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    We’re a year into a tech transition. Cables and ports are a big deal. Regardless if you use Android, Windows, or iOS on your phone, you likely have some gadget or accessory with a Micro USB port. Micro USB has become a phenomenally well represented standard, but to move into a new era of devices and services, even a port this ubiquitous eventually needs to evolve. The new standard is USB Type C, and it’s already arrived on a handful of devices. Current Nexus phones, HTC 10, LG G5, OnePlus, and the Lumia 950 all sport this new symmetrical port. So what does USB Type C do? How is it ...

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    The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M is not the GTX 970. If you're thinking of buying a high-power laptop to connect your HTC Vive to, you should make sure that you have at least a proper GTX 970. HTC has its own recommendations to make — it says that HP, Alienware and MSI have all made "Vive Optimized PCs". MSI is going so far to say that it has the first VR-ready notebooks as certified by both HTC and Intel. In fact, it has five of them — all have either the GTX 980 or the GTX 980 SLI cards which exceed the GPU requirement of the Vive. Of course, you can probably search through the ...

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    Update: We have corrected our spelling of the "Broxton" chipset. Pocketnow regrets the error. Intel has also released a statement clarifying that the "Broxton platform for phones and tablets (emphasis ours) is cancelled" while Cherry Trail-based and Apollo Lake-based processors will continue to be developed to serve smartphone and convertible tablet OEMs. The discontinued SoFIA 3G/3GR will continue to get support. The only phone of recent we've reviewed that had an Intel Atom processor inside was the ZenFone 2 from ASUS. It was a well-run phone thanks to the chipset, but the Atom didn't ...

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    For as different as smartphones can be, we all expect them to provide certain basics: you start with a touchscreen, add a couple cameras, and toss in a bunch of standard wireless connectivity options. For the better part of forever, that list has also included an analog 3.5mm headphone jack, making connecting headphones or external speakers a snap. But lately it's felt like the tide is turning away from the classic port, buoyed by rumors that Apple could drop the headphone jack entirely for its next iPhone, pushing wired audio output over to the digital Lightning connector. While Apple may ...

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    Like the Galaxy S6? Like the Note 5? How about the S7 edge? Is it running as smooth as you'd like? Chances are that an Exynos system on a chip makes that happen. That chipset? Yep, it's made by Samsung. Samsung's been expanding its semiconductor production aggressively with mid-range and top-end products for vendors to use. While Taiwanese competitor TSMC does have an upper edge in serving the lucrative Apple, the chaebol has been making ground elsewhere — including silicon giant Qualcomm, producing its Snapdragon 820 processors. Executives from the unit have been at the company's San ...

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    While it’s increasingly likely the iPhone 7 will be the first of its kind to use an Intel LTE modem, it remains unclear what Apple’s long-term goals might be for this new high-profile partnership. Could the Santa Clara semiconductor giant help manufacture A-series SoCs for subsequent iPhones and iPads? If so, will Intel bring its GPU expertise to the table in addition to CPU-making know-how? Probably not, since Cupertino is reportedly so happy about its longstanding Imagination Technologies alliance, it’s looking to make a bid to purchase the British-based R&D company currently ...

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    While Qualcomm has rapidly bounced back from Snapdragon 810 controversy and overheating failure, developing a follow-up SoC that everyone seems to regard as both faster and cooler, the company’s 2016 revenue and profits may still shrink due to an unrelated “problem.” The frustrating thing must be not knowing what you did wrong, with Apple advancing plans of an Intel partnership as far as iPhone 7 cellular modems go. Nothing’s set in stone yet, but we’re hearing intensifying gossip of Cupertino putting its high-speed LTE eggs in two baskets before long. Qualcomm should retain the ...

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    5G is all the darn rage these days. Three of the US's top-tier carriers have committed to developing the technology including Verizon. The company took the time at MWC to promote its efforts in collaboration with Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to develop and test every aspect of its 5G standard with regards to speed, latency and scale. Some goals include bringing gigabit wireless broadband to homes, high-traffic concentrations and commercial purposes like telemedicine and mobile blueprinting. Testing is expected to expand over the course of the year. Verizon expects that it ...

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    So much for a collapse. The PC market may be on the slopes, but with Microsoft making its own (convertible) laptop and Apple totally owning it with its MacBooks, Huawei seems to be puffing up its chest for a major Mate move. That's if the ever-grinding Chinese rumor mill gets its facts right. Swimming around in the muck is news that Intel had given Xiaomi a BOGO deal on chips, reportedly giving the OEM a tablet processor per notebook processor the company bought or possibly vice versa. That tablet processor could be the Atom x5 that we saw on the Mi Pad 2 late last year. We haven't seen a ...

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    CES 2016 has officially started, and, as it is usually the case with trade shows, it is pretty much over. Companies are generally unveiling products and services, making announcements, and gathering media at their press events prior to the official start of the show. However, that doesn't mean that Day 3 (which is the official day one of CES) was a boring one. Check out the most important things that saw the light of day, rounded up for you below, in case you missed any of the action. Alcatel OneTouch Alcatel OneTouch already announced a line-up of Pixi products, powered by Android (and ...

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    If you're not familiar with Intel's Compute Stick, introduced in April of 2015, you should know that these USB thumb drive-sized sticks (almost) connect to your TV or screen via HDMI, and offer a full fledged computer experience. At the 2016 CES, Intel introduced its next generation of Compute Stick products, that are smaller, and powerful upgrades over the first generation. Three Intel Compute Stick variants are available: the entry level runs on a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and two USB ports. The other two are powered by more powerful ...

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    Microsoft is not having a ton of luck when it comes to the company's own hardware lately; as if the issues with the Lumia 950 XL weren't bad enough – problems so bad they're driving some retailers to stop sales – we've also seen some seriously glitchy operation from the company's latest Windows 10 devices, with both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book suffering from all manner of unwanted operation. As Microsoft works on a more permanent fix for those latter problems, we've got a new solution that just might help alleviate the worst of it, as Intel releases its latest graphic drivers. ...

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    For the better part of forever – or at least since late 2012 when the first Surface tablet launched – we've been talking about rumors that Microsoft would bring the brand over to its smartphone business and deliver a Surface Phone. Following the acquisition of Nokia's Lumia line, and even more substantially following the launch of Windows 10, those rumors have been picking up fresh heat, most recently focusing on the idea of a mid-2016 launch for a metal-bodied Surface Phone running Intel silicon. Especially with the new Lumia 950 models failing to deliver in every way we'd like, ...

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    Founded in Los Angeles just four years ago, Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is already looking to branch out after a successful Series B funding round which saw semiconductor giant Intel and a “strategic partner” invest big bucks in the still little known mobile phone service provider. Don’t jump to outlandish virtual reality or wearable-centric speculation though, as FreedomPop should remain very much focused on affordable smartphones sold without contractual obligations, on a Wi-Fi-first network. That’s right, the US and UK-involved carrier plans to release an exclusive handheld sometime ...

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    For a long time, the purported Microsoft Surface Phone sounded more like something people wanted to be real than a device with actual chances of ever materializing. But just last week, a presumed pre-release prototype of the ultimate business Windows mobile was allegedly seen in the flesh, and now, a semi-credible source confirms ongoing work on a productivity-centric diminutive Surface. This should apparently roll out at some point next year with “enhanced” Continuum capabilities, Win32 app support in tow, as well as “less focus on specs.” But fret not, high-end specification ...

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    Silicon is what powers the steel and screen of our smartphones. Every year, while not as exciting as the smartphone schedule, there's always a flood of new chips that get assigned to the devices of the future. It's a lucrative business and the drama can get pretty dirty sometimes. LG has been on its own in its NUCLUN system-on-a-chip efforts, but the struggling smartphone manufacturer seems to want some helping hands. Enter an agreement with Intel as the two have plans for a new mobile processing system. We're not sure if the two are working more in the Nuclun's territory or if LG might ...

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    After failing miserably at cutting its reliance on semiconductor giant Qualcomm, and entering a new market niche that arch-rival Samsung wants to dominate before long, LG simply brushed off the first-gen Nuclun’s whiff of defeat, and got back to the drawing board. It’s worth pointing out the Korean device manufacturer’s rookie SoC effort was always deemed a limited experiment, which is why it only powered the domestic G3 Screen, so all things considered, it’s not surprising to hear a do-over is in the pipeline. But the Nuclun 2 may not see daylight by the end of the year, as ...

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    Everybody that’s somebody in the mobile component supplying business wants a piece of the stellar iPhone-generated profits, including bitter Apple rivals like Samsung. The Korean handheld and SoC manufacturer could lose its prospective piece of the A10 action to TSMC following dual-producer A9 battery life controversy, and down the line, TSMC may also get replaced by Intel. The Santa Clara-based semiconductor giant reportedly has a “small army” of roughly 1,000 people working on 7360 LTE modem chips for next year’s iPhone 7, which might only be the beginning of a beautiful and ...

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    Microsoft's inclusion of Cortana on Windows 10 marks a very smart move that other manufacturers like Apple and Google haven't followed with their current PC offerings. The inclusion of a smart digital assistant makes far more sense when using a powerful computer, than when using a phone on the go in most cases. Today we learn that this was just the tip of the iceberg. Intel has just announced a new "Wake-on-voice" feature that will be included on Windows 10 computers running on Intel processors. The idea is that you can wake up your computer from a low power state by simply saying "Hey ...

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    Fossil's been making wearables since, well, since before we really had smartphones. We've been following the company's work with such devices going back well over a decade at this point, and even with the mobile landscape having changed as much as it has, Fossil's still at it. At this year's Intel Developer Forum, Fossil has taken the opportunity to introduce a range of new wearable devices, including a basic phone-connected watch, a connected bracelet, and a full-blown Android Wear smartwatch. Much like the upcoming Tag Heuer smartwatch, this Fossil model features Intel silicon, though ...

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    The ASUS ZenFone 2 is the best smartphone in the company's lineup right now, and arguably, one of the boldest smartphones in the mid-range market. Or, you could say the ASUS ZenFone 2 is a mediocre device that's trying too hard to be the best in the lower end market. Or, the ASUS ZenFone 2 sounds kinda like the other phones I talked about just now, but somewhere in between. Well, I can say that the ASUS ZenFone 2 is actually all of the above. Our Editorial Director Michael Fisher debated the merits of choosing one of two ZenFones 2 (that is the correct way to execute that plurality, ...

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    Snapdragon, MediaTek, Exynos, and A8 are  SoCs - systems on a chip - that might be powering your smartphone or tablet right now. All of these processors follow the RISC style of computer chip technology, unlike CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) chips which are typically based around the x86 or x64 platform and power most desktop and laptop computers these days. RISC chips feature a reduced instruction set and have been stereotypically "underpowered" compared to their CISC counterparts, and therefore limited to mobile applications. With the increase in capabilities and popularity ...

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    There's much debate over the viability of Android Wear, and especially when its 2014 sales were overshadowed by one day of Apple Watch sales. Still, the idea of a premium Android Wear offering might be a good approach, and the partnership between Tag Heuer, Google and Intel made a lot of noise a few weeks ago. At a time when a premium Apple Watch costs more than your average Toyota, competition is very much needed. Sources claim that Tag Heuer's Android Wear smartwatch, powered by an Intel Chip, will launch in October or November, and retail for $1400. The price might seem steep for you, ...

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    The smartwatch market represents an interesting meeting of worlds: tech collides with fashion. Many of the efforts we've seen to date have been led by prominent electronics companies, though recent models like the Apple Watch are making big investments on the fashion side, as well. We've also heard about established watchmakers looking to expand their product lines into this new high-tech territory, companies like Swatch. The next to join those ranks will be Tag Heuer, as the Swiss brand prepares to introduce a smartwatch tomorrow. Right now, we only know a few specifics about the watch. ...

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    Flagships, mid-tier, and entry-level phones. Each have their own demographic target. Each carefully balances pros versus cons, and power versus price. Flagships generally cost between US$400 and $600 for smartphones, and a couple hundred more for phablets. Mid-tier phones typically run about half that, though things start to get muddy when you try and calculate the cost of a mid-tier or entry-level device without a carrier subsidy. What you rarely see is a phone with really good specs and a really low price tag. Then again, the ASUS ZenFone 2 seems like it might be such a device. We got ...

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