Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s at the same price as the 5, with a new A7 64-bit processor, home button with fingerprint sensor and new camera. An iPhone 5c comes in 5 colors with similar internals to the 5. iOS 7 will be available on September 18.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s head of Android and Chrome has confirmed that the next version of Android, 4.4, will be called KitKat rather than the rumored “Key Lime Pie”. He also said there were now more than 1 billion Android activations.
Sony Alpha Rumors has leaked more of the rumored Sony lens cameras. It has images of the QX10 in a champagne gold and silver finish and says it will cost $250, whilst the QX100 will cost $450. They will attach to iOS and Android and act as wireless lenses over Wi-Fi.
DICE+ is shipping its Bluetooth game die, which is available for $40 in the US and €40 elsewhere. There are few compatible Android and iPad games, though the developer kit should increase that number.
Cube26 offers software giving gesture controls (“look away to pause”, “touch-less swipe to answer”, and others) to many phones with a front-facing camera. The startup has already found buyers including 6 of India’s leading OEMs, representing 25% of the fastest growing smartphone market on the planet.
Samsung has teased new printer concepts that allow users to print from and charge their phone while it is docked into the printer, and even to play music in one design.
New Zealand has passed a new Patents Bill which will ban software patents. Suitably-named Commerce Minister Craig Foss said it marked a “significant step towards driving innovation in New Zealand”.
A report by Facebook covering the first 6 months of 2013 shows that government agencies demanded data for over 38,000 Facebook users and more than half of them came from the United States.