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6 days ago

Your next Qualcomm processor could be Samsung inside

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Leading mobile device processor company Qualcomm is reported to be contracting Samsung to produce their chips. Qualcomm holds a majority of the mobile device market and is found in nearly all high-end smartphones, but has no manufacturing facilities of their own. Instead the partner with other companies, including Taiwan's TSMC and GlobalFoundries. But with increasing demand for their Snapdragon processors, Qualcomm is apparently turning to Samsung to help bolster their production.

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6 days ago

Visa gives digital payment a reboot with Checkout

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Visa is giving its digital payment a reboot with a new Visa Checkout feature that is aimed at paying for your online shopping spree much simpler and safer on the web, including mobile devices. The Checkout initiative isn't meant as a mobile wallet for paying in physical retail stores, like at your local grocer, but instead is meant to compete against services like PayPal, Amazon, and Google.

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6 days ago

Chrome for desktop updated with rich notification improvements

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The Chrome browser has been updated to version 36.0.1985.122 with a handful of notable features, plus a swath of 26 security fixes. Here's what's new.

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1 week ago

Google reportedly planning huge Android One advertising push in India

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In an effort to bolster the chances of success for the cut-down low-spec Android One platform, Google is reported to be planning an enormous marketing effort in India. With a population of more than 1.2 billion and very low smartphone penetration, Google views India as a market where they can establish Android One and fend off Apple before they make a serious push. In a nation with a per capita income of around US$1500, high-end smartphones have struggled, and that's where Android One is supposed to come in.

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1 week ago

Destiny Companion app for Android released ahead of Thursday's beta test

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Game developer Bungie has released the Destiny Companion app for Android via Google Play, one day away from the start of the beta test for the long awaited sci-fi first person shooter.

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1 week ago

Winning Kick review: Kick some soccer balls for charity

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This year's World Cup ignited an unprecedented love of soccer/football in normally apathetic places like the USA. If you're a lapsed or casual fan of the sport, then serious soccer games like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer might be too complex to pick up and play. Luckily, Global Gaming Initiative and React Games have a footie game that anyone can learn in seconds: Winning Kick.

Winning Kick is a free arcade soccer game that can be played with just one finger. Besides the simple and approachable gameplay, it features a great retro pixel art style that evokes memories of NES games like Nintendo World Cup. And best of all, in-app purchases support a charity called Charity Ball that provides soccer balls to children in developing nations.

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1 week ago

Is typing on a watch with a half-baked keyboard quicker than voice input?

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1 week ago

Samsung's premium Level headphones and speakers coming to the US

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Samsung today announced that their premium Samsung Level headphones and a Bluetooth speaker will be available in the US starting tomorrow.

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1 week ago

Did Google+ do the right thing by changing its 'real names' policy?

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Google+ recently announced that it no longer will require its users to use "real" names. Not that everyone did, in fact, use their real names (thanks for the circle, Edgar Allen Poe!), but you get the point. "El1teHax0r" isn't what Google+ was looking for when it rolled out a few years ago.

And there's something to be said for actually using your name on things. It can provide a sense of importance. It also can help hold folks accountable for what they say — though certainly some people just don't care — and, again, it's not like there weren't and aren't ways around that, on Google+ and elsewhere.

And there's also a time and place for anonymity, when privacy and safety are paramount for any number of reasons.

Me? I just like to know who I'm talking to. But it's telling that Google apologized for the names policy being "unclear."

So let's put it to you folks. Did Google+ make the right decision in letting us use something other than "real" names with our profiles?

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1 week ago

Nokia offers augmented reality app features to Android developers

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Nokia has announced a new update to its HERE software development kit (SDK) for Android that will allow app developers working with Google's OS to add in LiveSight features. This could lead to Android apps that offer information about specific locations placed over live camera scenes.

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