WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion

Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP. In order to obtain this approval, Qualcomm had to agree to certain conditions. For example, the San Diego based company cannot buy NXP’s standard essential patents, and Qualcomm had to promise that rival products will still work with NXP’s.

The deal was originally proposed by Qualcomm back in October 2016, and this past November Qualcomm …


FCC gives first approval for wireless charging at-a-distance; WattUp works up to 3 feet away

The FCC has approved a new type of wireless charging system for the first time. Unlike other wireless charging systems, this will power up batteries as far as 3-feet away. A company named Energous, developer of the WattUp wireless charging at-a-distance technology, has received FCC approval for its transmitter. The latter is used to send focused RF-based power to devices as far as 3-feet away. This ushers in a new era of wireless charging for devices like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, fitness trackers, earbuds, smart speakers and more.

Energous says that its product is the …

Partial specs for 5G hardware receive approval from 3GPP members


The members of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) have decided on new hardware standards for the upcoming 5G service that should debut in 2018 at the earliest. With the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specifications approved, suppliers will know exactly what they will have to build in order to meet the specs required by manufacturers. These specs will be published later this week. Matt Branda, the director of technical marketing at Qualcomm, said “This is really the step that enables vendors to start building equipment.” The specs include support for low-frequency (600MHz, …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7R gets one more approval before release

The refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7R is clearly coming to market, but if you hope to grab one, you’ll want to pray to the fortune gods since the South Korean company won’t release it worldwide.

Two places where you will certainly be able to purchase the Galaxy Note 7R is China and South Korea, but other than that the list of markets where the smartphone will be available it’s a well-guarded secret.

The good news is the refurbished version of the last year’s flagship smartphone is close to being introduced in those two markets we’ve mentioned. The Galaxy …

Refurbished Galaxy Note 7's launch is just around the corner, as the phablet gains FCC's approval

Samsung is not going to drop the Galaxy Note 7 so easily, even though the phablet has been recalled twice before production and sales stopped completely last year. A refurbished version of Samsung’s flagship will be launched in select markets in the next couple of weeks, the South Korean company confirmed.

The first country to get the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, also known as Samsung Galaxy Note 7R, is South Korea. Strong evidence that Samsung is gearing up for the launch of the high-end phablet on his own turf is the listing of the refurbished device at FCC (Federal …

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) launch is imminent, as the phone gets FCC's approval

We already know quite a lot about the Galaxy J5 (2017), even though Samsung hasn’t introduced the smartphone yet. The handset that goes by the model number SM-J530 was spotted in the last couple of weeks on various benchmark websites.

The most recent news that mentions the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is the listing of the phone at Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which puts it just one step away from its official unveil.

It appears that the US regulatory commission has just granted approval to the Samsung smartphone with model number SM-J530FM. Aside from the fact that the phone …

BlackBerry KEYone's FCC approval brings the phone one step closer to its U.S. launch

The BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be released next month, and the phone recently took one giant step toward its U.S. launch by getting certified by the FCC. The KEYone is supposed to be the last ‘Berry designed in-house, and the company is using its traditional three-row physical keyboard with a number pad on the left. Some consider the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 to be the gold standard, and while BlackBerry might fall short of that with its new phone, it is sure to top the QWERTY that is used on the BlackBerry Priv.

As usual, the FCC documentation doesn’t tell us that …

Amazon seeks FCC approval to run mysterious wireless tests that could be related to drone delivery

Amazon has filed an application with the FCC to “evaluate prototype equipment and associated software designed to support innovative communications capabilities and functionalities.” The test will require the temporary placement of low power, fixed base transmitters near company headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The application notes that additional tests would be conducted outside at the company’s rural facilities in Kennewick,Washington.

The equipment being tested will be transmitting for a very limited period of time, just 5 minutes per hour, per day, per week on a specific channel …