Nvidia slashes GeForce GTX 1080 prices, reveals new overclocked memory options

From PC World: The massive “GeForce GTX Gaming Celebration” at GDC 2017 certainly lived up to expectations as Nvidia announced the long-awaited GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a monstrous 4K-capable graphics card that outpunches the $1,200 Titan X for just $699. But as flashy as Nvidia’s “Ultimate GeForce card” is, the GTX 1080 Ti wasn’t the only story of the night. In order to clear the path for the new flagship’s surprisingly low price—and yes, $699 is surprisingly low for that card—Nvidia needed to tweak the GeForce GTX 1080.

Sorry, the new Nokia 3310 won't work in the US

From CNET: Simple and cheap, it's easy to see how the roughly $50 throwback Nokia 3310 would be a phone people snap up as a second device or one for grandparents and kids. But if you've been dreaming of picking one up for yourself, you're in for a world of disappointment.

The new 3310 won't work in the US.

That's because it uses technology that US carriers don't support, specifically, the 900-MHz frequency. In order to work with a carrier such as AT&T, the 2G-only phone would have to use the 850 frequency in addition to 1900.

This tiny chip's 'quantum shot noise' could revolutionize mobile and IoT security

From PC World: Engineers at South Korea’s SK Telecom have developed a tiny chip that could help secure communications on a myriad of portable electronics and IOT devices.

The chip is just 5 millimeters square—smaller than a fingernail—and is capable of generating mathematically provable random numbers. Such numbers are the basis for highly-secure encryption systems and producing them in such a small package hasn’t been possible until now.

Intel isn't yet done with x86 smartphone chips

From InfoWorld: Smartphones with Intel-based x86 chips aren't dead yet. Intel may have stopped making Atom chips for smartphones, but a partner is keeping that effort alive.

Chinese chip maker Spreadtrum is still making x86 smartphone chips based on the Atom architecture named Airmont. The company will ship a powerful eight-core Atom variant for smartphones in the second half of this year.

Qualcomm details plans for Windows 10 PCs with Snapdragon 835 chips

From PC World: Qualcomm has big plans to bring back ARM to Windows 10 PCs, and there is a chance that its Snapdragon 835 could support Windows Holographic for VR headsets.

The company is already working with major PC makers for using Windows 10 with Snapdragon 835, its latest chip introduced in Sony’s Xperia XZ smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

BlackBerry returns with 3 possible new phones in 2017

From CNET: The BlackBerry KeyOne may soon see some siblings.

TCL isn't wasting time building up its portfolio of phones using the BlackBerry name. The company plans to release as many as three phones this year, TCL Communications Nicolas Zibell said in an interview on Saturday.

The company is working on an all-touchscreen version, a spiritual successor to the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 phones, which it also built for BlackBerry itself, according to a source familiar with the rollout plans. TCL will likely get rid of the DTEK branding, the source said.

Samsung's disjointed OS strategy poses a hurdle for users

From InfoWorld: Samsung’s Windows-based Galaxy Books, unveiled today at Mobile World Congress, point to a critical weakness in the company’s multiple-OS strategy.

The company uses Windows 10 in PCs, Android in smartphones, and Tizen across wearables and smart appliances. This has led to a lack of coherence among Samsung devices, in contrast to the near-seamless product integration that has fueled Apple’s success as the world’s most valued company.

Lenovo to integrate Amazon Alexa in Moto smartphones

From PC World: Lenovo is working with Amazon to get the Alexa voice assistant into a range of Motorola smartphones, and in the process, looking to depose Google's voice assistant technology.

The partners will first focus on developing an Alexa "Mod," a block that will attach to a Moto Z modular handset. The companies will then integrate Alexa directly into a variety of Moto handsets and devices, Lenovo said during a press conference in Barcelona on Sunday.

Google will add Assistant to non-Pixel smartphones this week

From InfoWorld: Google Assistant might be the future of voice-controlled intelligence on our Google devices, but Google hasn’t made it easy to get it. There are versions of it on Google Home, the new LG watches, and in Allo chats, but if you wanted the full mobile Assistant experience, you had to commit to buying one of Google’s Pixel phones.

WhatsApp building new app for businesses

From CNET: WhatsApp last week introduced its revamped Snapchat-esque Stories feature, but that's not all the Facebook-owned messenger has up its sleeve.

The company late last week announced it's working on a new commercial messaging platform specifically for businesses, according to the Hindustan Times.

"WhatsApp for Business is all about small and medium businesses, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton reportedly said, "where you have a small employee count and have a large customer count, and the goals are very different."

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