Apple's iOS 7 launched with a revamped design and new features galore. Not all features were welcomed, with some users pleading for the ability to revert back to iOS 6 or turn off some of the more "annoying" features. One such feature was the motion found throughout iOS 7, including the motion found on wallpaper images across all home screens.
On Monday, Apple finally released iOS 7.1. The update brings with it CarPlay support, bug fixes, improvements, and various new features. One such feature is specific to the camera on the iPhone 5S and HDR mode in the Camera app.
When Apple first released HDR mode for iOS devices, the option only existed for it to be turned on or off. The all-or-nothing approach wasn't a horrible idea, but HDR photos aren't always necessary.
With iOS 7.1 on the iPhone 5S, Apple has set HDR mode to automatic by default.
The first time you launch the … Read more
The Korean electronics giant released a couple videos for the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit to give users an in-depth look at some features of the new devices. Samsung frequently crams so many capabilities into its products that it's hard to know about all of them.
Check out CNET's first take on the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit.
The Galaxy S5 video shows off the hardware and software features, such as the fitness apps. It goes pretty in-depth with camera features, … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy S5 might have some trouble getting out of the gate when it hits store shelves next month.
Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S5 in Korea on April 11. But on Friday, South Korea's communications watchdogs instituted a 45-day ban, starting this week and extending to May 19, that bars the country's carriers from accepting new customers or upgrading existing customers to new handsets, according to a report from Reuters. That essentially means the Galaxy S5 could be languishing on store shelves for some time.
The odd ban comes after Korea discovered that the country'… Read more
Geneva isn't just the home of expensive watches, chocolate, and international diplomacy, it also brings us one of the premier car shows on the automatize industry's calendar. And just as we've done for the last several years, CNET was there to bring you hottest rides at the show.CNET's full coverage of the Geneva Auto Show
As you might expect, the Geneva event put a big focus on European firms, but Hyundai, Nissan, and born-in-America names like Jeep show up, as well. And when we're not looking at vehicles of all types -- from concept … Read more
Apple debuted its fingerprint sensor with the release of its iPhone 5S in September. Currently, the smartphone is the only Apple device that totes the security scanner. But, it looks like Apple may be looking into using biometric data to let users connect all of their devices for wireless pairing and cross-device communication.
An Apple patent application for "a system for wireless pairing and communication between devices using biometrics" went public on the US Patent and Trademark Office's Web site on Thursday. The tech giant originally applied for the patent on August 31, 2012.
The patent application … Read more
Samsung is working a new, unannounced product through the regulatory process.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday published files submitted recently by Samsung showing details on what the company is calling an "activity tracker." The product number doesn't match up with any fitness devices shown off so far this year by Samsung, making the blogosphere guess that it's actually the rumored, and unannounced, S Circle fitness tracker.
Details are slim on the device, due mainly to Samsung requesting that the FCC keep private most of the product's features, but the files indicate that the product … Read more
McLaren is a company that listens. It's proved this before -- when the 12C didn't have enough drama to it, McLaren added more noise and power. When the door mechanisms were a bit janky, McLaren made them easier to use. When people complained that it might not be as fun as a Ferrari...McLaren released this, the 650S.
There's now even more power on offer -- 641 bhp in all, and it'll hit 62 mph in 3 seconds dead. Its top speed is 207 mph and it's faster over a quarter mile than a McLaren … Read more
Want to protect your phone calls and data from the feds, hackers, and other snoops? FreedomPop's new Privacy Phone promises to do just that.
Nicknamed the "Snowden phone" after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the phone is actually a Samsung Galaxy S2 that FreedomPop rejiggered into a call- and data-encrypting device. Equipped with 128-bit encryption, the phone aims to secure your voice calls and text messages. A built-in virtual private network lets you surf the Web anonymously.
A Corning executive launched a blistering critique of sapphire crystal, used as a protective material for displays, on Tuesday. The subtext was obviously aimed at Apple.
In defense of its Gorilla Glass, Tony Tripeny, a senior vice president at Corning Glass, was asked the following question at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, via Seeking Alpha, on Tuesday. The question came from analyst James Fawcett of Morgan Stanley.
Note that the "one large handset and device maker" is unmistakably Apple. Apple is expected to use sapphire crystal in some way for future devices, possibly including a … Read more