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Companies like Google and Comcast make big to-dos whenever they expand their 1Gbps fiber optic Internet service into a new areas, and with good reason—that's really freaking fast. It's also wired, the same of which can't be said for Qualcomm's crazy-fast Snapdragon X16 LTE modem, the industry's first commercially announced cellular modem supporting Gigabit-class LTE connectivity. This sucker's built on a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process (just like AMD's forthcoming Zen architecture) and is paired with Qualcomm's RF Transreceiver (WRT5975). The obvious highlight is that it delivers fiber-like LTE... Read more...
A major move is taking place in the mobile accessories market. ZAGG, best known for its premium line of screen protectors, inked a definitive agreement to purchase Mophie, a major player in the battery case segment. The deal is for $100 million at closing, plus a 12-month earn-out based on how Mophie performs from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. This is one of those transactions that makes a lot of sense. ZAGG and Mophie are each established in different but related mobile accessory categories, and combining the two creates a single infrastructure with a more diverse product line, one that's comprised... Read more...
Snapchat, the popular mobile app that allows you to send and receive timed photos, videos, and text messages, just added a potentially game changing feature—URL profile sharing. That's right, this simple feature addition could turn out to be huge for a social app that has big aspirations of generating billions of dollars.The developers at Snapchat have been working to make it easier to share and link accounts. In the old days, you had to type in someone's username and hope Snapchat would find them. Since then, Snapchat's added the ability to use QR Snapcodes, sift through your phone contacts, and... Read more...
We had good things to say about Asus’ super-slim ZenBook UX305 when we evaluated it early last year. Attractive, sturdy, and downright tiny, the UX305 was a good value for the price, and it had good looks too. A year later, the ZenBook is back with the updated UX305CA, so we got one in to see if the newer version is as balanced a machine as last year’s model. The Zenbook UX305CA we will be showing you here has Windows 10 and an updated Core M processor, along with improved graphics, but many things haven’t changed: it’s still tiny, it has the same wedge design and the lid still props the keyboard... Read more...
Look around at any given time and you're likely to see multiple people actively using a smartphone. They're everywhere these days, and in the fourth quarter of 2015, hundreds of millions of more smartphone devices infiltrated the market—404.5 million to be exact, up 6 percent annually from 380.1 million units shipped in Q4 of 2014, according to Strategy Analytics Wireless Smartphone Services.Now here's where things get weird. Looking at the period from Q4 2014 to Q4 2015, the smartphone industry saw its slowest growth rate of all time, which Strategy Analytics blamed on increased penetration in... Read more...
It's no secret that success seen from creating a mobile app could be huge if done right. Small companies have become massive, all thanks to a single app. Look at King and its Candy Crush series as a great example. Knowing the possibilities and acting on them are two different things, though, and getting into the app-development game isn't something that most people are going to find easy. That's a problem Apple hopes to solve with its first ever "iOS App Development Center", one that will teach folks how to create apps for the iOS platform. The press release is a little light on certain details,... Read more...
One of the most ambitious features Microsoft has packed into Windows 10 Mobile is Continuum, which lets users plug their smartphone into a dock, and then take advantage of it as if it were a PC, complete with mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It's a niche feature, but for those who could take advantage of it, it can prove to be a real boon to on-the-go productivity. Up to this point, Continuum has required beefier hardware to work, such as the hardware featured on the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Microsoft has now added another SoC to the list: Qualcomm's MS8952, also known as the Snapdragon 617. At the moment,... Read more...
Through a message that's kept as succinct as possible, Apple has announced that it will be pulling the plug on the iAd App Network on June 30. If this service doesn't sound familiar, don't fret: it was designed for developers to allow advertising in their apps for other apps. If you just launched a new app, for example, you could promote it through other apps to gain exposure. A simple mechanic, but one that apparently hasn't delivered the results Apple would have liked to have seen. "The iAd App Network will be discontinued as of June 30, 2016," Apple writes. "Although we are no longer accepting... Read more...
Samsung has a new boss in charge of its mobile division, D.J. Koh, and the pressure's on to turn things around after a series of missteps that led to a changing of the guard. His first real test will be the impending launch of Samsung's Galaxy S7 handset, an as-yet unannounced phone that's rumored to ship with a 5.7-inch display.Previous rumors pointed to a 5.5-inch display for the Galaxy S7, though based on a screenshot showing the phone's specs, it appears that Samsung plans to roll with a 5.7-inch display instead, at least for one of the models -- there's been chatter that Samsung could release... Read more...
For some, one of the most useful updates to hit Android 5.0 'Lollipop' was the notification tweaker. With it, you can block different types of communications when you don't want to be disturbed, but still let important stuff through. Making this feature even more useful is the ability to lift the blocks automatically at a certain time, such as in the early AM when you are getting ready for your day. This "Set until next alarm" feature is undoubtedly useful, and perhaps even important, for many. So you can imagine the faces of those who need it when they load up the notification pane and see that... Read more...
The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are important products for Microsoft, but not for the reasons you may expect. Microsoft isn’t trying to set the mobile market ablaze with these two smartphones. They are not necessarily meant to be explosive sales successes that take significant market share from Android and iOS. If they were, Microsoft would have thrown huge amounts of marketing muscle and dollars behind them, launched a massive advertising campaign, and worked deals with every major wireless carrier it could. But Microsoft didn't.  The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are more about laying a foundation and setting... Read more...
Samsung is hoping that its mobile division will benefit from a change of guard as the South Korean outfit struggles to reinvigorate its smartphone line. As such, former mobile boss J.K. Shin is handing over day-to-day operations to D.J. Koh, one of Mr. Shin's top men who led Samsung's mobile research and development efforts.The shakeup in roles and duties doesn't come as much of a surprise. Mr. Shin narrowly avoided the axe around this time last year when Samsung opted instead to give pink slips to three other high-level executives. The company wasn't happy with sales of its Galaxy S5, which had... Read more...
HTC, a pioneering force in what's now a dominant Android ecosystem in mobile, has seen better days. Samsung and Apple are the darlings of the day, and with underwhelming device releases like the One A9, HTC isn't doing itself any favors. The solution? Solicit user feedback before releasing new products, which the company plans to do through a new HTC Preview program. For those it accepts into the program, HTC will provide access to its latest products, usually before they hit store shelves. In exchange, HTC wants Preview members to share their overall experience and offer up feedback, both in terms... Read more...
If you're a current Project Fi subscriber, you may soon be in for a little bit of a surprise. According to a slew of users on Google+, Google has begun sending out a small gift to subscribers as a way to say thanks for putting faith in its carrier business. Inside the box is an instructional booklet that says, "Thanks for your support. Let's build on this.", and once you spot the pile of LEGO inside, you'll soon get the subtle joke. Inspired by Project Fi's own colors, this LEGO can be used to build a stand that lets you set your phone down sideways while it charges. According to some users, the... Read more...
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