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It's been rumored for some time that NVIDIA had lost interest in the mobile phone business, and that's something company co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed during his company's presentation at Computex. None of this is much of a surprise, as the company's Tegra SoC hasn't found itself inside of a commercially successful smartphone, but this confirmation is a bit sobering nonetheless. NVIDIA has what it takes to create an incredible smartphone SoC, and has proven that it can even build great devices surrounding those SoCs. But at the end of the day, the ROI for that particular venture... Read more...
For some folks, Facebook's Messenger mobile app has felt like a stick in the mud. Prior to a couple of years ago, messaging people through Facebook was very easy - you could either load up the Facebook app, the Facebook website in a browser, or, if you were so inclined, use the dedicated Facebook Messenger app. Today, your options have become "optional". When Facebook forced us all to transition over to the Messenger app if we wanted the ability to keep in contact with people while on-the-go, a second option for desperate people remained: just load Facebook up in a mobile Web browser, and chat... Read more...
The OnePlus team made a lot of fans happy today. How so? Not only is OnePlus ditching its reviled invite system for its OnePlus 3 release, it's saying goodbye to the invite system forever. That's right, invites are gone forever, and so are the headaches on both sides of the equation that accompanied them. "With the OnePlus 3, we’re officially saying goodbye to invites. It’s a big step for us as a company, our fans, and fellow tech enthusiasts," OnePlus stated in a blog post. "After sending out millions of invites over the past two years, it’s hard to not think back to the early days and how far... Read more...
It looks like Windows Phone could soon be enjoying an update that lets Xbox One gamers stream their favorite titles over to their mobile devices. As many revelations have been made known lately, this one was discovered by a reddit user who quickly revealed their discovery on the website. It's not a light one, either; there has since been other people to back the original founder up. When a friend messaged them on their Windows smartphone, reddit user eric5949 accidentally clicked on the name of the game that it was attached to and noticed interesting wording: "Play from console". Normally, this... Read more...
It feels like we've been hearing about bendable displays for eons, although more accurately, it was close to a decade ago that we began to be teased about them at trade events like CES. It's a little surprising,that in 2016, most of our devices still use traditional rigid displays in lieu of those that would give us vastly improved durability. This is something that could finally be changing, though, as companies like Samsung are showing off their most advanced designs at SID's Display Week 2016, which is ending today in San Francisco. When bendable displays as a concept first hit the scene, one... Read more...
We don't need to tell you that Apple has been dealing with some extreme issues revolving around encryption in recent months. Most of the hassle was spurred back in December when the FBI wanted the Cupertino company to help break into a terrorist's iPhone 5c, something it refused to do. As time went on, the FBI figured out its own solution to getting in, much to Apple's chagrin. Since then, government agencies have made use of this newfound power to gain access to consumer iPhones, and that has guaranteed just one thing: hardware vendors are going to push even harder to make sure this isn't possible... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft is coming around to the realization that it has a snowball's chance in hell of competing with Android and (to a lesser extent) iOS for smartphone market share, so it's pulling back even further than it already has. Or more specifically, Microsoft's is "streamlining" its smartphone business, which entails another round of layoffs. In a memo sent to employees, Microsoft's head of Windows and devices, Terry Myerson, announced the layoffs saying the bulk of them will occur in Finland. He also denied the notion that Microsoft is abandoning the smartphone sector altogether,... Read more...
Either for work or just for fun, science can be one of the most rewarding and exciting fields to delve into. This is something that Google apparently has a passion for as well, as the company has released a very cool new science app for Android devices. Called Science Journal, this app will let anyone with an interest in science create and manage their own projects. The app is made even more useful by the fact that it interacts with Google's science initiative called Making & Science, and based on its name, it's not that hard to figure out what it's all about. Users of the app can easily browse... Read more...
Out of nowhere, Google has unveiled a project that's bound to make the industry at large stand up and take notice. Its new "Soli" platform is exactly the kind we need to spearhead a more "futuristic" tomorrow, one where we can merely wave our hands in the air to take care of business on mobile devices or virtually anywhere. The brains behind Soli are hidden in a small chip that can be installed into a variety of devices, and uses a miniature radar operating in the 60GHz ISM band that can detect touchless gestures. Imagine changing the time or volume simply be rubbing your index and thumb together.... Read more...
About a decade ago, many of us had a cell phone. Unlike today, however, most people were rarely attached to them unless they were trying to set a new texting record or needed to beat the high score in some Snake clone. But today, even more of us have smartphones, and unlike a decade ago, we are permanently glued to them. Today, we use our smartphones not just to get in touch with someone, but to read news, watch shows, view pictures, and so on and so forth. As time passes, phones are only going to become even more integral in our lives. Flickr: Juhan Sonin While it's easy to wonder how adults have... Read more...
The words "memory" and "breakthrough" are put together quite often, but unfortunately, it's actually pretty rare when we hear about such advances making it to market. Part of the reason for that is that some of these breakthroughs are so bleeding-edge, it's just not reasonable to expect them to hit the market that quickly. Based on what we're hearing from IBM's latest breakthrough, though, it doesn't seem like this is one of those advancements that will soon be forgotten. In its announcement, IBM talks about 3-bit phase-change memory that can endure "at least" 10 million write cycles - quite a... Read more...
Nokia was once a major force in the mobile phone market, before the rise of smartphones and subsequent selloff to Microsoft, which never made good use of the transaction. Now Nokia is making a comeback, or at least will attempt to make one, through a 10-year licensing deal with HMD Global Oy. HMD is a new outfit in Finland that was created to "provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones, and tablets." The decade long deal covers exclusive branding rights and intellectual property licensing, and in return HMD will make royalty payments to Nokia... Read more...
There are a ton of third-party keyboard apps available for Android, including some that introduce innovative features like swiping and one-handed use. Well guess what? Google rolled out a major update to its stock keyboard for Android that brings it up to par with and even surpasses some third-party alternatives. For busy bodies that might not have an extra hand to spare—maybe you're carrying groceries or eating messy chicken wings slathered in sauce—the addition of a one-handed mode is a boon. To use it, you long-press the arrow key in the lower-right. What that does is squish the keyboard to... Read more...
While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
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