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Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight reference platform has advanced video and nav

Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight reference platform has advanced video and nav

Qualcomm has announced a new reference platform that is aimed directly at advancing consumer drone aircraft capabilities. The new platform is called Snapdragon Flight and the reference platform (not pictured) will support small, light drone aircraft that have advanced video and image capture along with advanced communication and navigation features.

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AT&T has an internet hotspot for your car

AT&T has an internet hotspot for your car

The AT&T ZTE device you're about to see is a Wi-fi hotspot for vehicles, and it's coming to AT&T first and foremost here in the USA. This device works with a Qualcomm MDM9215 processor and AT&T's 4G LTE network to bring internet to users' vehicle while it uses their OBD II port (standard in most vehicles in the USA 1996 and newer) for power. This device will require users to pay for data using a SIM card that's added on to their current AT&T data plan.

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Snapdragon 820 spotted with a 83,774 score on AnTuTu

Snapdragon 820 spotted with a 83,774 score on AnTuTu

Accidental leak or intentional marketing ploy? Qualcomm has said that devices with its next Snapdragon 820 won't be coming until 2016, or perhaps late this year at the earliest, and yet here we see such an alleged device running tests on AnTuTu. And more than just its appearance, its score of 83,774, so far the highest among mobile chips, is sure to raise hopes as well as eyebrows. Of course, nothing it certain at this point in time, but if true, it does bode well for Qualcomm.

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Qualcomm hedges its bets on Snapdragon 820 custom Kryo cores

Qualcomm hedges its bets on Snapdragon 820 custom Kryo cores

Qualcomm has had a rough patch these past months, which started when word about its overheating Snapdragon 810 flagship chip first got out. That would eventually be verified by some and refuted by others. Needless to say, the Snapdragon 810 has been mud on Qualcomm's face. It's salvation, however, might be coming soon. The world's most high profile mobile chip maker has been steadily building up the hype around its upcoming Snapdragon 820, and this time its shedding some light on what its fresh new custom Kryo cores would bring.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to have built-in anti-malware feature

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 to have built-in anti-malware feature

If the events of the recent months are any indication, malware on mobile devices, especially Android, is on the rise. As more users store important, sometimes private, data on their mobile devices, the temptation for hackers grow stronger, and so does the need for stronger security measures. Leveraging the unique position of being one the lowest level of the platform stack, Qualcomm is advertising the new Smart Protect feature on its upcoming Snapdragon 820 chip which provides real-time detection of malware that OEMs and security software makers can use to enhance their products.

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Qualcomm reveals BMW i8 Formula E safety car with wireless charging

Qualcomm reveals BMW i8 Formula E safety car with wireless charging

It may have been a while since we've heard anything new about Qualcomm's Halo, the wireless car charging system. That's changed today, as the company has just announced its new official safety car for the second season of the FIA's Formula E Championship. The car, a BMW i8, has been outfitted with Qualcomm's Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system, said to be able to charge the vehicle's batteries in one hour.

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Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm answers Apple M7 with Snapdragon 820’s co-chip

Qualcomm has detailed its coprocessor for the Snapdragon 820, a supercharged equivalent of Apple's M7 for low-power motion tracking, media playback, and photography. Dubbed the Hexagon 680 DSP, the new addition to the Snapdragon 820 is more than just Qualcomm's response to chips like the M7, which Apple uses to offset continuous data gathering from the main processor. Instead, it's being positioned as a helping-hand for the CPU that could have broad implications on performance and power.

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OnePlus 2 Review: An imperfect assassin

OnePlus 2 Review: An imperfect assassin

The OnePlus 2 is a winner in its price category, destroying competitors in almost all objective comparisons of hardware, but OnePlus aims its attack far higher. The tagline is "Flagship Killer" and OnePlus takes that seriously: this phone isn't priced like a flagship. but with a few omissions it squares up well to those from rivals. Nonetheless, is competitive pricing enough to forgive the few odd blips on the spec sheet? Turns out, using the OnePlus 2 is much like having a Nexus smartphone from Google, but with some unique features that - for better or worse - set it apart.

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Qualcomm focuses on VR for new flagship Snapdragon

Qualcomm focuses on VR for new flagship Snapdragon

Qualcomm may not be powering the Galaxy Note 5, but the company is looking further afield for applications of its upcoming Snapdragon 820, with an emphasis on VR. The new chip, which is expected to begin appearing in devices in the first half of 2016, is likely to figure strongly in smartphones and tablets - areas in which Qualcomm already has a sizable footprint. However, ambitions for the processor are far broader than that, with specific hardware decisions made to satisfy virtual reality applications.

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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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Mattel View-Master hands-on: Retro toy gets AR upgrade

Mattel View-Master hands-on: Retro toy gets AR upgrade

Mattel's rebooted View-Master won't be the only Google Cardboard headset around when it hits stores this October, but it's possibly the most charming. Announced back in February, the distinctive red casing swallows up your smartphone and, courtesy of Qualcomm's Vuforia, summons interactive scenes by scanning photo-reels. Mattel finally has working prototypes, so I dipped my toe into a VR scene at SIGGRAPH 2015.

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Snapdragon 412, 212 pushes the low-end even higher

Snapdragon 412, 212 pushes the low-end even higher

Qualcomm has received a lot of flak for the Snapdragon 810 and its overheating infamy. But while that is indeed big news, it is so far the only huge blot in the company's track record. Qualcomm's Snapdragons continue to power a whole range of devices, from the high-end flagships to the low-end budget phones. And with the new Snapdragon 412 and 212 chips, Qualcomm is again trying to push the boundaries of low tier devices, further eating into the once untouchable market dominated by MediaTek.

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