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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X16 modem capable of 1Gbps over LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 hours, 39 mins ago

Qualcomm doesn't want to rest with its continued dominance of the mobile world, unveiling its new Snapdragon X16 modem. What makes the new Snapdragon X16 modem newsworthy? Well, it can push up to 1Gbps over LTE... which is just insane.

 

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The new Snapdragon X16 modem, together with the WTR5975 transceiver is capable of up to 1Gbps over Category 16 LTE. Right now, we have a ceiling of 300Mbps to 450Mbps, with the upcoming Snapdragon 820 the only one capable of hitting 600Mbps. The Snapdragon X16 from Qualcomm will also support upload speeds of 150Mbps, too.

 

Qualcomm said in its press release: "The Snapdragon X16 LTE modem is designed to reach Gigabit Class LTE speeds using the same amount of spectrum as Category 9 LTE devices. By using carrier aggregation and 4x4 MIMO, the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem can receive 10 unique streams of data using only three 20 MHz carriers. Its support for 256-QAM boosts the peak throughput of each stream from ~75 Mbps to ~100 Mbps, with additional gains possible with modem data compression".

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LG unveils the touch-enabled Quick Cover for its unannounced G5 phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 21 hours, 48 mins ago

We still don't know what the G5 smartphone will arrive as, but LG has just taken the wraps off of the touch-enabled Quick Cover for its forthcoming flagship smartphone.

 

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LG announced the touch-enabled Quick Cover for the unreleased and unannounced G5 smartphone, teasing the G5 as a "smartphone that does not officially exist". LG continued, saying that the cover is wrapped in "a unique film with a glossy metallic finish" for a premium feel. The G5's touch-enabled Quick Cover will also allow owners to take calls and control alarm settings through its semitransparent mesh material, without having to open the case and reveal the G5.

 

We should expect the always-on display from the G5 to be front and center, literally, when the G5 is announced on February 21 during Mobile World Congress.

iOS 9.3 beta 3 is out, adds Verizon Wi-Fi Calling, CarPlay features

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

The iOS 9.3 update we mentioned last month has entered its third beta as of today, and that means oodles of new features.

 

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The first of two key new features in beta 3 is the addition of Verizon Wi-Fi calling. As well, you get CarPlay enhancements in the form of Apple Music 'For You' and 'New ' sections and the 'Nearby' feature in Maps.

 

If you don't have access to the beta, sign up here.

 

9.3 is expected to exit beta next month.

LG G5 will feature always-on display

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

LG has just teased a new 'always-on' feature for its upcoming G5 smartphone via its Facebook page. There, a GIF shows other phones auto shutting off their display as they are known to do, then the mystical G5 appears like a gift from on high, its 'preview' display beaming bright, never wavering.

 

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The feature would eliminate the delay between picking up your phone and seeing the preview display or, depending on how it's configured, the need to hit any buttons. The concern, of course, is the effect on battery life. It will be interesting to see if LG has found a way to minimize this with the G5 come launch time (February 21).

Fuel cell maker teases 7-day battery life on smartphones inevitable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 5 hours ago

We all know the pain of crappy battery life on our smartphones, as it doesn't matter if you own an Android smartphone or an iPhone, the battery barely lasts a day (100% brightness, heavy use). But, this could soon change thanks to fuel cell technology.

 

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British fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy Holdings has pumped $7.6 million into developing a fuel cell small enough to be crammed into a smartphone. How does fuel cell technology work? Well, it converts hydrogen into electricity, with the only byproduct remaining being water vapor. This leads fuel cell to be environmentally friendly, too.

 

Julian Hughes, the acting Managing Director for Intelligent Energy's Consumer Electronics team, said: "Embedding fuel-cell technology into portable devices provides a solution to the current dilemma of battery life. With consumers demanding more and more from their phones, battery innovation has not kept up".

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FCC filing confirms 3600mAh battery for Galaxy S7 Edge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

A few days after learning Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge (concept picture below) would feature a 3,500mAh battery comes an FCC filing confirming the original rumor was close but not quite on. Rather than 3,500mAh, the Edge will feature a 3,600mAh battery, according to a screenshot included in the filing.

 

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Unfortunately, the Galaxy S7 doesn't feature such a screenshot, so we can't confirm the previous 3,000 mAh battery rumor.

 

If you are looking forward to the S7 or S7 Edge, be sure to mark your calendar for February 21, when Samsung will reveal both phones officially.

iPhones being permanently bricked by 'Error 53'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 12 hours ago

iPhone bricked with the 'Error 53' problem going around? Don't worry about it - Apple has your back. No really, they do.

 

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If you haven't already heard, thousands upon thousands of iPhone 6 users have lost their devices to 'Error 53', which is bricking expensive smartphones. Why? Error 53 has something to do with the Touch ID-powered Home button on the iPhone, which can be used as a fingerprint sensor to unlock your smartphone, compared to the four-digit code that's usually required.

 

But, if your iPhone has been damaged and you've had it fixed by a non-Apple approved repairer, then you're... well, screwed. A new update to iOS now detects non-standard components and shuts down your iPhone - bricking it - aka, your expensive iPhone is now useless. This is all because you didn't go to an Apple Store, and have your phone fixed. Apple has released a statement to The Guardian, where they said: "We take customer security very seriously and Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers. iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor in your iPhone or iPad correctly matches your device's other components".

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AMD: GPUOpen could be used for smartphone, tablet graphics

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

AMD's technology initiative GPUOpen is primarily intended for PC development, but because of its open source nature, it's already appeared in console games -- Rise of the Tomb Raider being one of them. AMD's Head of Global Technical Marketing Robert Hallock says an interview with XDA Developers it's "very easy for developers to port and scale them" to this end.

 

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Hallock also states GPUOpen could possibly be used for smartphone and tablet graphics purposes should a developer be willing to do the work.

 

The project isn't going to rake in huge wads of cash for AMD as far as we can tell, but gamers everywhere are already enjoying the benefits, and statements like these encourage that further.

Galaxy S7 battery said to last two days on single charge

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin claims the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 lasts 17 hours on a single charge. You might be thinking that's nothing with light use, but Murtazin was playing video and had screen brightness at 100%. He also tested a dual-SIM version with 75% brightness and LTE always-on. With this test environment, the phone lasted a full two days.

 

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The S7 is expected to include a 3,000 mAh battery and feature a more efficient CPU and GPU. More about it will be known at its unveiling later this month. The S7 Edge, meanwhile, is expected to feature a 3,500 mAh battery.

Be wary of cheap USB Type-C cables, they can fry your hardware

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

USB Type-C is the new connectivity standard that aims to do it all--video, sound, and data--and even allows mobile devices to be charged super fast. Given the format's capabilities, a Google engineer proves that you can't get away with cheap third-party USB Type-C cables lest you fry your precious new gadgets.

 

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Google engineer Benson Leung has been reviewing various brands of USB Type-C cables to ensure and check performance. His findings are actually quite surprising: only three out of the ten USB Type-C cables he's reviewed are spec compliant to charge his Chromebook Pixel. If that wasn't enough, one of the cheap third-party cables actually fried the $1,000 laptop's ports.

 

Surjtech's 3M USB A-to-C cable is the culprit, and Leung says that the cord was so badly wired that it burnt out both of the Pixel C's USB Type-C ports and fried two separate USB PD Sniffer devices. "I directly analyzed the Surjtech cable using a Type-C breakout board and a multimeter, and it appears that they completely miswired the cable. The GND pin on the Type-A plug is tied to the Vbus pins on the Type-C plug. The Vbus pin on the Type-A plug is tied to GND on the Type-C plug," the Google engineer said in his review.

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