Qualcomm to make a $2.5B bet on Bluetooth with CSR buy


Qualcomm will buy one of the most venerable British technology companies, the chip design firm CSR, once known as Cambridge Silicon Radio.

[company]CSR[/company] was one of the pioneers in Bluetooth technology, and these days – having sold off its mobile business to Samsung a couple years back – it is again concentrating on the technology, in particular Bluetooth LE/Smart, the low-power variant designed for connecting internet of things devices.

The company recently rejected a takeover bid, rumored to be worth as much as $3 billion, from U.S. firm Microchip, on the basis that the price was insufficient. [company]Qualcomm[/company] said late Tuesday that it will pay around $2.5 billion for CSR, so perhaps those rumors were somewhat overenthusiastic.

Qualcomm said the buy will give it more “products, channels and customers” in the internet of things — an area where it is already intensely active — and in automotive infotainment, another…

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Galaxy Note 4 review: Samsung’s pen-equipped flagship sports new aluminum construction


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 comes out this Friday. It’s the fourth generation of the phone that first defined the “phablet” — the trend of phones with big screens that seems to have eaten the smartphone market.

But it’s not just screen size that defines the Galaxy Note, it’s also the S Pen: A stylus and software combo that is now more mature than those offered by any other mobile device maker. I’ve been using the Note 4 for the past week, and it’s a very nice phone, easily one of the most polished and powerful available. But now that almost all smartphones have caught up to the big screen, does the Note have enough to stand out anymore?

Hardware: The new aluminum construction is great

Let’s face it: The Galaxy Note 4 is large. It’s about the same size as its predecessor, which means it’s a little over 6…

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