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Sources: Qualcomm plans to unveil a dedicated system-on-a-chip to power standalone VR and AR headsets, called Snapdragon XR1, as soon as next week

“Qualcomm Inc. plans to unveil a dedicated chip to power standalone virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets as it seeks to break into new businesses beyond smartphones, according to people familiar with the matter” writes Mark Gurman Ian for bloomberg.com. In recent months, the virtual-reality headset industry has moved toward standalone devices rather than expensive models that must be tethered to high-powered personal computers.So far, such headsets haven’t offered smartphone-like battery life, but a chipset optimized specifically for these wearables could improve that functionality over time. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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Nokia licensee HMD Global raises $100 million of funding to boost growth after selling 70 million phones in 2017

“HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the right to use the Nokia brand on phones, has raised $100 million of funding intended to boost growth, it said on Monday” reports firstpost.com. HMD, set up by former Nokia executives, took over the Nokia feature phone business from Microsoft in 2016 and struck a deal with Nokia Oyj to use the brand on smartphones. According to Counterpoint Research, Nokia was the biggest-selling brand last year in low-cost feature phones and ranked No. 11 in smartphones. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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Google I/O: The biggest announcements on Android P and artificial intelligence

“Google’s annual developer conference offers the tech giant a chance to showcase some of the latest developments from its Android smartphones, artificial intelligence assistants and hardware” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. This year’s I/O conference saw details revealed about the latest Android P operating system as well as advanced (and controversial) capabilities for Google’s digital aide Assistant, such as making phone calls on its own.In his keynote speech, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai revealed the latest capabilities of the company’s artificial intelligence, including making calls in natural language to sound…

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LG’s newest G7 ‘ThinQ’ smartphone looks great, but it has a short list of features that makes it stand out

“A full review is coming soon, but for now, the LG G7 seems like a great smartphone” writes Antonio Villas-boas for businessinsider.my. From my short time with the LG G7, it doesn’t really add significantly more than most high-end Android smartphones in terms of specs and features. Source: businessinsider.my Share This:

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App turns smartphones into data crunchers to help find cancer treatment 

“Britons could help speed up cancer treatment research by charging their phones while they sleep, thanks to a new app” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. The DreamLab app uses a phone’s processing power overnight to increase the speed at which academics can analyse data for a major cancer research study.The app, launched by Vodafone, greatly reduces the time it takes to analyse the effect of various drug combinations against people with varying individual genetic makeups and send results back to researchers at Imperial College London. Dr Kirill Veselkov, who is…

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‘It is time for us to develop our international market,’ says a Chinese smartphone brand

“It is time for us to develop our international market,” Zhao told CNBC’s Nancy Hungerford on Thursday in Beijing” writes Saheli Roy Choudhury for cnbc.com. But the same report also noted that the Indian smartphone market remained flat on-year in the first quarter of 2018.The brand wants to split its smartphone sales 50-50 between China and overseas markets by 2020, according to George Zhao, president of Honor.India is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world.Recently, a report from Counterpoint Research said the Honor brand was the No. 5…

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Western Digital profit, revenue beat estimates; shares rise

“The company’s net revenue rose to $5.01 billion from $4.65 billion, a year earlier” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. (Reuters) – Western Digital Corp reported better-than-expected profit and revenue on Thursday, as the demand for its memory chips used in smartphones and personal computers rose. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $3.30 per share and revenue of $4.93 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Excluding one-time items, the company reported a profit of $3.63 per share. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Save on power banks and re-charge your devices anywhere you go

“Amazon has plenty of power banks on sale today to keep just about anything juiced up” writes Carlos Cadorniga for mashable.com. This smartphone power bank doesn’t heat up when in use, so overheating shouldn’t be an issue.Banish this forever with a power bank to keep you charged.For tablet and smartphone users, this power bank has got you covered. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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