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RFID microchip implants offered to employees at Wisconsin company

RFID microchip implants offered to employees at Wisconsin company

A company out of Wisconsin has announced that it will begin offering microchip implants to all of its employees beginning next month. We probably all knew this day was coming, but now Three Square Market (otherwise known as 32Market) has decided that it will be the one to usher us into the future. If you're thinking of the implications this has for Big Brother and the surveillance state after reading that headline up above, you certainly aren't alone.

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Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

It looks like Samsung is about to be inside your favorite smartphone once again. While the company's chip-making devision lost their contract deal with Apple several years ago, they plan on picking up the pace once again the very near future. They began their series of big moves toward the future they envision earlier this year by splitting off their chip-making business arm within their semiconductor division as "Samsung Foundry" - and it would appear that their next goal is the iPhone.

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The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

The brains behind Google’s AI chips are starting a rival business

A stealth startup of former Google engineers is working on an artificial intelligence chip that could outshine their former employer's much-vaunted TensorFlow tech. Dubbed Groq, the clandestine company has shared little of its plans or roadmap, though recent filings suggest more than $10m in funding has already been secured. More than four-fifths of the original Google TPU team are now working there.

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Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm sets Snapdragon sights on mobile midrange

Qualcomm has revamped its midrange with a trio of new Snapdragon processors, borrowing some 820 abilities for more affordable smartphones. The Snapdragon 625, 435, and 425 may be cheaper than the flagship Snapdragon 820 but they do offer a number of its headline features, including LTE carrier aggregation support, Qualcomm's Hexagon DSP audio processing, and WiFI 802.11ac MU-MIMO.

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What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S7?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is arguably the most hotly-anticipated Android phone of 2016, but the heart of the chip could well be the bigger story. Samsung's flagship is expected to offer the company's own version of a 3D Touch-style pressure sensitive display along with choice of 5.2- and 5.7-inch panels, but it's the processor keeping the phone running that has been prompting speculation.

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Google said to be interested in designing its own Android chipsets

Google said to be interested in designing its own Android chipsets

Ever since Apple's A6 chip, the Cupertino company has designed its own processors for its mobile devices. According to a new report, Google is looking to start doing the same for Android devices, giving it more control and stability for the platform. This news comes from The Information, and indicates Google is looking to address a number of the fragmentation issues with Android that have come up in recent years by creating a more consistent ecosystem.

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Samsung responds to Snapdragon 820 heat reports [Updated]

Samsung responds to Snapdragon 820 heat reports [Updated]

If you thought Qualcomm's woes over overheating were over, it might be time to think again. [Update: Qualcomm has issued an official statement on the Snapdragon 820 heat rumors]. Its Snapdragon 810 flagship chip was hounded by inconsistent heat problems. The upcoming Snapdragon 820 is supposedly better, though Qualcomm has chosen not to mention anything about it, instead focusing on its key strengths. All seemed well, enough for Samsung to reportedly get behind the new chip as well. Except now there are once again murmurs of heating problems but this time, instead of turning away, Samsung is digging in to help.

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Qualcomm now also breaking out into security cameras

Qualcomm now also breaking out into security cameras

Qualcomm seems to have a lot of time in its hands. Either that or it is feeling a lot of pressure in the mobile device market that it feels the need to try its luck in other corners of the embedded market. Last month the biggest mobile chip maker revealed its plans to take its products to new heights, literally, with a venture into the UAV market. Now it is announcing that it is getting into the security camera business too, taking along some of its core specialties in imaging and network technology.

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Apple responds to iPhone 6s A9 chip supply controversy

Apple responds to iPhone 6s A9 chip supply controversy

This afternoon Apple responded to concern that the A9 chip in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were different, and that therefor the experience might be better on one or the other. Apple suggests that every chip they ship "meets Apple's highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model." In short - despite the differences between the two chips, both called A9, Apple is comfortable with the decisions they've made.

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Samsung Exynos M1 SoC discovered in benchmark

Samsung Exynos M1 SoC discovered in benchmark

Samsung has already unveiled this year's lineup of new Galaxy S and Note devices, but like any big tech company these days, it's already working on what's to come down the line, in this case their system on a chip (SoC). The first signs of the next processor in Samsung's Exynos line has turned up, tentatively called the M1. The chip's data has turned up in benchmark scores from Geekbench, revealing 8 custom CPU cores.

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AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

AMD’s new Carrizo APU aims to improve battery life in modern laptops

At the Computex 2015 event in Taiwan, AMD just announced its 6th generation A-Series APU chip, dubbed "Carrizo." The new processor is a key part of AMD's new effort to move away from being featured in budget-line PCs and notebooks, and instead gain interest from mainstream notebooks and two-in-one form factors. To do this, Carrizo's main feature will be an extended battery life, in addition to improved gaming and graphics performances.

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New biodegradable computer chip is made from trees

New biodegradable computer chip is made from trees

As a way to combat the potentially toxic, metallic waste created by computer components that are thrown away, researchers from the University of Wisconson-Madison (UWM) have come up with a new kind of semiconducting chip--created from trees. It turns out that the actual conductive materials on a chip don't take up nearly as much space as the supporting materials, which are usually non-biodegradable plastics and metal. The researchers developed a method to create biodegradable chips from wood pulp, similar to paper.

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