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iOS 9 allows app developers to require devices with 64-bit CPUs

iOS 9 allows app developers to require devices with 64-bit CPUs

It's been revealed that with iOS 9, Apple has given developers the choice of limiting their app to run on iPhones and iPads with 64-bit CPUs. While iOS 9 itself is capable of running on a large number of Apple's older devices, developers now have the ability of specifying that previous generations of hardware cannot run their apps. The reason is not to be mean or make owners of said devices angry, but rather to ensure devices will be compatible with the app being offered, and that they don't run the software poorly.

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AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

At the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan, AMD just announced its 6th generation A-Series APU chip, dubbed "Carrizo." The new processor is a key part of AMD's new effort to move away from being featured in budget-line PCs and notebooks, and instead gain interest from mainstream notebooks and two-in-one form factors. To do this, Carrizo's main feature will be an extended battery life, in addition to improved gaming and graphics performances.

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MediaTek introduces Helio P10 octa-core processing chip

MediaTek introduces Helio P10 octa-core processing chip

MediaTek, one of the leading processor manufacturers for mobile device chipsets, is expanding its newest generation processor family, Helio, by introducing the P series chips. The P10 is a slim, 8 core processor. What this means for mobile device manufacturers, is that they have a the new chip to work with for handsets that aren't going to get an expensive 10 core processor, let alone an extreme performance 20 core processor like last month's MediaTek announcement, the Helio X20. Whereas, the X20 has flagship written all over it, the P10 looks like it will be for future mid to upper range handsets.

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Intel acquires Altera in $17bn IoT gadget play

Intel acquires Altera in $17bn IoT gadget play

Computer processor maker Intel acquires fellow chip-maker Altera in effort to combine technologies and lead the market through the future. Suggesting that this combination "harnesses the power of Moore's Law to accelerate Altera's existing businesses," Intel has announced that they'll acquire the company for $16.7 billion in an all-cash transaction. This combination will allow the companies to "make the next generation of solutions not just better," said Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, "but able to do more." This is the dawn of something greater and far more customizable than past products with either company on their own.

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MediaTek chip leapfrogs Samsung and Apple (in core count, anyway)

MediaTek chip leapfrogs Samsung and Apple (in core count, anyway)

How many cores does your smartphone have? If it's anything less than ten - and it's almost certain to be - then MediaTek has just eclipsed it, its new Helio X20 mobile processor packing a whopping ten cores. The company calls it Tri-Cluster architecture, and is promising the usual mantra of simultaneous power and efficiency. Still, before we discount the chip as just another case of "more is better" thinking, there could well be something to MediaTek's approach.

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Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

Apple Watch S1 SoC teardown shows custom processor

The beloved iFixit has already torn the Apple Watch apart, but those teardowns are meant to gauge repairability, not get gritty with the details on specs. While we might glean a thing or two from them, the overall aim is to let us know how much of a pain in the wallet it’s going to be when we bust our tech up. After that teardown, we’re now getting a better look at what makes the Apple Watch actually tick, and guess what — it really is pretty groundbreaking.

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Qualcomm tipped to be eying Samsung fabs for next chips

Qualcomm tipped to be eying Samsung fabs for next chips

In the tech industry, the term "frenemies" isn't entirely new. Companies that lambast each other in public usually have quieter, friendly deals in some corners. Despite the almost toxic rivalry between Apple and Samsung, the Korean manufacturer has been, at several points in time, a supplier of components for Cupertino's devices. And now, despite the perceived tension between Qualcomm and Samsung, the San Diego, California chip maker is now rumored to be looking at Samsung's foundries for making its next high-end chip, the Snapdragon 820.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

Happy 50th Birthday, Moore’s Law

In an industry which sees the latest and greatest outdated within months or even weeks, sticking around for fifty years is impressive indeed. Then again, Moore's Law - the infamous observation on how computer chip density increases exponentially over time - is anything but a constant, instead more a ticking metronome that has variously haunted and chivied the electronics world into constant movement.

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New Atmel IoT chip’s battery life can last 10 years

New Atmel IoT chip’s battery life can last 10 years

Batteries, already the Achilles heel of mobile devices, present an even bigger challenge for even smaller devices, like wearables and the budding Internet of Things industry. These latter devices are not things that you would, or should, associate with the frequent charging and battery replacement we are used to on smartphones. How do you balance performance and battery life? Atmel, a micro-controller manufacturer based in San Jose, may have the answer. Its new ultra-low power SAM L21 32-bit ARM-based MCU (micro controller unit) is advertised to last more than a decade before needing a recharge or replacement.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 teased with Kryo cores

The first phones running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810, like the HTC One M9 announced yesterday, may only just be arriving, but the chip firm couldn't help but tease its next-gen silicon. The Snapdragon 820 isn't expected to begin sampling until the second half of 2015, but Qualcomm decided that there was no better place than Mobile World Congress to slip out a few early details about what might be powering your smartphone upgrade in 2016.

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LG to take on 64-bit Samsung Exynos, Qualcomm Snapdragon

LG to take on 64-bit Samsung Exynos, Qualcomm Snapdragon

There is very little doubt that 2015 will see the shift to 64-bit architecture on mobile processors, especially with Qualcomm making available such chips that straddle all device tiers. Major mobile chip makers are already making the transition, but there seems to be one very small and new player who wants to catch up. LG is now reported to still be eying a spot in the mobile AP (application processor) market with its own 64-bit octa-core chip to rival Qualcomm and, of course, Samsung.

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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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