Archive for August, 2013

Biometric iPhone 5s may not live up to expectations

An analyst has recently said that the Biometric features of the iPhone 5s may not live up to our expectations and probably wont be able to authenticate contact less card payments due to the company only working with apple for around a year.

We expect the iPhone 5S to include a fingerprint sensor with a basic unlocking feature, but do not believe the sensor will be built into iOS 7 enough to introduce a feature like secure payments as we believe that Authentec has only been a part of Apple for less than one year. We believe that payments could be a key feature of the next version of iOS in 2014.

The device is likely to offer third party apps integration with the Biometric scanner however the way in which this will be rolled our across the industry is still to be seen. The feature could, as stated simply be a new way to unlock your device, replacing the need to enter your PIN code.

Now you can book a restaurant table using Facebook

An article over on Mashable has got our attention this evening as there are rumors surfacing about a partnership between restaurant booking system giant OpenTable and Facebook.

FacebookOpentableThe idea is simple, restaurants are going to be able to add “book a table” buttons directly onto their Facebook pages from within the app, allowing customers to book quickly and simply using Facebook to register their contact details and any other information you would normally give over the phone, all you would need to do is select a time and a number of guests.

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The integration is far more seamless than with OpenTable’s other partners, like Yelp and Google Maps, which require you to open a browser window to complete a booking. All reservations can be made without leaving the Facebook app. In fact, you don’t even need to register with OpenTable to make a reservation.

With my background working in hotels & restaurants I personally think that this is quite an exciting revolution for Facebook to actually be doing something useful with their pages rather than simply harvesting our data to provide targeted adverts, however its only a matter of time until Facebook starts targeting its adverts depending on what type of steak you had for dinner or which bottle of wine you ordered at the table.

For more information on the OpenTable integration with Facebook you can visit the OpenTable Social Media website.

Let us know what you think of this concept as always by leaving a comment below.

iPhone 5s to be announced on the 10th September

Our sources have told us that the iPhone 5s will be launched at a media event on the 10th September this year. It is still unclear if the iPhone 5c will be launched alongside the new iPhone 5s, or if it will feature in its own launch show on a later date.

We have seen lots of images and renderings of the new low-cost iPhone which has been called the iPhone 5c among news outlets and fans, apparently with the C standing for “Low-Cost” however this seems like a strange marketing strategy for apple, seeing as its main core feature is that of quality, cheap isn’t something i could see apple wanting associated with their products but only time will tell.

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The most recent rumors suggest that the new iPhone 5s will be priced at around $490 which is £316.95, a similar price to what the iPhone 4 is currently retailing at when brought on contract with a network.

It is likely that the iPhone 5c will be released on the same date as the iPhone 5s, alongside iOS7 and possibly OSX Mavericks however traditionally this is less likely. the iPhone 5s is rumored to have NFC contact-less payment solutions, a bio-metric fingerprint scanner under the home button and a dual LED flash.

The Kreyos Meteor SmartWatch

The new Kreyos SmartWatch is the first in the line up of SmartWatches that may actually be worth parting with your hard earned cash for. Yes i know the Pebble has a smart energy saving screen you can read your texts on, and sony are trying out a new model of their SmartWatch technology however none of these devices really do that much other than letting you read messages and display alerts, this is all about to change.

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Unlike the first-generation SmartWatches that only provide one-way notifications, the Kreyos Meteor is the first and only interactive smartwatch to let you use voice and gestures to control your smartwatch. Built into the operating system of the smartwatch itself, this technology is far beyond the capacities of the first-generation watches prepping for the market today.  In fact, voice and gesture control cannot be easily added to other watches because adding voice and gesture control requires hardware, rather than software, integration.

Kreyos describes the watch on their website as

The Kreyos Meteor is a hands-free, two-way communication system that you wear on your wrist. On your belt. On your bike. Or even on a lanyard around your neck.

Because it is light and portable, it’s easy to wear while on the move – whether you’re on a long bike ride or a short-trip to the grocery store.

For the first time ever, you now will have hands-free control over the powerhouse mini-computer that sits in your pocket.

The watch is currently only available via a Indiegogo project which you can visit and must donate $100 in order to get your own Kreyos watch when they are launched. The project has already raised over $1.4million () and so they are sure to start hitting shelves soon at a considerably higher price.

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Let us know what you think about this and all the other SmartWatches we have talked about, are they a waste of money? Will anyone actually use them in public or will they flop like Bluetooth hands free headsets leave us your opinion in the comments below, we love to hear from you!

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