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Samsung acquires CSR technologies and patents for $310m

Samsung acquires CSR technologies and patents for $310m

Samsung has today acquired the wireless technology side of CSR’s business. CSR is a UK technology company that deals in single-chip Bluetooth solutions, with Samsung’s $310 million purchase of the phone connectivity technologies allowing the South Korean company to make use of various patents. Around 310 members of staff will also be transferred to Samsung as part of the deal.

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Some Nexus 7 orders starting to ship in the UK

Some Nexus 7 orders starting to ship in the UK

Several retailers in the UK will be carrying the 16GB version of the Nexus 7, with stock reportedly coming in on July 20th. Ebuyer looks to have received some of the tablets earlier than expected, with one user taking to Google+ to say his order was being prepared for shipment. Checking Ebuyer’s site earlier showed that the retailer did have a small amount of the tablet in stock, but the company seems to have run out, with the tablet going back to pre-order status.

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Google Nexus 7 costs $151.75 to build, says iSuppli

Google Nexus 7 costs $151.75 to build, says iSuppli

Google dropped some hints that the Nexus 7 was essentially being sold at cost, and previous estimates have put the build cost of the 8GB version of the tablet at around $184 which would leave Google and ASUS with a mere $15 in profit. That’s not even taking into account marketing, research and development, and all the other areas that make up the creation of a gadget. Now IHS iSuppli has taken a look at the Nexus 7, and their own teardown estimate puts the cost at around $152.

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Samsung estimates $5.88bn Q2 ’12 profit

Samsung estimates $5.88bn Q2 ’12 profit

We know you’re perched on the edge of your seat waiting to hear Samsung’s Q2 financials, so we won’t keep you waiting. The South Korean company has issued its earnings guidance for the second quarter, reporting approximate sales of ₩47 trillion (~$41.31 billion) and an approximate operating profit of ₩6.7 trillion (~$5.88 billion). You’ll have to wait a little longer to hear the full numbers though.

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Dell to purchase Quest for $2.4 billion

Dell to purchase Quest for $2.4 billion

Dell has today announced that it will be purchasing Quest, a company that provides IT management software for businesses. Dell looks to be stocking up on software solutions in order to differentiate itself from its competitors and add to a growing patent portfolio. The acquisition of Quest means that Dell will be able to expands its software to in systems management, security, data protection, and workspace management.

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Qualcomm extends Vuforia augmented reality to the cloud

Qualcomm extends Vuforia augmented reality to the cloud

Remember Vuforia? Qualcomm’s augmented reality platform allows you to scan real world objects and create “interactive experiences” on your smartphone or tablet. The technology had its limitation though, only scanning photos against a local database of 80 images. Now Qualcomm has announced that by adding the cloud into the mix, so the platform can perform image recognition against over one million images.

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Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft predicts tablets overtaking PCs next year

Microsoft is definitely thinking ahead when it comes to its Surface tablet. At a TechEd event held in Amsterdam today, the company has said that it believes tablet sales will overtake PCs within the next year. Antoine Leblond, vice president for Windows Web Services, spoke about how touch interfaces will become the dominant platform in the coming years, and that tablets will outsell traditional PCs for the first time.

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Strategy Analytics: iPhone has generated $150bn in revenue

Strategy Analytics: iPhone has generated $150bn in revenue

The fine fellows at Strategy Analytics have been crunching some numbers behind the scenes and discovered that Apple’s iPhone has generated around $150 billion in revenue since it first launched back in 2007. On top of that, the firm believes that around 250 million iPhones have been shipped in total across the world. It marks just how popular the iPhone really is, not to mention how lucrative the mobile market has become.

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