couple of prototype handsets, one of which will probably become the next Apple iPhone 5. The prototypes are disguised by being put in thick black shells which are designed to hide the true identity of the phone inside. Two of the models being tested have larger screens than the current 3.5 inches that used to be considered generously sized when the first Apple iPhone was launched in 2007. Since then, we have seen the envelope widen from the 4.3 inches that seemed so large on the HTC HD2 to the 5.3 inches on the Samsung GALAXY Note. The two Apple iPhone prototypes with the larger screen are internally called the iPhone 5.1 and the iPhone 5.2.

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    The HTC HD2 raised the bar with its 4.3 inch screen

    Both the iPhone 5.1 and the iPhone 5.2are in the PreEVT stage of testing and go by the code names N41AP and N42AP respectively. The pair both sport a 3.999 inch screen, measured diagonally. Besides increasing the size of the display, Apple is also adding pixels to the screen as the new models have a resolution of 640 x 1136, which produces excellent digital enjoyment of watching HD videos on iPhone 5. That’s an extra 176 pixels added down. The width of the screen will remain 1.9632 but will now be 3.484 inches tall and the aspect ratio will be close to 16:9.

    There is also speculation that Apple will be working to maximize the extra real estate on iOS 6 by adding a fifth row of icons (not including the stationary icons, of course) and this is where the extra pixels come in to keep the screen a Retina display. Both of these models are said to have a home button and a smaller dock connector. The new dock connector is said to be a smaller version of the current 30-pin one and is said to be in between a micro USB connector and a mini one.

    Considering that the last two Apple iPhone models ended up on the floor of a bar, we would imagine that the Cupertino based firm has tightened up security in terms of who can test a unit off-campus and who gets to take a prototype home.

    Source files from: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Two-versions-of-the-Apple-iPhone-being-tested-says-report-both-with-3.999-inch-screen_id30511

  • iPhone 5 news: No iPhone 5 release on WWDC while more focus on iPhone 5 screen

    Posted on May 21st, 2012 David Brooks | 5 comments

    It’s been a long time for people rumoring Apple iPhone 5. People care about iPhone 5 release date, iPhone 5 specs, iPhone 5 price, iPhone 5 versions, etc. It’s commonly rumored before that the iPhone 5 might get released on this WWDC, which is going to be held next month. But, now that a pretty strong consensus is gelling that there will be no iPhone 5 unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, focus of speculation has turned once again to issues of the iPhone 5 screen size. There have been rumors that the next Apple iPhone would adopt a flexible OLED panel on a curved surface. That seems to be possible for Apple is taking a more active interest in OLED technology. As for the screen size, there have been rumors that iPhone 5 would include a 4” or even larger display. Reuters even projected more specifically that the next iPhone 5 screen size would be 4.6 inches.

    iPhone 5

    It would be awesome for owners to enjoy HD videos on iPhone 5 whatever screen size the iPhone 5 adopts, as either 4.0 or 4.6 inches screen would produces better visual effect than watching HD videos on iPhone 4S. But these are just rumors, as Apple may not adopt larger screen display on iPhone 5. There are some objectively good reasons why Apple has kept the screen dimension at 3.5 inches through the iPhone’s first five generations. An obvious one it that it facilitates an ideally pocketable size and lower weight than a larger panel would. Another of course is that smaller displays enhance battery runtime per charge. Larger screen display consumes more battery, while Apple iPhones have been always hoped to be increased in battery performance.

    Meanwhile, the larger display on iPhone 5 would present new challenges for developers as apps may not work as good on larger screen display as used to operate on smaller screen display. Of course, challenges are always accompanied with opportunities. There’re also great opportunities for developers.

    But we are still back to the words that it’s still too early to talk about these things as there’s no official news about the new iPhone screen size and materials. We still have to wait for the official iPhone 5 release, which is highly believed to be the mid to late September or more likely October, either on the anniversary of the 2011 iPhone 4S release, or to commemorate a year since Steve Jobs’s death.

  • Top 10 apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices to help you live a greener and more sustainable life

    Posted on May 2nd, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Earth Day is an annual celebration of the Earth intended to boost awareness and appreciation for nature and the environment. Actually, it’s more important for us to keep our own life green in our daily life, other than being aware of environmental protection on Earth Day only. And the real world is that along with the fast development of electronic products, like the favorite iPhone, Android phones, Windows Phone 7, and any other smartphones and devices, it has become more difficult for people to live a greener and more sustainable life. Energy consumption, waste production, global warming, all these have made our earth bare so much burdens. So, what can we do to protect our Mother Earth, but still have the right to make full use of our advanced communicational technologies and devices? What is the better way to use our smartphones but relieve earth’s burden at the same time? Well, here I have collected some top 10 apps for all Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7 smartphone users to use for a greener and more sustainable life. Check the bellow to get them.

    Green Outlet
    Green OutletIf you want to save electricity, Green Outlet would be your choice. Green Outlet can help cut your electricity usage by identifying which household appliances use the most energy. You select the appliances you use how frequently each day, and the app predicts your electric bill and carbon footprint. 99 cents for iPhone

    Plastic Analyzer
    Plastic AnalyzerPlastic Analyzer tells you what sort of plastics you use on a daily basis by searching via the plastic identification code. You can find details such as what products it is used in and whether it is easily recyclable. Free for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7

    iViro
    iViroIf you want to know your home energy consumption and how to save it, you can get iViro, which helps you check your home’s energy consumption and advises on upgrades and retrofits to save on your heating, electricity, and water bills. You can get a breakdown of your annual energy costs as well as monitor individual appliances, rooms, or multiple households. Free for iPhone

    Green Shine
    Green ShineGreen Shine is directory of environmental alternatives to commercial cleaning products. You only need a few basic ingredients to get started, like salt and vinegar, while solutions are organized by rooms and areas. $2.99 for iPhone

    Carticipate
    CarticipateGas will always be a big cost in our everyday life. But with Carticipate, you can save money on gas with its car-sharing scheme that pairs friends, co-workers, and groups to coordinate driving plans. You can manage multiple trips, including your rides to and from work, or one-timers such as going with a group of friends on a trip. Free for iPhone

    iTunes Cleaner
    Mac iTunes CleanerYou must also need an iTunes cleanup tool for your iTunes which could effectively clean up your music library on iTunes so as to let you enjoy music from your iTunes on iPhone or other iOS devices well organized and space saving.

    Meter Readings
    Meter ReadingsAnother energy saving app. Meter Readings keep track of your household energy usage. You can track multiple meters for electricity, heat, and water; add reminders for when it’s time to record readings; and suggest how to generate charts and graphics to evaluate your usage patterns. Free for iPhone

    Dirty Dozen
    Dirty DozenTo make your shopping more convenient and time saving on fruits and vegetables, Dirty Dozen, as a shopping guide app from EWG, helps you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and how to avoid them. It lists the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables depending on their provenience, and it’s very straightforward. Free for iPhone and Android

    Locavore
    LocavoreFor food and seasonal transfer, you can refer to Locavore, a practical app all about seasonal and local food. It has listings for farms and farmers’ markets near you and information on what’s in season, as well as an integrated social network where you can share photos and rate sellers. Free for iPhone and Android

    GoodGuide
    GoodGuideIf you want to know whether the products you want to buy or have got are green, ethical, healthy, safe or not, GoodGuide could help you. Goodguide is a barcode-scanning app that tells you whether products are green, ethical, healthy, or safe, based on scientific ratings. It has information on 170,000 products from the U.S. only. Free for iPhone and Android

  • Top 5 worthy Android smartphones that could substitute for Apple iPhone

    Posted on April 23rd, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Days ago, I just wrote a post talking about 5 Android tablet alternatives for Apple iPad, which provides specific information about the 5 Android devices. Today, I would like to share another 5 devices with all of you guys, and this time top 5 mostly recommended Android smartphones that could be used as substitutes for Apple iPhone, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Droid Razr MAXX, etc. These Android smartphones would also produce excellent experience for you for website surfing, communicating, game playing, video viewing, etc. With these excellent Android smartphones, you can now no longer narrow down your choices on Apple iPhones, but also various successful and wonderful Android smartphones. Well, less nonsense, let’s straightly go to the topic.

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    Galaxy NexusThe Samsung Galaxy Nexus is arguably the most capable Android-based smartphone in the market right now. It comes with a 4.5 inches Super AMOLED Plus display at 1280-by-720-pixel resolution, which produces excellent experience for you to read messages, surf the internet, view pictures, play games and watch HD movies on Galaxy Nexus. What’s more, it configures with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operation system, which adds scores of this phone greatly.

    Samsung Galaxy S III

    Samsung Galaxy S lllThe Galaxy S III is still not released yet, but not far away. Rumored to be released in May, this new smartphone has been confirmed with a quadcore 1.4GHz processor and a 4.6-inch screen running at 1280 x 720, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, an NFC-equipped 2,050 mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage.

    Motorola Droid Razr MAXX

    Motorola Droid Razr MAXXThere was a time when Motorola stood atop the mobile space with its Razr. And although it lost that position to Research In Motion and then Apple over the years, the company has made a strong resurgence with the Droid Razr MAXX. That offering comes with 4G LTE, a beautifully thin design, and upgradability to Android 4.0. Best of all, it has a 4.3-inch display, which is much bigger than the iPhone’s 3.5-inch option.

    LG Nitro HD

    LG Nitro HDThe LG Nitro HD sports a really nice 4.5-inch display with 720p resolution. Underneath its hood hums a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and the 8-megapixel camera on its back can capture video at 1080p. Also, it is one of the few Android smartphones on AT&T’s lineup that can ride on the carrier’s 4G LTE network. In terms of software, the LG Nitro HD may come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but we expect to see an update to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point in the future.

    Samsung Galaxy Note

    Samsung Galaxy NoteThe Samsung Galaxy Note is well-built, its Android interface is stellar and the inclusion of a stylus is making many customers happy. It comes with a 5.3″ SuperAMOLED HD screen with 1280×800 pixels producing a PPI of 285 which is quite stunning considering the screen’s size. Behind the hood are an 8mp camera, a 1.4 Ghz Dual Core processor, the ability to record in 1080p and 1GB RAM, so this is definitely one of the leading phones in the market specifications-wise.

  • Top 10 old school games for iPhone and Android smartphones

    Posted on February 20th, 2012 David Brooks | 6 comments

    Whether or not you admit the truth, you must have the experience of playing video games in your childhood school ages or even now, just pretty much like every other smartphone owner nowadays out there. Maybe the video games you played some 20 or even 30 years ago weren’t as flashy as that you now play on your iPhone or Android smartphones as the hardware that they ran on was nowhere near as capable as your average contemporary smartphone. However, those old school video games could be just as entertaining as the ones played today. Do you want to re-experience these classic old school video games on your fashionable iPhone and Android smartphones? Here I have collected a Top 10 list of old school video games for iPhone and Android smartphones for you to play on your handsets. Check the bellow to get them:

    PAC-MAN
    PAC-MANFor those of you who grew up during the ’80s, an iconic game such as PAC-MAN needs no introduction. Simple to play, yet hard to master, it is one of the most recognizable and most successful video games of all time. Today, ports of PAC-MAN exist for both Android and iOS without being any different from the video game’s classic arcade version.Price: $3.99 (Android), $4.99 (iOS), free versions available

    Sonic CD
    Sonic CDSega once had an add-on for its Genesis console known as the Sega CD. It was garbage. However, Sonic CD was among the few noteworthy Sega CD titles, and checking it out is totally worth it even today. As usual, we have the adorable blue hedgehog zooming back and forth, collecting rings, and annihilating bad guys. Pure old-school fun! Price: $2.99. Platform: Android, iOS

    Another World
    Another WorldIt may have been released more than 20 years ago, yet Another World is still one compelling video game. It is pretty challenging too and requires you to make good use of your common sense. And can you imagine how awesome those cinematic cut scenes would have seemed to gamers of that time? Price: $4.99. Platform: iOS (Android version coming soon)

    Tetris
    TetrisYes, we know that this far from the plain old vanilla version of Tetris, but EA’s take on the classic video game is really fun to play nonetheless. And since a classic mode is available as well, there really isn’t anything more one could want. Price: $0.99 (iOS), $2.99 (Android), free versions available

    Prince of Persia
    Prince of PersiaPrince of Persia – you have probably played, or at least seen the modern interpretation of this otherwise classic video game. But have you ever taken the original for a spin? Now you can as the original version of Prince of Persia is available for the iPhone. Besides the overhauled graphics, everything is pretty much the same as it was back in 1989. Price: $0.99. Platform: iOS

    Atari’s Greatest Hits
    Atari's Greatest HitsWhat is better than having a good old classic video game on your iPhone or Android smartphone? Having a whole bunch of them, of course! Atari’s greatest hits includes 100 of the company’s hottest old-school titles that were once played in arcades or on the Atari 2600 video game console. The games are divided in 25 packs that cost $0.99 each, and buying all 100 of them will set you back $9.99. Platform: Android, iOS

    Streets of Rage
    Streets of RageHow about some good old-fashioned beat’em up action? Check out Streets of Rage, which has been ported to the iPhone by Sega itself. Sure, playing by yourself does get a bit boring after a while, but that is why Bluetooth cooperative mode has been included. Just find a buddy with an iPhone and let the fun begin! Price: $0.99. Platform: iOS

    DOOM
    DoomIn the early ’90s, violent video games were a rare kind. That is why DOOM, although being nothing special by today’s standards, was among the goriest games that one could play at that time (think monsters meeting chainsaws). With its dark, diabolic atmosphere and challenging difficulty, it captured the imagination of hoards of gamers and brought the 3D first-person shooter genre to the masses. Price: $4.99. Platform: iOS

    Commander Genius
    Commander GeniusHmm, Commander Genius for Android sure reminds us of Commander Keen – a classic PC video game from the early ’90s. Well, that is because Commander Genius is a port of Commander Keen, and a very enjoyable one, as long as you do not have to deal with the on-screen virtual controls. It is an unofficial port, however, which is why flawless performance is not guaranteed. Price: Free. Platform: Android

    DONKEY.BAS
    Donkey BasAs simple as it is, DONKEY.BAS has a special place in video game history. Why is that, you ask? First of all, because it is arguably the first PC video game ever produced. It was released back in 1981 and was distributed with each IBM PC sold back in the days. Oh, and it was co-written by Bill Gates too (we are not making this up). Price: $0.99. Platform: iOS

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