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The Surprising Reason Apple Still Relies on Samsung

Feb 05, 2015

Apple will reportedly turn back to Samsung to supply component parts for its next generation of iPhones, reversing previous attempts to reduce its commercial contracts with the rival smartphone maker.

Unnamed sources familiar with the deal told Re/code that Samsung will manufacture the lion's share of components for Apple's next generation "A9" chip. Apple turned to another chipmaker for most of the A8 chips used in the iPhone 6, but industry insiders expect Samsung's share of Apple's chips to rise after the South Korean company managed to makes its offerings more compact.

Apple and Samsung have declined to commented on the deal, though Samsung's president of the semiconductor business predicted a windfall for the company once it begins begins supplying next generation chips to Apple, ZDNet reported last October.

Read more at Re/code.

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DJI Inspire 1 The latest DJI quadcopter retains the simple style that's made their drones so popular, but adds 4K video capability — and the ability to transmit the HD video wirelessly to an on-the-ground devices. A new ground-facing camera also allows Inspire 1 to fly steadily to keep the video footage clean.
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Nest Acquired by Google in Jan. 2014, Nest Labs wants to turn your home into a smart device. The home automation system
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