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Nov

Apple Music now available on Android


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Apple Music has finally made its way to Android.

Apple first announced that its new music service would be coming to Android devices sometime “this fall”, though we really haven’t heard much about it since then, aside from a few leaked screenshots. The majority of the features Apple originally announced would come with the service have made their way to the Android version, including the Beats 1 radio station, the Connect feature and the ability to get handpicked recommendations based on what you’re listening to. Since not all features are available in this first release, the app technically sports a “beta” tag for the time being.

Apple notes that music videos are missing from the Android version, and signing up for a family plan requires a Mac or iOS device for now.

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Interested Android users can sign up for a three-month free trial. After the trial is up, individual plans will cost $9.99 per month, and when family plans become available, you can have up to six members on the same account for $14.99 per month.

The new Apple Music application for Android looks pretty similar to its iOS counterpart, though you can tell Apple at least tried to make it look a bit more like an Android app. It has a slide-out hamburger menu on the left hand side and even an overflow button for extra settings on each individual track. Interested in trying it out for yourself? Head to the Play Store link below for the download.

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10
Nov

Kickstarted earbuds will automatically mold to the specific shape of your ear


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Personalized earphones aren’t a new idea. Everyone has had that irritating experience of owning earbuds that needed constant readjustment lest they fall right out. A few people with money to burn got fed up with that experience and finally forked over the cash to get fitted for their own earbuds. What does that process look like? Well, if you want earphones custom-fitted to the exact shape of your ear, it’s usually going to take about $1000, a month-long ordeal, and interaction with an audiologist. However, one Kickstarter project is looking to change that.

They’re called Revols, and the young company by the same name is touting them as “The last earphones you’ll ever need.” These earbuds come with a generic shape, but once you put them in your ears and activate them with the accompanying smartphone app, the soft gel of the earpiece molds itself to the contours of your ear, permanently creating a shape perfectly suited for your ears. It takes sixty seconds, and you can do it in your own home, right out of the box.

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The price tag? Once the project is funded, these Bluetooth earphones will sell for $300. However, those who back the Kickstarter campaign at $199 or $229 can get their hands on the whole package, plus a few extra perks.

The self-molding feature, while easily the most unique attribute about these earphones, isn’t their only selling point. Revols has gone out of their way to cram as much into this premium product as possible. The wireless earphones have an 8-14 hour battery life (depending on whether or not you spring for the Revive battery pack) and the top-of-the-line noise cancellation allows you to listen to your music at much safer volumes.

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If you want to let some of the world around you in, the companion app has a slider that you can use to scale back the noise cancellation, allowing the earbuds to funnel a selected amount of outside noise into your ears.

Frankly, the whole setup looks slick as hell.  If you’re sick of replacing one cheap pair of headphones after another, you might want to check out the Kickstarter page and grab a pair of these babies at the reduced price. The campaign has already more than doubled its initial $100,000 goal, but it’s still got two months to go. Even if you’re not in the market for new earbuds, it’s nevertheless a fascinating product idea to read about.

10
Nov

T-Mobile will let its customers stream Netflix, Hulu and more for free


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At its Uncarrier X event earlier today, T-Mobile announced a new initiative called Binge On that will allow its customers to stream videos from popular services for free, without the need to take up any mobile data whatsoever. 24 video streaming services will be available at launch, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, HBO Now, Sling TV, Showtime, Vevo, Watch ESPN, Encore, Fox Sports and more. This is similar to the carrier’s Music Freedom program, which allows users to stream unlimited music from popular services like Spotify, Google Play Music and more without using up precious mobile data. The carrier says 200 million songs are streamed each day through Music Freedom.

24 video services will be available at launch, with more on the way

To take advantage of Binge On, you’ll need to be a new or existing Simple Choice plan customer. Streaming video through T-Mobile’s network will be available at “DVD quality or better,” says T-Mobile CEO John Legere. “DVD quality” was later clarified as 480p or above.

Of course, one could say that Binge On falls under net neutrality scrutiny, as users would be much more inclined to use these video partners rather than a video service that isn’t involved in Binge On. However, T-Mo says this isn’t the case because the video partners don’t pay to get involved with Binge On – it’s completely free for both video providers and customers.

In addition, the carrier also announced that it would be doubling every data bucket in its Simple Choice plans at no extra cost. Previously the company offered data tiers of 1, 3 and 5 gigabytes, and now those tiers will be raised to 2, 6 and 10 gigabytes for the same price.

Both Binge On and the new Simple Choice plans will be available to new customers starting Sunday, November 15th. Binge On will be available to existing customers on Thursday, November 19th.


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10
Nov

T-Mobile’s ‘Binge On’ lets you stream video, leave your data untouched


T-Mobile CEO John Legere is on a bit of a tear over in Los Angeles right now — after doubling the amount of mobile data T-Mo customers will get as part of the carrier’s Simple Choice Amped plans, he confirmed the existence of a Music Freedom-like feature for video services. Long story short, T-Mobile customers will be able to watch video at “DVD quality or better” (480p and above) from 24 streaming services without eating into their high-speed data buckets. And the price? As usual, it’ll cost you a whopping zero additional dollars starting on Sunday for people who switch to the company’s new Simple Choice Amped plans.

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10
Nov

T-Mobile Unveils Doubled Data Plans, Free Video Streaming at Un-Carrier X Event


T-Mobile CEO John Legere today hosted an Un-Carrier X event, where he announced T-Mobile’s latest offering, free video streaming. Going forward, T-Mobile customers who watch streaming video will not have the video data count towards their monthly data usage.

That means services like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu will no longer eat up data, making T-Mobile’s data plans go further. T-Mobile’s lowest-priced plan costs $50 per month and includes just 2GB of data, but T-Mobile is now the only company that excludes video streaming data from data usage. T-Mobile also allows for free streaming music, a perk introduced at an earlier event.

With the new Binge-On free video streaming service, there are 24 current partners, and the program is open to any video streaming product that wants to participate. Binge-On uses a proprietary data compression algorithm to stream 480p “DVD quality” video that uses a smaller amount of data to a T-Mobile device. For those who don’t want to use the compression service, it can be toggled off. Binge-On is available to customers with a 3GB plan or higher.

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Binge-On partners at launch include Netflix, HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, WatchESPN, Showtime, Starz Play, Encore Play, Vevo, MLB.tv, NBC Sports, Movieplex Play, Vessel, Sling TV, Sling Box, T-Mobile TV, Go90, DirecTV, Univision Sports, Crackle, FOX Sports, FOX Sports Go, Vudu, and Ustream.

T-Mobile has also doubled the amount of data available to its Simple Choice customers. Rather than offering data in 1GB, 3GB, and 5GB increments, T-Mobile is now offering 2GB, 6GB, 10GB, and unlimited plans.

Customer plans are being doubled at no cost and a new Family Match promotion doubles the amount of data available to each family member. A family of four can now get 6GB of data each for a total of $120 per month using Family Match. Family Match includes a free fourth line for all customers as part of a limited time promotion.

Over the course of the last two years, T-Mobile has aimed to disrupt traditional mobile service with its 10 “Un-carrier” initiatives. The company began with uncoupling device costs from service costs in 2013, and then went on to offer several additional incentives to encourage customers to switch to the carrier, including paying early termination fees, offering a JUMP! upgrade plan, unlimited texting and 2G data in 100 countries, free streaming music from Spotify, Rdio, iTunes Radio, and Pandora, one week free trials to test the T-Mobile service, Wi-Fi calling, data rollovers, and low-cost plans for businesses.

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10
Nov

How Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 will improve next year’s gadgets


Qualcomm officially unveiled its latest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820, at a media event in New York City this morning. But, given that the company has been divulging details about the 820 for the past few months, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that it was announced long ago. We already know that the Snapdragon 820’s Adreno 530 GPU is around 40 percent faster than the 810’s graphics (making it ideal for VR); it will deliver LTE speeds of up to 600 Mbps and support 802.11ad WiFi; it’s significantly more power-efficient; and it’ll use machine learning to fight malware right on your device. So what’s left to announce? Not much, it turns out. But Qualcomm did give us a look at how the 820’s new features could be applied to devices in 2016. Slideshow-340757

10
Nov

Sony’s first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases will arrive early next year


If you were hoping Ultra HD Blu-ray discs would be here in time for the holidays, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. Well, as far as Sony Pictures content is concerned anyway. The company announced today that its 4K Ultra HD discs will go on sale “in early 2016,” missing the end-of-the-year estimate the Blu-ray Disc Association revealed back in August. When Sony’s catalog does arrive, you can expect The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2 to be included in the first wave of releases. Newer movies like Fury and Captain Philips are in the works as well, and after being restored from the original film, the likes of Ghostbusters and The Fifth Element will make the leap to 4K, too.

10
Nov

Apple Raises TestFlight Beta Tester Limit to 2,000, Extends Build Expiration to 60 Days


testflightApple today announced it is now allowing developers to invite up to 2,000 individuals to beta test iOS and tvOS apps using the TestFlight beta testing platform, an increase from the former 1,000 participant limit.

Since its 2014 launch, Apple has capped TestFlight beta testers at 1,000, but announced plans to expand that number at the June Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has now made good on that promise, boosting the number of people who can install a beta app.

Apple has also increased the period of time before a TestFlight beta expires from 30 days to 60 days, another change that was first announced at WWDC.
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10
Nov

T-Mobile’s Binge On unlocks unlimited video streaming


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Back in June 2014, T-Mobile launched Music Freedom as way for customers to stream music without ever affecting the capped amount of 4G LTE data allotted each month. Today, T-Mobile announced a video steaming version of Music Freedom. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream unlimited video from services like HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, Sling TV, and Starz. And, just like Music Freedom, none of the data consumed by video streaming touches a customer’s set amount of 4G LTE data.

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T-Mobile’s Binge On supports Crackle, ESPN, WatchESPN, FOX Sports, FOX Sports Go, HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, MLB, Movieplex, NBC Sports, Netflix, Sling TV, Sling Box, Showtime, Starz, Encore, T-Mobile TV, Univision Deportes, Ustream, Vessel, Vevo, and VUDU. More streaming services are the way, too.

The carrier also announced that families on its Simple Choice plan are going to see the amount of 4G LTE data available to them doubled at no extra cost. And, starting this Sunday, T-Mobile has a promotion that gives families a fourth line for free.

T-Mobile Unleashes Mobile Video with Binge On™

Video now streams free at T-Mobile for HBO, Hulu, Netflix, SHOWTIME, Sling TV, STARZ subscribers without using up their high-speed data – 24 total services included initially with more to come

Biggest-ever update to Simple Choice doubles your data at no extra cost when everyone in the family gets extra data

Los Angeles, California — November 10, 2015 — At an event held today in the entertainment capital of the world, T-Mobile [NASDAQ: TMUS] announced its landmark 10th Un-carrier move and responded directly to Americans’ surging demand for mobile entertainment by—of all things—unleashing mobile video. Beginning this Sunday, video streams free at T-Mobile for subscribers of HBO, Hulu, Netflix, SHOWTIME, Sling TV, STARZ, WatchESPN and more—with more streaming services on the way—without ever burning up customers’ high-speed data. And it’s available to all current and new Simple Choice customers on qualifying plans—at absolutely no extra cost.
 
On top of that, the Un-carrier today also amped up its flagship Simple Choice plan—in the biggest update to Simple Choice ever—by doubling the data at every level and cutting the cost of extra gigs. On top of that, families can now get twice as much high-speed data as before—at no extra cost— when everyone gets extra 4G LTE data. And that’s all on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network, now reaching 302 million Americans and counting.
 
Taken together, today’s moves give Un-carrier customers far more data that lasts far longer – prompting T-Mobile President and CEO, John Legere to declare today “Data Day” – the day the company took its Un-carrier movement to the next level.
 
“Un-carrier X marks the next step in this revolution, and it is massive,” said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. “Today, we’re not only doubling your data in Simple Choice, we’re making your data work a lot harder for you! With Binge On, video streams free from 24 streaming services to start, and more to come! Only T-Mobile would find a way for customers to watch unlimited HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV and more…without eating into their LTE data, while the Duopoly is squeezing consumers with overage fees and over-buying! T-Mobile is un-leashing entertainment and giving customers exactly what they want!” 
 
Binge On − Watch your shows, not your data
With Binge On, video now streams free for viewers and subscribers of Crackle, Encore, ESPN, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Go, HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, MLB, Movieplex, NBC Sports, Netflix, Sling TV, Sling Box, SHOWTIME, STARZ, T-Mobile TV, Univision Deportes, Ustream, Vessel, Vevo, VUDU—with more streaming services on the way—without ever touching their 4G LTE data on Simple Choice plans with extra data. T-Mobile is also including Verizon’s Go90 and AT&T’s DirecTV streaming services in Binge On, so even the Duopoly’s video services stream without fear of overages.
 
Binge On is open to any streaming video provider who meets the technical requirements, which are available online at http://www.t-mobile.com/bingeon. And it’s completely free for video streaming providers to join. 
 
“With Binge On, no one pays—not the customers, not the video streaming services—and everyone wins,” said Legere.
 
Powered by new technology built in to T-Mobile’s network, Binge On optimizes video for mobile screens, minimizing data consumption while still delivering DVD or better quality (e.g. 480p or better). That means more reliable streaming for services that stream free with Binge On, and for almost all other video, it means T-Mobile Simple Choice customers can watch up to three times more video from their data plan. And, as always, T-Mobile has put customers in total control with a switch to activate or deactivate Binge On for each line in their My T-Mobile account.  Binge On is all about customer choice. 
 
In addition, T-Mobile is celebrating the launch of Binge On with an exclusive offer of 30% off a full year’s subscription to Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” package available to all Simple Choice customers. And those T-Mobile customers with Unlimited smartphone LTE get a free streaming movie rental every single month in 2016 with Binge On.
 
With mobile video now the #1 way Americans use smartphone data, Binge On is the Un-carrier’s answer to what today’s customers clearly want most from wireless. Customers are using nearly two-and-a-half times more of their wireless data for mobile video in the last two years. But that’s nothing compared to where we’re headed. According to forecasts, mobile video usage is poised to surge more than 400% by 2020.
 
The old carriers are trying to exploit this trend − and their customers − to line their pockets. For carrier customers, the surge in wireless video has translated directly into an unprecedented surge in overages. Together, the carriers are projected to rake in a record $2.4 billion this year from overage penalties—up a staggering 60% from $1.5 billion just last year. Roughly one quarter of AT&T and Verizon customers say they’ve been hit by overages in the last 6 months – that’s twice as many Verizon customers getting billed for overages compared to just two years ago. Worse still, the carriers’ overages scare customers into buying more data each month than they need—only so Verizon and ATT can repossess it after 30 or 60 days. American wireless customers waste an estimated $45 billion annually overbuying wireless data they don’t use. 
 
With T-Mobile, on the other hand, Binge On now unleashes customers to watch what they want, when they want and on any device they want—without watching their data.
 
Simple Choice − Now with double the data
With this explosion in data usage, a few gigs is just not enough anymore. So, in the biggest update ever to the company’s wildly popular Simple Choice plan, T-Mobile is giving families and businesses what they want most by doubling their high-speed 4G LTE data when everyone gets extra data. 
 
Simple Choice customers still start with one line at just $50 a month for unlimited data, talk and text on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network. But you’ll now get a full 2GB of 4G LTE data—twice the previous amount—on each line. As before, customers can still add a second line for $30 a month−but now with 2GB of 4G LTE data. Additional lines up to 12 are still only $10 per month—but each now come with 2GB of 4G LTE data.

Of course, Simple Choice customers can add even more 4G LTE data. And now, when everyone in the family gets extra 4G LTE data, families can save even more with T-Mobile’s new Family Match. Everyone will get twice as much data as before at absolutely no extra cost. They can add an extra 4GB of 4G LTE data (on top of the 2GB included), including mobile hotspot data, for just $10 more a month on each line, up to a total of 10GB per line. For families who’d rather customize their data by line, extra data is just $15 a month for each 4GB—compared to $20 a month for 4GB before—a savings of 25% per GB of high-speed data vs. before.

While the Duopoly continues to punish customers on their legacy unlimited LTE plans, the Un-carrier announced it is doubling down on Unlimited Smartphone LTE data by doubling the amount of tethered data included from 7GB to 14GB. And with Binge On, streaming video from participating services won’t eat into that tethered data.

For businesses, the pain is even worse. Nearly two-thirds of small businesses (63%) say they’re now being charged overages, and more than half (52%) of small business limit their employees’ smartphone usage to prevent overages. With the Duopoly, giving employees a smartphone is like creating an open-ended tab where employees can run up insane overages the company has no choice but to pay. With the new Simple Choice plan unveiled today, businesses get double the LTE data at no extra cost at T-Mobile, up to a thousand employees. An average small business with T-Mobile can save 40% compared to AT&T and a full 50% compared to Verizon for similar services.
 
And, as always, Simple Choice customers have no annual service contracts, no domestic overages and no sharing, and they get all the Un-carrier value the company keeps pouring into the plan – from Simple Global, Music Freedom and Data Stash to Mobile Without Borders, Wi-Fi Un-leashed and Binge On. 
 
To celebrate today’s news, T-Mobile is making the fourth line free. Now, for a limited time, a family of four can get four lines for $120 with 6GB per person (24GB total) – no sharing – at just $30 per line. That’s an incredible four times the high-speed data you get at Verizon who’ll charge you $20 more, and almost five times the data at AT&T where you’ll pay $30 more—$150 for just 5GB your whole family’s gotta share. And now with Binge On, T-Mobile customers don’t just get 6GB each, they get unlimited video streaming from popular sites as well.
 
Binge On and the new Simple Choice plan will be available starting Sunday, November 15. Existing T-Mobile customers will get Binge On starting Thursday, November 19. For more information on Binge On, see http://www.t-mobile.com/bingeon. For more information on Simple Choice, see http://www.t-mobile.com/SimpleChoiceplan or for Simple Choice for business, see:
www.t-mobile.com/BusinessSimpleChoicePlan.
 
Video streams at DVD quality (480p+) with Binge On. You may disable Binge On at any time, but will lose Binge On benefits. Limited time offers on qualifying plans. Taxes/fees add’l. Video streaming from included services does not count toward full-speed data allotment on our network. Third party content and subscription charges may apply. Once high-speed data allotment is reached, all usage slowed to up to 2G speeds until end of bill cycle. Up to 30% off selected subscription; may appear as bill credit or 3rd party discount. Free movie: one SD rental/mo. on selected service via 30-day promo code; must be in good standing on qualifying Unlimited LTE plan. Streaming services’ terms and conditions apply. See T-Mobile.com for details.
 
About T-Mobile US, Inc.
As America’s Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company’s advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to approximately 61 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more information, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

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10
Nov

ARM announces Cortex-A35, its new ultra-efficient 64-bit core


arm-cortex-a35ARM’s annual developer conference ARM TechCon is here and one of the biggest announcements coming from the event is the launch of the new ultra efficient Cortex-A35. Until now ARM’s most power efficient 64-bit processor design was the Cortex-A53, while at the high performance end ARM offers the Cortex-A57 and the Cortex-A72.

That is a total of just 3 processor designs (without the A35), however when you look at the 32-bit space, ARM offers 6 different core designs ranging from the very low power Cortex-A5 right up to the high performance Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A17 cores. In rough, general terms the 64-bit Cortex-A53 is targeted at the same market segment as the 32-bit Cortex-A9 processor, however there is still room (in terms of power efficiency) below that, a space which is filled by the Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A7 in ARM’s 32-bit lineup, however there was nothing in the 64-bit lineup. That is where the Cortex-A35 comes in.

Processors based on the Cortex-A35 will be cheaper than those which use the higher performing cores.

The cost of a smartphone is determined by a variety of factors including the type of display, the size of the battery needed, the amount of RAM, the SoC, and so on. By offering an ultra-low power core, ARM hopes that Cortex A35 based processors will be used in devices to reach the next 1 billion people who have yet to join the smartphone and smart device revolution.

Processors based on the Cortex-A35 will be cheaper than those which use the higher performing cores, like the Cortex-A72, and since they are designed for high levels of power efficiency, it would mean that smartphone makers can use smaller (i.e. cheaper) batteries.

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In terms of its capabilities and performance, the Cortex-A35 is a 64-bit processor that is fully compatible with ARM’s other Cortex designs. It uses around 10% less power than the Cortex-A7 while offering between 6 and 40% more performance. When compared to the Cortex-A53, the die size for the Cortex-A35 is 25% smaller while using 32% less power.

It is also big.LITTLE compatible which means it could be used in conjunction with a Cortex-A72 or Cortex-A57. I wouldn’t be surprised if some SoC makers end up sticking it together with the Cortex-A53, i.e. four Cortex-A35 cores coupled with four Cortex-A53 cores. Or if MediaTek keeps developing its tri-cluster technology then we could see a SoC with four Cortex-A35 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores and two Cortex-A72 cores!

Deep dive

The Cortex-A35 uses an in-order pipeline (as does the Cortex-A7 and the Cortex-A53), however ARM has resigned the front end to include better branch prediction, better balanced instruction fetch bandwidth, and a smaller, more power efficient instruction queue. It also has a 512-entry translation lookaside buffer (TLB), up from 256 entries in the Cortex-A7. The TLB is used by the Memory Management Unit (MMU) to speed up virtual address translation.

The new design is also highly scalable. By that ARM means that its partners can design quad-core processors (with 32K of L1 cache, 1MB of L2 cache along with the NEON engine), down to a single core processor (with just 8K of L1 cache and no L2 cache). The single core variant would be just 0.4 square millimeters when built using a 28nm process node, which is 10 times smaller than the quad-core setup.

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The quad-core version would use less than 90mW at 1.0GHz where as the single core version would use less than 6mW at 100MHz. Now 100Mhz is not a number you would quote when talking about smartphones, however the flexibility of the Cortex-A35 design means that OEMs can make processors that not only target smartphones (at 1GHz and upwards) but also IoT devices. These IoT devices would benefit from having a full 64-bit processor with support for hardware encryption instructions while running a low speeds and using less power. Not only that, but such a processor would be fully backwards compatible with existing software and could run operating systems line Android, Linux and Brillo.

Wrap up

So in a nutshell, the Cortex-A35 is ARM’s most efficient applications processor design. It brings 64-bit computing to the ultra-power efficient category while being scalable enough to be used in big.LITTLE octa-core processors or whittled right down to single-core 100MHz devices, with almost microcontroller type power requirements.

The design for the core is now with ARM’s partners and you can expect to see devices with SoCs that include the Cortex-A35 some time towards the end of 2016.

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