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If you didn't already know, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (or TSMC) is the largest contract chip manufacturer, making chips for the likes of NVIDIA, Apple, and other industry giants.
The company has just announced it is developing 10nm chips, and according to an annual report from the company, their 2015 profits hovered at $9.15 billion. Compared to 2014, TSMC saw a 16.2% increase in yearly profits, even in the face of Samsung dominating with its 16nm FinFET and 14nm nodes. TSMC has been pushing ahead, however, and is now on their way to 10nm being taped out in the next couple of months.
Looking into the future, TSMC expects to hit the 7nm process in 2018, which isn't too far away at all. First up, we'll be seeing next-gen GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA arriving in 14nm and 16nm, respectively, over the coming months.
The Lumia 650 is now even more official, with an actual release date of February 1st. This follows an FCC filing that happened recently and a statement by Microsoft's chief of marketing, Chris Capossela.
We've heard a lot about the handset recently, with an actual prototype photo leaking to the public by Evan Blass showing off the indistinct black slab. And of course the specs were leaked because of that FCC filing.
But now the low-end Lumia is being released, taking the throne from the successful 640 that was surprisingly popular hit. What does the budget 650 do to improve its older brother? A slightly more premium feel and build to it, the use of the Snapdragon 210 (or perhaps even the 212) and likely a better camera. And unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, the Lumia branding is going to be retired, or so the claim goes. Microsoft may be in search of new branding to go along with a new era in their mobile OS.
Microsoft's much-lauded Word Flow keyboard is on its way to iPhones, according to a new e-mail sent out to Windows Insider users. The e-mail describes the "Word Flow keyboard beta program" and invites interested parties to sign up to test out the software. As well, Insiders are asked if they own "an iPhone (5s or newer)" and if they think the "native iOS keyboard could use improvement".
Android users will likely also be able to use Word Flow at some point: the e-mail states "other platforms" will receive it after iOS.
Word Flow was used to break the Guinness World record for fastest texting.
Microsoft has confirmed that the camera app on Windows 10 Mobile is going to receive an update that will allow for the turning on of HDR capture when taking photos.
That's significant because until now, you've only ever had the option of being able to set HDR capture to "auto" or off completely. Auto never guaranteed the capture of a wider gamut of color, even though most sensors are more than capable. We have to remember what HDR, however, to know why that's significant. HDR is a higher level of color fidelity that's more inline with what the human eye can actually see. And now with AMD pioneering HDR on the desktop space, that means it can be a natural part of the workflow for everyone and not just professionals.
Microsoft has actually been on the forefront of camera technology in phones, whether we're aware of it or not. That might be due to the wonderful efforts of Nokia with their famed 808 which eventually made its way onto the Lumia 1020. The huge sensor was fantastic in low-light and had many manual options that made even pro photographers a little jealous. Thankfully, those controls have become standard on Windows Mobile.
After a successful run with the Nexus 6P, Huawei is back in the headlines with its purported P9 smartphone. According to the latest rumors, the Huawei P9 smartphone will feature dual cameras, a physical Home button, and a fingerprint scanner.
The dual camera setup will also feature a dual-LED flash, with a speaker on the bottom of the phone, too. The frame of the P9 smartphone will be made of metal, but we don't know if this will be featured on the back, or whether Huawei will use a sheet of glass. Inside, the P9 should rock a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Kirin 950 processor, dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back, with a 3000mAh battery that should last most of the day.
We should expect Huawei to unveil the P9 smartphone at Mobile World Congress next month.
Industry sources claimed that pressure from mobile carriers was pushing Apple towards developing a tool that helped Apple users migrate over to Android phones, as reported by The Telegraph recently.
While this report claimed that "Apple has privately agreed to develop a simple tool to help consumers shift data such as contacts, music and photos if they move to Android" In a chat to Buzzfeed, an official spokesperson crushed these claims, stating that "There is no truth to this rumor," furthering that "We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great."
Although the assisted move will no longer be happening, Apple has released a few apps on the Android store, including Move to iOS, Beats Pill+ and Apple Music.
CES 2016 - Privoro has designed a privacy guard product for smartphones and desktops, vying to protect user privacy from anyone who wishes to spy on them by providing a list of protective features.
The smartphone product features security measures like three types of protection against intrusion and location tracking while also blocking all unwanted microphone and camera activity. Made up of a case and cover, the privacy guard is designed to fit over your phone, blocking 100% of radio frequency signals while sending confusing signals to your phone's microphone, "making eavesdropping nearly impossible" as explained in a recent press release. This case is designed to fit the iPhone 6 and 6S only.
The desktop privacy guard aims to cover an inbuilt webcam and microphone, once again blocking the camera from viewing anything and sending confusing sound to the microphone. Charged through a micro-USB connection, this product is designed for iMac monitors from 21.5-inch to 27-inch.
Lenovo's head of mobile Chen Xudong has confirmed in the wake of retiring its Motorola name, it will also be retiring the phones formerly known as the Moto G and the Moto E. The Moto G is the most successful Motorola phone, however Lenovo wants to dedicate the new Lenovo by Moto name to high-end smartphones only and have its other phones satisfy budget and mid-range needs.
Speaking of high-end, the Moto X Play and Moto X Style struggled to achieve significant popularity; one can hope Lenovo's changes mean the next addition to the Moto X family has more to entice buyers.
Anker is a great company that pushes out some awesome mobile power banks, but Android Central has just pointed to a new deal on Amazon for the 13,000mAh model.
Anker's 13,000mAh mobile power bank is just $25 with the coupon code 'WRS5DIQV', which saves $8 from its original listing of $35 on Amazon. It features two USB ports that will recharge your smartphone or tablet many times over. The deal seems to be on the yellow and red versions of Anker's battery - just so you know.
CES 2016 - The NVIDIA Shield TV is an awesome piece of kit for your living room, and it's about to get a whole lot better. At CES, NVIDIA introduced us to the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Shield, which will be rolling out soon.
The new update includes some much-anticipated features, such as being able to decide which tabs and apps you can keep on your home screen, as well as HDMI-CEC capabilities. Not only that, but Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a PS3 port promised for the Shield for a while now, will be included in the update.