Qualcomm simplifies Snapdragon branding

Qualcomm decided to simply it’s Snapdragon SoC naming convention today and make it easier for the average Joe to distinguish one SoC from another. Here’s how it will now look like:

- Snapdragon System 1 aka S1 Class: QSD8250 (65nm 1Ghz Scorpion CPU + Adreno 200 GPU) and the new MSM7227, MSM7627,MSM7225, MSM7625
- Snapdragon System 2 aka S2 Class: MSM7X30, MSM8X55, APQ8055 (45nm 800Mhz-1.4Ghz Scorpion CPU Adreno 205 GPU)
- Snapdragon System 3 aka S3 Class: APQ8060, MSM8260, MSM8660, QSD8672 (45nm up to 1.5GHE Dual-Core Scorpion CPU Adreno 220 GPU)
- Snapdragon System 4 aka S3 Class: All the upcoming Krait based SoC configurations MSM8228, MSM8930, MSM8960, MSM8974, APQ8064 ( 28nm up to 2.5Ghz Dual and Quad Scorpion CPU + Adreno 305, Adreno 320 GPU)

So nothing really ground breaking here and I personally prefer to refer to an Soc by its really name rather that something relatively vague like S3 Class.

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Skype working on Video chat for Windows Phone 7


Skype which is now soon going to be the Microsoft Skype Division is looking for a Software Engineer to help optimize the Skype Video Engine solution for Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone platforms. The official Skype application for Windows Phone 7 was announced back in April and is set to be released this fall alongside Mango but we have yet to know if it will support video chat in its first release. The only Windows Phone Mango device that is known to have a front facing camera is the Samsung SGH-i937 that was briefly unveiled at WPC11 last month but it’s now safe to assume that other OEMs will probably release FF enabled device too.

As an Engineer in the Microsoft Platforms team, you are responsible for building and optimizing the Skype Video Engine solution for Microsoft Windows and Windows Phone platforms. You will be working with a small team of highly skilled development and testing professionals to deliver a new release of the Video Engine every 2 months. We are looking for a star quality C++ developer to be based in Skype Stockholm or Tallinn office, but will involve travel to other Skype offices in Europe and the U.S.

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WordPress for Windows Phone 7 updated: New features and improvements

The official WordPress application for Windows Phone 7 has been updated to version 1.2 today and packs several new features and improvements:

- Landscape Editing support
- UI Improvements to the Panorama view
- Languages support: French, German, Italian and Spanish
- Better support for post pingbacks in the comment view.
- Fixed comment submission date from being changed when moderating.
- Preview now works for drafts, scheduled and private posts/pages.
- Prompt added if the back button is accidentally tapped while creating a post.

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DC Comics and USA Today Windows Phone 7 applications updated

Two of the most polished Windows Phone 7 applications have recently been updated. Let’s start with the USA Today 1.1 update which is packed full of new features:

New Features in v1.1:

- Live Tile! A photo mashup based on our latest headlines
- Latest news videos on a dedicated video panel
- Sub-section headlines: hold down any of the section tiles to bring up a list of sub-sections to choose from, i.e. Sports > MLB headlines. Tile will default to that subsection.
- Photo caption and credit for articles
- Recall last league viewed in Scores
- Major League Soccer scores added
- Celsius toggle for weather temps
- Support for international weather locations (limited maps)
- Weather alerts on current conditions screen
- Various bug fixes

USA Today still remains one of the best news application on Windows Phone 7 (video review here) and can be downloaded from here.

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