We7, the UK-headquartered music streaming service, has closed a new undisclosed round of funding.
The new investment comes from existing investors Peter Gabriel and Eden Ventures, along with Qualcomm Incorporated (via its venture capital function) and Pentech Ventures, and will be used primarily for further European expansion (“multiple countries”) and to consolidate its position in the UK. → Read More
We’re all aware that smartphones could potentially replace a lot of the technology we depend on today, but that can’t happen until someone develops some better processors, which is exactly what Qualcomm is claiming to have done. In fact, the chipset maker promises that in the next two years, your smartphone could act as a 3D set-top box, a game console, and a cloud-based computer with way… → Read More
Adobe Flash is to the smartphone as an unwanted cousin is to your wedding: necessary, yet painstaking. Apple CEO Steve Jobs seems to hate the software, neglecting to support it on all four models of the iPhone. Google’s done a better job of incorporating Flash support into the Android operating system, but still, most of the time Flash ends up being a battery killer, a security risk, not to… → Read More
Thanks to the influence of owner and tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks season ticket holders will be able to enjoy a touch of the technological when claiming their 2011 playoff tickets. The Mavericks have teamed with Qualcomm to add augmented reality to this year’s playoff tickets.
Augmented Reality — or “AR” for those “in the know” — refers to a display in which simulated imagery… → Read More
Hollywood looks at mobile apps like Angry Birds and Pull The Rope, and sees franchises built around characters and a new form of story telling. It is a little bit threatening, but it is also a little bit exciting. Telling stories is what Hollywood does best. Those writers and computer graphics artists down in LA could really show mobile app developers a thing or two if only they knew how to… → Read More
Qualcomm has just announced that it has agreed to sell its Lower 700 MHz D and E Block U.S. spectrum licenses to AT&T for a whopping $1.925 billion, following its previously announced plan to restructure and evaluate strategic options related to its FLO TV business.
The company expects to shutter its FLO TV business and network in March 2011. → Read More
Remember back in October when we said that Qualcomm were shutting down their mobile TV service, FLO TV? Do you also recall how Qualcomm were looking at ways of compensating their users? Well, it seems that ol’ Q have now decided on a method of compensation: full refunds on hardware.
All you have to do is fill in a claim form (which will also cancel your service), and you’ll receive a check for… → Read More
I find myself perpetually wishing that the future was here today, don’t you? I mean, 2 years ago, the idea of 1GHz chips in phones was mind-blowing, but — despite this — I can’t help but feel lustful for the next generation.
So, it is with this lusty game of techno-cat and robo-mouse in mind that I present to you information regarding the next generation of Qualcomm’s ever-popular Snapdragon… → Read More
I’m going to keep this one brief, as these sorts of posts tend to turn into walls of text. No one likes walls of text. Remember that free Augmented Reality SDK from Qualcomm that we showed you back in July? We said it’d lower the bar for Augmented Reality stuff considerably, nixing the requirement for developers to reinvent the image-recognition-capable wheel. Well, consider the bar… → Read More
Facial recognition technology companies have been in the limelight lately, with Apple buying Polar Rose for a rumored $29 million and rival Face.com raising $4.3 million from Russian search juggernaut Yandex and others.
Qualcomm wants to help bring better augmented reality apps to mobile phones, especially those powered by its Snapdragon chips. Today, it is releasing an augmented reality software development kit for Android phones, along with a $200,000 challenge for the best Android AR apps. The challenge goes through January, 2011, and the best apps will be showcased at the next Mobile World Congress.
AR… → Read More
If you are going to launch a new location app, creating an anti-Foursquare is probably not a bad idea. About a week ago, a Qualcomm owned-and-incubated business called Neer quietly launched on the Android market, and has been downloaded more than 10,000 times since then. Neer is a location-sharing app designed for private sharing between family members and people with close, real-world… → Read More
Editor’s note: Guest author Steve Cheney is an entrepreneur and formerly an engineer & programmer specializing in web and mobile technologies.
On the heels of the latest Android phone, the Sprint HTC EVO, and as we approach iPhone 4, it seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers.
Rapid advancement in mobile is often attributed… → Read More
Visage Mobile, an enterprise mobility management company, has raised $4.5 million in Series B funding from Qualcomm Ventures with Worldview Technology Partners, ATA Ventures, Vesbridge Partners, and Emergence Capital Partners participating in the round. This funding brings the company’s total funding up to nearly $100 million.
Visage Mobile’s SaaS application basically lets businesses have… → Read More
In case you didn’t know, snappy processors are all the rage these days. When I think of fast processors, the first one that comes to mind is Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor which is currently found on devices like the Nexus One, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the LG eXpo. After Microsoft made its Windows Phone 7 announcement this morning, Qualcomm has come out and said that it will be the first… → Read More
Qualcomm, one of the largest fabless mobile chip manufactures in the world, has announced the availability of samples of its next-gen dual-carrier HSPA+ and multi-mode 3G/LTE chipsets. Hello Future! → Read More
We’ve been watching the evolution of the Flo TV story with some interest; it may prove to be an interesting little gadget for compulsive TV-watchers. We heard the rumor, we broke the interface, we saw the box, and now we have it straight from the horse’s mouth: Flo TV is, as expected, a mobile TV device with a 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen and built-in stereo speakers, and it accesses “live and… → Read More
The Qualcomm FLO TV is slowly taking shape. First we saw early concept art, which was followed by our exlucisive shots of the interface. But the just last week we saw a leaked photo and learned that it was manufactured by HTC. Today though, the retail packaging has been spotted. So…really the only thing left is the actual product announcement, which can’t be that far off. Hopefully. → Read More
Info about the Qualcomm FLO TV has been slowly leaking out the last few weeks. First we saw early concept art, then we released the first screenshots, but now it seems Boy Genius has a pic of the real deal. Sure enough, it sports a 4:3-ish screen just like the screenshots indicated. Besides that little tid-bit there isn’t anything else surprise that this pic reveals. We already knew that it was a… → Read More
Well look at this. We still don’t know any hard facts about the Qualcomm FLO TV product, but a highly reliable source just confirmed to us that yes, it does exist and that these images are of the user interface. Even better, we might get more info later this week about the hardware, availability and/or price.
That last point is what we would really like to know. FLO TV is great and all, but the… → Read More
Qualcomm (they probably made the chipset you’re using in your phone) is working on bringing a new type of product to the US, the FLO TV. Roughly the size of an iPhone, the FLO TV is intended to allow you to watch digital TV broadcasts on the go. → Read More
Inductive charging is slowly making its way into the consumer market space and should hit its stride next year. We’ve already seen devices that utilize inductive charging with the Palm Pre and its Touchstone charger as well as Energizer’s Wii Induction Charging System. There are other devices out on the market, but those come to mind right off the bat.
Correction: Qualcomm’s eZone system… → Read More
Speaking at Qualcomm’s Smart Services Leadership Summit, Dr. Eric Topol’s introductory presentation is focused on the role of wireless devices in the medical field. Earlier this year at WWDC, Apple demoed the capabilities and value of the iPhone to the medical community for monitoring purposes. There are various medical devices in the works and already out on the market that could lend to… → Read More
First of all, the software will be free, which was an easy assumption to make since it will be open source. Like Android, Google will not charge users or device manufacturers to use the Chrome OS.
Yesterday Google said they were already… → Read More
Qualcomm made a big announcement in the progress of mobile chipsets today. They’re beefing up their SnapDragon line by a large margin to offer blazing processor speeds for the handsets that use them. The 45NM (We’re talking nano-meters) chipset technology will vastly improve process power and battery life, giving consumers hardware that is up to par with new mobile operating systems… → Read More
Modu has had a whirlwind of a year, first debuting to much fanfare at last year’s Mobile World Congress, where we had a chance to sit with the company’s CEO, Dov Moran, for a 1-on-1 for a demo. The company then went on to… → Read More
I was skeptical when Peter sent me the link; I thought “color screen on a headset? What, is it to show your avatar or something? I bet this is gonna be corny.” But lo and behold, it looks bad-ass. This new type of display is supposed to be pretty efficient, so you don’t need to worry about how much it’s draining your battery — a major concern in a self-contained… → Read More
There’s something to think of when you’re buying a Toughbook or similarly ruggedized computer. You’re taking these things, I can only assume, to places like the middle of the desert or into the crater of Mt. St. Helens; do you really think you’re going to get any wi-fi there? Probably not. And somehow I doubt that 3G dongle you brought with you is as rugged as the laptop. → Read More