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Nov 19, 2013

Samsung and ARM to Put 64-Bit CPU Inside Galaxy S5

Samsung’s next Android-based flagship smartphone, supposedly the Galaxy S5, is expected to be powered by a 64-bit processor when launched next year, a recent report from South Korea suggests.

According to koreaherald, Samsung and ARM are currently settling down the final details of the deal, and the next high-end smartphone from the company is sure to pack a 64-bit CPU inside. Following the launch of Apple’s latest iPhone in summer with a similar processor, Samsung said that its next-generation phones could include similar chipsets, though no other details have been provided as of now.

Galaxy S5 might become official in the first quarter of the next year, and it could also sport a 5-inch or larger AMOLED screen capable of delivering a 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution, with a 560ppi pixel density. However, no official word on this has emerged from Samsung so far.

Samsung to pack Galaxy S5 with a 64-bit processor
Image credits to Samsung

What’s New in iOS 7.1 – The First Set of Changes in a New Development Cycle

Apple this week rolled out the first iOS 7.1 beta to developers, and while the software is accompanied by a formal set of release notes, the documentation hardly mentions any of the visual tweaks.

And there are quite a few of those tweaks, according to developers who were quick to download and install the beta, as Cultofmac notes. One notable change noticed by most testers is that you can actually opt to use a permanently-dark keyboard. By default, iOS 7 switches between a white keyboard and a dark keyboard, depending on the UI of the app you’re currently using (i.e. Mail, Twitter, or Facebook). Now, you can just flip a switch and use a dark one all the time. When iOS 7.1 is released via software update (something that won’t happen for weeks, maybe months), head over to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> and flip on the switch in front of “Use Dark Keyboard.” In iOS 7.1, users will be able to do away with transparency altogether, and there are a few extra toggles to manage contrast and colors. In case you feel iOS 7 is too bright, there’s now a switch to darken colors.

 A new HDR Auto mode is included in the new build. The feature automatically chooses the best photo and comes with a handy on/off toggle. Users will be able to choose whether or not to upload Burst Mode photos to their Photo Stream, to save iCloud space, and there’s a new Yahoo logo for Weather and Stock information. Finally, the Flickr logo is also changed to a more minimalistic design. iOS 7.1 has only just entered public testing, and there’s a good chance Apple will spend well over a month seeding ever more polished builds to developers, so don’t expect the update to arrive anytime too soon. Though it would be nice to see it before Christmas.

iOS 7.1 screenshots (transparency gone)
Image credits to CultofMac

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