A week in tech: Samsung Galaxy S3 review and new iPhone 5 rumours
Samsung Galaxy pre-order sales rocket
The Samsung Galaxy S3 – freshly reviewed here – looks set to outsell even its wildly popular precursor, the Galaxy S II. That’s if it can continue to sell as fast as pre-orders suggest it will.
According to Vodafone (speaking to The Inquirer), the Galaxy S3 has smashed previous pre-order records for Android handsets, while Carphone Warehouse says it’s the biggest-selling pre-order of 2012.
Apple testing widescreen iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 could sport a 3.9-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.
Apple is testing multiple prototypes of the next generation iPhone, at least two of which feature the new widescreen Retina Display, according to 9to5Mac’s sources.
The iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 display, so the iPhone 5 prototype stretches it a little (the width stays the same, the length increases by half an inch) but it retains the same Retina Display pixel density.
Waterstones to sell the Kindle in-store
No longer will ebook enthusiasts have to furtively browse the Kindle Store while in Waterstones – the bookseller is set to sell Amazon’s Kindle ebook readers in its high street stores. It’s even throwing in free Wi-Fi so that you can shop for ebooks in-store.
Leap Motion – 3D control that’s better than Kinect
Leap Motion’s 3D control system goes one better than Kinect, giving high-resolution gesture control to any PC or Mac.
A small USB device hosts an array of cameras and sensors which combine to create a virtual 3D workspace that allows you to Pinch-to-zoom, doodle and play like never before.
It’s so accurate it can track your individual fingers, and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimetre.
Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor
Talk to your plants like Prince Charles? Get the new Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor and they’ll able to talk back.
Pop the Wi-Fi Plant Sensor into your plant pot, use the free iPhone or web app to tell it what sort of foliage it’s monitoring, and it’ll gather information on soil moisture, temperature and light intensity – and tell you how to care for your plant.
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