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If you're the type that reads smartphone specifications closely, chances are you're familiar with the name "Snapdragon." It's Qualcomm's system-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices that typically includes a central processor and a graphics processing unit, and it powers more smartphones than any other type of chip.

Many of today's top smartphones use the Snapdragon 810 chip, one of the speediest on the market. But in a blog post Wednesday, Qualcomm dropped a bomb by revealing that the SoC's next iteration, the Snapdragon 820, will have twice the processing power and double the power efficiency of a Snapdragon 810.

While this probably won't directly translate into a smartphone whose battery lasts twice as long as today's models, the Snapdragon 820 will have a big impact on both the power and battery life of upcoming smartphones featuring the chip.

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At the IFA show this week Motorola expanded its Moto 360 smartwatch lineup to include a number of new options, including one wearable designed exclusively for women.
10 Cool Fitness Trackers That Aren't Apple Watch

10 Cool Fitness Trackers That Aren't Apple Watch

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BERLIN -- Motorola unveiled a wristful of new smartwatches this week at the IFA trade show here. The collection of timepieces varies in size, color, and design, and includes a series specifically for women. These wearables pack a punch in the performance department, too, and offer more than just good looks.

The Moto 360 comes in two sizes: 42mm or 46mm for men, and 42mm for women. Each measures 11.4mm thick. The screens measure 1.37-inches for the 42mm size and 1.56-inches for the 42mm size. The display, which is a backlit LCD protected by Gorilla Glass, has a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels. In person, the screens are bright and look sharp. How you adorn the screen is up to you.

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Google May Hold a Nexus Event on September 29

When a company announces a new phone, it generally comes with a tech event. It’s true of Apple, Samsung, LG, and every other smartphone maker out there—except for Google. The Nexus phones usually just come out quietly with a press release and availability in the Google Store. That might be changing this year.

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumors and speculation — real and fabricated. BitStream collects all those whispers into one place to deliver your morning buzz.

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NASA has successfully completed a series of tests making sure that the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) aircraft can withstand flights up to 130 knots in speed. See, the X-56A isn't your typical aircraft: it's a remote-controlled test model the space agency's using for the development of flexible flight tech, which will be used for lightweight, eco-friendly planes. NASA needs to test the technology extensively, since planes with pliable wings are typically more susceptible to strong winds and vibrations. In fact, this recent round of testing only completed all of the agency's "stiff wing objectives." X-56A 2.0 -- yes, this is the second version, as developer Lockheed Martin already put the first one through the wringer in 2013 and 2014 -- doesn't have its flexible wings yet. Those special airfoils will be attached in the next few months before the aircraft takes off for its first flexi-wing flight in early 2016.

[Image credit: NASA Photo / Jim Ross]
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WHILE WE WERE EXPECTING JUST THE ONE Xperia Z5, Sony announced three models during its IFA press conference: the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium and the Xperia Z5 Compact.

With the trio of handsets bound for UK shores, we've rounded up everything you need to know about buying one below. We'll update this page when we hear more, so be sure to keep it bookmarked.

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Sony has announced that the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact will arrive on shelves in October, with the top-end Xperia Z5 Premium set to follow in November.  

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Samsung's making a big push with Internet-connected devices at IFA in Berlin.

Shara Tibken/CNET BERLIN -- Samsung is making its latest push in the effort to connect all devices to the Internet, unveiling a new connected sleep-tracking device, washing machine and other products.

The company's SleepSense is a disk sensor that consumers can place under their mattresses to track their sleep through a companion app. And Samsung said its $99 second-generation smart home tracker, called the SmartThings Hub, is now available online in the US and Canada and will hit US retail stores next month. The device will arrive in UK stores September 10.

The South Korean company made the announcements Thursday during a press conference at the IFA electronics show here. It plans to host another event later in the day to show off its Gear S2 smartwatch.

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In its quest to sell more gizmos in our smartphone-saturated era, Samsung is pushing deep into the so-called ‘smart home’. Earlier today Samsung-owned SmartThings released a new line-up of in-home sensors for its Internet of Things connector hub. Now the mothership has followed up by outing a sleep tracker, called SleepSense, that can also plug into other connected devices you might have around home — such as a smart TV or web-enabled air-con.

Why does a sleep sensor need to be able to switch off your TV or tweak your air-con? To help you sleep better, reckons Samsung. The sensor can connect to other Samsung smart appliances (such as its smart TVs), or other non-Samsung connected devices if you have a SmartThings hub to do the bridging — so that it can switch things off or on, or dial things up or down, based on whether you’re falling asleep or about to wake up.

The gizmo will also do what more common-or-garden sleep trackers do: analyze your “sleep quantity and quality”, dishing up personalised sleep reports and serving up recommendations on how to improve your sleep via the companion mobile app.

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Zivame, an online store that wants to revolutionize the (often awkward) way that women in India buy their underwear, has closed a $38 million Series C round.

The investment is led by new backers Zodius Technology Fund and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, a fund belonging to the Malaysian government, with participation from existing investors Unilazer, IDG Ventures and Kalaari Capital.

The four-year-old company, which has now raised over $45 million in capital, said it will use the fresh money to grow its business to India. In particular, CEO and co-founder Richa Kar said that the company will introduce physical “experience stores” — where women can be fitted and seek non-sales advice on their size — while the Zivame service will move to incorporate community-based features to help its female shoppers trade recommendations, production opinions and more.

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When Disney announced that it was planning to make a series of spin-off Star Wars "Anthology" movies, Boba Fett — the biggest and baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy — was reportedly set for a lead role in one of the first films off the production line. But then, just like it did above the gaping maw of the Sarlacc in Tatooine's Dune Sea, it all went wrong for Fett. Director Josh Trank left the project earlier this year, leaving Boba's biopic floating in space, waiting for someone to kickstart the engines and take the helm.

Eric Demeusy could be that person. The filmmaker has produced a Fett fan film, a 90-second trailer that shows how stylish the spin-off movie could be. In the clip, Fett has escaped from the horrible sphincter-mouth of the Sarlacc, crawled out of the Great Pit of Carkoon, and is keen to make his way back into the galaxy. He's not looking bad for a man who's spent three decades being injected with neurotoxins and marinating in stomach acid — thanks, probably, in part to his famously hard-wearing Mandalorian armor.

A Boba Fett movie was reportedly scheduled to premiere in 2018

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Japan Display CEO Mitsuru Homma dropped some clues regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone release on Thursday, saying his company's biggest client, widely thought to be Apple, is increasing orders despite a soft Chinese market.
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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Yes, we've all heard that maxim before, but rarely does it ring so true as it does regarding the trademark case between Nestle, the candy giant, and FortiFX, much smaller makers of Fit Crunch bars. Fit Crunch bars appear to be marketed as a healthier option compared with traditional candybars. Nestle took notice of the name of the Fit Crunch bars and has claimed the name and, more importantly and central to their claim, the packaging in which they're sold, is trademark and trade dress infringement.

According to Nestle USA, which claims that Pervine's "remarkably similar packaging in combination with the confusingly similar trademark" is causing the world's biggest food company "irreparable harm", the likelihood that consumers will confuse the two products is heightened by the fact that the products are being sold to "the same consumers, in the same stores".
Writers note: as always, I want to thank Food Navigator USA for forcing me to type these pull-quotes out, because simply trying to copy/paste the relevant text generates a popup telling me all about how the text on the site is copyrighted and I may not make use of it. Except that I can, because my use falls under fair use, so Food Navigator USA can suck it.

Anyway, the fact that both bars contain the word "crunch" seems in and of itself to fail to meet the bar for trademark infringement. After all, the term is simply referring to the descriptive nature of the foodstuffs of the product, in that they crunch when eaten. Instead, the trademark infringement claim therefore has to be considererd alongside the trade dress infringement claim. And that claim rests on Nestle's description of the packaging of both products. According to Nestle's filing, "Pervine appears to have outright copied every key element of Nestle's CRUNCH Trade Dress."

As I said, a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are your outright copied packages and trade dress:

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The problem is that most people do not think about security and thus will not demand that in products. So the market place will not demand such.

Thus in the future with IoT, we will soon see a lot of stuff, the current small scale thing is just the beginning.

In the long run I expect there will be laws and liabilities, but that is still a long way off at this point.

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All season, Mr. Robot has differentiated itself from most other shows on TV. From its unique point of view — it's literally told from inside the head of its main character — to its commentary on current events (cyber terrorism, the fall of counterfeit heroes, etc.), USA’s groundbreaking summer drama has been nothing short of thrilling. Creator Sam Esmail’s feature-script-turned-TV-show traffics in boldness, in terms of both how it’s shot and its content — which makes Mr. Robot refreshingly original entertainment.

Wednesday night’s finale — the latest twist in a season full of bumps and turns — was yet another reminder of that. We’ve spent the past 10 episodes ingrained in the mind of our jittery, morphine-addicted and somewhat maniacal protagonist Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), watching step-by-step as he and his team of keyboard-pounding cyber-vigilantes — poignantly dubbed “FSociety” — put forth a comprehensive plan to rid the world of debt.

To do so, Elliot and his team of Ethernet experts aim to hack and destroy all of super-conglomerate E Corp’s archived data. But just as the show was careening toward a grandiose adventure about taking down the big, bad E Corp, Esmail skipped the entirety of it — making Mr. Robot’s first season finale a game of mystery and catch-up.

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Game-tech powerhouse Epic Games and its Unreal Engine are capable of some seriously impressive stuff, and now the North Carolina-based outfit wants you to experience what it's capable of in the virtual reality space. "Showdown" is the demo that the outfit's been showing off at industry events for the past year or so (I got to try it at CES back in January) and it's by far the most bad-ass bullet-time walk toward a hulking, missile-happy, bipedal robot I've ever experienced. The path is predetermined, sure, but as the street explodes into chaos around you, it's entirely possible to duck down or peer around objects like pop cans or even cars as they hurtle toward you in slow motion.

Epic says that the "project and all its assets" are available for immediate download and it's compatible with the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 and beyond as well as Sony's Project Morpheus, and the HTC Vive Steam VR setup. Oh, and it's free.

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Qualcomm's introducing its Snapdragon 820 processor using the latest and most annoying trend in tech: dribble out one small detail at a time over the span of weeks. We've already heard about the GPU/ISP and the DSP, and now Qualcomm is talking about the Kyro CPU. Unfortunately, the blog post in which it details the CPU is thin on details.

The Snapdragon 820 is said to be optimized for "heterogeneous computing," one of the latest buzzwords in CPUs. It's a fancy way of saying "the CPU is made to divide up tasks between it and specialized hardware like the GPU, DSP, or image processor instead of doing everything by itself." Without any details about exactly what is going on inside the processor, it's a fairly meaningless buzzword.

Qualcomm says it's "Symphony System Manager" makes all the various parts of the Snapdragon 820 work together for higher performance and lower power use. But mobile processors have had sophisticated hardware to manage the power and performance of CPU cores and the GPU and DSP and such for quite some time now. The company didn't go into detail about exactly how the Symphony System Manger works, and what makes it different than the similar hardware on its previous chips.

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Posted by on in RE/Code

Twitter has promoted Jeff Seibert, the man who’s been running the company’s developer products for over a year. He will be the company’s new head of consumer product.

Twitter Senior VP Kevin Weil will still oversee all product at the company, which includes ad products, developer products and other consumer stuff like Vine and Periscope. But Seibert will now run the core Twitter product under Weil, which means Weil won’t be as involved as before. Senior Director of Engineering Rich Paret will take over Twitter’s developer products.

A company spokesperson confirmed the move. “We’re lucky to have a number of strong product minds at Twitter and I couldn’t be more excited to have Jeff on my team focused on the core Twitter experience,” Weil said in a statement provided to Re/code.

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The Moonshot Desktop

This Windows 10 desktop is super simple, but everything just fits. Part of it is because Victor is using it on a 60” TV, but its lack of widgets and toggles doesn’t make it any less useful and good looking. Here’s what you’ll need for a similar look.

Luckily, you don’t need Windows 10 to make this work, but we can tell that’s what Victor is running. After all, the whole thing here is really just a good-looking wallpaper and some replacement taskbar icons. Here they are:

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Comet Hitchhiker is a cosmic gypsy.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornelius Dammrich

Traveling around space can be hard and require a lot of fuel, which is part of the reason NASA has a spacecraft concept that would hitch a free ride on one of the many comets and asteroids speeding around our solar system at 22,000 miles per hour (on the slow end).

Comet Hitchhiker, developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and presented this week at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' Space conference, would be a quirky little spacecraft that reminds me simultaneously of "Moby Dick," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and microgravity parkour.

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Intel Is Putting Its Promising Skylake CPUs Inside Smartphones

Intel’s new Skylake processors fit inside practically any computer. Soon, you’ll be able to get one inside a PC-on-a-stick. But it turns out that Core M computers can get even smaller still. Intel says it’s already testing the new processors inside smartphones too.

As noted by Engadget, Intel’s Kirk Skaugen let slip that the company is working on putting Core M chips inside “phablets” when he gave his keynote at IFA 2015 in Berlin earlier today. And while you may not personally want a phablet in your pocket, it could be very good news for people looking to have a single computer they carry around everywhere.

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