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FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

FCC allows more but limited LTE-U testing

LTE-U or LTE on the Unlicensed spectrum. To be even more technically specific, on the 5 GHz band. It is either the future of mobile data connections or will bring forth Internet apocalypse. Tech companies from all corners of the industry are split on the matter and have even asked the Federal Communications Commission to mediate. The FCC still hasn't taken a formal stance yet, but, in the meantime, it will be allowing those from the pro LTE-U camp to continue some tests and try to prove their position.

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Microsoft: newer processors will only run Windows 10 or later

Microsoft: newer processors will only run Windows 10 or later

Microsoft has just revealed a new policy that once again tries to "encourage" users to upgrade to or embrace Windows 10, but this time it won't be alone in making the push. It has roped in CPU makers, Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm to help steer users towards the latest Windows version. It will be doing so by a two-pronged approach. For end consumers, only Windows 10, or later versions, will be supported on the current, and next, generation of chips, starting with Intel's Skylake. For Enterprise users, Microsoft is pulling the plug on critical updates by July 17, 2017.

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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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Qualcomm drives dashboard tech with Audi chip win

Qualcomm drives dashboard tech with Audi chip win

Qualcomm is pushing its chips further into automotive, with Audi adopting the Snapdragon 602A as the processor firm debuts the new 620A. The Audi win will see Qualcomms' car-centric chipsets appear in the third-generation of MMX infotainment, with high-resolution graphics, LTE connectivity, and more.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 gets its first smartphone

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 gets its first smartphone

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset has found its first home, inside the Le Max Pro smartphone by Chinese brand Letv. The new Android handset not only takes advantage of the 820's faster processor and graphics prowess, but picks up some of Qualcomm's other technology like WiFi 802.11ad.

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Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm Flight teases smart drones from cellphone chips

Qualcomm wasn't kidding around when it said it wanted to break its Snapdragon chips out of phones and into drones, and now we know what that looks like. The company is teasing its UAV news for CES 2016 next week with a demo of Snapdragon Flight powered drones, complete with advanced features like autopilot.

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Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

Snapdragon 820 rumored to be exclusive to Samsung until April

The tech world in general, and the mobile industry in particular, is an odd one from an outsider and casual onlooker's perspective. Companies that sue each other left and right often supply each other with components. And sometimes rivals even become the best of buds. That might seem to be the case with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. Not only is it rumored to power the upcoming Galaxy S7, it is now also rumored to be exclusive to Samsung, at least until April 2016, before other OEMs can get their hands on it.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Over the past week and a half, quite a few Samsung Galaxy S7 details have been begun to fall into place. One of these details suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 won't be released alongside just one "Edge", but two. Another bit of anonymously-shared information suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be more lonesome this year - once again finding itself being released on its own while the Galaxy S7 has two release partners instead of just one.

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Qualcomm faces anti-trust charges again, Europe this time

Qualcomm faces anti-trust charges again, Europe this time

When you're as big and as successful as Qualcomm, you become a bigger target, for both rivals and regulators. The world's most popular mobile chipset maker has barely finished wrapping up its anti-trust issues in China, which involved a hefty fine among other things, and yet here it is again being charged with a similar case, this time in Europe. The European Commission has formally filed anti-trust charges against Qualcomm, accusing it of practices that have forced its competitors in the region off the market.

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Galaxy S7 benchmarks may beat iPad Pro with Exynos

Galaxy S7 benchmarks may beat iPad Pro with Exynos

Could it be that next year's Samsung smartphones are already prepared to beat out Apple's highest-performing tablet, the iPad Pro? We're not about to suggest that processing power is in any way indicative of real-world usability. Nor are we going to place all our hopes in an Apples-to-Androids set of comparisons. But just for the sake of sorting out the possibilities - what if? What if the Samsung Galaxy S7 had the processing power to match or beat the iPad Pro?

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Google, Microsoft, Comcast: Verizon LTE-U could ruin Wi-Fi

Google, Microsoft, Comcast: Verizon LTE-U could ruin Wi-Fi

The rate of use of the Internet has ballooned in the past years thanks to the prevalence of mobile devices lie smartphones. These phones in particular connect to licensed bands of the radio spectrum that envelopes our air and those bands are quickly getting congested. The solution proposed by carriers like Verizon and chip makers like Qualcomm is to utilize the unlicensed spectrum used by other wireless connections like Wi-Fi and garage door openers. But according to some tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Comcast, such a solution would come at the expense of wrecking havock on Wi-Fi.

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Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 tipped clocked at max, will need cooling

Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 tipped clocked at max, will need cooling

Although Samsung has practically found a winner in Exynos 7420 which powers its latest flagships like the Galaxy Note 5, there are rumors that, for the Galaxy S7 next year, Samsung might actually be back to using Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip for some models. In particular, the Galaxy S7 is now being paired with the newly launched Snapdragon 820. And if these leaked numbers of the SD820's top performance are to be believed, there might indeed be reason for Samsung to want it in its next premium smartphone.

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