Qualcomm ‘realignment’ includes job cuts and a possible split

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 reference device

The rumors of Qualcomm planning a huge reorganization were true -- and unfortunately, that means a lot of people are about to lose their jobs. The mobile chip maker has announced a "strategic realignment" plan that will see the company slash 15 percent of its full-time jobs (the company has about 30,000 total employees) as part of a bid to cut $1.4 billion in costs. It's also considering the possibility of splitting into separate businesses. That may well happen, since a hedge fund calling for the split just got spots for two of its nominees on Qualcomm's board of directors. You'll hear about the company's direction by the end of the year.

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Your next phone could have a fingerprint reader on its screen

Apple Introduces Two New iPhone Models At Product Launch

Security technology firm Sonavation recently unveiled a novel means of embedding an ultrasonic fingerprint reader directly into a Gorilla Glass display. With it, mobile devices would no longer need a physical button, like the iPhone's Home button, to use as a fingerprint reader. Instead, they'd be able to press anywhere on the screen, finger grease smudges allowing. Apple has reportedly been working on a similar idea, although it doesn't seem likely we'd see a buttonless iPhone for at least another year.

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Via: Apple Insider

Source: Sonavation

Surface 3 tablet with LTE reaches AT&T on July 24th

Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet

Microsoft promised that there would be a version of its entry-level Surface 3 tablet with LTE data, and it's finally here... well, almost. AT&T has announced that the cellular-equipped Windows slate will launch on July 24th for $30 per month on a 20-month Next plan ($600 total), or $400 if you buy one alongside a Lumia smartphone. This is the basic version of the Surface 3 with 64GB of storage, but that always-available internet connection will help a lot if you're just looking to check email or stream music before you get to the coffee shop. Just be prepared to perform a lengthy software upgrade after you get it -- although the Surface 3 LTE arrives mere days before the Windows 10 launch, it's still shipping with Windows 8.1.

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Source: AT&T

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab S2

Samsung Electronics have announced the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2, which Samsung state is the “most immersive” Samsung tablet to-date. There’s a 9.7″ 2048×1536 (QXGA) Super AMOLED screen, 4G connectivity, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel shooter and it’s powered by Android 5.0.

This is all powered by an Octacore CPU running a quad 1.9GHz and a quad 1.3GHz. There’s also WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 3GB RAM and either 32GB or 64GB storage. You can also stick 128GB via the microSD card.

Powered by a 5870mAh battery, there’s also an 8″ version of the same device which has the same specs albeit with a 4000mAh battery and smaller screen.

You can get this from August, 2015, we have no news on pricing as yet.

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    Samsung's leaked Galaxy Tab S2

    Don't look now, but Samsung's widescreen Android tablets might be going the way of the Dodo. Tabletmonkeys claims to have leaked images of the Galaxy Tab S2, and the high-end slate appears to be adopting the same wide, iPad-like aspect ratio as the Galaxy Tab A. In fact, it might lose size and resolution compared to the original Tab S lineup -- instead of 8.4- and 10.5-inch 2,560 x 1,600 displays, you'd be looking at 8- and 9.7-inch 2,048 x 1,536 panels. That wouldn't be so hot for your widescreen videos, but it'd be better for web browsing and anything else that benefits from portrait mode viewing.

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    Source: Tabletmonkeys

    Jolla hooks up with Indian phonemaker, launches Sailfish 2.0

    Jolla's Sailfish OS had a rocky start, but now it's found its first licensing partner: India's second largest phonemaker, Intex Technologies. It's even developing a regional mobile ecosystem called Sailfish India with the manufacturer and other partners (to be revealed in the future) in an effort to become a huge presence in the country. This move apparently signifies that the company's set to license its OS to more partners globally. In fact, it already built LTE devices optimized for its platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 600 and 800, enabling future collaborators to release Sailfish phones as soon as possible.

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    Source: Jolla (1), (2)

    Exciting new Microsoft Surface tablet is on track for an October launch

    Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Release Date

    Microsoft is preparing for one of its most critical Windows updates in its history, the Windows 10 release that will be available as a free download to consumers who already own genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8 copies. Beginning on July 29th, the update will be rolled out gradually, with Windows 10 retail boxes supposed to reach retailers at some point after that. But Microsoft is also working on new hardware for Windows 10, and a report already shares some exciting details for the next-gen Surface tablet.

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    Apple is playing it safe 12.9-inch iPad Pro launch, new report says

    12.9-inch iPad Pro Release Date November

    A bigger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro has been in the making quite a while, according to various rumors. However, Apple kept delaying the launch though a new story says the bigger iOS tablet is coming at some point after mid-November. The company is supposedly preparing for mass-producing the device though suppliers say Apple is actually playing it safe with 12.9-inch iPad orders.

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    Jolla hopes to ‘focus’ its mobile plans by splitting in two

    Jolla Tablet

    Jolla's mobile efforts have barely begun, but it's already shaking things up by splitting into two companies. From now on, Jolla Ltd. is focused solely on developing and licensing Sailfish OS, its custom mobile platform. It's forming a new, as yet unnamed firm this summer for its hardware business, which sees demand from the pro-privacy crowd. As newly appointed CEO Antti Saarnio puts it, the division is all about establishing a "clear focus" -- Jolla believes that it'll require total concentration on software to take advantage of "large opportunities" for licensing its mobile platform.

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    Samsung’s profits down again as it misreads demand for newest phones

    Samsung predicts that its earnings from April-June of this year will likely be down four percent from last year, suggesting that sales of its newest flagship smartphones have failed to hit the mark. However, it will still be the company's highest quarterly profit since Q2 2015. The company's forecast is thin on details -- revenue is also down 8.4 percent from the same period last year-- but many analysts think supply shortages have stymied sales of Samsung's S6 Edge. The WSJ's sources say that the company struggled to match production to the demand of customers, who wanted the curved Galaxy S6 Edge over the original S6, initially predicting to sell four Galaxy S6 smartphones for each S6 Edge. At the same time, the company's lucrative component business, which puts parts in rival phones as well as PCs, will likely have another strong quarter, putting an equally strong spotlight on the mobile arm's struggles.

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    Source: Samsung