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Why Apple chooses Imagination for its GPUs

Last month Apple announced that it had extended its multi-year, multi-use license agreement with Imagination Technologies that gives Apple access to Imagination’s range of current and future PowerVR GPUs. Without a doubt Apple is Imagination’s biggest mobile customer, however Apple isn’t its only …

Computer Science

Mobile devices of the future will get energy from everywhere except the wall socket

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>A busy person’s iPhone can chew through plenty of energy in a day, but that doesn’t mean it needs to belly up to the wall trough every time its battery starts running low.*<p>Wireless power won’t be here tomorrow, but it’s coming. Energy is everywhere, in every action, …

Clean Energy

HTC One 2014 video leaked

We’ve already seen our fair share of leaked images and rumors regarding HTC’s next flagship device, but this latest leak is the closest look yet that we’ve had at the new HTC One 2014. Some young scamp has managed to get his hands on a pre-release model of the handset, which we can only assume …

Phones

Why bother to text your girl when BroApp can do it for you?

BroApp sends lovey-dovey messages to your beloved little dove, so that you can enjoy drinking with the boys. Really.<p>You know how you often tell your one true love that she's your one true love?<p>Does she know that the "one" isn't true, making the "true" not true either?<p>I only ask because your, um, …

Instacube photo frame finally shipping, will arrive with support for video

Well, that took awhile. Remember Instacube, the purpose-built digital photo frame designed to pull images directly from your Instagram feed? The Android-powered photo screen found itself short on both funding and manufacturing options last summer. These issues set production back almost a year, but …

Why did Samsung play it safe with the Galaxy S5's processor?

Of all the phone manufacturers out there, Samsung seems to have a particular talent for creating an anticlimax. Our first thought when holding the Galaxy S5 was that we'd been through all this before a year ago, with the equally underwhelming launch of the GS4. Our disappointment jibed with the …

Google's 'Projected Mode' in-car system possibly leaked by Mercedes-Benz

Job adverts aren't most reliable way to hear about new technology, but interesting ones do crop up from time to time, and that's why our eyes are drawn to one recently posted by Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. The ad requests the services of a software engineer who can help the German …

Google Glass is getting Android KitKat, but monthly updates are no more

Google is gearing up for its biggest Glass update yet.<p>The smartglasses are finally getting an upgrade to Android KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, as Google moves towards bigger but less frequent Glass updates, according to a private forum posting unearthed by Android …

Why Samsung Ditched Google In Its New Smart Watch

But Samsung made an unexpected move in the new version by abandoning Android as the watch's operating system. Instead, the new Gears run Tizen, another open source operating system that Samsung, Intel, and others are working on.<p>Some see the move to Tizen as a signal that Samsung wants to distance …

Android News

Twitch Plays Pokemon moves on to Pokemon Crystal

Having conquered <i>Pokémon Red</i> in just under 16 and one-third days, Twitch Plays Pokémon moved on to <i>Pokémon Crystal</i> today.<p><i>Pokemon Crystal</i> was originally released in Japan on the Game Boy Color in December 2000, and came to North America in July 2001. It is an updated version of the second set of …

Samsung's new Chromebook is wrapped in fake leather

The sequel to Samsung's well-received Chromebook will borrow the company's faux-leather design flourish from its smartphone range. An image posted by Evleaks on Twitter shows a Samsung laptop with Chrome branding covered with a black leather-like material and gray stitching. It's all very …

Evan Blass

Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says

For all the bad blood over smartphones, a coziness remains when it comes to Samsung-made chips, says the chief of VLSI Research. "Apple has been ... learned how to work that relationship."<p>Call it a habit that Samsung and Apple just can't break.<p>Their critical partnership in silicon is still strong, …

The next big step for cellular networks isn’t 5G. It’s the cloud

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>At Mobile World Congress next week we’re going to hear a lot about 5G, that amorphous term for the …

Telecoms

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Apple offers credit for upgrading iPhones

Apple quietly began rolling out an iPhone trade-in program Friday, letting owners sell older handsets back to the company in exchange for credit toward a new model.<p>Apple's U.S. retail stores are now accepting devices, said Amy Bessette, a spokeswoman for Apple. The initiative got under way just …