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    The iPhone 7 uses one of two cellular modems. CDMA variants get a Qualcomm modem while insurgent supplier Intel covers the GSM versions. And boy, have T-Mobile customers been getting the butt end of things with an iOS 10 update that screwed up cellular connectivity. Here's the ironic issue that leads into this story: some T-Mobile customers were able to rejigger their older iPhone's radios by toggling Airplane Mode on and off. In this unrelated case, an AT&T iPhone 7 unit only has its cellular problems exacerbated with the on-and-off of Airplane Mode. Yasser El-Haggan reported ...

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    With Samsung, Apple and LG’s big (-gest) fall product announcements now officially in the rearview mirror, what’s there really to look forward to for hardcore tech geeks in the coming months? An October event dedicated to new iPad and Mac gear? Huawei Mate S2 and Mate 9 releases? Crickets. Google may still make a bunch of headlines in under a month by unveiling two Nexus-replacing Pixel phones, an in-house Daydream VR headset, 4K Chromecast, and possibly, a vanilla Android tablet too. Meanwhile, the other prospective late fall showstopper is expected to delay all its important hardware ...

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    It seems that Intel has quickly become a darling with analysts seeking its involvement with Apple. This as there's an expected date of reckoning between it and one of Infiinite Loop's silicon goliaths. The chipset producer, one that recently began work on designs from ARM after proving unsuccessful with its own, is said to be pursuing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's job providing Apple with its A-series mobile applications processors inside its iPhones and iPads. According to experts to the Nikkei Asian Review, this challenge could happen in the next two or three years. Prior ...

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    Intel might be off of its own struggling horses for mobile. With 10nm ARM-based chips on the way, LG will be happy to buy up some of the legacy chipmaker's new products soon. But Tawian Semiconductor Manufacturing Company could be facing some competition if Intel's chipsets are proven to be good enough and catch Apple's eye. Analysts are pointing to Intel getting a share of the modem orders for the upcoming iPhone as a good indicator that if the company can bring a good ARM SoC to play, Apple may hire it to make its chips — slightly different than ARM's designs. Intel still has catching ...

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    Microsoft's working on a virtual workspace not just for its HoloLens augmented reality headset, but for some other powerful virtual reality headsets. If it goes on your head and has a PC somewhere along the chain, you can probably use Windows 10 while in it, right? Well, Microsoft will try. And at Intel's Developer Conference today, it has decided to show people it is trying. Microsoft's Windows 10 holographic platform is promising to get into not only AR headsets, but VR ones and mixed reality ones (such as Intel's Project Alloy, also shown at the conference), too. All Windows 10 PCs ...

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    You may have forgotten all about this, or never heard the news in the first place, but a couple of years back, Intel plunked down a reported $100 million to acquire a startup called Basis Science. The move was part of a larger expansion effort into the world of wearable device production and distribution, though it turned out to be a catastrophically bad investment. Not only did the Basis Peak fitness watch fail to amass the mainstream popularity of Pebbles, the Apple Watch, Samsung Gears, Fitbits or even wellness-centric wrist-worn Garmin gadgets, also ending up costing its designers and ...

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    Qualcomm has continually eaten Intel's lunch in providing mobile silicon from application processors to modems to controller circuits and so on. Intel has suffered strategy change after strategy change for it, but the company could reverse its fortunes with the mercy of Apple. Sources to Bloomberg are saying that Intel will provide the modems on several versions of the iPhone 7, including those for AT&T and other global carriers. Qualcomm chips will still be on devices for Verizon and the Chinese market. Previous rumors have told of Intel's share of business ranging between 30 and 40 ...

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    With the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book still feeling somewhat fresh in our minds in the wonderment they provided, — and all the little and big bugs that have bit at us along the way — Microsoft may make us wait a little bit before it introduces its next iteration of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. And with a bump from "4" to "5" come some massive spec bumps as well. India's Mobipicker is relaying word from its Chinese sources that the Surface Pro 5 will come packing with Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake processors and up to 16GB of RAM. Windows 10 Redstone 2 will be on-board. A point of more ...

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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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