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Fact or Fiction: Android apps only use one CPU core. http://goo.gl/ek7byq

Quad-core and octa-core devices seem to be the norm at the moment, but can Android apps use so many cores? I did some testing and this is what I found out.

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We have had multi-core processors in our PCs for over a decade, and today they are considered the norm. At first it was dual-core, then quad-core, and today companies like Intel and AMD offer high end desktop processors with 6 or even 8 cores. Smartphone processors have a similar history. Dual-core energy efficient processors from ARM arrived about 5 years ago, and since then we have seen the release of ARM based 4, 6 and 8 core processors. Howev...
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What they need to do is have apps react one at time. Like people waiting in line when phone starts up. Rathen then have apps turn on all at same time. 
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Kickstarter campaign for what could be the world's fastest charging battery pack. http://goo.gl/sOey2q

LumoPack is a new fast-charging, portable battery pack with a 140 watt charger. In 9 minutes it can store enough power to charge a Galaxy S6.

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We all accept, rather begrudgingly, that battery life is still an issue. And at the moment there is little we can do about it. Some of us have turned to portable battery packs which we carry around in case we need to charge our phones. There are lots of battery packs out there, and some of them have impressive capacities. However many of them take an age to charge-up. But what about a battery pack that in just 9 minutes can take on board enough p...
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Why 8 CPU cores in smartphones are a bad idea – an auto industry lesson by Patrick Moorhead, Forbes – TL;DR? Putting 8 cores in a mobile chip is like having 5 blades on a razor. You can also read the rebuttal from Gary Sims (he also makes a few good points).
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Ahhh good point +Gary Sims​ that could change things. Sounds like my info may be dated then.
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Foxconn pumps money into Cyanogen - is there a link to Nokia http://goo.gl/dZ22ZT

If Nokia was ever to get back into the smartphone market it could use Foxconn to design and build its phones,.. and maybe use Cyanogen OS?

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In between messing up its partnership with OnePlus, or making statements about how it is 'putting a bullet through Google’s head,' Cyanogen does find some time to look for more investors. Back in March the company, which is led by Steve Kondik and Kirt McMaster, announced its series C funding from investors like Twitter, Qualcomm and Rupert Murdoch. Today the company announced more investor money, this time from Foxconn. The series C funding i...
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I'll see Nokia Tablet with Cyanogen OS!
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Running CentOS Linux 7 on ARM 64-bit hardware. http://seven.centos.org/?p=326
The journey for rebuilding the latest release of CentOS Linux 7 on AArch64 hardware has certainly been an interesting one. After a few bug reports, a couple minor patches, and several iterations through the build system, we finally have a release for community testing and consumption, ...
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More money made from mobile ads on Android than on iOS for the first time ever. http://goo.gl/WfC9d8

According to Opera Mediaworks, 45.77% of mobile advertising revenue comes from Android, while 45.44% comes from iOS.

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One of the primary ways that app developers make money from their apps is from mobile advertising. This is especially true of apps which are free to download and don't contain any in-app purchases. For a long time it has been conventional wisdom that app developers make more money on iOS than on Android. However things started to change about a year ago. At the beginning of 2014, we witnessed a big change for mobile advertising: Android overto...
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Android Developers: What to expect from I/O 2015. http://goo.gl/V9ugsI

We've picked apart the Google I/O 2015 schedule, and bring you the most exciting, interesting and relevant sessions and talks for Android developers.
Google I/O, for those who do not know, is a software developer-focused conference held annually by Google at the Moscone center in San Francisco, California. I/O, historically, contains a lot of highly technical discussions and sessions focused on Google's technologies like Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, and this year's looks to be no different. There are a ton of sessions and tracks for Android developers and designers. Google I/O 2015 is a two day...
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And this is where the World Cup will be held... Hmmm...
The BBC's Mark Lobel went to Qatar to report on 2022 World Cup migrant construction workers at the invitation of the government. but was arrested and spent two nights in prison.
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Patrick Moorhead recently wrote an article for Forbes about why 8 core CPUs are a bad idea for mobile. I think he is wrong, so here is my rebuttal.
 
Why 8 and 10 CPU cores in smartphones are a good idea - a lesson from the kitchen. http://goo.gl/ZCfSsg

Patrick Moorhead recently wrote an article for Forbes about why 8 core CPUs are a bad idea for mobile. I think he is wrong, so here is my rebuttal.

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The processor in my smartphone has more CPU cores than my desktop PC! It is true, but it doesn't sound right. How is it that this little handheld device is sporting eight-cores but my PC only has four? Does my smartphone perform better than my PC? Does my smartphone need 8 cores, or even 10? These are good questions and according to a Forbes article written by Patrick Moorhead, the well known technology commentator, 8 and 10 CPU cores in smartpho...
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Nice article. A little too many non-technical analogies for my personal liking, but a good article nonetheless.
On another hand it made me curious about Intel's take on the mobile/non-mobile markets and how it's architectures compare to ARM's.
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Verizon gets Huffington Post, Techcrunch, and Engadget in AOL buyout. http://goo.gl/7qDt97

Verizon has signed an agreement to purchase AOL for $4.4 billion. Under the deal Verizon will take ownership of The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, & Engadget.

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Verizon has signed an agreement to purchase AOL for $50 per share, which is around $4.4 billion. Under the deal Verizon will take ownership of The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com. It might seem a bit odd that a wireless carrier is buying a company like AOL. I don't really think Verizon is buying AOL to snap up the last few subscribers from its old dial-up service. However it does seems that Verizon wants to be more th...
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ASUS announces new limited run Zenfone 2 4GB variant for India. http://goo.gl/npPgQM

Asus has launched a new variant of the Zenfone 2 with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of flash, just for India. It uses a 1.83 GHz quad-core Intel CPU, and costs Rs.18,999.

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Trying to keep up with all the different variants of the Asus Zenfone 2 has become almost as difficult as understanding Samsung's Galaxy range. And now to make matters worse, Asus has launched a new 4GB variant especially for India. Fasten your seat belt as we try to understand all the different models available. The first thing to understand is that not all Zenfone 2 handsets are equal. While other smartphone makers do release variants of a b...
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Umm... Western release please?
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China's smartphone market reaching saturation as Apple takes top spot. http://goo.gl/4WQ2kV

A new smartphone market share report says that smartphone shipments in China fell 4.3 per cent in the first quarter compared with a year ago.

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A new smartphone market share report says that smartphone shipments in China fell 4.3 per cent in the first quarter compared with a year ago. Since 2011 China has been the world's largest smartphone market and was in many ways a green field sector. Most people buying smartphones in China have, until now, been first time buyers. But now it seems that the market has reached saturation and from here in China is now an upgrade market. The new numb...
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