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June 22, 2017

Qualcomm Strikes 7nm Chip Deal with TSMC

According to DigiTimes, TSMC has won the bid to manufacture Qualcomm’s baseband chips on the 7nm node. The chip order is for the baseband processors only and not for application processors. Qualcomm is still making a decision between Samsung and TSMC for the production of its next-generation APs, and is waiting to see the second generation 7nm products from both companies before it makes a decision.

Both Samsung and TSMC will be switching from HKMG to EUV process technology at the 7nm node. Samsung announced that its 7nm Low Power Plus transistors made using EUV will be available in 2018, while TSMC said its 7nm EUV node will be ready by 2019.

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May 26, 2017

T-Mobile Launching DIGITS Service on May 31

Last year, T-Mobile announced DIGITS, a next generation service which will allow customers to utilize their phone number on multiple devices and utilize multiple phone numbers on a single device. At the time it was announced, T-Mobile launched a beta for customers who wanted to try the new service and promised that it would launch sometime next year. That day has come.

In a recent announcement, T-Mobile will be officially launching the DIGITS service beginning May 31st.

On May 31st, T-Mobile customers will be able to use their phone numbers on multiple devices using DIGITS for free. Getting an additional DIGITS number to use will cost an additional $10/month. [...]

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May 24, 2017

LeEco to Lay Off 85% of US Staff Amid Financial Woes

LeEco, the Chinese technology company that charged into the US market like a cannonball on fire, is putting on the brakes as the company appears to be running into financial trouble.

Following its rapid expansion back in 2016 and a huge CES appearance in early 2017, LeEco is reportedly trimming 325 employees, or approximately 85% of its workforce in the US. The decision is a culmination of all of the company’s financial misfortunes which also resulted in a failed $2 billion acquisition of Vizio and the sale of its massive 49 acre Silicon Valley property almost immediately after acquiring it.

Amidst the chaos, the founder of LeEco, Jia Yueting, has stepped [...]

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May 24, 2017

Apple, Nokia Settle Patent Dispute – Nokia Withing Products Return to Apple Store

Apple and Nokia have reportedly settled a patent dispute where Nokia claims that Apple had utilized 32 of Nokia patents without paying licensing fees. As a part of the settlement, Apple has agreed to pay Nokia an upfront fee as well as any long-term patent licensing fees.

Following the patent dispute, both Apple and Nokia have moved beyond the lawsuits and are now pursuing a more synergistic relationship. As a part of their re-kindled friendship, Nokia’s Withing fitness products are now back in Apple’s retail and online stores with the two companies also hinting at a possible collaboration in digital health technology.

 

Source: 9to5 Mac

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May 17, 2017

Qualcomm Files Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Apple Suppliers

In its ongoing royalty war with Apple, Qualcomm has filed yet another lawsuit, this time against Apple’s suppliers.

The targets of this lawsuit include Hon Hai Precision Industry, Winstron Corporation, Pegatron Corporation, and Compal  Electronics. Together, they serve as the production line for Apple devices worldwide. Despite a long history of diligently paying royalties to Qualcomm, the manufacturers are now refusing to pay royalties, citing that they were instructed by Apple not to pay. The Apple suppliers seem to have no quarrels with Qualcomm’s license contracts as they still pay royalties on any non-Apple devices, but are following Apple’s [...]

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May 12, 2017

T-Mobile Offers BOGO Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6

Were you planning on surprising mom with a new flagship smartphone this weekend? How about surprising yourself with one as well?

Currently, T-Mobile, in partnership with Samsung and LG, is offering buy one, get one free deals on both the new Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as the LG G6.

Here’s how it works.

For the Samsung Galaxy S8, simply purchase two Samsung Galaxy S8 devices on a 24-month EIP and add a new line (T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice with High Speed Unlimited Data). Then, simply head over to T-Mobile’s promotions site to submit a rebate request using the promo code 17SAM8BOGO. Within 6-8 weeks, you should then receive a prepaid [...]

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May 9, 2017

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs

Qualcomm’s latest midrange SoCs are finally here! The Snapdragon 660 and 630 SoCs are slated to replace the highly successful Snapdragon 653 and the Snapdragon 625 SoCs.

The Qualcomm 660 switches from the big.LITTLE architecture to a unified octa-core architecture. The new processor replaces the ARM Cortex A72 and A53 CPUs in favor of eight Kryo 260 CPUs. The GPU has also been updated to the Adreno 512. Qualcomm states that users would see a 20% improvement in compute performance and 30% improvement in graphics over its predecessor.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 leverages eight ARM Cortex A53 Cores similar to the Snapdragon 625. Maximum configurable [...]

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May 9, 2017

FCC Approves Refurbished Galaxy Note 7

Aside from the whole exploding thing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was an awesome smartphone, which is a shame since all units were recalled shortly after launch. However, it looks like all that R&D may not have gone to waste as refurbished versions of the recalled smartphones have recently been approved by the FCC.

According to a recent article by SamMobile, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be available in Korea in three variants: the SM-N935K, SM-N935L, and SM-N935S, each tweaked for a specific Korean carrier. The refurbished models are reported to feature a smaller battery rated at 3,200mAh and will sport Android 7.0 out of the box. To distinguish the refurb [...]

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May 9, 2017

iPhone 8 on Schedule for September-October Launch

Apple’s iPhone 8 is on track to launch in September and go on sale in October, according to a recent report by Economic Daily News.

This new statement contradicts previous beliefs that the iPhone 8 will be delayed due to poor yields of the OLED displays. Analysts predicted that the iPhone production will be severely hampered by supply after the initial launch.

Newly improved production yield rates have seemingly resolved this issue. Volume production of components will ramp up in June. iPhone manufacturing companies including Foxconn, Winston, and Pegatron are also aggressively recruiting and training new workers to prepare for the production of new [...]

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May 5, 2017

OnePlus 5 Leaked Ahead of Schedule at Online Retailer

The successor to the legendary OnePlus 3T may have been inadvertently leaked on Oppomart, a popular online Chinese marketplace.

According to the leaked product page, the list image is the same as leaked images we’ve seen previously. The phone is pictured to feature a matte black finish and a dual camera system. The fingerprint reader is expected to be placed at the front.

Additionally, a full list of specifications has been leaked as well.

Manufacturer OnePlusModel OnePlus 5SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835RAM 6GB LPDDR4Storage 64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1Screen 5.5″ QHD 2560 x 1440p DisplayCamera 12MP dual rear camera, 8MP front [...]
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