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Apple A7 chip tipped with Intel inside

Apple A7 chip tipped with Intel inside

With the pattern ringing true for some time now, it's not unbelievable in the slightest when one hears a tip of a so-called "A7" chip in Apple's future for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. What's slightly more questionable is the possibility that part of the production of this chip might be done by Intel. With word of Apple aiming to pull away from Samsung in their chip production across the board having been an unofficial understanding for quite a few months now, it seems that Intel might be aiming to grab a piece of the pie.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 revealed: power up quick!

Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 revealed: power up quick!

With the introduction of their full 2013 (and beyond) lineup of processors for the mobile universe, Qualcomm had made it clear that they're here not only to stay, but to bring on feature boosts like Quick Charge 2.0. With this second iteration of the feature many only discovered existed just about a week ago, you'll be charging up to 75% faster than the competition. This means that if you've got your phone (with Quick Charge 2.0 technology inside), and your friend has their phone, and you're both charging your devices at the same time, you'll be going up to 75% faster than he or she - off to the races!

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AMD Turbo Dock promises perfect balance for your Win8 hybrid

AMD Turbo Dock promises perfect balance for your Win8 hybrid

AMD has revealed Turbo Dock, its latest attempt to broach the tablet and ultraportable markets, with a Jekyll & Hyde APU processor that prioritizes performance when docked and battery life when in slate mode. Set to debut on AMD's Temash SoC this year, Turbo Dock is in effect a dynamic throttling system that boosts CPU and GPU performance by up to 40-percent when a hybrid PC is docked, on the assumption that the user is likely to be doing more system-intensive content creation.

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NVIDIA Phoenix Reference Phone detailed as Tegra 4i delivery vehicle

NVIDIA Phoenix Reference Phone detailed as Tegra 4i delivery vehicle

This week the folks at NVIDIA have revealed not just the Tegra 4i mobile processor, but the Phoenix Reference Phone that'll carry it. With Phoenix, NVIDIA will once again be delivering their own bit of user-ready hardware top to bottom, but unlike Project SHIELD, this device is meant to be used by prospective hardware manufacturers and developers wishing to optimize their games for the processing environment. That said, this device brings on some of the most fabulous high-end specifications yet available to the market - starting with a 5-inch 1080p display.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4i detailed: quad-core with wide market appeal

NVIDIA Tegra 4i detailed: quad-core with wide market appeal

With NVIDIA's reveal of the Tegra 4 System-on-Chip we saw the next generation of processing power with the ability to work with a separate piece of architecture for 4G LTE connectivity - with the Tegra 4i, NVIDIA integrates it all onto one single-chip solution. What you'll see here is a smaller footprint made for smartphones on the mass market with a whole lot of next-generation power, but on such a level as you'll find on the Tegra 4. Tegra 4i is NVIDIA's way of pushing the latest and greatest in Tegra processing power to smartphones in a big way.

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Jeffries: iPhone 6 to bring quad-core chip in 2014

Jeffries: iPhone 6 to bring quad-core chip in 2014

This week Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has spoken up about the possibility of Apple releasing a 4.8-inch iPhone 6 inside 2013, suggesting manufacturing yield issues are to blame for holding the larger device up for another year. It was also suggested that Apple is planning to "re-architect iOS to utilize more cores" before the iPhone 6 is revealed, allowing iOS 6 to utilize a processor with more than 2 CPU cores (and 3 GPU cores) as the iPhone 5 works with at the moment with its A6 chip. By the time the iPhone 6 rolls around, Misek says Apple will be working with a 20nm process, the smallest Node Process used by the company thus far being the A6 with 32nm.

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NVIDIA Project SHIELD demoes PC-bound Need For Speed: Most Wanted

NVIDIA Project SHIELD demoes PC-bound Need For Speed: Most Wanted

Today the folks at NVIDIA are once again showing off the PC-streaming prowess of their Project SHIELD device with none other than the game Need For Speed: Most Wanted. It's not often that a game with this much heavy-duty need for graphics backup is seen on a device smaller than a desktop computer - but here it is, in full-on instant-gratification streaming action from the comfort of your couch. Project SHIELD is a device that will soon be delivered by NVIDIA to a retail store near you - at the moment it's still in production.

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Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 set for September with maximum developer potential

Qualcomm’s Uplinq 2013 set for September with maximum developer potential

This week the folks at Qualcomm have announced that their one and only developer conference Uplinq 2013 will this year be held between September 3rd and 5th, chock-full of mobile application and developer strategy goodness from start to finish. This event will once again be working with technical sessions, chats, demonstrations, and networking opportunities in massive amounts - and SlashGear will be there to cover the whole gamut! While registration isn't quite open yet, it will be extremely soon for those interested in jumping in on the future of mobile computing from the Qualcomm side of the universe.

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Qualcomm Q1 2013 earnings shows surprise boost in future fiscal season

Qualcomm Q1 2013 earnings shows surprise boost in future fiscal season

This week the folks at Qualcomm have revealed earnings for their fiscal Q1 of 2013, offering rather positive news for shareholders: a better outlook for the rest of the year than previously expected. With announcements of the new Snapdragon 800 and 600 series processors earlier this month, Qualcomm has revealed that they're now in a position that's ripe for growth throughout the upcoming year: "We are pleased to be raising our revenue and earnings guidance for fiscal 2013."

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Samsung and Apple one-brand manufacturing puts competition on notice

Samsung and Apple one-brand manufacturing puts competition on notice

This week it's been made clear - or perhaps just clearer than ever before - that a company able to manufacture its own device components is a company that will thrive. According to the readouts from Gartner showing 2012's top consumers in the semiconductor universe specifically, Samsung and Apple are out in front of the pack - by a significant margin. Semiconductors, mobile processors, and hardware from displays to memory cards are all a part of this puzzle, and as the two next entries on that list show with double-digit percentage drops show, it's not just Apple and Samsung that are floating upward here coming into 2013, it's mobile smart devices as a whole (and all their little bits and pieces).

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