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On Monday, the New City Mayor’s office announced plans to turn old payphones into free municipal WiFi spots. The plan, called LinkNYC, is expected to start offering fast, public WiFi to resident’s by the end of next year. LinkNYC is a public-private partnership between the City and CityBridge, a New York... Read more...
It has been over six years since Intel first unveiled its Atom CPUs and detailed its plans for new, ultra-mobile devices. The company's efforts to break into smartphone and tablet sales, while turning a profit, have largely come to naught. Nonetheless, company CEO Brian Krzanich remains optimistic. Speaking to... Read more...
As we're seeing in the smartphone wars, size matters these days, but lest you think the segment is growing stale with little else to offer than bigger displays, wait until you see Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note Edge. It's the first smartphone of its kind with a functional, curved display that wraps around the side... Read more...
A lot of interest is being shown in a startup company called Magic Leap. The company is working on augmented reality glasses that will be able to create digital objects that appear to exist in the real world around the user. It is a device that Google is interested enough in that it is leading a $542 million funding... Read more...
Qualcomm, a behemoth in the semiconductor business, has reportedly agreed to purchase British chip maker CSR for 1.6 billion pounds (around $2.5 billion in U.S. currency). The offer breaks down to £9 per share in cash, which represents a 56.5 percent premium on the company's share price before the start of the... Read more...
Custom large-format displays are nothing new, but if the latest rumor out of Google proves true, a very compelling solution could be coming. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google X, the company's hardware-focused laboratory, is working on a tiled display system that would allow you to stack and orientate... Read more...
Here's a cool prospect: Imagine making a call while on-the-go, and rather than have the transmission go through a tower, it instead goes through someone else's phone. This idea isn't new, but Qualcomm has the capability to make it a standard, and with LTE Direct, it hopes to accomplish that. LTE Direct has the... Read more...
Nearly a decade ago, it was smartphones. A few years ago, it was tablets. These days, it's all about 3D printing and Augmented Reality, as evidenced by the availability of the former in conventional shops such as Staples, and the multi-billion dollar purchase of Oculus by Facebook in the case of the latter. Qualcomm... Read more...
To borrow (and slightly butcher) Samsung's favorite catchphrase, the next big thing is almost here. That big thing, of course, is the Galaxy Note 4, the Android-based arch-nemesis of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. If you've been holding out for the Galaxy Note 4, the wait is nearly over -- you can place your pre-order... Read more...
Motorola has a number of products launching within the next month, and it's making sure that we don't overlook any of them. The company's latest high-end smartphone, Moto X, will become available for pre-order beginning tomorrow, and as long as you're fine with going through AT&T, you'll be able to score it for... Read more...
The trickle-down effect has applied to technology for some time, but this feels more rapid than usual. Just a few years after LTE was introduced, and reserved only for flagship phones, Qualcomm has introduced a new SoC that could bring LTE access to millions of new users. The new Snapdragon 200 tier (namely the... Read more...
Facebook seems to be prepared to spend billions in order to reach its goal of providing everyone with access to the Internet, according to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Speaking at an event in Mexico City, which was hosted by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, Zuckerberg said, “What we really care... Read more...
NVIDIA has announced that it has filed complaints against Samsung and Qualcomm stating that both companies are infringing on NVIDIA GPU patents. The complaints were filed at the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Deleware. NVIDIA states that the patents being infringed cover technology that... Read more...
Yesterday at its Unpacked Event in New York City, Samsung announced a couple of new high-end smartphones and a companion virtual reality headset, namely the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge, and the Galaxy Gear VR. Just in case you missed the initial announcement, the Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD... Read more...
Qualcomm still lists a biography for Amir Faintuch on its Leadership page, though that will soon change, as the former President of Qualcomm Atheros is headed over to Intel to boost the Santa Clara chipmaker's relevance in the fields of mobile and Internet connected devices (think along the lines of the Internet of... Read more...
Where mobile devices are concerned, thin is in - something that applies just as well to our notebooks as it does our smartphones. If we're a bit more specific and are talking about gaming notebooks, thin is a word very rarely associated. While Razer has done a great job with its ultra-thin gaming notebooks, most... Read more...
The date's been set: We're going to learn all about Apple's latest iPhone on September 9th. We discovered that date earlier this week, and without a delay, speculation around the Web ran rampant. We can't state with absolute certainty what's going to be coming, but we sure can talk about the rumors that surround it... Read more...
This week, Broadcom announced that it would exit the LTE modem market and shut down its LTE research division. The move comes less than a year after Broadcom bought Renesas' (formerly known as NEC) LTE modem -- and that purchase was supposed to give Broadcom a leg up in modem design after its own in-house LTE product... Read more...
Another week, another new tablet to ponder. As the market marches toward saturation, LG is hoping to break through with its G Pad 10.1. The outfit's latest slate is now hitting retail shelves worldwide, equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 10.1-inch display (1,280 x 800), 1GB of RAM, a microSD slot, a 5MP rear... Read more...
Wireless communications is clearly an area of growth, but the thought of being able to transmit absolutely everything sans wires remains something of a pipe dream. Wilocity is a company that's been powering away in an effort to bring some of this to fruition, but it'll soon be doing so with a far more sizable budget... Read more...
One of the trickiest aspects to launching a major new platform update is the chicken and egg problem. Without any hardware to test on or take advantage of, developers are leery of committing to supporting new hardware features. Without software that takes advantage of new hardware capabilities, customers aren't... Read more...
Today, Qualcomm is announcing full support for a new wireless transmission method that could significantly boost performance on crowded networks. The new standard, MU-MIMO (Multiple User - Multiple Input and Multiple Output) has a clunky name -- but could make a significant difference to home network speeds and... Read more...
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