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  • Unsold iPhones Become a Headache for Leap Wireless

    Published by kristoffer February 28, 2013

    Leap Wireless International has a problem that is, of all things, about the iPhone… lots of iPhones.
    The company, known for its prepaid wireless subsidiary Cricket Wireless, has announced it still needs to sell half as many iPhones as it committed to sell on its first year of partnership with Apple, which ends in June. As a result, Leap could end up with $100 million worth of unsold iPhones by the middle of

  • US Justice Department Requests to Delay Sprint-Softbank Merger

    Published by kristoffer January 29, 2013

    Softbank’s road to acquiring a majority share of Sprint has become a bit bumpy, as Bloomberg reports that the United States Justice Department has requested the Federal Communications Commission to delay the deal.
    The request, which was filed this morning, states that DOJ is “currently reviewing this matter for any national security, law enforcement, and public safety issues.” The office has also

  • Huawei Becomes Third Largest Smartphone Maker

    Published by kristoffer January 28, 2013

    Independent reports say that Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has become the third largest in the global market after Samsung and Apple. According to International Data Corportation, Huawei managed to ship 10.8 million smartphone units during the fourth quarter of 2012, as well as 89.5% year-over-year growth. In comparison, Samsung shipped 63.7 million smartphones, while Apple sold 47.8 million units during

  • Research In Motion Prepares for Super Bowl Ad

    Published by kristoffer January 26, 2013

    When it comes to reaching out to the audience, nothing else is as massive and extensive as putting up an advertisement during the Super Bowl. Research In Motion knows this all too well, so they are banking on a big-budgeted Super Bowl spot on February 3rd to promote its BlackBerry 10 software, along with its much-anticipated smartphones that run in it.
    It costs $4 million to secure a 30-second spot on this year

  • Atari Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Published by kristoffer January 22, 2013

    Atari, the iconic company that pioneered the video game era, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to “separate from the structural financial encumbrances” of its French parent company, Atari S.A. The filing, which was made voluntarily in a bankruptcy court in New York by Atari’s US-based subsidiaries (Atari Inc.; Atari Interactive, Inc; California U.S. Holdings, Inc.; and Humongous, Inc

  • After Two Years, Nokia to Report About Profit

    Published by kristoffer January 11, 2013

    It was almost two years ago when Stephen Elop, then newly appointed as Nokia’s CEO, said that he inherited loads of problems as the Finnish company–which at the time was a leading global brand in cellphones until Apple introduced the iPhone–was on the verge of becoming irrelevant.
    We have witnessed several radical changes in Nokia, first when it rejected its own Symbian mobile operating system in

  • Foxconn Acquires Minority Stake in GoPro

    Published by kristoffer December 20, 2012

    Foxconn, one of Apple’s several manufacturing partners, has announced it is purchasing a minority stake in GoPro, known for its wearable and mountable cameras. Details on the agreement reveal that Foxconn would pay about $200 million for an 8.8-percent stake in GoPro, while the camera maker would provide Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou a seat on the board of directors.
    It remains unclear why Foxconn decided to

  • Apple, Google Team Up to Claim Kodak Patents

    Published by kristoffer December 9, 2012

    Kodak’s road to recovery is on its way. After its auction of over 1,100 digital imaging patents has been approved this summer, it seems like Apple and Google would be duking it out for the goods.
    But it seems the tides have shifted, as Bloomberg reports (citing claims from sources) that the two companies would instead combine their efforts with a bid worth over $500 million for the patents. All three partie

  • Blockbuster to Sell Smartphones in Brick-And-Mortar Stores

    Published by kristoffer December 7, 2012

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to stay relevant, even if you are on a brink of being down and out. This is happening over at Blockbuster, the video rental chain acquired by Dish Network.
    The new owners could not seem to bring Blockbuster into consumers’ consciousness as an alternative to Netflix, so they are taking the brand–and the business–to a slightly different direction: sel

  • Samsung Not Intent to Settle with Apple Over Patent Row

    Published by kristoffer November 14, 2012

    While HTC and Apple have ended their legal battles with a settlement, Samsung has “no intention” to do the same with the iPhone maker. Samsung Electronics Head of Mobile J.K. Shin said so to reporters when asked if his company might pursue a settlement similar to the 10-year cross-licensing agreement between Apple and HTC.
    Apple and Samsung tried to settle their patent infringement issues, which spans

  • Sue And Sue Some More: VirnetX Files Another Complaint Against Apple

    Published by kristoffer November 12, 2012

    Internet software company and notorious patent troll VirnetX officially announced last Friday that it is filing another infringement complaint against Apple over VirnetX’s four virtual private network patents, the same properties the company used to receive a whopping $368 million legal damage from Apple last week. Filed in the Eastern Texas District Court, VirnetX insists that Apple’s FaceTime softwar

  • Patent War Between Apple and HTC Ends with Settlement

    Published by kristoffer

    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 Samsu

  • Foxconn Mulls Putting Up Factories in United States

    Published by kristoffer November 10, 2012

    Foxconn, one of the world’s largest employers thanks to the booming demand for iPhones and iPads, is reportedly planning to open manufacturing facilities in the United States.
    The move is welcoming news to the US, which remains reeling from recession. Foxconn is considering putting up factories in Detroit and Los Angeles, but it would also have to revise how the company conducts its operations. America does

  • Sprint Acquires Spectrum, Customers from US Cellular for $480 Million

    Published by kristoffer November 8, 2012

    Sprint has forged a deal with US Cellular to acquire its PCS spectrum and about 585,000 subscribers across the Midwest. The $480-million deal would enable Sprint, which itself was recently acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank, to gain 30MHz within the 1900MHz band across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.
    This extra spectrum would augment Sprint’s coverage as it continues to roll out the 4G.

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