You may not know the technique by name, but you've most likely seen the results of bullet-time photography. Popularized by movies like "The Matrix," it involves a rig of cameras in a circular configuration that are fired simultaneously, capturing the same shot of a subject from multiple angles.
Qualcomm is now saying that 64-bit computing is the future, after dismissing Apple's 64-bit A7 processor last week.
Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, characterized Apple's 64-bit A7 chip, which debuted in the iPhone 5S, as a "gimmick" last week in an IDG News Service story.
"I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that," Chandrasekher said in an interview.
Qualcomm is singing a different tune … Read more
Qualcomm hopes to bring some sanity to the fragmented world of wireless charging, one in which disputes over standards have left consumers without the ability to easily charge their phones without any cables.
Such has been the dilemma with wireless charging, which is split between three camps:The Power Matters Alliance (PMA), which has got its wireless charging pads in select Starbucks, McDonald's, and venues such as Madison Square Garden. Powermat and Proctor & Gamble back the standard. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which uses another standard called Qi that is commonly found in smartphones. The Alliance for Wireless … Read more
A Qualcomm executive dissed Apple's new 64-bit chip architecture, putting the San Diego company in a tough spot if it decides at some point to move to a 64-bit Snapdragon design.
Here's what Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, said to the IDG News Service "I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that."
He went on to repeat a well-known fact that a 64-bit architecture is necessary … Read more
HTC must modify a key technology in its Android smartphones or else face a potential sales ban in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing information from "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said Wednesday that HTC has teamed up with chipmaker Qualcomm to try to revise certain chip technology in its HTC One and other new smartphones. The company is being forced to take such action after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled last week that HTC violated two patents owned by Nokia.
One of the patents in question refers to the ability … Read more
The wireless charging stars are aligning -- sort of.
Wireless charging -- or the ability to place your phone on a charging pad or table for a recharge without cables -- has been slowing making its way into smartphones and even select venues, such as Madison Square Garden and Starbucks. But broader adoption has been hampered by a three-way horse race among rival standards. But that may be changing with Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm making some big moves in the arena.
The rival groups include: the Power Matters Alliance, backed by Powermat Technologies and Procter & Gamble, which largely uses … Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Qualcomm is pushing forward its notion of the "Internet of everything" with a new media-streaming platform called AllPlay designed to allow people to wirelessly stream music from mobile apps to multiple speakers in their home.
AllPlay, announced by Qualcomm CEO and Chairman Paul Jacobs at the company's Uplinq developer conference Wednesday, is targeted at developers who can use the coming-soon software developer kit to build wireless streaming capabilities into their iOS and Android applications.
The year 2013 may be coming to a close, but for wearable tech things seem to still be heating up...or warming up, slowly. Products we've expected for the last few months are slowly but surely being released, and the Qualcomm Toq, expected in October, has at last appeared at CNET. Here are my first impressions as we work on the full review.
Smartwatches seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. Samsung's got one. And now Qualcomm has one, too. What does the Toq have that will make it stand out from the crowd?
A reflective color … Read more
Like other smartwatches on the market, Toq doesn't have the full functionality of a smartphone or tablet. Rather, it syncs with users' smartphones, allowing them to quickly scan through texts, phone calls, and other alerts, such as calendar and WhatsApp notifications, without taking their phones out of their bags. It runs on Qualcomm's operating system and uses the company's low-power mirasol display. For now, Toq will only work with Android, but Qualcomm is considering extending the connectivity to … Read more
Motorola's Moto X has been touted as the company's foray into well-crafted superphones. It appears that to create such a product, Google is reportedly laying down some serious cash in the manufacturing process -- namely, $221 per phone.
That's quite a lot for a device that costs consumers $579 without a contract and $199 with a two-year contract. For comparison, Apple's most expensive smartphone to build is its iPhone 5, which is said to cost $167.50 per unit.
Even though Moto X is said to cost a fair amount to build, it's not actually … Read more