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Today Avago Technologies announced their acquisition of Broadcom for 17 billion dollars in cash and 20 billion dollars worth of Avago shares. This will leave Broadcom shareholders with 32% of the new combined company, and the combined 37 billion dollar value of the deal makes it one of the largest ever acquisitions in the history of the semiconductor industry. Avago is a semiconductor company that produces a number of different products. They make PCIe switches for motherboards, and at one point were the owner of SandForce and their SSD controllers before they were sold to Seagate. Some of their products also cross over with Broadcom’s focus on the wireless industry, such as their power amplifiers for mobile radios. Broadcom is a company that we encounter...

Understanding Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810: Performance Preview

While we can dance around the issue, it’s impossible to have any real discussion about Snapdragon 810 without addressing the flurry of rumors that have surrounded this SoC. There...

117 by Joshua Ho & Andrei Frumusanu on 2/12/2015

ARM A53/A57/T760 investigated - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Exynos Review

It's been a few months since Josh had the opportunity to review the Note 4. The defining characteristic is that this was the variant with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoC...

126 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ryan Smith on 2/10/2015

Sony Announces the Xperia E4

Sony has two fairly well defined lines of smartphones. Their Xperia Z smartphones and tablets represent their flagship Android devices, while their Xperia E line targets a more budget...

8 by Brandon Chester on 2/10/2015

China Fines Qualcomm $975 Million for Anti-trust Violations

Word comes out of China this evening that an ongoing anti-trust investigation into Qualcomm has come to an end. Ruling against Qualcomm, China’s National Development and Reform Commission has...

59 by Ryan Smith on 2/9/2015

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M7) Will Receive Lollipop Update Tomorrow

It appears that carriers in the United States are getting their Android update testing done in a timely manner for once. Yesterday we reported on the Android Lollipop update...

12 by Brandon Chester on 2/4/2015

The Google Nexus 9 Review

For the past few years, we’ve seen Google place significant emphasis on price as a way of competing with other tablets on the market. The original Nexus 7 managed...

167 by Joshua Ho & Ryan Smith on 2/4/2015

ARM Announces Cortex-A72, CCI-500, and Mali-T880

Today ARM is announcing three brand-new premium IP designs targeted at high-end mobile SoCs. We're still only starting to get widespread commercial availability of ARM's latest generation of SoCs...

49 by Andrei Frumusanu on 2/3/2015

Verizon Galaxy S5 Receiving Lollipop Update

After arriving in certain European countries not long ago, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 has finally made its way to the United States. Oddly enough...

21 by Brandon Chester on 2/2/2015

Google Announces Support For 40 Third-Party App Cards In Google Now

Google Now has always been good at giving you relevant information about things like transit, emails, stocks, sport scores, etc. But everything it displays is linked to a Google...

19 by Brandon Chester on 1/30/2015

Microsoft Releases Finished Versions Of Office For Android

In early 2014, Microsoft released their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications for the iPad. Launching their Office suite on platforms other than Windows was something that they had seemed...

30 by Brandon Chester on 1/29/2015

Apple Announces April Ship Date for Apple Watch

Today Apple announced their earnings and sales for the holiday quarter of 2014. The company sold 74.5 million iPhones, and had strong earnings which were fueled by the newly...

22 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 With Bug Fixes and Reduced Storage Requirements

Today Apple sent out the newest version of iOS to all devices capable of running versions of iOS 8. This update brings iOS to version 8.1.3, and like the...

13 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

Dropbox Releases App for Windows Phone

Late last year Dropbox announced that they had entered into a partnership with Microsoft. When this partnership was announced, the first benefit that it brought to consumers was Dropbox...

6 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Google Updates Docs Apps With Improved Functionality and Touch ID Support

Today Google has issued an update to their Docs, Sheets, and Slides applications on iOS and Android. These productivity apps were some of the first to receive Material Design...

0 by Brandon Chester on 1/21/2015

Toshiba CES 2015 Booth Tour: Encore 2 Write, Portege Z20t, and More

Much like Samsung and Sony, touring the Toshiba booth turned up plenty of devices but not too many laptops – though I’d say out of the big consumer electronics...

7 by Jarred Walton on 1/20/2015

HP Announces New Business Mobility Devices

HP Announces New Business Mobility Devices Today HP announced a collection of product updates with their “Business-First” approach to mobility; the full press release has all the pertinent details. The...

8 by Jarred Walton on 1/20/2015

Google Updates Chrome for iOS With Material Design and Handoff

Google has updated Chrome for iOS to version 40, specifically version 40.0.2214.61. With it comes a number of improvements that definitely justify the major increase in version number. The...

14 by Brandon Chester on 1/20/2015

Samsung CES Booth Tour: Tablets, Phones, and Core M ATIV Book 9

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Samsung’s booth is what they weren’t showing: laptops. They had exactly one laptop on display, the new ATIV Book 9 with Core M-5Y10c...

45 by Jarred Walton on 1/19/2015

Microsoft Launches Two Additional Low Cost Lumia Smartphones

The Lumia brand has a couple of new additions to compliment the already dizzying array of devices launched in the last year. Those waiting for a new flagship to...

14 by Brett Howse on 1/14/2015

Samsung Announces the Galaxy A7

The smartphone space is not as it was a few years ago. There's increasing competition from vendors based in countries like China and India who can put out high...

9 by Brandon Chester on 1/12/2015

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