A Reminder That Newer Stuff Isn't Always Better, Courtesy of Qualcomm

Every six months or so, mobile processing giant Qualcomm announces its latest and greatest Snapdragon processor, a piece of silicon that will find its way into the newest Android handset, making your life faster and better and so much higher-resolution than the old, crummy Snapdragon. Only, in the case of Snapdragon… »4/24/15 1:43pm4/24/15 1:43pm

This Drone's Brain Is Just a Run-of-the-Mill Smartphone 

Like with many technologies, drones and quadcopters are getting cheaper and cheaper as they get smarter and more capable. And as Dr. Vijay Kumar and a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently demonstrated, the average consumer smartphone is now more than powerful enough to serve as an… »4/09/15 3:40pm4/09/15 3:40pm

Qualcomm Will Help Any Company Build Smart Light Bulbs

You know that magic vision of the future where light bulbs automatically turn on when you enter a room? The tech's nearly here: smart bulbs are popping up left and right. But Qualcomm could wind up accelerating the tech—and guarantee interoperability—with a complete kit that lets companies create their own smart light… »1/05/15 3:53pm1/05/15 3:53pm

Qualcomm Says Wearables Aren't a Fad, And It Might Just Be Right

"This trend is not going away," says Pankaj Kedia, the head of Qualcomm's new wearables business unit. "This is not a fad." Of course he'd say that—his job depends on it. But who other than Qualcomm—the company which dominates the mobile industry—would know for sure? So I grilled Qualcomm's wearables boss about our… »1/05/15 1:35pm1/05/15 1:35pm

Snapdragon 810: Your Next Phone's Brains Are Way More Than Just Fast

A new year means a new flagship smartphone brain, and Qualcomm has detailed some of the most fun features of its upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip, which will start popping up in Android and Windows phones next year. It's faster, and it supports better graphics sure, but it also has other tricks up its sleeve. Here's what… »12/12/14 9:00am12/12/14 9:00am

Timex's New Ironman Smartwatch Lets You Leave Your Phone At Home

For those times when a rigorous run or other extreme outdoor activity has you leaving your smartphone at home, Timex has created a new fitness-oriented smartwatch that doesn't need a constant connection to your phone. The Ironman One GPS+ comes with its own 3G connection for uploading fitness data or your current… »8/06/14 8:49am8/06/14 8:49am