#32 Goodbye Drum Gun

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It’s here! Qualcomm’s new watch chip is finally here! Oh, uh, never mind

Loyal Android Wear users are dismayed that the first new Qualcomm silicon for smartwatches in three years uses ancient technology – and won’t offer the gains in performance they were hoping for. Qualcomm has launched its Snapdragon 3100 system on a chip for smartwatches, the first platform update since the 2100 in early 2016. Qualcomm had trailed the announcement by describing it as the first smartwatch chip built “from the ground up”. But it doesn’t appear to be as radical as some had hoped.

What to do if your smart phone gets wet — first, don’t turn it on!

Smart phones and water just don’t mix, but when a hurricane hits, keeping a phone dry isn’t always possible. Experts say even if a phone is drenched, there are steps you can take to recover it — but it takes patience and the ability to leave the phone alone.

Spider-Man is getting a New Game Plus update

Spider-Man has been out for a mere five days, but many enthusiasts have already speedily completed the game and are hungry for more. These fans will soon be able to swing back into the action with some new challenges, as Insomniac has announced a New Game Plus update is in the pipelines.

One of the most powerful ‘Fortnite’ guns is no more

It’s the end of an era in Fortnite… not that some players will necessarily mind. As part of a relatively minor update, Epic Games has quietly “vaulted” (that is, retired) the Drum Gun. While the weapon has only been available since July, it caused no small amount of havoc when it premiered. Its 50-round capacity and high rate of fire meant that you could not only take out multiple opponents (certainly unshielded ones) with a single magazine, for starters. It could also create misery for anyone building a structure, since you could easily unload on someone’s wall and still have ammo to finish off your opponent. And did we mention it was relatively easy to find?

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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon XR1 Chip for Standalone AR and VR devices

Earlier this week, Qualcomm has announced the launching of its new chip called Snapdragon XR1. The company said that its Snapdragon XR1 is designed specifically for standalone augmented reality and virtual reality devices.

 

Learn more about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chip

 

The chipmaking giant has announced this ahead of this week’s slated Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California. However, the company did not reveal more details about the new SoC as of press time. Qualcomm further said that the SoC would use a Kryo CPU and Adreno GPU, both of which are known as Qualcomm chips.

 

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The only thing that differs between the Kryo CPU and Andreno GPU is that the rest of the XR1’s building blocks as to how it would be configured is not clear yet. Having said that, the chipmaking giant is actually slotting the XR1 below its existing Snapdragon 845.

 

 

In case you don’t know, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is a popular chip that powers all highest-end smartphones. This is regarding the chip ’s memory bandwidth and GPU power. Not only that, the chip is aiming for XR1 devices at “lean back” experiences like 360-degree video viewing, among others.

 

 

Despite this, the company claims that the XR1 could produce an output video of up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. With such configuration, it would keep the motion-to-photon latency “well below” 20 milliseconds.

 

 

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Huawei Mate 10: Huawei Opens Preorders In US, Priced At $799

Electronic giant Huawei has officially opened on Monday its Mate 10 Pro for U.S market. The company’s new flagship smartphone would be sold in the US, especially on sites like Best Buy and Amazon, respectively.

 

Huawei Mate 10 preorders open in the US

 

Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be sold for $799, according to the company. Those who will be buying the new smartphone through a preorder would get a free $150 gift card. Customers could get the gift card from various retail stores where they bought the smartphone.

 

The company said it would start shipping the Huawei Mate 10 Pro on February 18. The new 6-inch flagship comes in two color options: the Midnight Blue and Titanium Gray. It can be recalled that Huawei’s new smartphone was actually adjudged as one of CNET’s favorite smartphone.

 

What’s amazing with Huawei’s new smartphone is that it is powered by the company’s
Kirin 970 processor. Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor equally performs with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered phone like the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 device.

 

Huawei’s new smartphone came after a deal with AT&T was nixed as it tries to crack the US market. If the partnership were pushed through, Huawei would be getting a boost with AT&T as the major carrier partner.

 

At this year’s CES, the electronic giant was poised to announce that its Mate 10 Pro would be sold in the US market with AT&T partnership. The company selected AT&T because 90 percent of smartphone sales in the US derived from carriers.

 

 

Unfortunately, AT&T nixed the deal before the CES event last month, fearing of security threats as Huawei has ties with China.

Microsoft Launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PC

Microsoft Windows user have something to be thankful this month. A new Windows PC product line that offers longer battery life is at hand.  The tech giant has formally unveiled a new PC for Windows 10.

Nowadays, tech savvy users want to work in PC that can stay longer.  This means that battery life is a major issue for PC. But you should worry no more because Microsoft has partnered with Qualcomm.

AnandTech reported that Qualcomm’s technology helped Microsoft to unveil its first ARM-powered Windows 10.  Many PC users have actually expressed approval of the Qualcomm’s ARM technology.

With this new technological tandem, Microsoft users are expecting a more personal experience using the device.  This is not the first time that Microsoft has used ARM version of Windows 10.

Previously,  PC users were able to see a Windows 10 running on ARM using Adobe Photoshop application.  Microsoft has reportedly developed an emulator that can actually run on traditional X86 apps.

On the other hand,  the company claims the “look and feel” of having ARM-powered device is normal like other laptops.  ARM-powered devices will ensure the full running capacity of Windows 10. In addition, the ARM chip offers superb performance, offering the best Windows experience.

Not only that, the latest Windows 10 PC promises longer battery life. Microsoft claims that battery life can reach 30 days on standby mode and 22 hours when in use.  This is something that is impressive and can break the expectation of users.

Of course, battery life is something that users really care about the new processor in any laptop. Aside from Microsoft, other brands to have ARM-based laptops are ASUS and HP.   Both tech companies have also worked with Microsoft to roll out the first Windows 10.

ASUS and HP claim that their laptops will have over 20 hours battery life which is similar to Microsoft.

 

LG unveils new Optimus G

Korean tech firm LG has finally revealed their much anticipated top of the line Optimus G, a few days before it is set to be showcased at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany.

Speculations about the Optimus G have been roaming around the web for a few weeks now, but yesterday, LG has finally unwrapped the veil of secrecy on their latest device, before it goes on sale in Korea next month.

The LG Optimus G has an IPS LCD display with a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD, which boasts of a pixel resolution of 1280×768. It also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Processor with a 1.5GHz Quad-Core CPU.

It also features a 2GB of RAM and a 1.3 MP front facing camera with a 13 MP camera installed at the back.

Jelly Bean fans might be disappointed because the Optimus G runs on Google 4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The LG Optimus G will be on sale in Korea beginning next month and will soon be available to the international market.

The pricing of the LG Optimus G will be made available at the IFA conference a few days from now.

Will you trust LG to be your device of choice?

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RIM to partner with Qualcomm to bring high res graphics to Blackberry 10 OS

Research In Motion has placed all their bets on the BlackBerry 10 to finally revitalize the life of the Canadian tech firm. Whatever they have planned, everything seems to point in the right direction starting from the backing of telecom companies last week after they presented their BlackBerry 10 product lines.

According to BlackBerry OS, the first devices to be installed with the BlackBerry 10 OS will come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T Processor.

This 1.5GHz quad-core chipset comes with Adreno 320 GPU for high resolution screens that will be standard for Blackberry 10 devices.

According to reports, the Snapdragon S4 pro chip will be one of the biggest advantages of Blackberry 10 devices, as this will enable them to support 4G LTE technology.

Speculations have been made as to who will develop devices that will carry the Blackberry 10 OS. Some rumors have said that devices that will run on BlackBerry 10 OS are already made and are only waiting to be shipped.

Research In Motion has been toying out with the idea of LTE for their devices. In a BlackBerry blog post earlier this week, RIM has dedicated an article for the importance of LTE technology.

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Its Qualcomm for the iPhone and Nexus One

Source: TheStreet.com

Its another victory for chipset maker Qualcomm!

After Google announced last Tuesday that its HTC Nexus One “Googlephone” will run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, TheStreet.com announced that the Qualcomm will also be powering the new iPhones.

Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar confirmed this fact with the manufacturers and suppliers involved with the phone. Reps from both Apple and Qualcomm however, hasn’t officially confirmed this rumor.

According to Kumar, Apple has officially ditched Infineon which powered its iPhones on the AT&T network. A new Qualcomm chipset will now power the new iPhones coming to Verizon.

“It’s looking like Qualcomm is beginning to be the one to beat,” Kumar says.

Kumar, earlier today, also confirmed that Apple will not be utilizing Intel’s chips for its upcoming tablet computer and will be using chips from Apple-owned P.A. Semi.

Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/10657007/1/exclusive-qualcomm-to-power-apple-iphone.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEN