Early today, Google dropped a bombshell on the technology industry with its announcement that it will buy mobile handset maker Motorola for $40 a share, a 63 percent premium over the closing price of Motorola Mobility on Friday.
Even though Google's chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said that the Motorola business will be run separately from Google's core search and software businesses, the acquisition could take … Read more
Apple's production partners could ship as many as 95 million iPhones this year, a report from DigiTimes claims.
According to the Taiwan-based publication, those shipments are made up of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and the much-rumored iPhone 5. Citing anonymous sources, DigiTimes reported today that Apple has upped its iPhone orders for the second half of 2011 from 50 million to 56 million.
Out of that, 20 million devices in the third quarter and about 8 million in the fourth quarter will be iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 units. DigiTimes' sources say Apple will be shipping about 6 … Read more
Google said today it has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, giving the search giant valuable intellectual property and getting it directly into the handset business.
Google will pay $40 a share in cash for Motorola, a 63 percent premium over the company's closing stock price on Friday. The acquisition will "mildly" add to earnings once the deal closes by year's end or early 2012, Google said.
The deal simultaneously lends stability to and shakes up the Android world. With Motorola, Google gets a treasure trove of patents to defend itself and its … Read more
How does a cell phone become a cell phone? More than just processors and plastic, most cell phones in the U.S. owe their existence to the behind-the-scenes collaboration, and sometimes conflict, of the carriers and manufacturers that create a concept and design long before a smartphone or flip phone emerges from the factory.
How do phones wind up in a carrier's lineup, how long does it take to get a phone on the market, how is price determined, and what kinds of problems can delay a launch? In an effort to answer these common questions, I sat down … Read more
For developers looking for that extra leg up, there are few better places to start than with the wireless carriers.
Last week, I wrote about the critical importance of finding the right partners. And for many, getting the blessing of a carrier is like Kobe Bryant getting a clear lane to the hoop: you're all set up for that slam dunk.
There are many potential rewards, including monetary support, an increase in public awareness, possible new relationships, and a stamp of approval from a major player in the wireless industry. But with so many developers angling for the attention of so few carriers, how does one stand out? One way is through developer contests, which are often sponsored by or run by the carriers.
"It's given us a chance to show the world the work we're doing," said Brendan McBride, founder and executive director of Remas, a nonprofit organization developing an app that allows immigrants in the U.S. to more smartly send funds back to their home countries. The app won a contest run by AT&T. "Having won the prize has given us a degree of credibility that would have been difficult to achieve as a start-up organization."
While these contests open some doors, there are some limits. AT&T has been shying away from preloading applications, so that avenue is largely closed to developers. A lot of the success… Read more
The operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit subway system temporarily shut down cell service last night in four downtown San Francisco stations to interfere with a protest over a shooting by a BART police officer, a spokesman for the system said today.
"BART staff or contractors shut down power to the nodes and alerted the cell carriers," James Allison, deputy chief communications officer for BART, told CNET. The move was "one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform," he said in an initial statement provided to CNET earlier this afternoon. … Read more
Jeff Bezos is worried about phone safety. Not your safety while you're distracted by your phone. No, he's worried about the gadget itself.
The Amazon boss and his colleague, Vice President Gregory M. Hart, filed a patent application to protect their idea of an air bag that inflates around your mobile device if you drop it. Broadly, the duo are seeking to patent the idea of a "system and method for protecting devices from impact damage."
The demand for smartphones and tablets is causing manufacturers to spend more on chips for wireless devices than for traditional computers, says a report out yesterday from IHS iSuppli.
As the tech industry shifts more of its emphasis from PCs to mobile gadgets, the wireless segment is poised to become the leading market for chip buying starting this year.
Manufacturers will buy $55.4 billion of semiconductors for wireless devices this year, a jump of 10.7 percent from 2010, according to IHS. But spending on chips for computers will reach $53.1 billion this year, a gain of just … Read more