SlashGear Interviews

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

Google's Benson Leung called out the LG G5 and the HTC 10 this past due to their USB-C cords, both of which break official USB-C spec rules. Why? Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The cords do not fit the standard specifications for USB Type-C (or USB-C, however you want to say it) as set by the USB Implementers Forum. Today we've got a detailed set of answers from Qualcomm on why they're not worried about fitting this spec as defended by Leung - and why you shouldn't either.

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Meta on why AR vs VR will be a non-issue

Meta on why AR vs VR will be a non-issue

The near future will decide whether the newest generation of developers decide to create apps and games for VR or AR. What's the next big platform? What will most early adopters grab hold of first? According to the Augmented Reality headset group Meta, it's not a matter of which platform will take off first, but which platform will be easiest for the everyday user to use.

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Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Jibo vs Echo will be decided with developers’ hearts

Forget Alexa, when it comes to digital companionship Jibo is aiming to make a faint Echo of Amazon's connected speaker. Handiwork of a team of roboticists, animators, and speech recognition specialists, Jibo raised millions with its promise of social robotics: now, the "family robot" is ready to embrace whatever new abilities third-party coders can come up with. I caught up with Jonathan Ross, Head of SDK Development at Jibo, for an exclusive preview of the new developer toolkit ahead of its public demonstration at SXSW this weekend.

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Open Season: Scared Silly director speaks on his wild animation past

Open Season: Scared Silly director speaks on his wild animation past

The film Open Season: Scared Silly is out now - how well do you know its director? Did you know that he was also responsible for the cult classic cartoon Cow and Chicken - and (of course) I AM Weasel as well? Back when the original Open Season was first released, it was back in the early days of big-time 3D-animated films - the year 2006! Back then, Feiss was asked by Sony Pictures Animation to be Head of Story on the film. Since then the movie has spawned three sequels, the latest of which comes out this week!

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How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

How Lenovo and Project Tango will reinvent your smartphone

Lenovo and Google couldn't have picked a more impressive venue to demonstrate the latest iteration of Project Tango at MWC 2016 nor, indeed, one more suited to its indoor mapping capability. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya isn't short on fine art, and like most museums you could easily imagine getting lost in its various rooms and corridors.

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Bluetooth Internet gateway: dev director answers your questions

Bluetooth Internet gateway: dev director answers your questions

This week we had the opportunity to speak with Steve Hegenderfer, director of developer programs for Bluetooth SIG. This week Bluetooth SIG launched their new architecture and supporting set of educational tools called Bluetooth Internet gateway, allowing developers to "quickly create internet gateways for Bluetooth products." We asked him what this meant for the general consumer using questions sent to us by you! Have a peek and see if this new wave of simple integration will make your day.

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Living Concept: How Lexus made the astonishing LC 500

Living Concept: How Lexus made the astonishing LC 500

Making a concept car is easy. Taking that concept and coaxing a production car out of it - something people can walk into a showroom and drive away, something you can offer a warranty on - is far, far harder, as Lexus discovered when it decided to move the LF-LC from car show stands to dealership forecourts.

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Designing Avista: How Buick got its mojo back

Designing Avista: How Buick got its mojo back

Even in its hometown, Buick couldn't have expected to so thoroughly wow auto show attendees with its Avista concept. The brand known for being the oldest active American car maker is also the frequent butt of jokes about the age - and aged sensibilities - of its drivers, with GM stablemates Chevrolet and Cadillac left to monopolize the lion's share of technology and design.

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Inside OZO, Nokia’s audacious plan for its VR future

Inside OZO, Nokia’s audacious plan for its VR future

Virtual reality may be new for Nokia, but reinvention isn't. The story of Nokia's various incarnations is one that has been told many times over the past decade. Sure enough, the company best known today for its cellphone business was once a major producer of paper products, of rubber, and of cables.

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Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi talks autonomous EV charging and 150 kW for e-tron quattro

Audi's electrification plans include self-driving tech, with engineers developing an e-tron EV that can automatically trundle to its charger, Roomba-style. The upcoming Audi e-tron quattro - currently a concept but set to spawn a production version in 2018 - will be the German automaker's most serious all-electric vehicle so far, opening the door to a number of cutting edge charging technologies intended to make EV ownership more straightforward.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part II: translating mature subjects, 10 minutes a film

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part II: translating mature subjects, 10 minutes a film

Today we continue our interview series with Michael Price, writer behind the animated series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. In our second of several questions and answers with Mr Price, we asked whether the writer was given a set of rules to follow when writing this saga, or whether he was given free reign over the material. Price is also an award-winning writer for series like The Simpsons and the Netflix series F Is for Family. As such, his skills in adapting adult themes to animated, more kid-friendly environments made way for his growing LEGO Star Wars feature portfolio.

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LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Interview Part I: Thank The Maker!

This month we've had the opportunity to speak with Michael Price, the writer behind the animated movie mini-series "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales." In this series of 5 features, our favorite golden droid C-3PO retells the entire first 6 episodes of Star Wars film history. Our Q&A session with Price starts with a question of intent and audience. Who was this super entertaining mini-series combination of Star Wars and LEGO originally aimed at? Who was the original intended audience, and who might eventually end up enjoying it?

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