The over-the-air update applies to Nexus S phones that use the GSM/UMTS cellular technology. In the U.S., that means that the AT&T and T-Mobile versions are eligible for this first wave of updates, but sadly, Sprint folks will have to wait.… Read more
Samsung Electronics is hoping to kill Apple in the courtroom with a smile.
Samsung tacked on four new patents in fresh complaints brought against Apple in a German court, according to legal blog FOSS Patents. One of the patents involves a method of entering an emoticon on the screen.
The patents were brought up amid deliberations in two separate trials in German court, one in which Apple is suing Samsung, and vice versa. Given the new patents, which resulted in the creation of two new Samsung v. Apple lawsuits, the patent showdown in Germany is likely to continue for awhile. … Read more
Verizon Wireless is scooping up more wireless spectrum from another cable provider.
On Friday, Cox Communications said it will sell Verizon Wireless its 20MHz slice of wireless spectrum for $315 million. As part of the deal, Verizon and Cox will resell each others residential and commercial services. The deal is similar in scope to one Verizon announced a couple of weeks ago with a consortium of cable operators called Spectrum Co., which includes Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks.
And like the deal with the Spectrum Co. cable companies Cox will have the option in the future to … Read more
If you think Research In Motion's co-CEOs are hurting for money after taking dramatic pay cuts, think again.
RIM chiefs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis said yesterday that they had asked to change their salary to $1 per year. The salary cut was a clear acknowledgement of the issues facing the company, and an act of contrition amid growing criticism about their ability to run the BlackBerry business.
It's a welcome gesture from two executives who have previously been criticized as in denial about RIM's prospects. But the act isn't as magnanimous as it initially appears, … Read more
It's another tough morning for Research In Motion, with shares falling more than 11 percent after the company warned things weren't getting any better soon.
Yesterday, RIM posted significant declines in revenue and profit in the fiscal third quarter, and provided a lackluster forecast for the following period. More importantly, executives admitted that their next-generation phone, running on the BlackBerry 10 platform, wouldn't come out until late next year--a blow to those who had pinned their hopes on RIM mounting a comeback in the next few months.
After an evening of processing the news, analysts came … Read more
Research in Motion's two CEOs have to go.
The company has lost investor--and increasingly customer--confidence over the last year. Its latest, greatest savior OS is behind schedule. The PlayBook is a disaster. And RIM could be circling the porcelain rim if it isn't careful.
Nevertheless, RIM carries on with its current management. Co-CEOs James Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis are taking $1 in salary a year. This token gesture inspires instant cynicism. The two may only be worth $1 a year at this point. You get what you pay for.
The trickiest thing about technology is that six months after you buy the hottest gadget, another product is introduced that makes your once-cutting-edge device look like yesterday's news.
And in the smartphone world, it seems like that cycle of hot-to-not is rapidly increasing. So what's a cell phone aficionado to do?
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Dear Maggie, I need your help. I'm a Verizon Wireless customer, and I'm in the market for a new smartphone. My contract is up next month. I was wondering if you think the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the best choice for someone … Read more
Dell is longer interested in selling Netbooks--that category of 10-inch class laptops that saw mild success for a couple of years but is now facing a serious existential crisis.
Rather, Dell is now concentrating on laptops that deliver real performance--a major failing of the Netbook.
"We sold through the Dell Mini some time ago. We're committed to the highly portable space and have focused on delivering thin + powerful solutions, for which we've seen strong success, particularly in our XPS line," Matthew Hutchison, director of Dell Global Consumer PR, said in a statement sent to CNET. … Read more
Last night, LetsTalk brought the two-year contract price down from Verizon's price of $299.99 to a total of $155 after an instant rebate and $75-off coupon code. The only way to get the coupon code is to visit the site's Facebook page and "Like" the company, unless some blogger somewhere tells you that the code is "$75VZN."… Read more
Research In Motion is planning to make a lot of noise, but launch few products during the early months of next year.
The Canadian mobile device maker said its first phone running on its next-generation platform wouldn't appear until the latter half of 2012, citing the selection of a processor that wouldn't be available until the middle of next year. In its place: a lot of commercials and special offers.
"We ask for your patience and confidence," co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said during a conference call today.
Investor and consumer patience, however, is already running thin for … Read more