Qualcomm hopes a gradual approach to server market will work

The ARM server market is a dangerous place to be: Right now there’s virtually no money to be made. Some ARM server chip makers have quit, while others hold on to the hope that the market will someday be viable.

Qualcomm, which was late entering the market for server chips based on the ARM architecture, has been patient. The company doesn’t want to prematurely release server chips only to see them fail to catch on, said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, during a speech at the company’s investor meeting on Thursday.

ARM licenses its chip architecture to chip makers, which then manufacture the processors and sell them to hardware manufacturers.

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Modular cellphone kit can be used for IoT and wearables

You can assemble a rudimentary 2G cellphone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices.

The kit from Seeed Studios ships with separate modules that can be pieced together to create a 2G phone with a 1.54-in. LCD screen. Icons on the display can be used to make phone calls or send text messages.

There’s more to RePhone than being a fun device. The kit also is a small development board to make wearable and IoT devices with cellular communication capabilities.

The $ 59 kit is now shipping, and comes with a small battery and modules for a SIM card — that’s how you connect to a carrier’s network — as well as speaker, GSM, NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy. It also ships with craft paper that can be the skin of the phone.

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Elon Musk’s big $5.5B bet on Tesla Model 3 launch (and Hasselhof)

As Tesla prepares to launch its “profound” Model 3, CEO Elon Musk exercises some of his countless pre-IPO options. He’s putting $ 53.5 million of his own cash where his mouth is.

The new electric car will have over 200 miles of battery range and start at $ 35,000 (before government kickback). Musk wants this to be a no-brainer for the mass market, you’d think.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see the zero-point. Not to mention: Hasselhoff

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