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Qualcomm expands its PC bet with its new 7nm 8cx platform

Qualcomm wants to become a major player in the PC/laptop market. Now that there is Windows 10 on ARM, that’s more than a pipe dream, but in its earliest iterations, those Qualcomm-based Windows 10 laptops used the Snapdragon 850 system on a chip that was specifically designed for PCs but still very much a direct descendant of its smartphone platform. Today, the company announced its Snapdragon 8cx platform, “the most extreme Snapdragon ever,” in Qualcomm’s parlance, which still leverages some of the company’s mobile expertise and building blocks, but which…

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Huawei is now the second largest smartphone maker

This bad boy was selling well.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has finally done it: The Chinese giant shipped more smartphones in one quarter than Apple, and is now second only to Samsung.  The company shipped 54.2 million handsets in the second quarter of 2018, an enormous year-over-year increase of 40.9%, according to IDC. Samsung was in first place with 71.5 million handsets shipped, a year-over-year change of -10.4%. While Apple shipped 41.3 million handsets, compared to 41 million in the same period last year.  SEE ALSO: Huawei phones are about to…

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Apple, Samsung Declare Peace in Biggest Modern Tech Patent Fight

The biggest patent battle of the modern technology world has finally come to an end after seven years. Samsung Electronics Co. told a judge Wednesday they’d resolved the first filed but last remaining of the legal disputes that once spanned four continents. The string of lawsuits jihadist.” The ensuing litigation cost each company hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, and tested their reputations as innovators. ‘Sumo Wrestlers’ “The sumo wrestlers have tired of the wrestling match,” said Paul Berghoff, a patent lawyer with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff…

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Why Apples AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make

When Energous Corp., which is developing a wireless-charging system called WattUp, fell 4.3 percent on Thursday. The company has said it’s working with tier 1 device makers, sparking speculation that Apple is a partner. However, the iPhone maker is using a mix of its own chip and wireless technology from the Qi standard. Apple plans to produce the charger with

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This Stock’s 9,500% Rally Created a Town of Millionaires

At most big companies, it’s pretty clear who the millionaires are: top executives, rainmakers, science whizzes with PhDs. But at China’s Bloomberg. The previously unreported value of their holdings has ballooned as Sunny Optical’s shares surged more than 9,500 percent since June 2008, trouncing even Netflix Inc.’s 7,500 percent gain. Founded more than three decades ago by a former appliance-factory worker with a high school education and less than $10,000 of borrowed cash, Sunny Optical is now a $22 billion behemoth that supplies lenses to the likes of Samsung and…

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Huawei P20 Pro has three rear cameras and one of them is 40 megapixels

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro both have the notch on the front, but you can hide it with a black bar if you like.Image: Raymond Wong/mashable Huawei has a new flagship, and boy is it hot.  The company officially launched the oft-leaked P20 and P20 Pro today at a special media event in Paris. (A third variant, the P20 Lite, was soft-launched in China a week ago.) This time, Huawei’s got one goal: Crush every other smartphone camera with an insane amount of resolution. SEE ALSO: Best Buy just screwed…

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Guy Takes Slow Mo iPhone Vid of Passing Birds from a Train and It Looks Surreal

On a train from Orlando to Miami, a passenger took this surreal slo mo video on his iPhone 8 (at 1080p and 240 fps) of passing birds at Florida’s Turnpike. The train was travelling in the opposite direction at about 70-80 mph and it looks like the birds are frozen in time. The trippy video was posted last week to reddit by user davihey. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/slow-mo-of-passing-birds-from-moving-train/

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Apple Is Ramping Up Work on AR Headset to Succeed iPhone

With the headset at least two years away, Apple wants to make it easier for developers to bring new AR features to the iPhone. To that end, the company plans to release a new version of ARKit software tools as soon as 2018. They could help developers create software that remembers accurately where a digital object was placed in a virtual space, using a technology called persistent tracking; you look away, and the object is still there. The tools will also make it easier to create AR games for multiple…

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Friday’s iPhone X Pre-Orders Will Be Crucial for Apple

The most important date for shorter lines of expectant fans waiting outside stores on release days. So even though analysts widely expect iPhone X supplies to be limited early on, the device will still be available in 55 countries and territories. Apple also expects to have the iPhone X in many stores on Nov. 3 and said Tuesday that walk-in buyers should “arrive early.” Investors and analysts will be able to monitor how the wait times for delivery develop in the course of Friday, giving insights into demand. As more…

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Escher Reality is building the backend for cross-platform mobile AR

The potential of mobile augmented reality is clear. Last summer Pokemon Go gave a glimpse of just how big this craze could be, as thousands of excited humans converged on parks, bus stops and other locations around the world to chase virtual monsters through the lens of their smartphones. Apple was also watching. And this summer the company signaled its own conviction in the technology by announcing ARKit: a developer toolkit to support iOS developers to build augmented reality apps. CEO Tim Cook said iOS will become the worlds biggest…

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How not to launch a company in the U.S. lessons learned from LeEco

After a months long parade of endless red flags, LeEcos Stateside woes big, flashy press conference only happened in mid-October. Thats a pretty astonishingly fast pace for this kind of all out implosion, but the warning signs have been there since pretty much the beginning. Of course, LeEco doesnt see if that way. The company refuses to qualify the loss of more than 300 jobs as an abject failure. Its saying what it says pretty much every time it stumbles its not a problem with strategy, its just a failure…

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The difference between smartphone gimmick and game changer

Its hard to find a legitimately bad flagship phone these days. Sure, one peeks its head out from time to time, but on a whole most phones are pretty good. The screens, the cameras, the internals. There are always a few bits that could use improving (see: battery and durability), but the gulf between good and bad isnt any near where it once was. And for the past several generations, most flagship devices even more or less look the same. Sure, the fingerprint reader/home button gets moved around here or…

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