Sunday, September 1, 2013

A week in tech: iPhone 5S release date, Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Kinect

A week in tech: iPhone 5S release date
The iPhone 5S is expected to be launched in September (Picture: Stuff)
Stuff, the world’s best selling gadget magazine, fills us in on the hottest tech news from the week including the iPhone 5 release date and a Google Nexus 4 price drop.

iPhone 5S release date slated for September 20
The iPhone 5S and budget iPhone 5C could be released on September 20 according to the latest whispers to come out of the iRumour mill.

The speculated date has arisen after TmoNews’ mystery sources told the site that US T-Mobile employees have been forbidden to go on holiday from September 20-22.

Unbelievable bang for your buck – Google Nexus 4 drops to £160
Price drop: Google Nexus 4 (Picture: Stuff)
Price drop: Google Nexus 4 (Picture: Stuff)
Google has dropped £80 off the price of the 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4 models to £160 and £200 respectively.

That’s an insanely good deal for a 4.7in quad-core handset with pure vanilla Android and guaranteed on-the-day updates.

The Nexus 4 earned a well-deserved 5 stars in Stuff’s review, thanks to its gorgeous glass build and super slick performance, and you’d be hard pressed not to snap one up for this price.

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be revealed on September 4
Coming soon: Samsung Galaxy Gear (Picture: Stuff)
Coming soon: Samsung Galaxy Gear (Picture: Stuff)
Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4, according to an executive from the company.

Confirming reports that the Galaxy Gear would launch alongside the Galaxy Note 3, Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung Mobile, has announced that the Galaxy Gear will be revealed at Samsung’s pre-IFA briefing in Berlin.

Apple to invite you and your friends to an iPhone-powered silent disco?

Party time: Apple's silent disco (Picture: Stuff)
Party time: Apple’s silent disco (Picture: Stuff)
Apple has filed a patent that describes a method of creating, essentially, your very own silent disco using little more than a bunch of iOS devices and some headphones.

Apple’s patent details a system that works slightly differently, because there is no central device acting as the DJ and broadcasting the same tune to every other user. Instead a collection of networked iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads will share tempo information, which means everyone in the group can listen to different music but at (roughly) the same BPM.

Kinect lets you look your Skype caller in the eye
Will you look me in the eye? (Picture: Stuff)
Will you look me in the eye? (Picture: Stuff)
One of the problems with Skype video calls is that you and your counterpart are rarely looking each other in the eye, because you’re gazing at their on-screen image rather than directly into your webcam. It’s all a bit jarring.

A new software prototype from the Computer Graphics Laboratory ETH Zurich aims to change that using facial recognition and the Xbox 360’s Kinect camera. The camera and software isolate the caller’s face and rotate it slightly, creating the illusion of eye contact. Only the face is moved, and done so seamlessly – the rest of the image remains untouched.