This week on Top 5 Coolness Countdown: credible iPhone 6 rumors, a record-breaking super-sharp OLED display, the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone getting into the hands of eager users and much more.
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5. iPhones and iPads and iWatches, Oh My!
The latest Apple rumors have two iWatches shipping in September, along with an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen. Then in December, a larger iPhone “phablet” with a 5.5-inch screen will be available. Also on the way this year: a updated iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, and a new Apple TV set-top box with motion control.
4. Free Weev
Noted cyberactivist — and troll — Andrew Aurenheimer is free today after being sentenced to 41 months in prison. Aurenheimer, known as Weev, allegedly hacked AT&T servers using a very simple security hole. For the past few months Aurenheimer has been in solitary confinement after guards discovered he was able to post messages online from prison.
via The Guardian
3. Sharpest OLED Ever
Display company AU Optronics makes screens for Samsung and many others, and this week unveiled the highest-resolution OLED screen in history. The 5.7-inch display has an astonishing 513 pixels per inch — its 2560 x 1440 resolution is far sharper than anyone’s eyes can see.
via OLED Info
2. Samsung Galaxy S 5 Arrives
Samsung has released the Galaxy S5, the next in the popular Galaxy line of smartphones. The new phone has a bunch of cool features. It’s waterproof and includes a fingerprint scanner and a unique heart rate sensor that lets you use the device as a sports tracker. It’s already selling briskly on all carriers.
1. Heartbleed Uncoolness
Well here’s something uncool: Amid this week’s handwringing about Heartbleed — the security vulnerability that’s affecting two-thirds of the Internet — Bloomberg reported that two anonymous sources said the NSA has been using the Heartbleed bug to spy on us for years. There’s no evidence anyone other than the U.S. government has exploited the flaw, if that makes you feel any better.