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Qualcomm's new chip brings high-end features to low-end 'candy bar' phones

Qualcomm believes there's an untapped opportunity in candy bar phones, and believes it can bring smartphone-like power to these handsets. So it has made the 205 Mobile chip, which will bring LTE capabilities, better graphics and more responsiveness to candy-bar and low-end smartphones.

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Cornell University's radical radio chip uses software filtering to work anywhere

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a new type of radio-on-a-chip that could mean cheaper, more flexible wireless systems.

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Say goodbye to the camera bump with this smartphone concept

Engineers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed a smartphone camera module that's thin enough to be squeezed inside a smartphone, removing the need for a 'camera bump' without compromising on quality.

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ZTE pays $892M settlement to US over illegal sales to Iran

Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has agreed to pay US$892 million to the U.S. government for illegally selling networking technology to Iran.

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Google faces new antitrust investigation in Turkey

Antitrust concerns about Google's tying of its app store and services to use of the Android OS are spreading, as Turkey's Competition Board has opened an inquiry, reversing an earlier decision.

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The next HP Elite x3 preens behind a glass case at Mobile World Congress

HP seems to be working on its next Elite x3 Windows phone, if any hints can be gleaned from the slightly different-looking phone in a glass case at HP's booth at Mobile World Congress.

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Meizu technology can charge a smartphone in 20 minutes

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu claims its Super mCharge technology can recharge batteries in as little as 20 minutes.

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This tiny chip's 'quantum shot noise' could revolutionize mobile and IoT security

Engineers at South Korea's SK Telecom have developed a tiny chip that could help secure communications on a myriad of portable electronics and IOT devices.

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Relax! This phone measures your blood pressure

This Swiss electronics company is on a mission: to stop millions of people dying of ignorance each year.

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Cog Systems offers more secure version of HTC A9 smartphone

It sounds like a smartphone user's worst fear: Software that starts up before the phone's operating system, intercepting and encrypting every byte sent to or from the flash memory or the network interface. This is not some new kind of ransomware, though, this is the D4 Secure Platform from Cog Systems.

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Intel isn't done with x86 smartphone chips yet

Smartphones with Intel-based x86 chips aren't dead yet. Intel may have stopped making Atom chips for smartphones, but a partner is keeping that effort alive.

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Sony's Xperia XZ Premium has a 4K HDR screen, super slow-mo

Sony's Xperia XZ Premium shines, quite literally. The first thing you notice about the new phone is the mirror finish that gives the device a sparkly appearance. It seems destined to require lots of polishing.

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MediaTek wants to put its new 10-core chip in $300 VR smartphones

The smartphone world will be rocked with MediaTek's new 10-core Helio X30 chip, which will bring premium features like Google's DayDream virtual reality platform to Android handsets with prices starting at $300.

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Nostalgia rules as classic phone brands come alive at MWC

Classic phone brands from yesteryear are coming alive in Barcelona. Nokia, Blackberry and Moto were among the unlikely headline makers ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show, which starts on Monday.

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Akyumen's Hawk smartphone packs a projector

Over the past decade there have been several attempts to cram video projectors into smartphones. All ultimately failed, but a Silicon Valley startup reckons it has the recipe right and is hoping for a warm response from consumers when its phone debuts later this year.