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Interview: Qualcomm: How we’re making future 4G LTE devices work anywhere

CNETAnalysis: Complete 4G roaming is very much on the cards, says says Qualcomm’s Roberto di Pietro. Qualcomm has just announced the RF360 – a single chip that provides access to over 40 mobile bands globally. 4G LTE is provided on many frequency bands in different countries and it’s this variation that’s made the RF360 necessary. “LTE is the first technology that’s embracing all the regions at the same time but on the other hand, LTE is a challenge to handle all the different spectrum from region to region and even from country to country,” di Pietro explained to us in a chat at MWC 2013 this week. “We really want to have a single device to handle all this spectrum. RF360 is the first step towards the global roaming dream. You can have a single device. This was one of the bottlenecks preventing the widespread adoption of LTE. Our customers can utilise a single platform, rather than developing 3, 4 or 5 globally.” It’s good news for handsets manufacturers who have to develop differen…

MWC 2013: Sony Xperia Tablet Z price makes it a worthy iPad adversary

CNETAnalysis: The wildly impressive looking Sony Xperia Tablet Z has formally been shown off at MWC 2013 , and the 10.1-inch device is taking on the likes of the iPad and Galaxy Tabs on not only specs but also price. Sony’s latest Android tablet was announced in January , and the headline specs haven’t got any less impressive in the past few weeks. The Xperia Tablet Z’s display is a 10.1-inch WUXGA display – that’s 1920 x 1200 – powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a whopping 2GB of RAM. Water way to go Also noteworthy is that this tablet is water resistant, making sure an occasional rain splot doesn’t have you scurrying for a very large bag of rice. Given its claim to be the “most premium” Android tablet around, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z price is perhaps the most surprising bit, with the Wi-Fi only version priced at £399/$499 and the 4G/LTE offering at £499/$599. The tablet is, ahem, slated to appear in the spring in the UK, and, dare we say, there will be a legion …

SAMAA Email News Alert

SAMAA EMAIL NEWS ALERTSThursday, February 28, 2013Development of Balochistan is priority of PPP govt: PresidentFeb 28, 2013 05:05:48 PMStaff Report QUETTA: President Asif Ali Zardari said that development of Balochistan is the foremost priority of the democratic government, SAMAA reports on Thursday. Talking to the members of Balochistan Assembly‚ the president said that peace must be restored....Three more people fall prey to Karachi violenceFeb 28, 2013 04:11:01 PMStaff Report KARACHI: At least three more people fell prey to the city violence on Thursday, SAMAA reports. According to police, unidentified gunmen killed Akhtar Gabol in Faqeera Goth, Gulshan-e-Maymar. A 30-year-old man, Muhammad Irfan, was shot dead in a fi....Protest against land mafia, police in Karachi causes traffic jamFeb 28, 2013 03:54:26 PMStaff Report KARACHI: Residents of Gulbai area of the city staged protest against land mafia and police which caused severe traffic jam in Hawksbay, Mauripur, Shershah an…

SAMAA Email News Alert

SAMAA EMAIL NEWS ALERTSThursday, February 28, 2013Balochistan: Three kidnapees found shot dead near Chaman borderFeb 28, 2013 10:28:07 AMStaff Report CHAMAN: Dead bodies of three men, who were kidnapped near Pak-Afghan border, were found near Chaman area of Balochistan on Thursday, SAMAA reported. According to Levies Forces, the victims – identified as Mulla Hayat Khan, Muhammad Issa and Hajji –....As Zardari meets Iran leaders, US warns Pakistan over gas projectFeb 28, 2013 09:59:21 AMStaff Report WASHINGTON: As Pakistani president arrived in Iran to sign Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, the United States warned Islamabad over any ‘sanctionable activity’, assuring assistance for energy needs, SAMAA reported. "We recognise that Pakistan has sig....JUI to convene APC today, PTI to stay outFeb 28, 2013 06:58:16 AMStaff Report ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) will organize an All Parties Conference today in the federal capital where 30 parties and tribal veterans will attend …

MWC 2013: Intel outlines dual-core Clover Trail+ processor at MWC

CNETAnalysis: Discussed briefly at CES 2013 , Intel’s Clover Trail+ dual-core processor ( Z2580 ) was revealed as the next step in the company’s Atom smartphone chips. A direct successor to the 32nm Medfield line of processors, the Clover Trail+ adds a second CPU core to the chip, improving graphics and performance along the way. The Clover Trail+ will be released as three new SKUs – the 2.0GHz Z2580, the 1.6GHz Z2560, and the 1.2GHz Z2520. Each of the chips will also include two PowerVR SGX 544MP2 GPUs, and combined with the above benchmarks, should equate to more competitive performance, though the battery life still won’t be as impressive as some smaller processors. Improvements abound The upgrades the Clover Trail+ presents aren’t just limited to performance, as it also allows for more hardware improvements. The latest Atom chips will include support for two cameras, with the primary lens able to capture up to 16MP images, and the second camera supported up to 2MP. Shooting in HD…

Much-anticipated Leap Motion controller shipping in May

CNETAnalysis: Wave a friendly hello to the Leap Motion controller, which will finally get its day in the limelight with the announcement of an official North American release date. Leap Motion started taking pre-orders for its motion control camera earlier this year, and confirmed today that the controller will start shipping out to pre-order customers on May 13. While the camera can be ordered through Leap Motion’s website, Best Buy also has an exclusive retail deal for the Leap Motion controller, and will begin carrying it in stores a little later starting May 19. With an official release date comes a slight price increase, with pre-orders now listed for $79.99 instead of the $69.99 price that was previously announced. Just the flick of a wrist The Leap Motion controller plugs into either a Mac or PC via USB and is equipped with a camera that can track a user’s hands and 10 individual fingers in 3D space. It tracks hand gestures with an accuracy of 1/100 millimeter to the user’s mo…

Leap Motion controller dated for May

CNETAnalysis: Wave a friendly hello to the Leap Motion controller, which will finally get its day in the limelight with the announcement of an official North American release date. Leap Motion started taking pre-orders for its motion control camera earlier this year, and confirmed today that the controller will start shipping out to pre-order customers on May 13. While the camera can be ordered through Leap Motion’s website, Best Buy also has an exclusive retail deal for the Leap Motion controller, and will begin carrying it in stores a little later starting May 19. With an official release date comes a slight price increase, with pre-orders now listed for $79.99 instead of the $69.99 price that was previously announced. Just the flick of a wrist The Leap Motion controller plugs into either a Mac or PC via USB and is equipped with a camera that can track a user’s hands and 10 individual fingers in 3D space. It tracks hand gestures with an accuracy of 1/100 millimeter to the user’s mo…

Interview: HP: ‘Our mission is to lead in smartphones’

CNETAnalysis: Clearly not stung from previous experience , HP wants to lead in tablets and smartphones. That’s the bullish message from HP’s Head of Mobility Alberto Torres, who told TechRadar that it was a key aim for the corporation: “The mission in my area is to make HP a leader in the tablet space and eventually smartphones.” However he warned that it wouldn’t be soon: “Certainly it’s not a short term aim to lead in phones. It’s not something we’re looking at for this year. Without looking at specific dates, we’re actively looking at our options in that market.” Alberto Torres joined HP five months ago from Nokia, where he was responsible for the ultimately unsuccessful MeeGo project – he was behind the design of the N9 that became the foundation for the colourful Nokia Lumia range. He was keen to show us the Android-based HP Slate 7 here at MWC 2013 , as well as the business-orientated ElitePad 900 , which runs Windows 8 Pro. We asked Torres if it was possible for HP to have a n…

SAMAA Email News Alert

SAMAA EMAIL NEWS ALERTSWednesday, February 27, 2013US, KP govt join hands for anti-drug campaign, Afridi to act as spokespersonFeb 27, 2013 05:30:14 PMWeb Desk PESHAWAR: US Consul General Robert Reed joined KP Governor Shaukatullah Khan on Wednesday in a ceremony to launch a drug prevention awareness campaign in six major cities of Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) Province (Peshawar, Mardan, Koha....President Zardari arrives in Tehran for 2-day visitFeb 27, 2013 04:47:37 PMStaff Report ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in Tehran on a 2-day official visit to Islamic Republic of Iran, SAMAA reports on Wednesday. The president will hold talks with Iranian leadership on a host of bilateral issues and the regional situ....Govt rebuffs reports on permission to build US compound at Karachi airportFeb 27, 2013 04:03:26 PMStaff Report ISLAMABAD: Secretary Defence Asif Yasin on Wednesday rebuffed reports about construction of US compound at Karachi airport, SAM…

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