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The Galaxy S5, due for launch in April; with the possibility of Iris Scan Technology

Samsung’s flagship product for its next generation of Android

images (1)phone is set to be far more discernible than its predecessors. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to be visibly distinct from its S3 and S4 counter-parts, with its newer more stylish design to be the next generation forerunner for the Android Phone, with the possibility of it also including an iris scanner. It is set to ship in March or April, as said by the Korean company’s mobile-product leaders.

“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology… We are studying the possibility,” stated Young-hee Lee, executive vice president of marketing for Samsung mobile phone division, during an interview with Bloomberg news during the CES exhibition in Las Vegas. The iris scanner works by scanning different patterns in a person’s eye and would give Samsung a competitive edge against iPhone and HTC’s fingerprint technology. However, for the iris scanner to be plausible, it would need to be more than a gimmick or an accessory to avoid the same criticism given to HTC’s One Max phone’s fingerprint authenticator system.

Lee said that the S5 should look significantly different to its predecessors too. “When we moves to S4 to S3 it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market wasn’t as big” she had told Bloomberg. “For the S5 we will go back to basics. Mostly it’s about display and the feel of the cover.”

The S5 is set for release in March or April, roughly a year after the launch of the S4. Simultaneously, a new successor to the “Gear” smartwatch is set to arrive, which will be less bulky and have much more advanced features, while the new Galaxy note, a larger smartphone which targets higher-end customers, is due for launch in the second half of 2014.

Lee also said Samsung will be placing a lot more work into its Tab line of tablets in 2014. At the CES exhibition, it introduced the large 12.2 inch Galaxy TabPro and Galaxy NotePro tablets. The NotePro includes a stylus, and both models will ship in the first quarter.

How do you feel about the Galaxy S5’s idea to add iris-scan technology to their smartphones? Let us know @4pm!

How to NOT use your smartphone

Let’s be honest we all love our smartphones. They make life a lot easier for us, they give us access to important information wherever we are and also give us the opportunity to be in constant contact with our loved ones. However, let’s not rely too much on our smartphones. You certainly don`t want to let them determine your whole life. Here at 4pm we would like to present you with a list of the biggest mistakes you can make when using your smartphone:

1. Using it whilst under the influence.
Gone be the days when the only ones who found out about your weekend antics were the bartender and your friends who lets face it probably can’t remember either. But in times of modern technology this is no longer the case. So although it seems like a good idea at the time, refrain from posting weird Facebook comments or sending messages to random people after a heavy night out.

2. Spending every second of the day with your smartphone
Why not give your mind the chance to freely wander from time to time instead of always keeping yourself busy with something. Every time I get on a bus or train, I see people messing around with their smartphones, texting or playing games. Why don`t you just use the journey to relax and do some daydreaming so that your creativity can flow again?

3. Sharing your deepest thoughts with the world
We all know those Facebook users who are constantly posting their most intimate thoughts and feelings online. Of course you don`t need a smartphone to do so, but carrying a small device with you which gives you the chance to instantly share everything which happens to you is just too much of a temptation for some people.

4. Using your phone in the bathroom
No further explanation required. Just don`t do it. Full-stop.

5. Taking embarrassing videos of your friends
You want to keep the friends you have, so don`t drive them away by taking videos or pictures of them which might make them resent you. Would you be happy if they posted a video of you singing or dancing around your bedroom? The answer is no, no you wouldn’t. So don’t do it to them!

So, please guys do us all a favour and use your smartphone wisely :-)
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