Android Stuff: Google to court Qualcomm, jilted lover Intel may be put out in the cold

HuangJiahui Intel might be on the verge of losing one of its biggest customers. Word on the street is that Google is looking to tap Qualcomm to produce its server chips going forward, according to Bloomberg. Although this wouldn’t ruin Intel, it would certainly be a serious hit to the company’s bottom line. If these […]

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Android Stuff: Deal: register for Samsung Pay, get a pair of Level U Wireless headphones free

In a deal that will only last until Valentine’s Day, Samsung is offering new adopters of their works-almost-anywhere mobile payment system a pair of Samsung Level U Wireless Headphones. It has to be the first card that you activate on Samsung Pay (so just adding a new card won’t let you game this deal), and […]

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Android Stuff: Mozilla to kill Firefox OS in May to focus on IoT

Goodbye, Firefox OS. We barely knew ye. Today Mozilla announced that their smartphone experiment Firefox OS would be closing up shop for good. The company says that although they will no longer be developing and selling Firefox smartphones, they are going to continue efforts to develop technology that interconnects devices and contributes to the ever-broadening […]

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Android Stuff: Reason to buy Android: update bricks some iPhones that were repaired without authorization

Apple users are now receiving a pretty strong incentive to swap to Android. An emerging iPhone ‘feature’ is discovered to brick devices that were repaired by non-Apple entities. When a user upgrades to the latest version of iOS 9, some are reporting an “error 53” that renders the device unusable. Although the phone may have […]

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Android Stuff: How fingerprint scanners work: optical, capacitive, and ultrasonic variants explained

Fingerprint scanners aren’t just reserved for the very top-tier of smartphones these days, even your reasonably priced mid-ranger can come packing in the additional security hardware. Technology has moved on a lot from the early days too, so here’s a look at how the latest fingerprint scanners work and what the differences are. Optical scanners […]

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Android Stuff: In-depth look: Just how good are the Cortex-A72 and Mali T880 in the Kirin 950?

One of the key CPU core designs for 2016 (and beyond) is the Cortex-A72. Designed by ARM, it was announced at the beginning of 2015 and during the summer I got a chance to talk with the lead designer, Mike Filippo. Robert Triggs also wrote a deeper analysis of the A72’s core architecture. The Cortex-A72 is ARM’s […]

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