Comcast TWC Merger Testimony

Comcast makes its case for the TWC merger, says millions of Americans will benefit

By on April 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM.

Comcast makes its case for the TWC merger, says millions of Americans will benefit

The proposed $45 billion merger between pay TV and Internet service giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been met with staunch opposition from consumers, rivals and several watchdog groups. On Wednesday, Comcast will make its case to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in an effort to convince regulators and the general public that the merger benefits not just the companies involved and their shareholders, but also American consumers. More →

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HTC One M8 Sales

The comeback trail: An inside look at HTC’s One (M8) launch

The comeback trail: An inside look at HTC’s One (M8) launch

By on April 8, 2014 at 12:55 PM.

The launch of HTC’s new flagship smartphone was accompanied by some of the most enthusiastic reviews I can recall seeing in recent history. In my own HTC One (M8) review, I called the M8 the best Android phone the world has ever seen. Other reviews from tech sites and newspapers said much of the same — but as far as HTC is concerned, all that praise is for naught if it doesn’t translate into retail momentum.

So it must have been quite troubling for HTC, then, when a report emerged last week suggesting that the One (M8) was off to a very slow start in the United States. The source of the report was questionable, however, and the M8 hadn’t yet been made available in most carrier stores.

Is the M8 really off to a slow start, or has HTC finally struck a chord with consumers?

During an exclusive interview with HTC America president Jason Mackenzie and VP of North America marketing Erin McGee, I sought to answer that question. More →

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Comcast Worst Company In America

Comcast named Worst Company in America on the same day it files TWC merger paperwork

By on April 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM.

Comcast named Worst Company in America on the same day it files TWC merger paperwork

Talk about incredible timing! On the same day that Comcast and Time Warner Cable are filing their merger proposal paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission, Consumerist has announced that Comcast has won its annual poll for the “Worst Company in America.” More →

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Twitter Android Cover Acquisition

Twitter may have just bought its own answer to Facebook Home

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Twitter may have just bought its own answer to Facebook Home

If no one wants to own a Facebook-centric phone, why should we think a Twitter-centric phone would fare any better? Nonetheless, it seems that Twitter might be trying to come up with a Facebook Home-type product of its own because it’s just acquired Cover, a replacement Android lock screen that was designed to help Android users manage the plethora of apps that clog up their device’s home screen.  More →

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Samsung Earnings Q1 2014

Samsung profit slides for second straight quarter in Q1

By on April 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Samsung profit slides for second straight quarter in Q1

Samsung is wrestling with the same headwinds as Apple: slowing global smartphone volume growth and falling prices. Bloomberg reports that Samsung’s unaudited results show a first-quarter drop in operating profit to 8.4 trillion won, or roughly $8 billion. That figure is down from 8.78 trillion won in the same quarter last year. This is the first time since 2011 that Samsung has delivered back-to-back profit declines in two consecutive quarters. The company is facing pretty stiff criticism over the launch of the Galaxy S5 in its home market of South Korea — the new model is regarded as too derivative and boring by many local observers. Samsung seems to be aware that S5 is not going to be a barn-burner though, and it opted to price the model about 10% lower than S4 one year ago. More →

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier NSA

New Captain America movie with clear anti-NSA message is a massive hit abroad

By on April 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

New Captain America movie with clear anti-NSA message is a massive hit abroad

When the original Captain America movie came out, many wondered how well it would play in massive new Asian markets like China. Would a superhero movie with an in-your-face, pro-America message fare well? Well, the first movie in the franchise was a bit weak outside the U.S. — it grossed $194 million in all international markets combined. Fairly mediocre.

However, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a different story entirely.

The new domestic blockbuster is also off to a sizzling start abroad, hitting $207 million in just 10 days and grossing an incredible $39 million in China in less than two weeks. This places it well above the performance of Iron Man 3, a well-established Marvel series with a hugely charismatic lead.

So, what caused the sudden surge of international interest in Captain America? More →

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Why Working At Apple Is Bad

Here’s a roundup of every major complaint Apple employees have about their jobs

By on April 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM.

Here’s a roundup of every major complaint Apple employees have about their jobs

Working at Apple is a dream job for a lot of techies but it’s also clearly not for everyone. Business Insider has done a great job of combing the Internet for every gripe and complaint it could find from current and former Apple employees on websites such as Quora and Glassdoor that describe the very worst aspects of working at the world’s most valuable tech company. More →

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HTC Earnings Q1 2014

HTC’s revenue finally rises in March, but can’t stop Q1 loss

By on April 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

HTC’s revenue finally rises in March, but can’t stop Q1 loss

HTC on Monday announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, having recorded the second down quarter of its history as a public company. The smartphone maker posted a first-quarter loss of NT$1.88 billion, or roughly $62 million in USD. Analysts were expecting the company’s loss to be narrower at NT$1.59 billion. In the year-ago quarter, HTC managed a small profit of NT$85 million. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Offer

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

The feud between struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry and scrappy wireless carrier T-Mobile is one that most people probably didn’t even know was taking place. And those who did know at one point have likely long since forgotten about it. If you’re one of the few people still tracking the ongoing fight, however, you were no doubt shocked when the ordeal came to a head earlier this week and BlackBerry decided to sever ties with the carrier, ending its long-standing agreement and preventing T-Mobile from selling new BlackBerry devices beginning later this month. Of course, things didn’t end there. More →

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Microsoft Smartphone Tablet Sales

Strange days: Microsoft has become an ‘underdog’

By on April 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM.

Strange days: Microsoft has become an ‘underdog’

10 years ago, the thought of Microsoft being an underdog would be just as ludicrous as picking the Yankees to finish in last place or betting against a Jay-Z album going platinum. But after getting caught flat-footed by the Apple and Google-led mobile revolution, Microsoft can actually claim to be something of an underdog when it comes to the market for smartphones and tablets. More →

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Google Wireless Service

U.S. wireless carriers finally have something to fear: Google

U.S. wireless carriers finally have something to fear: Google

By on April 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Call Google “evil” all you want — I personally love how “evil” Google is — but there is no other company on the planet that can shake things up and disrupt the status quo like Google. Armed with a massive advertising business and an uncanny ability to collect and utilize data in amazing ways, Google has time and time again shown us that it’s not afraid to roll the dice and bet big when it comes to breaking into new categories.

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile should all be on high alert, then, because Google is once again rumored to be toying with the idea of launching its own wireless service. More →

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European Roaming Charges and Net Neutrality Law

EU says ‘no’ to roaming, ‘yes’ to net neutrality

By on April 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

EU says ‘no’ to roaming, ‘yes’ to net neutrality

The European Parliament has backed new telecom legislation reform in Europe that aims to enforce net neutrality rules and end roaming charges starting in late 2015 in the 28 countries that are members of the European Union, Reuters reports. More →

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