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Qualcomm ultrasound pen goes skinny for phablets

Qualcomm ultrasound pen goes skinny for phablets

Qualcomm has slimmed down its ultrasound pen, making the sonic stylus potentially fit inside a Galaxy Note 3-scale smartphone for more portable use. The pen, which uses sound tracking to deliver a tablet stylus with better accuracy than the average digitizer, has been trimmed in its latest iteration, now sized to fit inside the silo in a phone rather than in a tablet portfolio.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.

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Android Bluetooth disabled by iBeacon tech, requires reset [UPDATE]

Android Bluetooth disabled by iBeacon tech, requires reset [UPDATE]

Qualcomm’s Gimbal, which operate using iBeacon technology, has been found to give Android fits. While the actual iBeacon tech is iOS only, those with Android devices around Qualcomm’s Gimbal beacon hardware are being pinged to the point of device death. In the video below, you see a Gimbal trying to contact an Android device so much it actually kills Bluetooth, forcing a factory reset.

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Galaxy Note 4 release to keep details in check

Galaxy Note 4 release to keep details in check

The release schedule of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been further solidified today as word from China suggests IFA 2014 to be its launchpad. The Samsung Galaxy Note line was born in Berlin at IFA, and there it shall remain - this time coming with a companion that’ll rest on the side of your face.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch adds Nuance dictation: Hands-on

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch adds Nuance dictation: Hands-on

Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch is a work-in-progress, but while the chip company waits for its reference design to be picked up, it's enhancing the experience with a Nuance-powered voice-to-text system. Toq Talk uses Nuance's speech recognition engine to allow dictated replies to messages straight from your wrist; we've been testing it out, so read on for some first-impressions.

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YEZZ outs Windows Phone 8.1 with “Billy”

YEZZ outs Windows Phone 8.1 with “Billy”

When you want to make a unique mark in the smartphone universe, one of the easiest places to begin is with your device’s name. The name "Billy 4.7" has been chosen by the folks at YEZZ, this being their first Windows Phone 8.1 device to head to market. This device will feature a 4.7-inch display and the thinnest body yet revealed for a Windows Phone 8.1 device.

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Qualcomm spins off Gimbal Bluetooth beacon business

Qualcomm spins off Gimbal Bluetooth beacon business

Qualcomm has spun off Gimbal, its location-based services system compatible with Apple's iBeacon, into a standalone company, offering retailers, entertainment venues, and businesses proximity-sensing and geofencing. The independent Gimbal, Inc. will push what Qualcomm described as "the digital sixth sense", feeding personalized information to users iOS and Android devices based on where they are in stores or stadium.

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LG G3 specifications dropping back

LG G3 specifications dropping back

It would appear that the LG G3 is going to take some heavy cues from the last generation, building on the LG G2’s unique look and feel. This device will have the same odd back-facing keys as its predecessor, as well as the LG G Flex. This device will also be coming in multiple colors - starting with black and white.

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Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple poaching wireless experts for in-house chip

Apple is reportedly poaching Broadcom engineers as it develops its own baseband processors, the complex chips responsible for the wireless connectivity in iPhones and iPads, as the iOS company tries to take further control of the future of its hardware. Two high-profile hires this year, most recently former Broadcom principle engineer and chip lead Paul Chang, join a roughly 30-strong Apple team made up of ex-Broadcom and Qualcomm experts, insiders claim.

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