From Microsoft: Two new Lumia smartphones to upgrade later to Windows 10

From InfoWorld: Microsoft on Monday announced two new Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, which will be upgraded to the cross-platform Windows 10 later in the year.

The company gave news media at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a brief glimpse of how Windows 10 apps, such as an Excel spreadsheet, maps and Outlook email, look on a smartphone display. Windows 10 is currently in a publicly available preview version and will be ready for official release later in 2015.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 will pack a silicon brain with cognitive computing abilities

From PC World: Qualcomm wants to help future mobile devices learn about their users, by putting cognitive computing capabilities into its next mobile microprocessor, the Snapdragon 820.

The chip will provide mobile devices with some brain-like learning capabilities by incorporating features from Qualcomm’s Zeroth platform. Mobile devices built with the Snapdragon 820 will be able to learn about users over time, picking up human activity patterns and anticipating actions.

Intel playing catch-up with new mobile chips

From CNET: Intel on Monday unveiled a new set of mobile chips, with the hope that these more powerful processors will help it catch up to rivals in the smartphone and tablet markets.

The company revealed at the Mobile World Congress show here its Atom x3, x5 and x7 mobile chips. The x3, formerly known as SoFIA, will target budget smartphones and tablets, while the x5 and x7, formerly known as the "Cherry Trail" chips, will go into mainstream and high-end tablets.

Chipmakers NXP and Freescale to combine in $11.8 billion deal

From CNET: NXP agreed Monday to buy fellow chipmaker Freescale for about $11.8 billion in cash and stock, bringing together two companies focused on the burgeoning Internet of Things market.

Both NXP and Freescale sell microcontrollers -- tiny processors that help run all kinds of devices, from appliances to energy meters to ultrasound equipment. Still, NXP may best be known to customers for its NFC wireless technology, which allows devices to connect to each other at close distances. Many smartphones now use this NXP technology to power their mobile payment systems.

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IBM to pump $4 billion into cloud, mobile, and analytics

From InfoWorld: IBM will dedicate $4 billion in spending this year to the cloud, analytics, and mobile technologies, as it struggles with seismic shifts that are changing the computing landscape it once dominated,

In return, by 2018 IBM expects to reap a combined $40 billion in annual revenue from the areas in which it's investing, which also include social and security, the company said at an annual meeting on Thursday.

VLC update adds in-app extensions, resume playback, Android TV support, more

From PC World: Everybody’s favorite open source video player just got even better. The VideoLAN Organization is releasing the stable version of VLC 2.2.0 on Friday, packed with a few goodies ahead of the VLC 3.0.0 release scheduled for later this year.

The new VLC for Windows, Mac, and Linux rocks a Firefox-style in-app extensions “store,” resume playback, in-app subtitle downloads, and early support for interactive Blu-ray menus.

Galaxy S6, S6 Edge revealed in new leaked image

From CNET: Another clue has surfaced that Samsung will unveil two models of its Galaxy S6, one with a standard front display and the other with a curved edge.

Posted on Reddit by a user tagged as a "verified employee" of Sprint, a link dubbed "A better teaser" calls up an image asking people to preregister for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Finished Apple Watch Expected to be Showcased at"Spring Forward" Mar. 9 Event

From DailyTech: Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has sent out invites to exclusive media and developer partners for an event held on March 9. Like any Apple event, there's a great deal of hype and speculation about what product launches, demoes, or refreshes might be on the agenda.

Samsung faces complaint to FTC over Smart TV 'surveillance'

From InfoWorld: A complaint filed by a privacy group to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission charged that Samsung's Smart TVs intercept and record private communications of consumers in their homes, violating a number of rules including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the FTC to investigate and stop the practice by Samsung of collecting private communications and transmitting the recordings to a third party.

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