Biometric scanner such as a finger print scanner offers higher level of security with greater convenience. On the iPhone 5S, we saw how its Touch ID scanner gets compromised by a fabricated fingerprint. Now it the latest Galaxy S5 with its new Finger print scanner appears to be fooled by the same trick. With the Galaxy S5′s fingerprint authentication support for PayPal, it does raise concerns if this is a safe way of keeping our online transaction accounts safe.
Similar case with the iPhone 5S, to perform this bypass is quite tough to begin with. Getting a high resolution finger print would require high level coordination and determination to make this happen. Another way to reduce such risk is by using a different finger for more crucial actions like authorising PayPal payments.
It was also pointed out that the iPhone 5S does slightly better security wise as it requires a manual password after it gets rebooted. However for the Galaxy S5, a thief with a fabricated fingerprint can gain as much access even when after the device gets restarted. Hopefully Samsung will address this issue by adding another layer of security onto it. Perhaps they could incorporate a “Knock-Code” like feature as an extra security measure in future.
Watch the Galaxy S5 finger print scanner being bypassed after the break.
The new Windows Phone 8.1 introduces a new voice assistant called Cortana. To find out how does it compare in handling day to day voice commands, WPCentral has done a simple shootout against Siri and Google Now. The Siri unit was running on the current iPhone 5S while Google Now was tested using the Moto X.
Overall there’s no clear winner but Cortana seems to be performing quite well despite being an early beta. Not bad considering the other 2 have been established for quite some time now. So far the key advantages of Cortana is the ease of doing a Foursquare check in and toggle settings by voice. Other than that, any unknown commands will generally lead to Search, including request to open specific websites.
Watch the video after the break.
Turn your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S into a Metal Gear Solid Walkie Talkie with this cool looking iDroid case. It is a very chunky but hey, you can now carry an iPhone like a boss. Apart from giving added protection, the case has a couple of nice touches including a blue light at the back and an antenna which actually is a removable stylus. Meanwhile the camera lens is protected by a neatly designed retractable flap cover.
For a complete Metal Gear Solid experience, its creator Hideo Kojima also encourages fans to install their iPhone app to compliment the new case. The iDroid iPhone case is going on sale in Japan in October for ¥7,500, which is about RM238.
Check out more pictures of the iDroid iPhone case after the break.
The new Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a finger print scanner making it similar as the iPhone 5S‘s Touch ID. While both scanners are placed on the home button, the execution of the two is actually quite different. The iPhone 5S scanner works seamlessly and you can unlock the device while the display is switched off. On the plus side, it recognises your finger print no matter which way you press on the home button as you would normally do on an iPhone.
For the Galaxy S5, there’s an extra step of waking up the device before you could unlock using your fingerprint. Furthermore, the Galaxy S5 requires you to swipe your finger directly on the home button from the top to bottom. This makes it awkward to unlock in a single hand but nevertheless it is still a better implementation than the rear mounted placement on the HTC One Max.
You can check out the video comparison of two after the break.
The colourful iPhone 5C is now affordable than before with a stock limited promotion by Switch. The iPhone 5C is priced at RM1,799 for 16GB and RM1,999 for the 32GB unit. This is a reduction of RM200-400 as both 16GB and 32GB models are normally priced at RM1,999 and RM2,399 respectively.
You can get the full list of Switch nationwide outlets here.
In this comparison, both iPhone 5S and HTC One M8 comes with an aluminium body while the Galaxy S5 is still plastic based with a new back cover design. The new HTC One M8 unibody uses 20% more metal than last year’s HTC One M7 but does this translate to better durability? Watch the video after the break to find out.
It looks like Apple is exploring new ways of improving its photography capabilities in future iPhones. They have recently filed a new patent for a Bayonet Lens mount which allows users to add on lens accessories seamlessly without the need of special case or custom mounts.
The bayonet mount offers a rather secured fit for the lens without altering much of the actual lens design on the device. What’s more interesting is that it has a mechanism that detaches itself upon drop impact to reduce damage to both lens and device. The upcoming iPhone 6 is speculated to feature a protruding camera design and this could allow add on for wide angle or tele lens.
Apart from this, Apple has also patented a magnetic lens mount as well. Having patents doesn’t necessary mean that it will be implemented in upcoming iPhone but it somewhat gives an indication that Apple has considered of using it in the future.
You can check out more images of their patent after the break.
If you’re looking to kill some time on you iPhone while being stuck in jam. You might want to check this game out.
Word Monsters is a fun, fast-paced social word game developed by Raketspel that’s something like Candy Crush and crossword puzzles combined. The object of the game is to look for words in stacks of letters as fast as you can. You can play with your friends and compete with players around the world as well. You can choose the theme of words you want to compete in, such as fruits, names, stuff that you can find in your fridge, or even more challenging stuff, like 80′s pop songs!
Word Monsters is available for free now on iOS.
Head on over to after the jump to see Word Monster in action.
Apple has yet to released a low-cost version of its iPad and iPhone devices. For each new model they announced, Apple has still maintained the several generations old models with smaller storage capacities as their affordable option to own an iOS device. The cheapest official new iPhone you can purchase is the 8GB iPhone 4S that’s currently selling at RM1,499. If that’s not old enough, the iPad 2 is still selling at RM1,199 for the 16GB WiFi version.
Word has it that Apple will be retiring these old models tomorrow, giving a fresher alternative for those seeking to buy an official iPhone or iPad for cheap. The colourful iPhone 5C that’s spotted with 8GB capacity is now speculated to be the new entry-level iPhone. Meanwhile the iPad 2 is set to be retired and will be replaced by a lightning-connector friendly 4th generation iPad with Retina Display. The 4th gen iPad was initially discontinued right after the new iPad Air was announced last year.
The pricing of these new entry-level devices are speculated to be priced slightly higher than the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 that we are having right now. Let’s see what happens when the Apple’s Online Store gets refreshed tomorrow.
The latest iOS 7.1 update is now available for download on iPhone and iPad devices. It brings the latest support for CarPlay which allows seamless connectivity with CarPlay supported vehicles along with couple of new enhancements. For Siri, they have added more voices and the ability to manually speak to Siri in a Push to Talk fashion by press and holding the home button to speak. This allows Siri to react faster by releasing the button once you’re done.
Apart from that, there’s some minor improvements on iTunes Radio and Calendar usability along with a couple of bug and performance fixes as well. You can download the iOS 7.1 update Over The Air (OTA) using a WiFi connection. To get started, head over to Settings > General > Software Updates.
Thanks Abdul Muhaimin Jarni for the tip!