Broadcom has its heart set on acquiring Qualcomm so much so that the company has offered a huge $121 billion takeover offer, with Qualcomm denying it, and has now pushed back its shareholder meeting that would've ended with a decision on the Broadcom takeover.
The reason? A request by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) that is concerned about Broadcom's possible acquisition of Qualcomm for national security. Broadcom is a Singapore-based company, which could create national security-related issues if it were to acquire US-based Qualcomm, which has technology inside of billions of communications devices.
Qualcomm was behind the request to CFIUS to review the takeover, with the company saying in a statement: "In compliance with the CFIUS order, Qualcomm will delay its Annual Meeting of Stockholders and election of directors for at least 30 days so that CFIUS can fully investigate Broadcom Limited's proposal to acquire Qualcomm".
Qualcomm has just announced a new range of Snapdragon processors at MWC 2018, with the new Snapdragon 700 series. This new series of chips has been made to fit into devices between the Snapdragon 600 series, and the new Snapdragon 845.
The new Snapdragon 700 series will be used in higher-end devices that aren't the flagship devices that headlines are dominated with, where Senior VP and GM of Qualcomm, Alex Katouzian, explaining: "The Snapdragon 700 Mobile Platform Series will bring premium tier technologies and features into more affordable devices".
Qualcomm is wanting to offer more and more AI in their devices leading into the new world of 5G in 2019 and beyond, with the new Snapdragon 700 series featuring on-device AI technology. There's also plenty of improvements made into the camera, all-round device performance, and energy efficiency over the 600 series.
Qualcomm is promising up to twice the AI computational speed over the Snapdragon 660, and around 30% improvement to power efficiency, all while running faster and having more battery life.
The classic arcade racer back from the late 70's and 80's Night Driver has been inactive for almost 30 years now, Atari has now announced that they will be rebooting the racer for mobile.
Atari announced that they would be rebooting Night Driver for both iOS and Android devices, unfortunately there is no gameplay footage to showcase the game running on these platforms, but what we can expect is something with similar quality to the above trailer.
From the above trailer we can see that there will be large selection of cars, as well as the art-style that is seen could also represent a similar art-style for the gameplay.
Microsoft has announced it has teamed with Xiaomi on project that will involve AI, cloud computing, and hardware in order to see the Redmond-based giant get into new markets.
Xiaomi will receive something in return, where Microsoft will provide access to tgheir Azure cloud platform in order to expand their services to more people. Microsoft will also work with Xiaomi on joint marketing and channel support to get Xiaomi laptops into new international markets. Microsoft gets a great deal here, as it gets access to Xiaomi users worldwide.
Cortana will be the AI assistant of choice in the Xiaomi-made products, with the Mi Speaker to be the first with Cortana built-in. The two companies will work on AI technology such as vision, speech, natural language processing, conversational intelligence and more. All of this feeds right into Microsoft's consumer-facing software like Bing, Edge, Cortana, SwiftKey, Skype, and more.
Nokia has announced a refreshed Nokia 8110 "banana phone", the same super-stylish phone that Neo used in The Matrix. At the time everyone, including myself, wanted the Nokia 7110 and its spring-loaded slider - now we can do it again.
HMD is the maker of Nokia-branded smartphones and has delivered the Nokia 8110 with the slider we all loved back in the day, in two versions: black and yellow.
There's no snazzy Android 8.0 inside of the refreshed Nokia 8110 with HMD running with Smart Feature OS, a very bland operating system but there's not much you can expect when it's priced at under $100.
Inside, the Nokia 8110 features LTE support in Europe with dual-SIM versions on offer, with Qualcomm's 205 Mobile Platform processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. There's a 2.4-inch QVGA display and 2-megapixel camera on the back, so you won't be envied over the specs, that's for sure.
Samsung has officially revealed its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at their press conference before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
The new Galaxy S9 rocks a 5.8-inch screen while the larger S9+ dons a 6.2-inch screen, Qualcomm's snappy Snapdragon 845 processor while Samsung's own in-house Exynos processor will be featured in the Galaxy S9/S9+ outside of the US.
On the back of the Galaxy S9+ we have an upgraded dual-camera set up that has been teased over the last few months, rocking a dual 12-megapixel rear-facing camera rig that is similar to the Galaxy Note 8. We have one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens with tools like Dual Capture and Live Focus included on the Galaxy S9+.
Blu has just blown my mind with a new budget smartphone in their new Blu Vivo X which costs just $249, but rocks a huge 18:9 aspect display and 4 cameras.
The 6-inch display rocks a native resolution of 1440x720, with two front-facing cameras in 20MP and 8MP, respectively. The rear-facing cameras come in 13MP and 5MP, providing four cameras in total.
Inside, the Blu Vivo X rocks MediaTek's Helio 8-core CPU at 2.6GHz, which the company says will provide "high-end flagship performance", backed up by a 4010mAh battery that should give you plenty of charge, with fast-charging getting it up to 100% in less than two hours.
There's 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that is expandable, with Android 7.0 on the phone. Amazon has the Blu Vivo X for $299 right now, but it's discounted to $249 so get in quick.
Qualcomm has just announced that there are major mobile operators that are prepared to activate Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 machines with 4G/LTE networks.
The company showed off their Always Connected PCs during the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii in December 2017, with ASUS, HP, and Lenovo now packing Snapdragon chips that will drive the entire Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC platform forward.
Don McGuire, Vice President, Global Product Marketing, Qualcomm explains: "Our collaboration together with Microsoft has continued to build momentum for the Always Connected PC category. With the growing list of commitments from leading mobile operators worldwide, Snapdragon powered Always Connected PCs are engineered to offer consumers a compelling and powerful mobile computing experience, with instant on capability, always on connectivity* and 'beyond all-day' battery life in innovative, thin and light designs".
The new mobile operator networks that are joining Qualcomm's Always Connected PC future are:
- Australia - Telstra
- China - CMCC (China Mobile Communications Corporation)
- France - Transatel
- Germany - Deutsche Telekom
- Ireland - Cubic
- Spain - Telefónica
- Switzerland - Swisscom
- U.S.A - T-Mobile and AT&T
It looks like Samsung will be taking to the skies in the very near future, with the South Korean electronics giant filing a patent for something they're calling a "flying display device".
LetsGoDigital spotted the patent which was filed in 2016, and describes a drone-like device that would sport a screen and be capable of streaming video. The Verge has a better idea, where this hovering display could be used for huge advertisements that float in the sky.
Samsung's patent would also see the floating display hovering thanks to four propellers, and it would feature a vibration system, an obstacle detection unit that would pack a camera and sensor that would include motion and accelerometer sensors, and more. As for the display it could be anything from a tablet, laptop, or mobile medical device.
Samsung is expected to unveil their new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones on February 25, with the latest news on the new flagship handsets teasing the price.
The new price leaks suggest that Samsung will be charging north of $1000 for the new Galaxy S9, with estimations of $1130 for the normal Galaxy S9 and a hefty $1258 for the larger Galaxy S9+ smartphone.
If these are the prices that we're expecting to see, Samsung will be charging nearly as much for the Galaxy S9/S9+ as the larger Galaxy Note 8, meaning the Galaxy Note 9 will need to really step it up when it's announced and released later this year.