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A Reminder That Newer Stuff Isn't Always Better, Courtesy Of Qualcomm

Every six months or so, mobile processing giant Qualcomm announces its latest and greatest Snapdragon processor, a piece of silicon that will find its way into the newest Android handset, making your life faster and better and so much higher-resolution than the old, crummy Snapdragon. Only, in the case of Snapdragon 810, that’s not true.


This Drone's Brain Is Just A Run-Of-The-Mill Smartphone 

Like with many technologies, drones and quadcopters are getting cheaper and cheaper as they get smarter and more capable. And as Dr Vijay Kumar and a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently demonstrated, the average consumer smartphone is now more than powerful enough to serve as an autonomous drone’s brains.


Qualcomm's New Fingerprint Recognition Could Be Better Than Touch ID

With the launch of the iPhone 5S, Apple set an incredibly high bar for fingerprint recognition with TouchID. Until now, Android phones have failed to compete — but now Qualcomm is launching a fingerprint sensor that could change that.


Don't Expect A Certain Next-Gen Mobile Chip In A Certain Flagship Phone This Year

We’ve been looking forward to seeing Qualcomm’s new, powerful Snapdragon 810 mobile processor for quite a while now. We saw it feature in a few new smartphones at CES this year, but the company’s own financials tell us that it won’t appear in a certain large customer’s best and most high profile Android phone this year.


Bloomberg: Samsung Is Dropping Qualcomm Chips For The Galaxy S6

Samsung has long used Qualcomm chips to powers it flagship phones. But now a report from Bloomberg suggests that the company is to drop Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in its new Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues.


Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't A Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

“This trend is not going away,” says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm’s new wearables business unit. “This is not a fad.” Of course he’d say that — his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm — the company which dominates the mobile industry — would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm’s wearables boss about our sensor-equipped future.


The Plan To Turn NYC's Old Payphones Into Free Gigabit Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Today, the New York City mayor’s office announced the winning bid to transform the city’s existing payphone infrastructure. LinkNYC will bring free gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity to some 7000 street towers. It’s one of the largest and most ambitious citywide Wi-Fi networks in the world.


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.


HTC's First 64-Bit Phone Will Be A Mid-Range Desire

HTC’s signalled that it’ll launch a 64-bit ARM-based handset on September 4th. The surprising news is that this isn’t a high range handset.


Timex's New Ironman Smartwatch Lets You Leave Your Phone At Home

For those times when a rigorous run or other extreme outdoor activity has you leaving your smartphone at home, Timex has created a new fitness-oriented smartwatch that doesn’t need a constant connection to your phone. The Ironman One GPS+ comes with its own 3G connection for uploading fitness data or your current location, or reach out for help in the event of an emergency.