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A couple of weeks ago, we had to report on the unfortunate news that Intel would be laying off 11% of its workforce, which equates to roughly 12,000 workers. With this move, Intel assured us that it would be refocusing its efforts going forward, in effect chopping off what doesn't have a significant return and looking to products that do. This refocusing has led Intel to drop a bomb on the Atom line. In effect, chips destined for smartphones and tablets are no more. Instead, resources that were dedicated to the currently-available Sofia chip and upcoming Broxton one have been reallocated to "products... Read more...
When Google's Android OS began overtaking every other mobile OS in terms of marketshare, it seemed obvious that at some point, the company would be catching a bit of flak for it. In fact, it seemed inevitable that the EU would have something to say about it, as it's traditionally been strict amount companies that dominate a particular segment of the tech market. Look no further than Microsoft with Windows; the company now has to produce a special edition of the OS in order to appease the EU. Well, the EU does in fact have a beef with Google's dominance, especially where Android is concerned. Last... Read more...
While some fail to reach their goal of creating something truly amazing, a team of researchers at UC Irvine seems to have done the impossible. While working to create better batteries for our electronics, these researchers managed to develop a makeshift battery with a life so long, it'd always outlive the device it's in. To accomplish this, the researchers make use of gold nanowires to store electricity, in lieu of using traditional lithium. The reason batteries in our devices die after a while (and the reason so many are rightfully miffed when a smartphone doesn't have a swappable battery) is... Read more...
It used to feel like Microsoft did whatever it could to not bring its technologies and software solutions to Android, but today, there are literally dozens of Microsoft apps available for the platform. Thankfully, many of them continue to get better and better. The latest improvement comes to Microsoft Translator, a solution the Redmond company would like to make a jack-of-all-trades. The latest update helps that become a reality by matching Google Translate's ability to decipher foreign language text from a sign, piece of paper nearly anywhere. If you've ever used Google Translate's auto-translate... Read more...
How can you tell if a cellular carrier is invested in Android Pay? When it decides to give you 2GB of free data simply by using it. That's a perk that Verizon subscribers are able to opt-in for right now, as long as they're able to find a store that accepts the payment service, of course. According to a message some Verizon subscribers are receiving, the first time Android Pay is used on the carrier's network, the user's account will be credited for 1GB, good for two billing cycles. If a user ends up using Android Pay for a third time, that 1GB turns into 2GB. Considering the fact that data isn't... Read more...
HTC launched its latest flagship smartphone on Tuesday, the aptly named HTC 10. The HTC 10 is the follow-up to devices the HTC M9 and M10 (sans the letter designation), and as such, it has a similar design language and high-end feature set. The HTC 10, however, packs some of the latest mobile hardware currently available, including Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon SoC, HTC's highest-resolution UltraPixel camera sensor to date, and 24-bit Hi-Res sound, all wrapped up in a rigid, durable metal unibody. The HTC 10 HTC has also done some interesting things with the software on the HTC 10. In addition to... Read more...
HTC unveiled its latest flagship smartphone to world early this morning, the HTC 10. If you missed our original coverage of the announcement, we’ve got it posted up for you right here. Earlier this evening, however, we were able to spend some time with HTC at an event in New York City and got some hands on time with the new phone. HTC has asked that we hold any benchmarks, technical data, or impressions of the 10’s camera performance until the full review goes live (which should be in a couple of days), but if you want a quick tour of the phone, we’ve got the goods for you here.... Read more...
For a handful of reasons, AT&T would like to make a dent - even if it's a tiny one - in the Android-dominated smartphone market. It wants to accomplish this feat even if it means having to use an Android alternative that's actually based on Android. That's where CyanogenMod comes in, a mobile OS that's skyrocketed in popularity over the years due to its "clean slate" and optimized design. Consumers like it because it's fast and clean; vendors like it because they have more control over their software packages. If you're getting a hint that AT&T's... Read more...
Nintendo has been itching for a hit in the gaming space for quite a while, as the Wii U has been somewhat of a disappointment for the gaming giant. However, Nintendo has redeemed itself in the mobile sector with its Miitomo app, which recently launched in its home market of Japan. Miitomo proved to be so popular that it racked up over a million downloads in just three days. The success of Miitomo was also enough to send Nintendo shares upwards 8 percent last week upon the announcement of the impressive adoption rate. Nintendo shares may see an even bigger uptick later this week, because it’s been... Read more...
A new T-Mobile leak has just hit the Web, and unlike most leaks, it won’t take long to figure out if this one is true or not. That's because the leak reflects an announcement that could take place tomorrow, where T-Mobile unveils plans that off data-only service for smartphones. It's an interesting move, and one that T-Mobile says is all about continuing its mission to give customers mobile "freedom". If a data-only package sounds a bit restrictive, consider this: a lot of people nowadays don't use the cellular service on their phone as much as data, and if the data package... Read more...
Forget almost everything you’ve read about the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL up to this point. We know that’s a bold statement, but bear with us here. Save for the phone’s specifications, if there’s one thing we’ve learned evaluating the 950 XL over the last few weeks it’s that virtually everything from the OS to the camera app has been changed or updated very recently, and it has affected battery life, responsiveness, and browsing, among many other things. Information published about the Lumia 950 XL that's any more than a couple of weeks old is simply outdated. It seems that Microsoft was tweaking a... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, law enforcement at large has ramped up its efforts to try to gain access to communication mediums, which can include being able to browse unlocked smartphones. As it stands today, most jurisdictions do not give a member of law enforcement the ability to gain access to a smartphone without a warrant, and because a PIN code is personal information, it cannot simply be asked of someone to provide it. That hasn't halted efforts to get rid of such roadblocks, though. Even if it requires brute force, agencies like the FBI want in, especially in high stakes, high profile... Read more...
When it comes to technology, especially the fast-paced advancement of mobile technology, design cycles are often based on either innovation or iteration. Sometimes it's a blend of both, but often times, like Intel's tick-tock silicon design process, it makes perfect sense to innovate one design cycle and then iterate and perfect on the next. It's a common practice that Samsung's chief smartphone rival, Apple is well known for as well. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are definitely iterative product designs, but my how iteration has served Samsung so very well on these two new... Read more...
One thing that can be said about Sony is that it doesn't give up without a fight. We witnessed the rise and fall of the admittedly very cool Xperia Play smartphone, which acted as both a phone and portable gaming device. Then came the company's PlayStation Mobile gaming network, which was shuttered last summer. However, is attempting to get its foot in the door once again with a new company called ForwardWorks Corporation. ForwardWorks will be 100 percent focused on mobile gaming using PlayStation IP, and while details are rather thin at the moment, we're going to... Read more...
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