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Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Qualcomm unveils mid-range SoCs, gigabit LTE, 5G modem chips

Now that most of 2016’s key smartphones have been revealed, the mobile market can take a breather and focus on the next generation of technologies that will underlie next year’s devices. Samsung fired the opening salvo with the announcement of its 10 nm FinFET Exynos processor. Naturally, Qualcomm isn’t going to be left behind. But instead of simply announcing new processors, three of them even, it is actually unveiling three new chips that will be pushing the envelope of tomorrow’s smartphones and tablets.

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Xiaomi said to make its own mobile processor named “Meri”

Xiaomi said to make its own mobile processor named “Meri”

Soon, it will probably be easier to talk about what Xiaomi isn’t doing yet rather than what the growing Chinese giant is doing next. Following last week’s leak of Xiaomi’s supposedly flexible display prototype, there is now word that it will soon also be making its own mobile processor for at least some of its processors. While it’s hardly going to compete with the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon or Samsung’s Exynos, it does reflect the Chinese company’s desires to step further into the big leagues as far as the smartphone market is concerned.

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Verizon will now sell you unlimited data in 30-minute blocks

Verizon will now sell you unlimited data in 30-minute blocks

Most US mobile carriers either moved away from, or stopped offering unlimited data plans long ago, instead pushing their customers towards tiered monthly plans. Verizon is one such that has completely eliminated the option, even going as far taking it away from certain users on grandfathered plans. But now they've taken a small step in the opposite direction, rolling out a new pay-as-you-go unlimited data option.

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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition arrives in luxe form with more power

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition arrives in luxe form with more power

Samsung has launched the Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition, a luxurious rendition of its TabPro tablet with a premium golden look. This tablet is part of Samsung’s two-in-one tablet lineup, sports Windows 10, and is targeted at users who need a slate that can get down to work. The product is offered as part of a bundle with an equally beautiful full-sized keyboard.

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ASAP x-connect: one super strong magnetic cable to rule them all

ASAP x-connect: one super strong magnetic cable to rule them all

Though still widely used, micro USB connectors aren’t exactly widely loved because of the hassles involved in connecting to them. While USB-C aims to fix that, not everyone is in the game yet, like Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Wouldn’t be nice to just have one connector for all of them? Not to mention a single USB cable as well? And wouldn’t it be great if that cable didn’t get so easily and dangerously snagged everywhere? Fortunately, the folks over at ASAP are making that wish a reality, with the extra strong magnetic ASAP x-connect cable that doesn’t really care what what your phone or tablet is or who made it.

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PCMark for Android wants to make benchmarks reliable again

PCMark for Android wants to make benchmarks reliable again

Tech sites and techies are suckers for benchmark tests, despite a few scandals that rocked that scene a few years back. While not to be taken as absolute truth, these suite of performance tests and numbers do at least give us some reference points to talk about. But there are times when benchmarks don’t exactly match real-world performance. Which is why in the updated PCMark for Android app, developers Futuremark claim to use even more real-world tasks to measure your Android device’s actual capabilities.

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HP Elite x3 “Lap Dock” is finally on pre-order

HP Elite x3 “Lap Dock” is finally on pre-order

The HP Elite x3 is undoubtedly the highest end Windows 10 Mobile smartphone so far. But as interesting as the giant smartphone is by itself, it is actually made more interesting thanks to one of its accessories. Not the desktop dock, which Microsoft and even Acer have. No, that distinction belongs to the HP Lap Dock, practically an empty laptop or portable monitor, keyboard, and trackpad in one, which turns the Elite x3 into a true portable computer, also thanks to the soon to be better Continuum for Mobile.

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LG Quick wireless charger promises to be as fast as wired

LG Quick wireless charger promises to be as fast as wired

Wireless charging might be fine and dandy, but, in addition to two or so competing “standards”, it usually suffers from one fatal flaw: it is slower than charging through wires. “Usually”, because LG Innotek, LG’s components arm, is trying to prove that wrong. It has just announced a new wireless charging pad named Quick and, just as its name implies, it is advertised to be very fast indeed. So fast that it could actually match wired quick charging technologies currently in the market.

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Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay

Verizon Google Pixel Android updates promised without delay

Verizon has made it clear that they will not be going through the same process with Google Android updates that they had with past Nexus models. This means you, Galaxy Nexus. While in the past, a device with a carrier, (even a Nexus device), would get OS updates from Google later than their off-carrier counterparts. This was because of system-level apps from the carrier and an extra layer of consideration on the part of the carrier. Now that wont be a problem any longer.

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Dropbox gets a ton of nifty iOS 10 features

Dropbox gets a ton of nifty iOS 10 features

When Apple formally started rolling out iOS 10 to users, dozens of apps rode the wave to take advantage of the hype and craze. Dropbox, however, bid its time and for good measure. Now it is unleashing a flood of new features taking advantage of the latest iOS version, from being able to share files directly from inside iMessage to, amusingly, being able to watch a video stored on Dropbox while you try to be productive at work.

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Tile Mate is company’s smallest Bluetooth tracker yet

Tile Mate is company’s smallest Bluetooth tracker yet

Just when we thought that the recently launched Tile Slim was Tile’s most petite product, here it is just a month later to prove us wrong. The company was apparently also working behind the scenes on an even smaller Tile. Though not as slim as the Tile Slim, the Tile Mate is still smaller in size, 25% smaller than the first Tile. At a now substantially tinier size, the Tile Mate can be attached to anything and everything, making sure you won’t have to permanently lose anything anymore.

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Google Pixel pre-review videos show all release details

Google Pixel pre-review videos show all release details

A collection of videos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have appeared on YouTube along with explanations of tests being run. These videos shot of and with the devices were captured by a fellow by the name of Matthew Glass. It's alluded to that he's a sales rep from a store like Best Buy - or something - he's suggests that his "rep status doesn't affect [his] perspective of the quality of this phone." Or these phones, as it were.

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