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Qualcomm's New Budget Snapdragon Chip Will Give Everyone LTE

Qualcomm has announced that its latest entry-level smartphone system-on-a-chip, the Snapdragon 210, will be cheap enough to appear in sub-$US100 off-contract handsets — and it even offers LTE.


Intel's Core M Might Finally Give Us True Laptop-Tablet Hybrids

The perfect in-between device — something that’s as thin as a dedicated tablet and as powerful as a dedicated laptop — is something we’ve been promised for years. Once, it looked like the answer might come when Intel’s Atom chips — Bay Trail chips, specifically — got potent enough to power highly mobile machines that could hold their own against real laptops. Atom hasn’t really gotten there, but Intel’s new Core M just might.


How We Could Cool Quantum Computers

Cooling modern-day computers is hard work: fans, heat sinks and even pumped liquid struggle to keep the temperatures of our hardware down. But how might we cool tomorrow’s computers — those powered using the strange and exotic power of quantum physics?


A New Kind Of Chip Could Make Wearables Last Way Longer On A Charge

Smartwatches, Google Glass, even humble fitness trackers: all great, apart from the fact that the batteries last for what seems like minutes. But now, a new kind of low-power processor could change that.


This Simple Chip Could Turn All Your Clothes Into Activity Trackers

These little chips may not look much, but in fact they’re a new breed of super-small, super-cheap accelerometers that could make motion sensing ubiquitous — even in the clothes you wear. The chips, made by mCube, measure just a couple of millimetres across — less than half the size of most accelerometer chips.


The Sounds Around You Could Soon Charge Your Phone's Battery

Sitting in a noisy bar, caring for screaming children, or watching the ball game — all awful locations to make a phone call, but soon these scenarios could actually help charge the battery of your cell.


Cheap Solid-State Batteries That Last Twice As Long As Li-Ion Are Coming

Most of our devices run (not for long enough) on lithium ion batteries. But there could be a new, old kid on the block — in the shape of a solid-state battery that can hold twice the charge as li-ion.


Future Wearables Could Communicate Using Reflected Wi-Fi

Sending data between small, portable devices is full of compromise: higher transfer rates usually means a bigger drain on the battery. But UCLA researchers have a plan to use reflected Wi-Fi signals to help solve that problem.


IBM's New Brain-Like Chip Squeezes One Million Neurons Onto A Stamp

Cognitive computing has been one of our most exciting frontiers for years. It’s enticing to think that we can someday build a computer that’s as powerful and as efficient as a brain. IBM’s latest miracle chip just got us closer than ever.


New Li-On Material Survives 30 Times The Charges Of Current Batteries

Aside from capacity, the worst thing about batteries is that they degrade with time, holding less power with every charge. But now scientists have developed a lithium ion material that can endure 30 times as many charge cycles as current cells.


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