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In 2016, iPhone may have Intel modem in certain regions

In 2016, iPhone may have Intel modem in certain regions

According to a report, Apple is about to have Intel inside an upcoming iPhone model. While it won’t be the wholehearted effort Dell puts forth with Intel and mobile tech, Apple’s iPhone released in 2016 will reportedly have an Intel chip. The latest from Intel, their 7360 LTE modem, will reportedly have a home on the circuit board of 2016's iPhone. The modem will reportedly supplant Qualcomm’s spot, but there’s a good chance you’ll never get to experience it, as Apple is also reportedly shipping the Intel model to certain regions.

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Panasonic Nubo wants to kill Dropcam with 4G

Panasonic Nubo wants to kill Dropcam with 4G

Streaming security cameras are great, until your WiFi connection dies and your virtual peephole gets cut off. Enter the Panasonic Nubo, throwing 4G LTE into the mixture along with some smart home ambitions. Panasonic isn’t aiming low, either, claiming the Nubo is a “Dropcam killer” from the outset, and aiming to out-perform everything on the Nest-owned streaming camera’s spec sheet. I caught up with the Panasonic Cameramanager team to find out why Nubo shouldn’t just be on your home office wall, but hitching a ride in your suitcase.

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T-Mobile planning LTE via WiFi for launch in 2016

T-Mobile planning LTE via WiFi for launch in 2016

As we learned from the last FCC auction, mobile spectrum is expensive. Really expensive. Verizon and AT&T walked away with $20 billion worth of spectrum, while Dish quietly snapped up another $13 billion. T-Mobile was surprisingly quiet, but noted a bit later on they were planning to wait for low-band spectrum to come available via the next FCC auction. Rather than buy spectrum, they’re planning to use unregulated spectrum typically used for WiFi.

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Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Qualcomm moves from LTE-A to LTE-U for unlicensed spectrum

Our Internet connections are getting crowded. With more and more people using the Internet, some on more than just one or two devices, networks are getting overloaded and over burdened. That problem is a bigger one for mobile carriers because their bandwidths are limited to a certain spectrum that they pay for. Qualcomm is trying to alleviate that problem just a bit by introducing a new chipset that will allow users and carriers to ride on what is known as the unlicensed spectrum of the Internet.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 620, 618, 425, and 415

This week the folks at Qualcomm have introduced a number of new processors for high volume tiers of smartphones. They've started off with two families: Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400. From there, you'll find units like the Snapdragon 620 and the Snapdragon 618 coming out, ready to "redefine the 600 tier with significantly higher levels of performance with integrated 64-bit ARM Cortex A-72 CPUs and new X8 LTE modems." There's also a new octa-core CPU for the 400 tier - so its looking like even the "lowest end" of the smartphone universe is coming up powerful!

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Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

Snapdragon 810 benchmarked: 5 things you need to know

The pace of mobile chip development is relentless, something Qualcomm knows better than most with its new Snapdragon 810. Announced nearly a year ago, yet only set to show up in commercial phones and tablets in the coming months, the new Snapdragon arrives at a challenging time in mobile: raw performance simply isn't enough to win customers any more. So, it was with expectations broader than for just another fast chip that I sat down in Qualcomm's San Diego offices, the new Mobile Developer Platform (MDP) tablet and phone in front of me. After the cut, yes, there are benchmarks, but pure potency isn't all that you should care about.

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T-Mobile Simply Prepaid trims fat for no-frills talk/text/data

T-Mobile Simply Prepaid trims fat for no-frills talk/text/data

T-Mobile USA has announced the latest phase of its "Uncarrier" drive, Simply Prepaid, a monthly prepaid plan for unlimited talk, text, and data, though there's a sting in the tail if your mobile browsing goes to high. Three tiers of the new plan - which is priced from $40 per month, before taxes and fees - are available, all with unlimited talk and text. T-Mobile is hoping that it will continue the carrier's pole position among prepaid options, as well as draw in a few more customers concerned by overage charges.

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LG G Flex 2 to bring tri-band carrier aggregation to CES 2015

LG G Flex 2 to bring tri-band carrier aggregation to CES 2015

LG might be showcasing a ton of new electronics, particularly Smart TVs, next week at CES 2015, but at its mobile booth, the attention grabber will most likely be the odd G Flex 2, the successor to 2013's odd curved G Flex. But more than just the odd curved display that still has to prove its purpose in the market, the LG G Flex 2 is now rumored to bring yet another first to the table: the first 64-bit phone with tri-band carrier aggregation.

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BLU Products unleashes new line with 4G LTE support

BLU Products unleashes new line with 4G LTE support

BLU has time and again outed several unlocked smartphones over the years, some even with enticing features and definitely enticing prices. But most of them sadly do not boast of 4G connectivity. Well, not anymore. These three new BLU smartphones do come with the LTE support you need for consuming lots of online data. And as an added bonus, these smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, instead of BLU's usual preference for the more affordable MediaTek line of mobile processors.

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Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS coming to Japan with LTE on board

Firefox OS isn’t dead just yet! A new report suggests the operating system that runs web apps instead of native ones is coming, but will hit Japan rather than the United States. In conjunction with Japanese carrier KDDI, Mozilla is bringing Firefox OS to the Japanese via a new smartphone. The FxO is decidedly mid-range, but is adequate for what Firefox OS asks of it. the device goes on sale today, though we’ve not yet learned what pricing will be.

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