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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 official: Ultra HD playback at head

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 official: Ultra HD playback at head

Having pushed the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor earlier this year and seeing applied to a relatively large cross-section of top-tier smartphones and tablets alike, Qualcomm has brought on the next step in the Snapdragon 805 here at the tail end of 2013. This processor will work in machines inside 2014 and will bring on - first and foremost - support for Ultra HD video playback. What's especially interesting about this ability is the fact that while some mobile smart devices have already been able to record Ultra HD starting at 4K, they've not been able to play it back - Qualcomm makes it so here with the 805.

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Qualcomm’s CMO Anand Chandrasekher reassigned, censured following A7 “gimmick” lambasting

Qualcomm’s CMO Anand Chandrasekher reassigned, censured following A7 “gimmick” lambasting

Qualcomm's outspoken Chief Marketing Officer Anand "Things That Are Dumb" Chandrasekher has been demoted, in a way, after stating that Apple's 64-bit system-on-a-chip, the A7, is a "gimmick." He wasn't fired, just reassigned, but he is no longer listed as being on the leadership team on the Qualcomm website, and the company has publicly censured Chandrasekher. The reasons for Chandrasekher's criticism and for Qualcomm's ensuing response are of both a technical and a political nature.

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Qualcomm’s Apple 64-bit “marketing gimmick” comment retracted

Qualcomm’s Apple 64-bit “marketing gimmick” comment retracted

Back on the 2nd of October, a bit of buzz was generated at the hands of Qualcomm senior vice president and chief marketing officer Anand Chandrasekher with regard to Apple's 64-bit A7 chip. He suggested at the time that "there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7," going on to say that this implementation was a "marketing gimmick." Today Qualcomm has stepped forward to correct Chandrasekher's suggestion that "there's zero benefit a consumer gets from that."

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iPhone 5S official: first smartphone on market with 64-bit SoC

iPhone 5S official: first smartphone on market with 64-bit SoC

After much anticipation for the device that'll one-up the iPhone 5, Apple has revealed the iPhone 5S in full. This device takes on a shape that's rather similar to the previous iPhone, appearing here as an incremental update to the smartphone line rather than a full reboot. This device works with a 4-inch touchscreen display with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution - that's 326 PPI, with an aluminum casing around the sides and the back.

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iPhone 5S “31% faster” A7 chip and motion-tracking rumored

iPhone 5S “31% faster” A7 chip and motion-tracking rumored

Apple's iPhone 5S will be "about 31-percent faster" than the iPhone 5 and include new motion-tracking technology, insiders claim, sparking speculation about the presumed Apple A7 processor expected to power the next-gen flagship phone. "Sources are telling me the new iPhone's A7 chip is running at about 31% faster than A6" Fox News's Clayton Morris took to Twitter to tease, saying that "I'm hearing it's very fast." However, the A7 SoC wasn't the only iPhone 5S chip Morris had news on.

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Intel smartphone and tablet chip roadmap leaks: Bay Trail-T the star for Android

Intel smartphone and tablet chip roadmap leaks: Bay Trail-T the star for Android

It would appear that the folks at Intel are not giving up - by any means - on their ventures into the smartphone and tablet universe as a roadmap of processor architecture leaks today. This selection of next-generation hardware will be used in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Android 4.2 devices, leaving Windows RT in the dust (not that Intel was all that excited about the platform in the first place, as it were). It all begins with a suggestion from Digitimes, Taiwan-based newspaper sources speaking up on two new tablet platforms Cherry Trail and Willow Trail, both of which will come in with 14nm processes.

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Nokia tablet (or large handset) RX-114 appears with Snapdragon 800

Nokia tablet (or large handset) RX-114 appears with Snapdragon 800

It's not every day that you see two tablet leaks in one day with the same processor under the hood - but that's just what's happened with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in this afternoon's appearance of the fabled Nokia tablet. This tablet works with code-name Nokia RX-114 and likely runs either full Windows 8 or Windows RT, pushing with it the same processor we saw appear on this morning's reboot of the Kindle Fire.

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NVIDIA Project Logan processor assimilates Kepler mobile

NVIDIA Project Logan processor assimilates Kepler mobile

This week NVIDIA is once again blurring the lines between desktop and mobile graphics with a note on the introduction of Kepler technology into their next-generation mobile processor. NVIDIA suggests that, "from a graphics perspective, this is as big a milestone for mobile as the first GPU, GeForce 256, was for the PC when it was introduced 14 years ago." This is the first set of details we're getting on Project Logan, the next processor architecture in the Tegra chipset family.

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AMD Seattle chips ditch x86 for ARM to undermine Intel’s server market

AMD Seattle chips ditch x86 for ARM to undermine Intel’s server market

AMD has revealed its new "Seattle" chips, processors headed to power-dense servers, and using for the first time ARM architecture as commonly found in smartphones and tablets, rather than x86. AMD Seattle, which is expected to show up in systems from the second half of 2014, will initially offer eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores running at at least 2GHz, with 16-core versions headed to market after that. According to AMD, there'll be big advantages over traditional server chips.

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