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BSN* and Snapdragon Contest Winners Announced!

Snapdragon Dragon

Hello everyone, we managed to pick the winners of our BSN* and Qualcomm Snapdragon contest giveaway where we picked, at random, two winners to give an HTC One M8 smartphone. Many of you left us very thoughtful and heartfelt responses and we read them all. Some of you should seriously consider careers in writing if you don’t already have them. Either way, we’re glad to have gotten a lot of feedback from you all about the giveaway and the review and we’ll continue to push forward with more of these kinds of giveaways in the future. We also wanted to thank Qualcomm for being so

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PC Gaming Alliance Becomes Open Gaming Alliance

Open Gaming Alliance

The PC Gaming Alliance, also known as the PCGA, known for championing the cause of the PC platform and specifically gaming on the PC, has changed their name to the Open Gaming Alliance and have refocused their efforts. In a short but concise statement, the Alliance has announced that they will be changing their name to the Open Gaming Alliance and refocusing their efforts on open gaming in general instead of just focusing on the PC. After all, most of the PCGA’s members now are involved in gaming in one way or another outside of the traditional PC formfactor. “As the market for digital games

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Android, Business, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Software Programs, VR World

Qualcomm: Record 3Q 2014 Earnings, Reaffirms Guidance

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Qualcomm just announced their earnings for the fiscal third quarter of 2014 which includes the calendar second quarter of 2014, and their earnings were strong as ever. Qualcomm reported $2.24 billion in profit on $6.81 billion in revenues, this represents a 9 percent growth in revenue year over year as well as a 7 percent growth over the previous quarter. Profits also grew a whopping 42 percent year over year and 14 percent sequentially, squashing investors’ worries that Qualcomm’s caution last year about flatter revenues might affect profitability. Diluted EPS was $1.31, up 46 percent year over year and 15 percent sequentially. These earnings figures

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Analysis: Broadcom Exits Baseband Modem Business

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In an unfortunate turn of events, Broadcom has decided to completely shutter their entire baseband modem business less than a year after acquiring Rensas’ own mobile modem business which had been under threat of also shutting down after originally being acquired from Nokia. This announcement came as part of the company’s earnings release yesterday, where they reported a $1 million loss on $2 billion in revenue (essentially break-even) compared to the previous quarter where they had made $165 million. But even so, Broadcom has announced that with the shuttering of this division they will be laying off approximately 2,500 people which are currently part of this

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Apple, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Opinion, Rumors, Software Programs, VR World

Apple's iWatch to Have Major Health Focus, A Mistake?

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Apple has been pushing heath and fitness heavily with their most recent campaign for the iPhone. This can be most noticeable in their recent ad campaign featuring Apple’s iPhone and a series of fitness applications and accessories, which include a multitude of wearables. Their campaign states, “You’re more powerful than you think.” So, what is Apple getting at here, exactly? That the iPhone, and Apple, can be at the very core of your physical and health success. Surely, there are plenty of people that are already using many of these devices on both their Android and iOS devices, so that doesn’t necessarily set Apple apart from

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Intel Reports Stronger Q2 2014, Raises Expectations

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Intel reported stronger than expected quarterly earning for the second calendar quarter of 2014. In Q2 2014, Intel [NASDAQ:INTC] managed to report $2.8 billion in profit on $13.8 billion in revenue. As a result, they reported an earnings per share of $0.55 and generated $5.5 billion in cash from operations. They also paid out dividends of $1.1 billion and used $2.1 billion to repurchase 74 million shares. Now, compared to the previous quarter Intel’s revenue of $13.8 billion was $1 billion or 8% higher than the $12.8 billion reported last quarter. Additionally, they reported an increase of nearly 5% to their gross margin to 64.5%

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HTC One M8 BSN* Snapdragon Giveaway

Snapdragon Dragon

As a continuation of our 5th anniversary celebrations this year and our partnerships with various companies in our industry, we are introducing a giveaway to our readers that tops all of our others. We are giving away two HTC One M8 smartphones thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which this phone currently uses as its applications processor in the Snapdragon 801. If you’d like to learn more about the Snapdragon 801’s performance or the HTC One M8 that we’ve reviewed we recommend you check out our review. In order to participate in this review, you must be a legal resident of the United States and Washington D.C.

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Hardware, Mobile Computing, VR World

Qualcomm Buys Wilocity, Adds WiGig to Snapdragon 810

Cat9 LTE Qualcomm

WiGig is a technology that has been developed by Wilocity with the help of various industry partners, including Cisco, Marvell and Qualcomm. We’ve been following the company for years and have been able to see their technology develop little by little into a truly mobile technology. They’ve moved from a proof of concept all the way to integrating their technology into laptops and smartphones. From our experience, their laptop technology is far more mature than their mobile technology, however they have made significant strides in terms of improving the technology’s performance and usability. They already have their WiGig technology working in some of Dell’s laptops

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New HTC Phone Competes with Moto G Dual Sim

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HTC launched its Desire 516 Dual Sim in India with a budget price tag of Rs. 14,200 ($237 USD). It is being seen as an alternative to the higher priced Moto G Dual Sim at Rs. 19,999 ($333 USD) or about the equivalent of $100 less. Motorola customers may be ready to make the change not only because of price, but also because of dissatisfaction with performance. Some units of the Moto G with unregistered IMEI numbers would not work on domestic networks in India. Motorola offered affected customers full refunds, replacements, and credits to their Flipkart account. The HTC Desire 516 claims to run on

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Auto, Business, Cloud Computing, Event, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

Google IO Bombards Android Users with Announcements

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This year’s Google IO opening keynote was by far one of the longest keynotes I have ever watched by a single company, let alone a single presenter (2 1/2 hours long). This year’s announcement was squarely focused on the Android operating system and barely on any hardware at all. In fact, almost all of the hardware mentioned today at Google IO has already been announced in one way or another. So, unlike many were expecting, Google did not announce a new Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or any other Nexus devices. They talked about the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch but that was about

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2014, Analysis, Business, Comic-Con, Enterprise, Event, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

Post-Computex Blues – Yet Another Bloodbath on the Horizon

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Or… The Vendors Never Learn It’s been a full 2 weeks now since the end of Computex, and the associated roaming around Greater China and certain (mostly Chinese speaking too) neighboring realms. This being at the very least fifteenth Computex for me, I didn’t bother much with press conferences and such, but checking the show floor to see what’s really going on, and then do a real check with selected vendors after the event is done with. The Taiwanese, with diminishing focus on high end ‘added value’ PC stuff, moving towards mainstream consumer things with corresponding reduction in differentiation and ability to charge larger margins,

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Qualcomm Spins off Gimbal Business Unit into Gimbal, Inc.

Gimbal

Gimbal today quietly announced that they had spun themselves off from Qualcomm. Gimbal was part of Qualcomm’s foray into wireless retail and helps retailers communicate more easily with their audience within a close proximity, giving them relevant information and valuable offers. We actually met with Gimbal’s now CEO, Rocco Fabiano, back in September to talk about Gimbal and what it enables from both the retailer and the consumer perspective. The technology itself is very promising and will likely get slow uptake in the retail industry as many retailers look for new ways to communicate with their customers. Below, we’ve got a video for you to get an

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Qualcomm Spins off Gimbal Business Unit into Gimbal, Inc.

Gimbal

Gimbal today quietly announced that they had spun themselves off from Qualcomm. Gimbal was part of Qualcomm’s foray into wireless retail and helps retailers communicate more easily with their audience within a close proximity, giving them relevant information and valuable offers. We actually met with Gimbal’s now CEO, Rocco Fabiano, back in September to talk about Gimbal and what it enables from both the retailer and the consumer perspective. The technology itself is very promising and will likely get slow uptake in the retail industry as many retailers look for new ways to communicate with their customers. Below, we’ve got a video for you to get an

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 MDP Benchmarked

We got a unique opportunity last week to benchmark Qualcomm’s latest SoC using their reference platform MDP (mobile development platform). The Snapdragon 805 MDP itself is basically how Qualcomm launches a new SoC by releasing a reference platform to allow developers and manufacturers to see the maximum capability of the SoC and then to build their hardware or apps based upon those possibilities. The Snapdragon 805 itself is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC and is what they believe to be the premier ‘built for 4K’ SoC that we’ll likely see in smartphones and tablets later this year. We got a hands on with the Snapdragon

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Android, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Operating Systems, Reviews, Software Programs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 MDP Benchmarked

We got a unique opportunity last week to benchmark Qualcomm’s latest SoC using their reference platform MDP (mobile development platform). The Snapdragon 805 MDP itself is basically how Qualcomm launches a new SoC by releasing a reference platform to allow developers and manufacturers to see the maximum capability of the SoC and then to build their hardware or apps based upon those possibilities. The Snapdragon 805 itself is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC and is what they believe to be the premier ‘built for 4K’ SoC that we’ll likely see in smartphones and tablets later this year. We got a hands on with the Snapdragon

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Business, Enterprise, Rumors, Technology Security, VR World

80 Tech Companies Cooperating with NSA, Claims Wikileaks

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Since we’ve had quite a bit of time between Snowden disclosures of NSA activities, it appears as though Wikileaks has gotten ahold of some secret NSA documents that name names as to whom has been cooperating with them. They claim that they have over 80 different companies in their strategic partnerships. The Wikileaks obtained slide states that these 80 “Major Global Corporations” are supporting BOTH missions. However, the document doesn’t specify exactly what both of those missions are, exactly. However, since this slide is labelled as COMINT that means it specifically pertains to communications between people, which may narrow exactly what those missions might be.

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Motorola Moto E Dumbphone Killer Arrives for $130

Moto E White and Black

Motorola already changed the world quite a bit when they released the midrange Moto G for $179. Now, they’re trying to change it again by releasing the Moto E for $129 and at the same time release an LTE version of the Moto G for $219. The Moto E is Motorola’s attempt to lure the ‘dumbphone’ crowd into the smartphone era without making them commit to anything major in terms of cost or complexity and making sure it will ship with the latest version of Android. They even started a campaign called #GoodByeDumbphone and tried to promote their launch of the Moto E with the

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Three Qualcomm Managers Charged with Insider Trading

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According to charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, three Qualcomm Managers were charged with insider trading pertaining to the Qualcomm acquisition of Atheros, which was announced back in 2011. As we had reported the acquisition on January 5th, the New York Times actually broke the story late on January 4th, 2011 with the official announcement coming on the 5th. However, the men implicated in this insider trading scheme had all bought stock of Atheros hours prior to the announcement, which obviously would net them quite a bit of money since Qualcomm had planned to acquire Atheros to the tune of $3.1 billion. Qualcomm had fully cooperated

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Chinese Company, Transtar, Makes a Perfect Samsung Galaxy Mega Copy

Galaxy Mega

It isn’t very often that we see knock offs of mainstream products that are really good ones, and it isn’t very often that they come forward to us and proudly exclaim how well they’ve managed to copy a popular product, but today we got both. The company that contacted us, Transtar, proudly exclaimed how they’ve managed to make a 1:1 copy of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ phone. And to be honest, by looking at it, it is actually really hard to tell the difference between the phone they’ve made and the phone Samsung makes. The Galaxy Mega itself isn’t an incredibly complex phone, or

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Intel Reports First Quarter 2014 Earnings, Signs of Stability

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Intel’s first quarter earnings for 2014 were for the most part fairly tepid. Sure, they were able to post an earnings of $0.38 per share on $12.8 billion in revenue, however this only beat analyst’s fairly conservative expectations of $0.37 per share by $0.01. On $12.8 billion in revenue, Intel showed operating income of $2.5 billion and net income of $1.9 billion. Intel’s net income for Q1 2014 was down 5% over the same period a year ago, nothing to cheer about but still much better than previous declines. They also saw an increase in revenue of about $200 million, even though there was a

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