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The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which standardizes audio over USB Type-C interface. The new spec enables hardware makers to eliminate traditional 3.5mm mini-jacks from their devices and use USB-C ports to connect headsets and other audio equipment. Makers of peripherals can also build their audio solutions, which use USB-C instead of traditional analog connectors. Developers of the standard hope that elimination of mini-jacks will help to make devices slimmer, smarter and less power hungry. The industry, led by Intel and some other companies, has been mulling about replacing the traditional 3.5mm mini-jack connector for some time now. The main motives for replacement were necessity to simplify internal architecture of devices by removing analog and some audio...

The Apple iOS 9 Review

2015 has been a pretty big year for Apple as a company. Product launches this year included the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPad Mini...

227 by Brandon Chester on 9/16/2015

Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3.0: Intelligent Voltage Control

One of the other features that was announced for multiple Snapdragon SoCs at the 3G/LTE Summit in Hong Kong was Quick Charge 3.0, which will be supported on the...

27 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 430, 617 SoCs: Incremental Updates

While the Snapdragon 820 is most likely to capture public attention as a halo product, Qualcomm has also been working on updating their mid-range SoCs. The first update announced...

40 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 Modem Configuration: X12 LTE

At Qualcomm’s 3G/LTE Summit in Hong Kong, Qualcomm released some details about the modem that will be integrated into their Snapdragon 820 SoC. On the LTE side, Qualcomm is...

14 by Joshua Ho on 9/15/2015

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Mi Note Review

Xiaomi has always been a significant part of the Android ecosystem - even before they had ever launched a phone, they were already getting some level of attention from...

93 by Joshua Ho on 9/11/2015

Hands on With the iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4

While the iPhones are an important aspect of Apple’s September annual announcements, the real surprise of the show was the iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4. For those that...

183 by Joshua Ho on 9/10/2015

Hands On With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

While the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are relatively the same phone on the surface compared to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, in just about half an hour...

74 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2015

Apple Announces the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Today, Apple announced their refresh of the iPhone 6 lineup, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. For those that are unfamiliar with Apple’s “s” refreshes, these are years...

61 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2015

Apple Announces Release Dates for iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X El Capitan

Today Apple made a number of new announcements at their fall 2015 event. There are two new iPhones, two new iPads, and a new Apple TV set top box...

7 by Brandon Chester on 9/9/2015

Apple Announces the iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4

Today Apple held their fall launch event, and it was the biggest event that the company has held in quite some time. We got firm launch dates for iOS...

128 by Brandon Chester on 9/9/2015

Samsung Announces 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM For Mobile Devices

Today Samsung Electronics announced that they have begun mass production of the memory industry's first 12Gb LPDDR4 DRAM on their 20nm manufacturing process. These new chips offer 50% greater...

37 by Brandon Chester on 9/8/2015

Samsung Gear S2 Launch Event & Hands-On

After quite a long day yesterday here in Berlin I finally managed to catch a breath to sit down and go over what was likely the biggest reveal over...

31 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2015

Sony Launches The Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium With UHD Display

In April of this year Sony launched the Xperia Z4, their sequel to the 2014 Xperia Z3. Since the Z3 had only launched in September of 2014, it was...

71 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Qualcomm Announces Kryo CPU Details: Quad Core 2.2 GHz, 14nm FinFET

Today, Qualcomm announced a number of details in the Snapdragon 820, specifically about their Kryo CPU. Given that the Snapdragon 810 was a somewhat standard 4x Cortex-A57/4x Cortex-A53, it...

60 by Joshua Ho on 9/2/2015

Huawei Launches Mate S - Hands On

Today at Huawei's IFA Berlin 2015 launch event the Chinese handset maker launched it's new fall flagship device, the Mate S. The new 5.5" form-factor places the Mate S...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Unveils A Trio Of New Android Tablets.

Today Lenovo has launched three new Android tablets in their YOGA Tab series. In order the new devices are the YOGA Tab 3 8", the YOGA Tab 3 10"...

6 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Announces New PHAB and PHAB PLUS Phablets

Today Lenovo has made a number of announcements relating to their mobile device business. We've seen two new low end tablets, and a very strange but also very interesting...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

Lenovo Launches Three New VIBE Smartphones

Lenovo has been making quite a number of announcements at IFA this year. We've seen a unique high end Android tablet, low end Android tablets, and really big phablets...

2 by Brandon Chester on 9/2/2015

The Mobile CPU Core-Count Debate: Analyzing The Real World

Over the last 5 years the mobile space has seen a dramatic change in terms of performance of smartphone and tablet SoCs. The industry has seen a move from...

156 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/1/2015

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