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NC State students use software to boost WiFi performance by as much as 700%

November 19, 2012
Say you've got one device, your laptop, connected to a WiFi network. The WiFi router feeding internet to your laptop has no problem handling all that traffic. But what happens when you're at a conference and there are multiple people connected to the WiFi network, all trying to suck down as much data as possible? The WiFi router gets confused and doesn't know who to prioritize, so it builds up a backlog of requests that takes time to process. Here's where the students' work comes in.
 
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Popular Science gives Google Now the “Innovation of the Year” award

November 16, 2012
Popular Science, which was launched in 1872 according to Wikipedia, has given their "Innovation of the Year" award to Google Now. Not only that, they called Apple's Siri "outdated by comparison".
 
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Sources say Samsung will show off a 4.99 inch 1080p AMOLED screen at CES 2013

November 16, 2012
According to the Korean website Asiae, Samsung is going to show off a 4.99 inch AMOLED panel that pushes 1920 x 1280 pixels at this upcoming CES. They also say that this screen will be inside the Galaxy S IV, but they don't have any information about when it's going to hit the market.
 
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Samsung has begun production of 10 nm 64 GB memory chips for mobile devices

November 15, 2012
Samsung Semiconductor, the part of the company that makes the various bits and bobs that are essential to making your smartphone actually work, has just announced that they've begun producing 10 nanometer 64 GB storage chips. They're insanely fast, capable of hitting 260 megabytes per second read speeds and 50 megabytes per second write speeds.
 
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Texas Instruments to fire 1,700 people, OMAP to focus on embedded systems

November 15, 2012
Texas Instruments, makers of the famous OMAP line of processors, have been saying for a while now that they're tired of keeping up with the big boys of the mobile industry. It used to be they could design a chip that would then be used in various products for several years. These days, it's expected that companies launch a new device every 12 months, and that said device uses a chip that's more advanced than the one in last year's model. Today's news shouldn't come as a surprise then, TI is announcing that they're going to let 1,700 people go.
 
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Who wears the pants in the Android family, Google or Samsung?

November 15, 2012
We all tend to forget that Android is nothing more than just another mobile operating system. Is there something special about the OS that has propelled it to the pole position that it now enjoys? IDC says 75% of all the smartphones shipped during the third quarter of this year were powered by Android. That number isn't an accident.
 
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Motorola’s free $100 for those who can’t get Jelly Bean isn’t that easy to get

November 14, 2012
Motorola is owned by Google, yet they can't seem to figure out how to update their phones to the latest version of Android. To make people happy, they said they'll give them $100, but there are some serious strings attached. You need to buy a new phone, and the money you get isn't actually money, it's more like store credit. Seriously, this is incredibly uncool.
 
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Verizon to start preloading Amazon’s new “App Suite” on their Android devices

November 14, 2012
Amazon, looking to get more people to buy not only physical goods, but also digital content, threw a bunch of cash at Verizon to get them to integrate their new "App Suite" on Verizon's Android phones. The first phone to get this new app is the recently announced Droid DNA. We know what you're thinking, why is Verizon screwing over Google by encouraging people to buy into Amazon's ecosystem?
 
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Qualcomm is now officially worth more than Intel by market capitalization

November 14, 2012
Hell has frozen over. Qualcomm, a company that designs chips and modems for smartphones and tablets, is now worth more than Intel, a company that not only designs their own chips, but also makes them in some of the world's most advanced fabrication plants.
 
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Walmart’s Head of Mobile doesn’t believe in NFC, says there’s no problem with using cash and plastic

November 13, 2012
Gibu Thomas, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital at Walmart, doesn't think mobile payments are going to be a big thing according to FierceWireless. He even went so far as to say that people are already used to paying for products with cash and credit cards, so what's the point of introducing a third payment method? Does this mean Walmart doesn't understand the future?
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