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Windows 10 Arrives on Qualcomm Chips

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Microsoft takes another stab at putting Windows on ARM-based chipsets-- a collaboration with Qualcomm brings about a full version of Windows 10 running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.

Windows 10 SnapdragonMachines running on such Snapdragon CPUs can support x86 Win 32 and universal Windows apps, including Adobe Photoshop, Windows 10 games and, of course, the likes of Office. A demo of the Windows 10 Enterprise Edition emulation running on the ARM-based Qualcomm CPU appears to be as smooth as expected, and can lead to what the two companies insist on calling "cellular PCs."

“We are excited to bring Windows 10 to the ARM ecosystem with Qualcomm Technologies,” Microsoft Windows and Devices Group VP Terry Myerson says. “We continue to look for ways to empower our customers to create wherever they are. Bringing Windows 10 to life with a range of thin, light, power-efficient and always-connected devices, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, is the next step in delivering the innovations our customers love-- touch, pen, Windows Hello, and more-- anytime, anywhere.”

QNAP Joins Backup Forces With ElephantDrive

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QNAP ElephantDriveQNAP forms a partnership with ElephantDrive to integrate the latter's cloud backup solution with the former's storage hardware, specifically the latest 64-bit QNAP NAS.

According to the two companies the solution enables direct backups from NAS to the cloud, and unifies local and cloud storage for a superior user experience. ElephantDrive also includes administrative tools for data versioning and archiving, and allows file access and sharing from the cloud anytime and anywhere, on any device.

Cooler Master Intros MasterCase Maker 5t

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Cooler Master adds dual tempered glass panels to the MasterCase Maker PC chassis series with the 5t, a mid-tower case featuring what the company describes as "a sharper, bolder look, like a sports car."

Maker Case 5tDesigned for gamer customers wanting to do a bit of travel, the 5t has an interesting addition in the shape of a built-in carrying handle. Built in steel and wrapped in rubber, the handle accommodates builds weighing up to 28.5kg. Also relevant to gamers' interests is a graphics card holder on the motherboard panel easing any excess weight from the card, protecting the motherboard from bending or damage.

Fitbit Confirms Pebble Acquisition

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Fitbit confirms last week's rumours as it announces the acquisition of former Kickstarter darling Pebble. The deal does not include Pebble products, meaning the company's smartwatch story is officially dead.

Pebble watch Financial details are not available, but the grapevine put the price paid for Pebble to around $40 million, a fraction of its previous estimated worth. After all, in 2015 Citizen offered $740m for the company! As for why Fitbit acquired Pebble, the announcement press release cites an interest in "key personnel" and the software powering Pebble devices, a sentiment echoed by a post on the official Pebble blog.

“With basic wearables getting smarter and smartwatches adding health and fitness capabilities, we see an opportunity to build on our strengths and extend our leadership position in the wearables category,” Fitbit adds. “With this acquisition, we’re well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers, as well as build the tools healthcare providers, insurers and employers need to more meaningfully integrate wearable technology into preventative and chronic care.”

Bluetooth 5 Officially Adopted

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) gives the final stamp of approval to Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the wireless networking standard-- one with longer range, faster speed and larger broadcast message capability.

Bluetooth 5Specifically, Bluetooth 5 promises up to x4 the range, x2 the speed and x8 the broadcast message capability compared to the previous version. As a result it should be able to power whole home and building coverage, enable more responsive, high-performance device and allow for more context relevant solutions. Also included are updates helping reduce potential interference with other wireless technologies, allowing it to coexist with other networking standards within the Internet of Things (IoT).

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