Exynos vs Snapdragon: Samsung wants to enter into a war with Qualcomm

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Samsung has been making homegrown Exynos processors for a few years now, but they still used the Snapdragon for most of their devices. The reason usually involved LTE compatibility, but production capacity could have also played a part. Now recent reports of the Snapdragon 810 overheating has fueled speculation that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm in favor of their own chip on the Galaxy S 6, but other analysts contend the Exynos isn’t ready for primetime yet. However, overheating or no overheating, it appears that Samsung might not be making this decision based on that. It appears that Samsung is ready to expand the Exynos to not only most of their their devices, but hopefully with other manufacturers, thus entering into a war with Qualcomm.


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Three more bonus games added to Humble Mobile Bundle 10

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Humble Mobile Bundle 10 launched last week with three games (Buddy & Me, Lyne, and Doodle Kingdom) and three bonus games (Sorcery! 2, King of Dragon Pass, and OTTTD). As per past practice, they have added more games into the mix. Today’s additions include iPollute, Sorcery and the Tiny Bang Story.

If you already bought in above the average asking price ($3.94 at the time of this post), then you will receive these three new bonus games automatically. If you haven’t gotten in on this bundle yet, just pay over the average and grab all 9 games.


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Google and the NFL finally partner, highlight clips and more coming to YouTube

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The NFL can’t ignore Google and YouTube’s power anymore. A deal has been reached that brings highlight clips to YouTube in time for the Super Bowl and beyond.  It’s not just YouTube as Google search results will provide more detailed information on games, which include kickoff times as well as the networks airing the games.

Google will promote the NFL on YouTube and other places, but they will also share revenue from ads that appear with the highlight clips and search results with the NFL.


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[Deal] Get 101 4×6 photo prints from Snapfish delivered for $0.07 with the mobile app, plus get 100 prints each month for 12 months

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Printing photos might not be as popular as it used to be, but just the other day my wife was saying it would be nice to put together a photo album or two of our son. If you’re thinking of doing the same, you might want to check out this deal from Snapfish. Right now you can grab 101 (or possibly 156) 4×6 photo prints delivered to your house for only $0.07 (USA only). Not only that, you can grab 100 more 4×6 prints each and every month for 12 months.


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Plex migrates to one app, changes to in-app purchase model

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If you happened to stumble upon the Plex app in the Play Store today, you might have noticed that it’s Free and not the normal $4.99 price. No, Plex isn’t running a sale. They just changed their model in that the app will now offer in-app purchases, and there will no longer be the need for a separate app for Plex Pass members.

Up until today, Plex Pass members needed to download the Plex for Plex Pass app in order to enjoy the benefits of their membership, while basic Plex members needed to only download the basic Plex app. That has all changed today as all users only need to download the basic Plex app. If you’re a Plex Pass member, you will still get all the member benefits. All you have to do is log into your account, and the app will recognize your subscription status. The Plex for Plex Pass app is still in the Play Store, but it’s only there to notify (in the What’s New section) current users that they should start using the basic Plex app from now on.


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Motorola officially announces the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China

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As promised, Motorola has officially re-entered China with the Moto X, Moto X Pro, Moto G, and Moto Hint for China.

The Moto X 16 GB version is already available at Motorola.com.cn, JD.com, T-Mall, Gome, Suning and DXT for RMB 3,299 , but there is no Moto Maker option just yet. Instead they are launching 6 of the most popular colors that were voted on my over 10,000 people. The most popular color was turquoise, and that will be at a special price of RMB 2,999. Motorola has promised that leather, bamboo, and wood models with 32 GB of storage will be available soon. Pre-orders have already started Motorola.com.cn and JD.com for those models for RMB 3,699. Moto Maker will also be launched soon, but no time frame was given.


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Apple put the kibash on any chance of the Nexus 6 getting a fingerprint sensor

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In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside had something interesting to say about the Nexus 6. Apparently Motorola and Google wanted to implement a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device right where that dimple is that holds the Motorola logo.

As you know, that didn’t happen, but the reason is interesting. It appears Apple had a hand in that decision. Maybe not directly, but the fact that Apple already secured the best supplier in the world (Authentec) had a dramatic effect. Unfortunately the second best supplier wasn’t ready for primetime yet.


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Qualcomm to deliver updated version of the Snapdragon 810 in March

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The saga regarding the Snapdragon 810 and overheating issues continues. Will Samsung use the Snapdragon 810 in the Galaxy S 6 is one of the biggest questions this year. There have been reports indicating that Samsung would go exclusively with the homegrown Exynos, and others indicating that Samsung could never drop Qualcomm completely.

Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Qualcomm has worked around the heating issue and will deliver a new version of the chip to Samsung in March. Some analysts have already predicted that Samsung will launch the S6 in Korea on time, but delay it in other markets because of this very reason.


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Here’s the only flashlight app you will ever need

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There are a zillion flashlight apps in Google Play, but I stumbled upon a really good one thanks to Ron Richards introducing it in the App Arena on TWIT TV’s All About Android show. It’s called Power Button Flashlight / Torch, and you’re probably already wondering what makes this better than any other flashlight app? A light is a light right? This one is all about how simple it is to turn on.

Turning on your flashlight is always a chore. You have to find the app, which is usually in the app drawer, and then you have to turn it on. Google has improved things by adding a built-in flashlight in Lollipop, while other manufacturers have offered the same. Still, you have to turn on your device, swipe down the notification panel, and press the flashlight icon. There has to be an even easier way right?


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No smartwatch from HTC at Mobile World Congress, but there will be a fitness tracker

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It has been rumored that HTC will unveil a smartwatch at Mobile Work Congress in early March, but Forbes is reporting that’s a no go. If you remember, HTC announced their partnership with Under Armour at CES for fitness bands that would be compatible with UA Record. Since that announcement was made, it’s more than likely they would show a product out of that partnership rather than an Android Wear smartwatch.


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