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iPhone 6S chipgate: TSMC's CPU has better battery and core performance

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 15 hours, 37 mins ago

Since the new A9 CPU that powers Apple's new iPhone 6S was made by two different manufacturers--TSMC and Samsung--many users have reported varying performance like shorter battery life. This led to a controversy called the "iPhone 6S chipgate", and now it looks like some solid evidence has surfaced that proves the two CPUs are in fact quite different.



Trusted tech geeks John Morrison and Austin Evans have investigated the chipgate scandal in new YouTube videos, each running a number of performance tests that pit the TSMC's 16nm N71MAP processor core against Samsung's 14nm N71AP CPU. The findings reveal that TSMC has the superior chip, with Samsung's A9 chip running hotter and yielding lower battery performance.


The two phones were tested out in a number of real-world environments including video recording sessions, running high workload apps, and benchmarking stats. The tests showed that the TSMC-made iPhone 6S CPU kept its battery charge much more efficiently than the more compact Samsung A9. When it comes to actual CPU performance, Geekbench revealed that the TSMC model "consistently outperformed the Samsung model in multi-core performance". Austin conducted a simple battery test to see how long it took for each model to hit 50% battery, and the TSMC iPhone 6S actually lasted a full 50 minutes longer than the Samsung version.


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Apple's 3D Touch is coming to Android phones

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Apple's new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display technology is one of the major features of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, offering a unique layered interface that redefines traditional smartphone UIs. But now it looks like the tech isn't just staying in Apple's reach, and will be crossing over to Android.




Human-interface developer Synaptics is responsible for the breakthrough and fully expects the new display technology to "become the new norm" in smartphones. Synaptics plans to use its new ClearPad 3700 Display Controller to fully mirror the same variable force performance of Apple's 3D Touch and bring it to the realm of Android phones.


According to Synaptics, this new display interface will offer "new dimensions in user interfaces such as speed scrolling, zoom, gaming, and text or photo editing by applying variable force with a finger or stylus". The controller also has SideTouch, a new function that allows users to use the bezels of a phone to scroll or tap within disrupting what's on the screen.

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Some iPhone 6S handsets are running so hot they are shutting down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Now that Apple's latest iPhone is getting into the hands of consumers, there's reports that early iPhone 6S users are complaining about their iPhones turning off because they're running too hot. Some report that the Touch ID button feels incredibly hot.




Some iPhone 6S users took to Twitter, saying "My iPhone 6S shut off with 50% battery left and the home button became so hot I couldn't touch it..." while another iPhone 6S owner said: "My iPhone 6S turned off and won't come back on and the TouchID is HOT to the touch". While these problems aren't as bad as the #bendgate issues with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, these problems still affect users.

Roku 4 announced, has 4K support, remote finder and much more

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

We knew it was coming, but now it's official: the Roku 4 is here. The new media layer has 4K video playback capabilities, but it also has some unique features; like a remote finder.




The new Roku 4 has a quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM (up from the 512MB on the Roku 3). This means the Roku 4 is more than capable of playing back 4K video streams at up to 60FPS. Inside, the Roku 4 features 802.11ac MIMO WI-Fi, optical audio out, Ethernet, HDMI, a microSD card slot, and a Wi-Fi Direct powered remote with voice search, a headphone jack and the awesome remote finder.


The remote finder works by pressing a button on top of the box, which will make a sound come out of the remote so you can find it. If you constantly lose your remote, or like me have little ones at home who are always moving them around, this will be a killer feature.


As for price, the new Roku 4 is up for pre-order right now for $129.99, up $30 from the $99 price point on the Roku 3. The new Roku 4 will begin shipping on October 21.

Microsoft's Continuum turns Lumia 950s into mobile PC's

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

With Continuum, Microsoft essentially wants to turn Windows 10 phones into portable PCs. The tech giant showcased a live Continuum demo at their New York event, revealing just how potent and revolutionary the feature actually is.




Along with a slew of cross-device functionalities like Windows Hello biometric authentication, Continuum is supported on Microsoft's new flagship Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL duo. Continuum represents a new shift in PC dependence, moving away from the traditional tethered desktop environment to a more free, unified ecosystem powered by Windows 10.


But how does it work? Continuum harnesses the Lumia 950's octacore processor to simulate a PC-like experience, making the phone the central heart or brains of the operation. This lets you completely circumvent the PC altogether. Just hook up a Lumia phone, a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the Display Dock hub to simulate a fully-fledged PC-like work environment.

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Microsoft's new 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4 starts at $899

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 12 hours ago

It seems like everyone wants to get in on the success of Microsoft's Surface hybrid: Google has the new Pixel C tablet, and Apple has the transforming iPad Pro. In order to stay on top, Microsoft had to push the bar even further, leading the Redmond tech giant to create the Surface Pro 4.



The new Surface Pro 4 is an all-around improvement over the previous Surface line: it's thinner, lighter and much more powerful thanks to the onboard Intel Skylake CPU. It has a 12.3-inch display that utilizes new PixelSense technology. Microsoft actually fashioned a dedicated G5 chipset to run the new optical stack, which powers PixelSense to bring dramatic improvements to latency, parallax and palm detection for fluid writing and drawing with the new Surface Pen. The pen itself has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitive and comes with an eraser (an obvious jab at Apple's iPencil), and doesn't need to be recharged more than once a year.


Microsoft's new Surface tablet is just 8.4mm thin and features a laptop-class keyboard designed for performance input. Under the hood the Surface Pro 4's silicon soul is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Skylake CPU. Microsoft's Panos Panay boasted that the Surface Pro 4 was 30% faster than its predecessor, and over 50% faster than the MacBook Air. To match the higher-end CPU the device will ship with up to 16GB of onboard RAM and 1TB of memory, which is pretty surprising for a 2-in-1 hybrid.

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Lumia 950 and 950XL has liquid cooling, 4K video, octacore CPU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 13 hours ago

At its Windows 10 event in New York, Microsoft unveiled the new Lumia 950 flagship line with the 5.2" Lumia 950 and 5.7" Lumia 950XL. Since these handsets were already leaked beforehand the specs aren't too surprising, but Microsoft had some extra tidbits up its sleeve.




With the new Lumia duo, Microsoft wants to "put Windows in your pocket", and to keep up with that ethos the Lumia 950 and 950XL have been overhauled to fit right into the Windows 10 ecosystem. One of the most impressive features is the Glance Screen tech, which lets users check onscreen information without using any battery life, avoiding the need to actually turn on the phone.


Under the hood the 950 sports a hexacore CPU, with the Lumia 950 XL has an octacore processor. To mitigate heat, Microsoft actually has put in "tablet class" liquid cooling into both handsets. A dual-antenna array that automatically picks the best connection around you, and also has USB Type-C for 5GB/S data transfer rates and rapid battery charging. The Lumia duo have 20MP cameras that support 4K video capture and excels in low-light environments, and a dedicated camera button.

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Chromecast 2's CPU is 2.5 times faster than its predecessor's

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 3 days, 5 hours ago

Google's newly released "Chromecast 2" sports more hardware improvements than originally known. Beyond the improved wireless functionality, there's also the 2.5 times faster CPU.




The original is the single-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor; the new processor is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with 1080p video support (also, bonus DRM support /s). The added power may not mean much now, but could in the future as Google expands the functionality of Chromecast.

The important question has been answered: Will the new iPhone 6s bend?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 10 hours ago

Thanks to ZDNet, someone has completed a compilation of iPhone 6s videos all based around one question: Will it bend?



This follow-up comes from the old "Bendgate" issue as seen with the original iPhone 6 and 6 Plus late last year, with a few users noticing that their brand new Apple phones were bending under stress. In the name of science, a bunch of YouTube channels have tested out the new iPhone models, seeing if they will suffer the same fate.


The short answer is yes, if you're going to put any phone under this much pressure it's likely to bend or break either way. We didn't learn too much in these videos for the most part, but it was at least fun to watch. However, there is a much better 'real life' stress test below, take a look and see for yourself. What is impressive is that in the video above, the iPhone withstood 100 pounds of weight without any issues.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 will have Qualcomm or Samsung processors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 days, 3 hours ago

Samsung hasn't had quite the success it wanted with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, so it launched the new Galaxy S6 edge+ and even still, the company isn't hitting the sales numbers it wanted to.




When Samsung made the new smartphones, it didn't use Qualcomm processors in some markets because of the issues that the Snapdragon 810 was having with thermal throttling, and Samsung made the good decision to use its own super-fast Exynos processors instead. Well, as Samsung prepares its next generation Galaxy S7 smartphone, the company is likely to use Qualcomm processors once again - but the new Snapdragon 820 processors based on Qualcomm's custom Kryo cores.


The Snapdragon 820 is a bloody fast system-on-chip, so expect new world records to be created when Samsung launches the Galaxy S7 next year.

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