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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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    By now you all know that one of our favorite third-party keyboards on both iOS and Android is SwiftKey, not just for its text-prediction capabilities, but because it allows you type in up to three languages without having to swap keyboards. We're sure you also know that one of the smartest people in the world is theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking, and who suffers from a rare condition related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that leaves him with extremely limited movement. For the longest time Professor Hawking has used a custom Intel computer and a voice synthesizer to ...

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    Google Glass hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm, and the reasons go beyond Google's price tag. People still debate if this is a product worth buying, and even worth using at times when the public has a hard time accepting that you permanently use a camera to face them. We've already heard that Google is pushing the launch of Google Glass until 2015, but the changes go beyond just changing the date. Sources familiar to the matter claim that Google is partnering with Intel and ditching the existing Texas Instruments processor that powers Google Glass. We don't hear any specifics as ...

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    Dell hasn't been as famous as it used to be in the mobile space, but that doesn't change the fact that the company has brought some of the most compelling Windows-based tablets in the market. Specs alone would speak highly of these products, but the price tag behind these is just as astonishing. Dell still continues to push its products, and today the company has a new partnership to go further. Dell has just partnered with Intel to launch the world's thinnest tablet. This new Android-based tablet is the Dell Venue 8 7000, and according to the launch information, the device is just 6 mm ...

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    Earlier this year, we were still talking about the idea of ASUS stepping up to the Nexus tablet plate for a third time, and delivering some sort of Nexus 8. Specifically, we heard that this new tablet might ditch the NVIDIA and Qualcomm SoCs the series had used in the past and could move to an Intel chip. At first it sounded like we were looking at a Bay Trail platform, then later one of Intel's new Moorefield designs. While that ASUS Nexus 8 clearly hasn't happened, we're still getting some new tablets that aren't not too far off from where these rumors were pointing, and this week a new ...

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    For the past couple years now, Intel's been nipping at the heels of the smartphone industry, trying to get some attention. The company's interested in seeing its Atom SoCs find homes in mobile devices, but so far interest has been spotty at best; we'll see the odd Intel-powered model here and there, but rarely do we see a manufacturer keep returning to Intel over and over, as they do with Qualcomm. Last year Samsung got in bed with Intel when it used the company's chips in its tablets, but now we hear that Samsung may be ready to step things up a notch and could be planning to release an ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's confirmed dates for its World Wide Developer's Conference, and what we expect to see. We then talk about Intel's attempt to bring 64-bit architecture to Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung follows the rumors as we land a leaked image for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, though with another name. Then we talk about Microsoft's possible launch date for the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1. We end today's show talking about Google's possible new business in the cellular carrier department, though depending on Google Fiber in a way. All this and ...

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    64-bit processors are slowly making their way to smartphones. Apple's got a head start, and Android's likely to start following sometime this year. We've already seen a lot of groundwork laid for 64-bit on Android, and even heard about efforts towards 64-bit chips. But for that hardware to do its job, it needs 64-bit-aware software in place. Android's Linux roots give it a head start at preparing for 64-bit hardware, but someone still needs to implement all that Linux 64-bit stuff over on the Android codebase. We're still waiting for such support from Google and the AOSP, but today we hear ...

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    Slowly but surely, Intel's been making headway back into the mobile device market, and after the past couple years of seeing Intel SoCs pop up here and there, 2014 finally feels like the year when Intel might make its impression felt on mainstream smartphones and tablets. The company had some big announcements to make back at MWC, talking about the introduction of 64-bit mobile chips and arrangements with a number of OEMs, but now we hear a new theory that could really help put Intel-based Androids on the map, with rumors that an Intel chip could power Google's next tablet. Fair warning: ...

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