China Mobile today confirmed that the company has been in talks with Apple to offer the iPhone on its specialized TD-SCDMA network, while noting that no such deal has yet been struck.
During a press conference following the carrier's earnings announcement, which was covered by Reuters, China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou noted that he had met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs to discuss bringing a customized version of the phone to the carrier.
"I met Steve Jobs several times already, but we haven't come to an agreement yet," Wang said. "All I can say is, … Read more
When is $12.5 billion dollars just not enough? When you're selling out to a monster like Google, according to Motorola investor John Keating. He's suing Moto and its CEO Sanjay Jha for failing to get the best price possible from Google for Motorola Mobility, according to a Bloomberg report.
On its face, Keating's argument seems like a harder sale than the deal itself, considering that the agreement has Google paying $40 per share for the company, or a 63 percent premium over the stock price at the time of the deal.
Launching in 15 new cities and expanding in 10 other cities today, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will now reach 160 million Americans, more than half the nation's total, the company said. In just under eight months, the 4G rollout has ramped up to provide coverage to 117 cities.
The cities getting 4G today include Tucson, Ariz.; Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.; Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Frederick, Md.; Worcester, Mass.; Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb.; Albany, Ithaca, and Syracuse, N.Y.; Altoona and Johnstown, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Provo, Utah.
While other kids were out selling glasses of lemonade, 7-year-old Connor Zamary was starting his own app company. Toaster Pop, an iPhone game that involves slathering spreads on toast, is his first creation.
Connor isn't just a figurehead with a first-grade education. He's a fully fledged technology entrepreneur. "He pitched investors, made his own PowerPoint, filled out the paperwork for his LLC all by himself, has done conference calls with the West Coast developers," father Craig Zamary tells CNET in an e-mail interview.
Connor vetted and selected a developer to build the app and took feedback from friends and family into account during the development process.
One perk Connor isn't allowed yet is his own e-mail account. He uses his father's to conduct company business. He answered a few questions from CNET, including where his app idea came from.
"My dad was telling me about an old fashion toaster since I never saw one before. Then it just came to me to create an app, where toast would pop out of the toaster, land on a plate and you would have to butter it with butter," Connor writes.
That sums up the 99-cent Toaster Pop app pretty well. It's a family-friendly game designed with kids in mind. It starts with butter, moves up through jams, and then mixes it up with a spread called "The Works." Connor's personal favorite toast condiment is butter.… Read more
In North America, Verizon is still favored among Android handset buyers.
According to advertising firm Chitika, which analyzed mobile Web traffic this month, 41 percent of Android handsets that accessed the Web were running on Verizon's network. Sprint came in second in Chitika's study with 25.7 percent share. T-Mobile and AT&T followed with 16 percent and 8.7 percent market share, respectively.
What's more, four of the top five most popular Android smartphones this month--the Motorola Droid X, HTC Droid Incredible, Samsung Fascinate, and Motorola Droid--were running on Verizon's network. Chitika didn't … Read more
Android owners like to use mobile apps over the mobile Web, says a new study from Nielsen.
The average Android user in the U.S. spends 56 minutes a day surfing the Web and firing up apps on their phone. In that amount of time, two-thirds is spent using mobile apps, while only one-third is spent using mobile Web sites.
Even further, among the hundreds of thousands of apps available in the Android Market, only a small number of them are used the majority of the time.
The top 10 Android apps chew up 43 percent of the time spent … Read more
AT&T is cutting down on available text-messaging plans.
The carrier confirmed to CNET this morning that, for new customers, it will ditch its 1,000-message plan, which went for $10 per month, in favor of unlimited-only options. Unlimited messaging for individuals will be available for $20 per month starting on August 21, while a family messaging plan for $30-per-month will also be offered.
"The vast majority of our customers prefer unlimited plans," an AT&T spokesman told CNET in a phone conversation today. "And with text messaging growing, the number of people interested in … Read more
Eastman Kodak has a strong patent portfolio that it's ready to sell off to the highest bidder, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Citing anonymous sources, the Journal said today that Kodak is trying to take advantage of the patent-acquisition craze by selling its intellectual property to companies across the wireless industry. Kodak has already found one "large, strategic buyer in the wireless industry" that wants Kodak's patents for legal protection, according to the Journal.
Last month, Kodak acknowledged that it wanted to sell at least some of its patents. The company said in a statement … Read more
Gentlemen, your cell phone could be your closest enemy. According to an Italian report published in the Journal of Andrology (PDF), researchers in the United States and around the world have found that the radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted by cell phones may decrease sperm count and damage sperm quality.
Though still inconclusive, the research focuses on several studies on both human and animal sperm. For humans, some of the studies exposed sperm from healthy nonsmoker volunteers to RF-EMR in a laboratory setting, while others compared the sperm health of subjects who regularly carried their cell phone in their front pants pocket with those who did not.
On the whole, sperm that were exposed to RF-EMR showed decreased sperm concentration; motility (the ability of a sperm to move toward an egg); morphology (the size and shape of sperm); and viability. Similarly, subjects who carried their phone in their pockets had a lower sperm concentration.
In one animal study, researchers put rats in special Plexiglas cages with cell phones just 0.2 inch underneath the cage bottom. After the rats were exposed to cell phone emissions for 6 hours per day for more than four months, the researchers found a 25 percent drop in the rats' percentage of live sperm. Their sperm also had the tendency to stick together, reducing the chance of fertilizing an egg.
Dr. Joel Moskowitz, the director of the Center for Family and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley, told CNET that this is a complex matter that needs to be further researched.
For example, it's currently unclear what type of cell phones or phone service, such as GSM or CDMA, would cause a more adverse impact. "If more research is done, and we have more solid results, consumers could be presented with a choice," he said. "There might be phones or cell services that have less impact on our reproductive organs than others." … Read more