Hewlett-Packard is laying off as many as 525 employees in connection with its plans to ax its WebOS hardware business, according to a report.
AllThingsD's John Paczkowski says sources told him the pink slips began going out this week and that HP confirmed the layoffs with a statement reading, in part, "the WebOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce." The company would not say how many workers were being let go, Paczkowski says.
Samsung Electronics has appointed a former Sprint Nextel executive to help its U.S. mobile arm plan and launch new phones.
Samsung tapped Kevin Packingham as its new senior vice president of product innovation, the company said today.
Packingham was most recently chief executive of Amerilink Telecom, a small private company created to usher Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei in as a vendor to Sprint Nextel, Packingham's former employer. Sprint, however, ended up going with Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Samsung, and shunning Huawei due to security concerns expressed by legislators.
Packingham had a considerably longer stint at Sprint, where he served … Read more
Despite a globe-spanning, bruising legal battle with Samsung, Apple has little choice but to keep getting key parts for its iPhone from the electronics maker, according to sources and a news report.
Those key parts include the iPhone 5's expected main processor, the A5, as well as system memory and flash memory--components that together make up the electronic core.
Sources who track the chip industry say that Apple must stick with Samsung for the time being. Some rumors had claimed that Apple would switch to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for a so-called "shrink" (smaller version) of the A5 for the iPhone 5.
That's simply not doable, sources tell CNET. TSMC has not perfected the advanced manufacturing processes needed to make an A5 for the iPhone and, maybe more importantly, it's prohibitively difficult to jump to a different manufacturer for the same chip design. … Read more
If you use 2GB of data or more each month and have a 3G unlimited plan, there's a good chance this slow-down applies to you.
It isn't "throttling," of course, Verizon wants you to know. Throttling is a long-term downgrading of your data speeds, Big Red said in a statement online, whereas its "Network Optimization" is more like a series of speed bumps to slow you down when the … Read more
According to a new Pew study, 83 percent of American adults own cell phones and 73 percent of them send and receive text messages. Pew surveyed more than 2,200 people and asked those who text to cite their preferred way of being contacted on their cell phone. Almost a third--31 percent--said texting, while 53 percent said they prefer a voice call and 14 percent say it depends on the situation.
Texters in the 18- to 24-year-old range are likely to have the most buff thumbs. Pew finds the average young adult in that range sends or receives an average of 109.5 texts per day, or about 3,200 per month. About a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds fit into the hard-core 100-plus-texts-per-day demographic. The median texter in that age group sends or receives about 50 texts a day.… Read more
Google Wallet, which will allow people to tap or swipe their phones to pay for things, officially launches today on its first smartphone, the Samsung Nexus S offered on Sprint Nextel.
While several other companies, including credit card giants Visa and American Express, as well as mobile wireless carriers, have also announced plans to launch their own digital wallets, Google is the first to take its digital wallet to market.
Citibank, MasterCard, and Sprint are the initial launch partners for the service. What this means for users is that, initially, virtually the only credit cards that will work with Google Wallet are Citibank MasterCards. Google is also offering a Google Prepaid MasterCard as well, a workaround for people who may not have a Citibank MasterCard. People who want to use this card can preload money from other credit cards onto the Google prepaid card. And then they can make purchases using the phone.
Sprint is the first official carrier partner since it is the carrier offering the Nexus S 4G. But as other Android smartphones equipped with NFC (near-field communications) technology come on the market, other devices on other carriers will eventually be able to use the service too.
Google also said today that it has licensed NFC technology from other major credit card companies: American Express, Visa, and Discover. This means that upcoming versions of Google Wallet will support those credit cards as well.
"In the future, our goal is to make it possible for you to add all of your payment cards to Google Wallet, so you can say goodbye to even the biggest traditional wallets," said Osama Bedier, vice president of payments at Google.… Read more
Apple shares hit an all-time high today, underscoring the growing hype and anticipation over the company's next major product.
The stock reached a peak of $413.23 before retreating slightly to $411.63--still up nearly 3 percent from the previous day--at the close of the trading session. The company finished the day with a market value of $381.62 billion. Last month, it passed Exxon Mobile as the most valuable company in the country; the other major tech company, Microsoft, has a market capitalization of $228 billion.
That next major product driving the stock is almost certainly going to … Read more
AT&T has talked to smaller rivals about divesting spectrum and customers in an effort to salvage its deal with T-Mobile USA, according to Bloomberg.
AT&T has talked to MetroPCS Communications and Leap Wireless about selling some of its assets. The telecom giant is also talking to CenturyLink, Dish Network, and even Sprint Nextel--which has opposed the deal--about their interest in buying assets.
Verizon Wireless is making its 4G LTE service a bit more affordable for the masses.
Starting Thursday, the carrier will sell the Pantech Breakout for $99.99 after a $50 rebate and a two-year contract.
The Breakout marks the first reasonably priced 4G LTE phone in Verizon's lineup. Previously, the carrier had marketed 4G LTE smartphones as high-end devices. The Droid Bionic from Motorola and the Droid Charge from Samsung, for instance, cost $299.99 with a contract. Even the older HTC Thunderbolt costs $249.99.
The emergence of a more affordable smartphone underscores the rapid expansion of the … Read more
The pieces appear to be falling into place for the launch of Google Wallet today.
Last night, social-media blog TechCrunch posted an image purporting to be from Google Wallet partners, showing documentation on the service. That documentation says that "Google Wallet is launching September 19, 2011."
Then this morning, another blog, GigaOm, posted an image, taken by one of its reporters at a coffee shop in San Francisco, of a Google Wallet payment reader. The reader provides directions on it, saying users must "tap" their smartphone against the device in order to "pay by smartphone.&… Read more