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The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

The need-to-know on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 graphics

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of its latest Adreno graphics architecture, the potent GPU to be found in its next-gen Snapdragon 820. The Qualcomm Adreno 5xx series will include GPUs like the 530, intended for the Snapdragon 820, and more affordable versions like the 510, which will be headed for the upcoming Snapdragon 610/618. Rather than throwing numbers at the wall, however Qualcomm says that this time around it started with some key user experiences and worked backwards; I sat down with the company's chip execs at SIGGRAPH 2015 this week to find out more.

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HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

HoloLens release “within the next year” for devs

Microsoft's HoloLens head-worn augmented reality computer is expected to begin shipping within the next year, though consumers will still be left waiting. The unusual headset, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, allowing them to be virtually manipulated as if sharing the space of the wearer, will initially be targeted at developers and enterprise users. According to comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, meanwhile, the consumer device journey may take considerably longer.

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Google tipped to be sneaking “Glass EE” into workplaces

Google tipped to be sneaking “Glass EE” into workplaces

Apparently, not only is Google already working on an "Enterprise Edition" or EE of its Google Glass smart eyewear, it is also already distributing prototypes to people in healthcare and manufacturing industries. In stark contrast to its rather flamboyant revelation of the Google Glass Explorer edition, Google is now all hush hush about this workplace-oriented version. While there still seems to be some interest, if not will, to have a consumer-ready model eventually, Google seems to be content to first improve the wearable's street cred in the industry.

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3 years later, where are the smartwatches?

3 years later, where are the smartwatches?

A few days ago, the New York Times ran piece that raised doubts about the success of the Apple Watch, pointing out how some popular apps, like Facebook, are nowhere to be found on Apple's smartwatch. Setting aside some assumptions that the piece makes, which others have already debunked, the piece does raise the ghost of doubt about smartwatches. Not just Apple's but all smartwatches in general. We've heard the pitch. We've seen the wares. But the nagging question has always been, "where are the smartwatches now?"

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Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin has announced the latest additions to its lineup for cyclists, the Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25 “bike computers”. These are bid as the smallest GPS cycling computers available thus far, with the Edge 25 being the higher-end of the two with connectivity features. Both enables cyclists to gather and store data metrics on their rides, such as how far they travel during a ride and how long they spend cycling, how fast they were going during a session, where all they travelled, how high they ascended, and more. In addition and depending on the model, the data can be shared with others.

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Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

Apple Watch hacked to run Mac OS 7.5.5

In the weeks since developers got their hands on the Apple Watch's watchOS 2 at WWDC earlier this month, we've seen things like native apps running on the wearable, along with games like Flappy Bird, all due to tinkering with the software. Now, in a sign of just far our digital devices have come, one developer has gotten the Apple Watch to run System 7, or specifically Mac OS 7.5.5. That version of the OS was released in September of 1996. Making nearly 20-year old software run on a wrist-computer of today is beyond impressive.

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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Wireless power titans merge but it’s not quite perfect yet

Two of the major wireless charging standards will merge, promising simpler and more effective ways to rejuice gadgets without having to plug them in. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have been talking about teaming up to take on the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard for a year now, inking a letter-of-intent back in January, but it's only today that the - currently nameless - collaboration has been made official. Next up, though, comes the hard part.

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Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google will hold a dedicated ubiquitous computing event this year, encouraging developers to make software that runs across phones, tablets, smart homes, and wearables. The Google Ubiquitous Computing Summit will take place this fall in San Francisco, the search company announced today at its annual developer event, and focus on blurring the boundaries between form-factors and locations, making better use of the context the user is in, and - perhaps most appealing to coders - reducing the amount of duplication across platforms.

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Project Soli could be Google’s riposte to Apple’s Digital Crown

Project Soli could be Google’s riposte to Apple’s Digital Crown

Wearables may bring your digital life to your wrist but that doesn't make it any easier to interact with, a problem Google believes it may have solved. Handiwork of the Google ATAP team, the internal skunkworks cooking up new and innovative hardware and software like Jacquard and Ara, Project Soli is the first ever radar chip capable of tracking gestures while also small enough to fit into a smartwatch or a phone. While it may only be eight months old, it's already poised to dramatically shake-up how we use small-screen devices.

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MediaTek’s LinkIt ONE developer kit targets makers and hobbyists

MediaTek’s LinkIt ONE developer kit targets makers and hobbyists

MediaTek is dipping its toe in the market for makers and builders. The company recently showed off its newest offering at the Wearable World Congress. MediaTek put together the LinkIt One development kit, which is a reasonably priced ($79 USD) kit designed for entrepreneurs to make devices ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. The chip on the board is tiny, only about the size of a fingernail. Its diminutive size leaves space to integrate additional hardware, and its relatively powerful specs would make it a good fit for small devices, like smart coffee makers.

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It’s time to give these gadgets a try

It’s time to give these gadgets a try

Technology's here and it's there, and if you'll forgive the Dr. Seuss-ism, it's everywhere. You cannot avoid it, even if you haven't tried some aspect of it for yourself. Odds are high you've at least a little technology in your personal life, but haven't found a use for some of the latest and greatest gadgets of the modern world. It's time for that to end. Innovation is happening faster than ever, and if you don't get on board soon you'll get left behind. It's time to give these gadgets a try if you haven't yet.

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