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Motorola to Release 10 Mobile Phones in 2009 (0)

It appears as if luck has not been good to Motorola these days.  This fledgling cell phone maker has been cutting costs quicker than you say "Razr," but Wall Street analysts have speculated that it is probably because the company has bigger plans for 2009. Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Ittai Kidron said that Motorola appears to be preparing for its introduction of 10 - yes, 10-smartphones for the second half of 2009.  With smartphones being one of the few products that are seen as bullish for the coming years, Motorola is planning to focus on delivering smartphones that run on Google's open source Android OS, with at least one of the new devices will be operating on Windows Mobile."With sentiment at an all-time low and investors' attention lost, we believe Motorola warrants another look," noted Kidron.  The cell phone company, based in Schaumburg, Illinois, has had its plans delayed because of the company's financial problems despite having a new leader in the person of Sanjay Jha, Motorola's co-chief executive officer who was recruited from Qualcomm Inc.Cell phone revenues of Motorola dropped 70 percent for the past two years.  However, analysts say that the impact of the troubles Motorola has been facing have been minimal at best in terms of the company's overall profitability because volumes have shrunk so much. Read More

Motorola Posts $397-Million Loss (0)

Has Moto lost its mojo? Well, not quite, but almost. Heck, no, it's not economic Armageddon for them but the news is well away from the bright light. Motorola has lost a jaw-dropping sum of $397 million in its earnings for the third quarter. Additionally, there too have been major setbacks since their plan to release handsets powered by the latest in mobile gaming platform called Android has been called off. That is, instead of 2009, another year may be added to the timeline. A year ago, within the same quarter, the phone company earned a total of $40 million. But fast-forward to the present: Motorala has announced a plan to tighten its belt on expenditures in 2009. The cut will be around $800 million. Moreover, Motorola has announced not to sell some of its manufactured handsets until after the end of the third quarter of 2009. However, all that Moto can do now is keep that fighting spirit for a hopeful comeback. Image source:    Read More

SanDisk 32GB MicroSDHC on Verizon and Amazon (1)

SanDisk upgrades its microSD line by coming up with a 32GB microSDHC memory card, which is ideal for Android device user that have been seeking for a storage card that is more than 2GB. Although it has been said that it is "readily available," sights of the actual product have been rare, that is until Amazon as well as Verizon Wireless began stoking their own 32GB cards. The SanDisk 32GB microSDHC is available in Verizon Wireless for US$149.99, or $99.99 if you purchase it along with Motorola Droid X. Amazon, meanwhile, sells the storage card for only $89.73. Source: Engadget Read More

Google smartwatch leaked? (0)

The tech world was abuzz when photos of what seems to be an early prototype of the Google smartwatch leaked online Tuesday. Citing an anonymous source, Android Police claims the Motorola-made Google Watch, which goes by the codename "Gem," falls under the Nexus line of devices. The images look grainy at best, but they show what to expect from the Google smartwatch: a square display, a capacitive back button, and two buttons. One of the photos shows the prototype displaying a settings menu. It remains unclear when the photos were taken, although Android Police believe it existed in 2013, before Google sold its Motorola business unit to Lenovo recently for $2.9 billion. Meanwhile, Motorola confirmed on Twitter that the company was developing a watch that they aim to release "this year." It is not yet known if the two devices are related Rumors of a Google smartwatch also circulated last October, when the tech giant was reportedly close to completing the device with the help of Google-acquired Android watchmaker Wimm. Google has yet to respond on the issue. Source: Mashable Read More

Google acquires Nest home automation for $3.2 billion (0)

Well, this is a surprise. Nest, the company behind a line of home automation device, has announced its acquisition from Google. It comes as mild shock because founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers were part of the original iPod team; even the Nest Thermostat is sold at Apple stores. Still Google acquires Nest for a whopping $3.2 billion. With that said, Google assures users that Nest will continue to operate under its own brand, like what happened to Motorola. "Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allows us to change the world fater than we ever could if we continued to go it alone," Fadell said in a statement. "We've had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship." Despite its acquisition to the company behind the Android operating system, Nest will continue to offer apps for iOS and Android. This means iPhone users will still be able to manipulate their smart thermostats and smoke alarms even after the acquisition gets approved. There is also a possibility of integrating Nest's technology into Google's hardware, but both parties remains tight-lipped about it. "Nest's product line obviously caught the attention of Google and I'm betting that there's a lot of cool stuff we could do together, but nothing to share today," Rogers said. Source: Engadget Read More

Nokia CEO Teases About Windows-Based Tablet (1)

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hinted during an interview with Australian Financial Review that his company will be venturing once more to the tablet category. Back in 2007, years before the iPad, Nokia introduced the N800 Internet Tablet, which was followed by the N801 the year after. They looked more like phablets by today's standards and like other tablets before the iPad, they did not take off well. "We haven't announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely," Elop told the newspaper. "We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time." It is pretty inevitable that Nokia's future tablet will run on Windows, especially that Microsoft is Nokia's partner in its Lumia line of smartphones. However, Elop is not discounting the possibility of developing a Nokia tablet that runs on Android, but they might be late in the game. "On the Android side, we were very worried that we would be entering Android late relative to everyone else in the industry, that perhaps one vendor was already well on the road to being the dominant Android vendor at the expense of everyone else," Elop added. "If we look back two years to when we made the decisions, then Samsung was big, HTC was pretty big, and Motorola was pretty big. Of course, what has happened in the two years is that Samsung has captured the lion's share of it and the others have been squeezed down to much smaller market share. We were worried about exactly that pattern forming." Source: Australian Financial Review, via TechCrunch Read More

Samsung to Offer Tizen-Based Smartphones (0)

In an apparent attempt to loosen its dependence on Android, Samsung has confirmed it plans to offer a line of devices based on Tizen mobile OS in 2013. In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, a Samsung representative stated that the company will "keep expanding the (Tizen) lineup depending on market conditions." The rep did not reveal any more details about the upcoming devices or their prices. Tizen is a Linux-based, open-source mobile operating system that supports both Intel and ARM processors. Meanwhile, its SDK and API allows developers to utilize HTML5 when writing applications. The OS is aimed to work in tablets, smartphones, GPS devices, netbooks, smart TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The move may have to do with the Google's recent acquisition of Motorola, as the South Korean electronics giant is weighing its options about decreasing its reliance on Google's own mobile OS, Android. Samsung already has its own mobile OS called Bada, but apparently this software has been shelved in favor of Tizen. Several Bada-based smartphones from Samsung were launched in 2011, but none followed the year after. Source: Bloomberg, via Mashable Read More

Patent War Between Apple and HTC Ends with Settlement (2)

  One of Apple's legal battle against Android, Google's mobile operating system, draws to a close as the company co-founded by the late Steve Jobs and Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC agreed to dismiss patent infringement lawsuits hurled against each other, ending a bitter two-year feud. Back then, Apple accused HTC of copying the iPhone, the same accusation to other Android-toting smartphones of Samsung and Motorola. On the other side, HTC told Apple to stop its patent-trolling ways. Both companies said their settlement includes a 10-year license agreement, which grants rights to current and future patents of Apple and HTC. They declined to disclose the monetary details, but it is widely believed that HTC is paying Apple as part of the settlement. In a statement, HTC's spokesperson Sally Julien said that her company does not expect the deal to have "an adverse material impact on the financials of the company." Analysts say the settlement could be a sign that Apple's new CEO and Jobs' successor, Tim Cook, is eager to "end the distraction and risks of patent fights." "We are glad to have reached a settlement with HTC," Cook said in a prepared statement about the deal. "We will continue to stay laser-focused on product innovation." Source: New York Times Read More

Amiigo Fitness Bracelet (1)

There are so many fitness bracelets in the market such as the Nike FuelBand, MotoACTV, and Jawbone UP. It certainly won't hurt if another one is added to the mix, especially if it works more intelligently than the rest. The Amiigo fitness bracelet also comes with a compatible fitness app. The lightweight plastic bracelet comes with a detachable shoe-clip and can identify what kind of exercise you are doing. In fact, the Amiigo bracelet is so intelligent it can even tell you if you are doing the exercise right with the help of its bevvy of sensors that analyzes how your body is responding to your every move. And those exercises you are doing gets identified through Amiigo's gesture-based software algorithms, which improve over time as the software learns more about how you move. Although you do not have to wear both the bracelet and the shoe-clip, it certainly helps in distinguishing between a run and a bicep curl. It also generates real-time fitness data by sensor-tracking different variables such as your heart rate, skin temperature, and even blood oxygen levels. Meanwhile, the Amiigo app is available for both iOS and Android devices. The software allows you to view the data, set fitness goals, customize challenges, share workouts in real time, and accumulate fitness points for a chance to redeem them for discounts on fitness gear. The Amiigo is not yet available in stores, as it kicks off its fund raising on Indiegogo on October 29th with an aim of raising $90,000 and hopes to be ready to ship in April next year. Backers would be able to snag the bracelet for $89, while the rest of us can get it for $119. Source: TechCrunch Read More

BlackBerry 10 to Integrate Social Networking into Contacts (0)

One of the several features expected to appear in the BlackBerry 10 platform is the ability to display social networking and other data about your contacts and put them all together in a single location. This means that not only it will show your friend's phone number and email address, but also his latest tweets, Facebook status updates, and other nitty-gritty details about his online life. The upcoming mobile OS will also have enterprise-specific features, such as displaying future meetings scheduled with a particular contact. If these features seem familiar to you, it is because these have already been utilized on the Motorola Droid, and Android 2.0-powered smartphone debuted back in 2009. You have heard it right: expect the BB10 to integrate some of Android's goodness into their upcoming platform. It is very clear that RIM is setting its sights on the competition for some inspiration. With some of the Android-esque capabilities expected to appear on the BlackBerry 10, we wonder whether the platform will also borrow functions from iOS and Windows Phone. The new BlackBerry 10 platform, along with its flagship handsets, are set to debut in early 2013. Source: Reuters, via Information Week Read More

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