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Nexus 8 details drop as Android L leads the way

Nexus 8 details drop as Android L leads the way

This week the Nexus 8 appears to be headed to the United States in the first of what Google likely hopes will be many, many more shipments through the future. While specifics are scant, the Google Nexus 8 will likely roll with either an LG or HTC make, an at-least 8-inch display, and Android L under the hood.

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Samsung news: new SoC, rebranded apps, lost security

Samsung news: new SoC, rebranded apps, lost security

Samsung made a series of moves lately, all with the aim of streamlining their mobile efforts. The South Korean company is forging ahead with a new SoC, and branding their apps anew. A report also claims they will be giving up on one of the features that made them attractive to enterprise customers.

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Qualcomm processor inside Amazon Fire Phone

Qualcomm processor inside Amazon Fire Phone

The processor for the new Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, the same SoC (system on chip) released on the most recent Kindle Fire model tablet. This processor was one of the biggest releases for Qualcomm back when they announced it in early 2013, sporting a coming to "virtually every global OEM" tag early on.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm Snapdragon 805: Hands-on and benchmarked

Qualcomm is readying the Snapdragon 805, and with new processors - and the superlatives to go along with them - proliferating, it’s trying to address the question of whether the new chip is the “Next Big Thing” or not. I caught up with Qualcomm to find out what makes the Snapdragon 805 special, to run some early benchmarks ahead of the first commercial devices arriving later in the year, and to see if its advances in 4K, CPU/GPU performance, camera tech, and more add up to a chip worth having.

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Blackphone taps NVIDIA for privacy/power team-up

Blackphone taps NVIDIA for privacy/power team-up

Though the NVIDIA Tegra 4i won’t necessarily push privacy on its own, the Blackphone delivered with said SoC will be all the more powerful for it. NVIDIA and the combined venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone behind Blackphone have made clear that they’ll be bringing the Blackphone to the market with no less than NVIDIA’s most powerful smartphone-based mobile processor to date.

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GoPro Hero4 4K video recording hinted by SoC maker

GoPro Hero4 4K video recording hinted by SoC maker

GoPro will soon be revealing its next compact video camera, the GoPro Hero4, and has already been the subject of leaks and rumors. This latest round contains quite a few pieces of information coming from system-on-chip manufacturer Ambarella, the very same one that provides the chips for GoPro's other cameras.

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NVIDIA Jetson TK1: $192 for CUDA-powered supercomputing

NVIDIA Jetson TK1: $192 for CUDA-powered supercomputing

There’s a relatively tiny device being prepared by NVIDIA right this minute with the name "Jetson" in its title. This device is very similar to the NVIDIA Jetson we saw in 2013 - almost exactly one year ago to the week - but here NVIDIA is being much more up-front about it. Here you can jump right in and buy.

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Apple’s A8 SoC tipped to be made by TSMC

Apple’s A8 SoC tipped to be made by TSMC

Further feeding the rumors surrounding Apple's next chip, Taiwanese media are reporting that the privilege of manufacturing the A8 has been awarded to TSMC. This creates a further gap between Apple and frenemy Samsung, who is gradually losing its grip on Apple's chip making needs.

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InvenSense ICM-20728 7-axis motion tracking platform debuts at MWC 2014

InvenSense ICM-20728 7-axis motion tracking platform debuts at MWC 2014

InvenSense has announced a new product at MWC 2014 that it claims to be the world's first 7-axis MEMS MotionTracking platform. The SoC is called the ICM-20728 and it has a 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and a pressure sensor on a single chip. The chip also features a Digital Motion Processor.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Qualcomm Snapdragon 610/615 bring 64-bit octacore to midrange

Octacore mobile chips are usually the preserve of flagship phones and tablets, but Qualcomm is aiming to bring an abundance of cores to the midrange with its new Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors. Revealed at MWC 2014 today, the new processors include Cat4 LTE modems, dual-SIM/dual active (DSDA), and 64-bit support, with the Snapdragon 615 packing eight ARMv8 cores, while the 610 includes four. While you might think more cores means more power consumption, Qualcomm is arguing that actually the opposite is true.

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MediaTek MT6732 SoC jumps on the 64-bit bandwagon

MediaTek MT6732 SoC jumps on the 64-bit bandwagon

With the mobile chip wars slowly heading towards the 64-bit architecture, it was only a matter of time before MediaTek outed its own budget-conscious offering. But the newly unveiled MT6732 doesn't just have a 64-bit CPU, it also boasts of support for the latest connectivity technologies and multimedia formats.

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MediaTek MT6595 is world’s first 4G LTE Octa-core SOC using ARM Cortex-A17 for Smartphones

MediaTek MT6595 is world’s first 4G LTE Octa-core SOC using ARM Cortex-A17 for Smartphones

MediaTek has announced a new product that it claims is the world's first 4G LTE octa-core smartphone SOC using the just announced ARM Cortex-A17 CPU. The MediaTek part also supports Ultra HD H.265 codec. The MT6595 employs ARM big.LITTLE architecture and uses MediaTek CorePilot tech to deliver a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing platform with eight cores.

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