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The new Snapdragon 730 adds AI tech to midrange phones

Also introduces a gaming-centric variant

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Throughout the past few years, Qualcomm has introduced a substantial amount of differentiation to its lineup. Now, the Snapdragon is a thriving lineup for premium, midrange, and budget markets.

Without stopping for breath, Qualcomm has expanded the family once again. The chipmaker has announced new entries into the Snapdragon 7 and 6 series — the Snapdragon 730, 730G, and 665 platforms. This time, the latest additions are focusing on artificial intelligence and improved gaming performance.

First up, the Snapdragon 730 introduces flagship-level AI technology to a new market. The chipset packs Qualcomm’s fourth-generation multi-core AI Engine and the Hexagon 688 processor. Both components have added AI functionalities previously exclusive to the Snapdragon 8 series.

The chipset’s Spectra 350 increases power efficiency for its devices’ cameras. With the lower power needed, Snapdragon 730 devices can support triple-camera systems shooting ultra-wide, portrait, and telephoto shots. Meanwhile, the Kryo 470 and Adreno 618 offer up to 35 percent better performance and with up to 20 percent less power consumption.

Secondly, the Snapdragon 730G takes the previous Snapdragon 730 to a whole new level. The gaming variant features an enhanced Adreno 618, offering up to 15 percent faster performance than its other variant. The chipset also reduces screen stutter by up to 90 percent. Further, Qualcomm’s in-house gaming studio will work with developers to optimize games for the platform.

Finally, the Snapdragon 665 carries the third-generation AI Engine and the Hexagon 686 DSP. The components deliver up to twice the performance of its predecessors. Likewise, the Spectra 165 can support triple rear camera systems. The Adreno 610 and Kryo 260 churn out great performance between eight cores.

Outside of the device ecosystem, Qualcomm has also developed the new Cloud AI 100, an improved solution for back-end AI enterprises.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition

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The AirPods Pro will cost as much as a new phone

New form factor will be noise-canceling

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Be honest; how many times have you lost an AirPod? Once? Twice? Naturally, you’ll never hear anyone admit it. Apple doesn’t even have quantifiable data on AirPod replacements. If anything, Apple’s AirPods were still the world’s best-selling wireless hearables in 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. People are heavily buying into the ecosystem. And we’re not even done yet.

In a few months, Apple fans will start throwing even more money at Apple. According to new information, Apple will launch a premium AirPods variant, the AirPods Pro, during the holiday season.

Embedded deep in the iOS 13.2 beta, Apple included a new glyph that supposedly depicts the new hearables. Most notably, the glyph includes a couple of very distinct ear plugs. Unlike the open AirPods, the AirPods Pro will likely have an in-ear, noise canceling form factor.

Further, a China Economic Daily report has revealed information about its eventual release. Besides having an in-ear form factor, it will also have a noise-canceling listening mode, similar to other noise-canceling headphones today.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro will launch around the end of October. It will launch for at least TWD 8,000 (or around US$ 260). The new price tag is a huge step-up from Apple’s previous releases.

In March, Apple launched the second generation of AirPods. The newly released AirPods launched for only around US$ 175. The AirPods Pro lives up to its “Pro” moniker. As such, losing one of these things can come incredibly costly. A single pair costs as much as a midrange smartphone today.

SEE ALSO: Apple might make your iPhone’s logo light up, patent says

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This is a real Banana Phone and you can buy it now

Connects to your smartphone like a headset

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In the deep annals of ancient internet history, one of the earliest memes was the infamous Banana Phone song. In fact, the word “meme” hadn’t even entered our common lexicon when the video first dropped on YouTube. Since then, the video has gained massive online popularity, earning it a spot in the internet hall of fame.

More than a decade later, we finally have the technology to create a real Banana Phone. Created by the Banana Phone LLC, the Banana Phone is literally a banana-shaped phone. Somewhat.

Instead of a smartphone (or even a dumb phone), the Banana Phone is a Bluetooth-enabled device that merely connects to your smartphone. In other words, yes, you can take calls on a banana.

The device isn’t a new one, either. The Banana Phone was first developed in 2017 through an Indiegogo campaign. However, The Verge has spotted a new one already in the works.

According to the founder himself, the upcoming Banana Phone will come with a loudspeaker built for music playback. If the mood takes you, you can actually play the original “Banana Phone” video through an actual Banana Phone. We’re living the dream.

Besides the loudspeaker, the new model will come with a bigger battery, capable of up to 20 hours of usage. Despite the upgrade, the Banana Phone will still have the same US$ 39.99 price tag.

Currently, the new model is still unavailable on the Banana Phone’s official site. However, it will likely launch sometime around the end of November.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 8110 4G Hands-On: Retro Banana Phone!

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Google discontinues Datally, its mobile data saving app

It’s gone from the Play store

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Using the Datally app from Google? It’s time to move one and find another as Google officially discontinues its mobile data saving app.

In the official support page of Datally, Google notes that the app is not available on the Play store. True enough, visiting the link to Datally throws the app not found error.

Users of the mobile data saving app can continue using it, but the app will not receive future updates. To speed up its discontinuation, the app is giving a warning that it is incompatible with Android 10. So, users who upgraded to the latest OS can’t use the app anymore.

Datally launched last 2017 to help users control their mobile data usage. The app shows the data usage of every app as well as overall data usage metrics. It also let users block background data.

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