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New ARM chips offer more power, native 4K support

New ARM chips offer more power, native 4K support

To better serve us well into the future of mobile, ARM is announcing new chipsets that will likely be found in handsets for years to come. The new ARM Cortex A72 is a “50X increase in CPU performance”, while the CoreLink CCI-500 allows higher bandwidth and increased efficiency. ARM’s new Mali T880 GPU promises “console-quality” games via mobile devices. ARM also says big-name chipset manufacturers like HiSilicon, Rockchip, and MediaTek have already signed on to include the A72 in their SoCs.

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Cricket ups its game with new data caps and 20GB plan

Cricket ups its game with new data caps and 20GB plan

Just in time for the new Deezer partnership, AT&T's prepaid carrier Cricket has revealed newly updated data caps for existing plans that give subscribers more mobile broadband without a boost in monthly rates. In addition, the carrier has also introduced a new plan that gives subscribers the highest amount of high-speed data thus far offered by Cricket: 20GB/month, double the previously available 10GB option. All the while, the wireless carrier isn't ashamed to take a quick jab at T-Mobile.

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Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

Connect Plus keychain adapter has micro USB, Lightning connectors

Echo's Connect Plus is a "Y"-shaped USB connector with a standard USB connector on one side, and both a micro USB and Apple Lightning connector on each arm. This allows both Apple devices and gadgets that use micro USB to be charged without carrying around separate compatible cables, and the addition of flexibility means it can be re-adjusted and bent to work with different gadgets that might have unusual port placements. In addition, the device is small enough to fit on a keychain, and includes a keychain loop.

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Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Three Ways to Repurpose Your Old Smartphone

Most of us have old smartphones lying around, and while they might not be the latest and greatest anymore, the odds are also high that they're functional and decently powerful. If you've been planning to ship them off to a used phone service but have never gotten around to it, there's a better option: turning those old handsets into functional tools that complement your everyday life. There's no shortage of apps to do this, and if you're drawing a blank on what you can use them for, we've three suggestions.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone, that ultra secure phone for the spies and paranoid among us, promises a lot of things, all of them revolving around data security. As with most things, however, reality turned out to be a bit different than perfect-world promises and a bug was discovered -- one that left BlackPhone users and their data open to attackers. The issue was discovered by Azimuth Security's Mark Dowd who spotted the issue on his own BlackPhone, later detailing his findings on Azimuth's website.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2015 adds smartphone pics category

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 adds smartphone pics category

Major camera makers like Canon have been feeling the sting of smartphone cameras for a while now, and the increasing quality of mobile phone cameras means that more people are electing to forgo buying a traditional camera in favor of a higher end handset. Perhaps the best example of how far smartphone cameras have come is the World Photography Organisation's latest award category: Mobile Phone. Says the organization, "Photography now exists in our pockets, and we want to celebrate this."

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Samsung’s Q4 earnings report shows company down but not out

Samsung’s Q4 earnings report shows company down but not out

Many companies have dropped their latest earnings report today, and included among them is Samsung. The Korean company saw profits of 5.35 trillion won/$4.9 billion in its fourth quarter (ending December 31), an unfortunate decrease from the previous year of 27-percent. The results aren't all that surprising given the company's struggles in the recent past, but there was a glimmer of light through it all: the quarter's revenue was on the upswing with an 11-percent quarter-on-quarter increase to 52.73 trillion won.

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Seek XR thermal smartphone camera brings optical zoom

Seek XR thermal smartphone camera brings optical zoom

This past September, Seek Thermal introduced its Seek camera for smartphones, which gives the handsets the ability to look at the world around them based on its heat levels. Keeping in step with its biggest competitor, FLIR ONE, Seek has now introduced a new updated thermal camera called the Seek XR, and with it comes a boost in functionality via the inclusion of optical zoom. This increases the camera's usefulness for those who, for example, use the camera for spotting wildlife at night rather than just scanning a wall for water pipes.

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Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps for Android and iOS updated

Google Maps has been updated for both Android and iOS, bringing users both new features and improvements. This takes iOS users up to version 4.2.0 (the version varies for Android users), and while there are a couple similarities between the two updates, both give users different new features on their respective platforms. The most notable new feature for iOS users is the ability to see weather for cities around the globe; Android users, meanwhile, can see their contacts when they're searching for addresses in Maps.

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