Thanks in part to a somewhat unsuccessful year for the Tegra 4 in 2013, NVIDIA is re-gearing its focus for their line of smartphone processors. As stated by the company’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang during NVIDIA’s quarterly earnings call, “Our non-focus is mainstream (budget) phones.” (more…)
Since the introduction of Android’s notification bar, the focus has been getting the information you want, when you need it. Up until the release of Android 4.2, the Android lockscreen was unexplored territory as far as getting your notifications and information, but that is quickly changing. Qualcomm Glance, its lockscreen replacement now in open beta, wants to learn from your habits and surroundings to give you information at a glance. (more…)
I know that none of you actually own a Qualcomm Toq – because it costs an insane $350 – but if you did, you’ll want to grab today’s update. My lovely white Toq received one today that introduced activity tracking (and matching clock), along with a world clock, and the option to switch over to Celsius. And yeah, that’s pretty much it. But it really is worth noting for this new “beta” activity tracking, especially if you don’t want to wear a smartwatch and a fitness band at the same time (like me).
The activity tracking acts like any other activity tracker, in that it tries to count points for you based on your movement throughout a day. So far, while sitting at my desk and not moving an inch since updating, I’ve grabbed 43 points. Killin’ it. (more…)
Qualcomm announced this afternoon that it has acquired a patent portfolio from HP that includes patents from Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone. As you can imagine, they are indeed mobile-related, with Qualcomm saying that this acquisition “further enhances strength and diversity” of the companies patented mobile technologies. There are approximately 1,400 patents in the portfolio from the U.S. and approximately 1,000 from other countries.
Details outside of that are unknown, including how much Qualcomm paid. They did note that this “will enable the company to offer even more value to current and future licensees.”
Patents, so much fun. (more…)
Establishing a new technological standard in today’s world is very hard to do. Qualcomm’s work on their AllPlay service is looking to create a open-source standard for wireless music transfer that can compete with Apple’s AirPlay service. Qualcomm announced at this week’s CES that we should start seeing hardware devices with AllPlay installed before the end of the year. (more…)
Our press day at CES 2014 continues on with a mid-day gathering of Qualcomm news. Last year, Qualcomm had one of the wildest press events in recent memory, so this is one you’ll want to tune in to. Well, it may be tough to live up to last year’s antics, so maybe it’s best we prepare for something a little more casual.
We are assuming we’ll hear more about the Snapdragon 805, camera advancements that Qualcomm has made for mobile devices, their Ultra Sound Notepad technology, maybe something on the TOQ smartwatch, and more.
We have a live blog below and will be on the lookout for a video feed. (more…)
Usually priced at a steep $349.99, the Toq smartwatch from Qualcomm is quite the high-end device. With its Mirasol display, to its quirky wristband that you must cut in order to size to your wrist, the watch is being adopted at a steady pace it would seem for anyone willing to drop that kind of cash.
In a sweet move, Qualcomm is now offering the device through its website and Amazon for the price of just $299 as a CES promo. That’s a solid $50 off full retail. (more…)
As an avid user of pencils, I’ve long wished for a viable way to quickly digitize my handwritten work. Sure, styli-compatible smartphones and tablets are one answer, but far as digital note-making has come, it still hasn’t advanced sufficiently enough to supplant my trusty graphite.
Qualcomm thinks it might have a solution to my and like-minded others’ problem: pen-monitoring devices that automatically copy written work. The company’s approach uses microphones embedded within a tablet or smartphone to pick up ultrasonic vibrations emitted from a digital pen. The recordings are then processed by the tablet/smartphone CPU and interpreted as onscreen movement, so that whatever is drawn on paper is mirrored on the device. The technology appears to be one of many new features that Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 can take advantage of.
This demo isn’t new, exactly – Qualcomm first previewed the technique in 2011. Still, it’s an undeniably easier way to copy paper than using a Xerox machine, so I’m for it. (more…)