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Spreading the Word in Silicon Valley

More than 600 people joined Qualcomm in Silicon Valley this week to hear about “What’s Next in Mobile.” It was Qualcomm’s second annual Bay Area mini-conference. The one-day event featured Qualcomm executives and drew a high-caliber crowd—including industry analysts, media, customers, and potential partners.

“I wanted to hear the road map,” said attendee Jim Eckstrom, a sales director with digital security company Inside Secure. “I got a boatload of information.”

May 1, 2013 by Michelle Kessler

The Next Generation of Wireless Power is Happening Today

Most of us have it—that drawer full of cords used to charge the various electronic devices used in our daily lives: phones, tablet computers and handheld games to name a few. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to eliminate these cords? Well there is: wireless power.

Apr 26, 2013 by Geoff Gordon

Happy Birthday Freidrich Froebel: Three Reasons Mobile is the Right Platform for 21st Century Learning

How many things look exactly the same as they did 10, maybe 20 years ago? What about 50? If you’re struggling for an answer, just turn to the public education system. While most schools remain in an industrial era model, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 65 percent of grade school kids will end up in jobs that haven’t been created yet.[1] To add to that, classroom sizes are continuing to grow as a majority of states are spending less per pupil than they did before the recession.[2]

Apr 23, 2013 by Susan Silveira

Crossing over between 3G/4G and Wi-Fi – Seamless and Robust

Not a long ago, when we started talking about small cells, the first question we would always hear was “why do we need small cells, when we have Wi-Fi?” But that has rapidly evolved into “how can we ensure that the interworking between 3G/4G and Wi-Fi is robust and seamless?”

The interworking becomes even more crucial considering the looming 1000x challenge, in which Qualcomm envisions dense deployments of small cells, most of which are integrated with Wi-Fi.

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Apr 22, 2013 by Prakash Sangam

Mobilize a Beautiful Earth

Happy Earth Day!

Did you know that today marks the 43rd anniversary of what many consider the founding of the modern environmental movement? On April 22, 1970, nearly 20 million Americans held coast-to-coast rallies in support of Mother Nature.

Apr 22, 2013 by Elisabeth Best

How We’re Innovating Healthcare from the Outside In

I’ve never actually created a bucket list, but if I had, speaking at TEDMED would be close to the top. What an honor to be invited to participate in TEDMED 2013 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, April 16-19, 2013.

At its core, TEDMED is a celebration of human achievement and the power of connecting the unconnected in creative ways to change our world in health and medicine. I’ve been asked to do my part by participating in an entirely new type of TEDMED session.

Apr 17, 2013 by Rick Valencia

Rebooting Weather Forecasting Technology

“Fortunately, weather science has developed a storm warning system that saves thousands of lives each year. In part, that’s because people can save their lives from a flash flood, lightning, or high winds in a matter of seconds. A 15-second dash to the basement is enough to survive a tornado.

But it takes more preparation time to mitigate economic losses from severe weather. And  the forecasting methods needed to do so—by more exactly calculating a storm’s intensity and impact zones—have lagged.”

Apr 11, 2013 by Anthony Eng

An Exciting Partnership for Baseball Fans

America’s favorite pastime has an incredible history of serving its fans with the latest technologies, and now, the digital media pros on the Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) team are collaborating with Qualcomm to conduct an extensive study and ultimately to optimize mobile connectivity for enhanced in-park experiences.

Harnessing that power of mobile to supercharge fan experiences at supported MLB ballparks is the foundation of the plan and Qualcomm is proud to be an official technology partner in the effort.

Apr 9, 2013 by Dan Novak

Meeting the Demands of Today's Very Rapid Product Cycles

In today’s dynamic, highly competitive high-volume smartphone segment, decreasing time to market is a critical concern for device manufacturers. I’m very proud to say that we’ve dramatically shortened that cycle with the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) program by Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and are seeing our customers launch devices in as few as 60 days or less.
Apr 2, 2013 by Jeff Lorbeck

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Shows Why Quality of CPU Cores Trumps Quantity

There’s been a lot of fuss in China about who was actually first to deploy a quad-core system-on-a-chip and how the term “quad-core” has been misinterpreted as the only component of the processor that’s driving performance.

Qualcomm Technologies believes that there’s more to a processor than the number of CPU cores. To prove this, the company came up with four side-by-side videos that show how a Snapdragon™ processor with dual CPUs trumps a competitive solution with Quad CPUs. 

Mar 20, 2013 by Francisco Cheng

Emergency Management Needs a Tech Reboot

“Of all the strange and sensational images produced by Superstorm Sandy, the scene I can’t stop thinking about took place a few steps from my apartment in Lower Manhattan, two days after the storm surge. Dozens of us were wandering up and down 7th Avenue, arms extended like zombies and eyes fixed on our hands. We were hunting—not for food or money or human assistance—but for a cellular signal.”

Mar 14, 2013 by Michelle Kessler

Wireless Patient Monitoring is Here to Stay

Last week, the health information technology industry met at HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans. My company, Zephyr Technology, exhibited its solutions as part of the Qualcomm pavilion, to demonstrate how far we have come in bringing affordable patient monitoring to hospitals and into patients’ homes.

Mar 13, 2013 by Brian Russell

Getting “Opportunistic” with Small Cells

When it comes to wireless mobile networks, it is a heterogeneous world out there—there are a large number of small cells interspersed with macro cells. HSPA+ and LTE Advanced incorporate many techniques that effectively address the interference generated by such heterogeneous networks (HetNets), some of which are available today.

Feb 26, 2013 by Prakash Sangam

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