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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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Snapdragon 820 spec leak highlighting 64-bit custom Hydra CPU

Snapdragon 820 spec leak highlighting 64-bit custom Hydra CPU

Rumors are making the rounds that Qualcomm will unveil the Snapdragon 820 SoC on August 11 in LA. Ahead of that unveil a number of details on the new SoC have turned up online giving us an early look at what to expect. The new Snapdragon 820 will be the MSM8996 and it promises some significant performance improvements in key areas compared to older Snapdragon products.

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Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Qualcomm reveals wireless charging for metal encased devices

Wireless charging is slowly becoming a staple feature in mobile devices these days, but not all mainstream flagship smartphones are able to take advantage of this technology. Some, like the HTC One M9, are prevented from adopting wireless charing because of their metal bodies. That will soon change, if Qualcomm has its way. The mobile chip maker has just announced a breakthrough in its WiPower wireless charging technology that will finally allow mobile devices with metal cases to take advantage of all that the technology has to offer.

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Here’s what Honda’s new R&D hub in the Valley is working on

Here’s what Honda’s new R&D hub in the Valley is working on

You're nobody in automotive these days without a flashy R&D center in Silicon Valley, and Honda is stepping up its game as it cooks up new semi-autonomous driving, green engine, and smart car technologies. While it's not Honda's first footprint in the Valley - that happened back in 2000 - it's certainly the biggest play from the firm, with the new facility the company's largest research & development site outside of Japan. The fruits of the new center will eventually trickle down to production cars, but Honda gave us a sneak peek of what it's been working on.

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Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Sony might be sticking with Snapdragon 810 for Xperia Z5

Qualcomm might have found a staunch and loyal friend in Sony. If it hasn't yet, it should. Despite all the flak it received precisely because of the Snapdragon 810 processor, it seems that Sony isn't about to jump ship. At least not for some upcoming smartphones. User Agent profiles of two device lines, particularly a certain E6603 and E5803, believed to be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact respectively, show evidence that those two will run on the almost ill-fated chip, which is bound not to sit well with those hoping for better Sony flagship before the year ends.

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ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS PadFone S2 to be first to use Snapdragon 820

ASUS is making a new PadFone S2 and its set to debut in March 2015, according to leaks. This is interesting because of two reasons. The first is that this is the first PadFone device that ASUS is making in over a year, more than a year by next March. The second is that, according to those leaks, the smartphone will might be the first to put Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 to the real-world test, proving whether or not this 2016 flagship chip will escape the curse of its predecessor.

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HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

HTC One M9 confirmed to already use Snapdragon 810 v2.1

There just seem to be no end to the controversy that looms over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 like the sword of Damocles. Varying reports, varying experiences, and varying OEM support all cast a cloud of doubt over the chip. Supposedly, salvation would come from a certain version 2.1 of the embattled processor, but now it seems that even that is for naught. HTC's own Jeff Gordon publicly reveals that the One M9 already runs on v2.1, which, sadly, only reaffirms suspicions that the SD810 is a lost cause.

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Internet of Things group Thread releases protocol specifications, now features Qualcomm

Internet of Things group Thread releases protocol specifications, now features Qualcomm

The Thread Group, the consortium founded by Nest, Samsung, ARM, Silicon Labs and more, has announced that Thread, its wireless networking protocol for smart homes, has released specifications that allow developers to build Internet of Things (IoT) devices compliant with their systems. In addition, Qualcomm, makers of widely used mobile chips, has joined Thread Group as a member of the board. Qualcomm, and others who are members of Thread Group, will be among those able to take advantage of the Thread protocols.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is here with a number of official press photos and details aplenty. What we're seeing here is the latest in Samsung design philosophy and a perfect example of how the company is evolving their sensibilities to bridge the gap between "budget phone" and "high end delivery." What you're going to see here is a herald of the coming of the king, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Take notes on your Note 4, this device is going to tell you all about the next release.

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Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

For a platform called Android, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to see it jump into robotics, but if FIRST and Qualcomm have their way a new generation of young people will make it the de-facto standard. FIRST - the organization set up by Dean Kamen of Segway fame “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” - announced back in March it would drop LEGO for Android for one of its robotics tournaments, and while those games don’t start until 2016, I stopped by this year’s FIRST Championship in St. Louis to get a preview of the system.

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iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

While we wait for the dust of the Apple Music launch to settle down, we take a peak at another of Apple's most awaited product, as if it ever had a non-awaited product. Courtesy of a brave leak source, we now have a view of what is supposedly the iPhone 6S motherboard. And with that, the smartphone's LTE modem has also been revealed: a Qualcomm MDM9635M, known by its other name, the 9X35 Gobi mobile platform. This chip promises not only Cat. 6 LTE speeds but more efficient power usage, leading, hopefully, to a longer battery life.

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