Samsung braces for a tough year, says it will step up patent defense against Apple

By on March 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

Samsung braces for a tough year, says it will step up patent defense against Apple

After numerous mobile lawsuits from Apple, Samsung CEO Choi Gee Sung explained that the company plans to be more aggressive in securing patents that can be used to defend itself, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. During the company’s annual shareholders meeting, Sung said that due to slow industry-wide growth and strong competition, the company was bracing for a tough year. “The electronics industry will enter a low-growth period,” he said. “Reorganization of the industry will gain speed and competition among global players will intensify.” Shareholders also approved the company’s plan to spin off its LCD division on April 1st. Samsung posted record revenue last year — thanks largely to its Galaxy smartphones — and looks to enhance its competitiveness in hardware, while strengthening new businesses including medical equipment in 2012. BGR exclusively reported last month that Samsung will launch its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone later this year with a 1080p high-definition display, a ceramic case and a quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos processor. More →

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Apple’s only $14 billion away from being larger than the entire U.S. retail sector

By on March 13, 2012 at 10:32 AM.

Apple’s only $14 billion away from being larger than the entire U.S. retail sector

Apple market capitalization, as it sits, is just over $514 billion — an astonishing number we’re all still getting used to. Even more amazing, however, is that Apple’s market cap is about to be larger than the entire United States retail sector. With Friday’s iPad launch, we’re guessing that $14 billion in market value won’t be an issue… More →

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Apple claims to have created or supported more than half a million jobs in the U.S.

By on March 2, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

Apple claims to have created or supported more than half a million jobs in the U.S.

Apple on Friday updated its website with a new job creation section detailing the company’s role in creating American jobs. Since its inception, the Cupertino-based company claims to have created or supported more than half a million jobs for U.S. workers across 50 states. “Throughout our history, Apple has created entirely new products — and entirely new industries — by focusing on innovation,” the company said on its website. “As a result, we’ve created or supported more than 500,000 jobs for U.S. workers: from the engineer who helped invent the iPad to the delivery person who brings it to your door.” Of the jobs created, 304,000 span engineering, manufacturing and transportation while an additional 210,000 have been created due to the iOS app economy. More →

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Motorola: No big short-term changes following Google merger

By on March 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Motorola: No big short-term changes following Google merger

Motorola Mobility does not expect any large changes following Google’s acquisition of the company. Alain Mutricy, Motorola’s senior vice president of portfolio and product management, said interview with Fierce Wireless that the vendor will not alter its plans once it comes under the Google “umbrella.” Until the deal closes, which may be soon, Motorola and Google are two separate companies and the manufacturer will  continue on its path as subsidiary of Google. “I don’t see a very short term, complete change of the product direction,” Mutricy said. “I think that we have a business to run, and therefore I think that there is continuity to be expected for 2012.” Mutricy also believes that having closer collaboration on Google’s services, such as Google+ and YouTube, could be a great opportunity for Motorola. More →

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Apple’s iOS and BlackBerry most popular mobile platforms among IT pros

By on January 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM.

Apple’s iOS and BlackBerry most popular mobile platforms among IT pros

Apple’s iOS operating system is the most popular mobile platform among corporate workers according to a survey from Check Point Software. The firm polled over 700 IT professionals and found that iOS accounts for 30% of usage, with RIM’s BlackBerry platform just behind at 29%. Check Point Software found that 71% of mobile devices have contributed to increased security incidents. Google’s Android operating system was considered to produce the greatest security risk, however, 72% of polled users claimed careless employees were a greater security threat than hackers. The lack of employee awareness about security policies ranked as having the greatest impact on the security of mobile data. Some 65% of respondents reported that their organizations had devices that were personally owned by employees in addition to company-owned mobile devices accessing corporate networks.Check Point surveyed a total of 768 respondents across the United States, Canada,United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. More →

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Sprint boots four execs, restructures enterprise and consumer businesses

By on January 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM.

Sprint boots four execs, restructures enterprise and consumer businesses

Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse said in a note to employees Friday that Sprint will merge the marketing and sales teams of its enterprise and consumer businesses into one body. Hesse said the carrier is restructuring in an effort to better streamline its operations, Reuters reported on Friday. As a result, Sprint is also removing four executives from their roles with the firm. “As the wireless market has evolved, the lines between consumers and businesses have blurred,” Hesse said, according to a note to employees obtained by Reuters. “We believe that we no longer need to support two separate business units, and that it is more logical now to evolve to unified marketing and sales organizations. Because of the enormous investments we’re making this year in Network Vision and in the iPhone, we need to consistently be looking for ways to be more efficient.” Sprint’s chief marketing officer Bill Malloy will run the merged marketing and sales unit. Sprint has decided to remove the president of its consumer services group, Bob Johnson, the president of its integrated solutions group, Danny Bowman, the senior vice president of its corporate development and spectrum, Chris Rogers, and the senior vice president of consumer marketing, John Carney. More →

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RIM reportedly intends to license BlackBerry software to Samsung, HTC and others

By on January 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM.

RIM reportedly intends to license BlackBerry software to Samsung, HTC and others

Research In Motion is reportedly working toward a major transition that will see the company begin licensing its BlackBerry software to third-party vendors including Samsung and HTC. In a recent research note, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek wrote that his checks confirmed earlier reports that Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie will soon be removed from their roles as co-chairmen. The analyst says current board member Barbara Stymiest is indeed the front-runner to replace the pair, and he calls her one of the top executives in Canada. “We believe she will initiate a formal strategic review, possibly trim costs in the hardware business, and possibly announce additional partnerships,” Misek wrote. Read on for more. More →

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Global telecommunications industry revenue to reach $2.1 trillion in 2012

By on January 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Global telecommunications industry revenue to reach $2.1 trillion in 2012

Worldwide telecommunications industry revenue is set to reach $2.1 trillion this year according to market research firm Insight Research Corp. Despite the rocky global economy, industry revenue will grow further at an average annual rate of 5.3% to $2.7 trillion in 2017. The Asian region is seen as a key market and wireless revenue there is expected to grow 64%. Mobile broadband services and the transition from 3G to 4G will also be key growth drivers. “Despite global economic uncertainty, the telecommunications industry is showing strong revenue growth, which is being driven by consumer Internet usage and business mobility solutions. These are enabling new applications,” Insight Research analyst Fran Caulfield said in a statement. “Even amidst so much economic uncertainty, the fact remains that telecommunications is a key factor in economic growth. Telecommunications facilitates socio-economic advancement and is a critical utility for economic development, much like water and energy.” The firm’s full press release follows below. More →

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Apple begins pitching voice-controlled TV to top media execs

By on December 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Apple begins pitching voice-controlled TV to top media execs

Apple has reportedly met with top media executives to discuss the company’s vision of the television market’s future, suggesting that the company is moving full steam ahead on its rumored Siri-powered HDTV. The television is expected to include similar technology to the company’s current Apple TV set top box, which allows users to stream content such as movies, music and photos over a wireless network. Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue has reportedly been in the aforementioned meetings and has pitched the idea of  a television that could be controlled by voice or motion, seemingly similar to Microsoft’s Kinect technology, and Cue has discussed “new ways Apple’s technology could recognize users across phones, tablets and TVs,” The Wall Street Journal said Monday. Steve Jobs was said to have been working on a prototype for several years before his passing in 2011. It remains unclear when such a product might hit the market, although early rumors have suggested it will use a display provided by Sharp and will launch in mid-2012. More →

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RIM aims to bolster business sales with free PlayBook tablet offer

By on October 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

RIM aims to bolster business sales with free PlayBook tablet offer

Research In Motion this week revealed a limited-time offer that aims to bolster sales of its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to enterprise customers. Between now and December 31st, BlackBerry business customers who purchase two PlayBook tablets from an authorized reseller will get a third PlayBook for free. They will also receive one free premium accessory for every two PlayBook tablets purchased, and they may choose from a black leather sleeve, a charging pod or a 6-foot HDMI cable. While some find that RIM’s PlayBook gets the job done as a recreational tablet, business customers may not share that opinion. BGR exclusively reported on Tuesday that RIM would be delaying the OS 2.0 update that will bring email and other PIM services to the device until next year. RIM confirmed our report later that evening, and also confirmed that standalone BBM capabilities would not be included in the February software release. More →

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Investment in mobile security to climb 44% annually through 2015

By on October 7, 2011 at 8:15 AM.

Investment in mobile security to climb 44% annually through 2015

Investment in mobile security will increase 44% annually through 2015 according to a recent research report from Canalys. Reportedly, just 4% of smartphones shipped last year were sold with security software pre-installed. Canalys suggests that, by 2015, more than 20% of all smartphones and tablets will run some form of security software and mobile security will be a $3 billion market. The research firm attributes the growth to an increase in pressure from enterprise customers, and it expects the usage of client security products such as antivirus software, VPN encryption and firewalls will grow an average of 54.6% annually to 2015. “Enterprises must adopt a holistic view of mobile security, as there is no single solution that provides complete protection,” research analyst Nushin Hernandez said. “A more robust approach, even compared to that used to protect typical notebooks and desktops, is needed.” Read on for the full press release from Canalys. More →

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HP may keep its PC business after all

By on September 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM.

HP may keep its PC business after all

In a recent interview with CRN, HP chairman Ray Lane outlined situations in which HP may hang on to its PC business. “If we don’t make that decision [to spin off], it’s because of two things: We can’t offer a better proposition to customers and investors,” Lane said. “If we can’t it stays inside HP.” If the company does decide to spin-off its personal systems group, Lane has suggested the company call it the “HP PC Business.” HP has the “largest and most profitable [PC] business in the world,” Lane explained during the InformationWeek 500 conference in California. “I am lobbying, and I don’t have to lobby very hard, to call it the HP PC Business. Call it HP. It will be a sister company,” Lane explained, pointing to HP’s spinoff of Agilent. “Agilent was a better business once spun off, because it was a very different business from what the rest of HP was doing.” Read on for more. More →

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Samsung taps ex-Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci to boost notebook biz

By on July 25, 2011 at 7:40 PM.

Samsung taps ex-Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci to boost notebook biz

Acer’s former chief executive Gianfranco Lanci may join Samsung to assist with building the Korean firm’s notebook business, DigiTimes reported on Monday. Gianfranco Lanci resigned from Acer in March of this year after the company hit a rough patch. Rumor has it Lanci’s attractive management expertise in European sales channels attracted both Dell and Samsung as suitors. DigiTimes said Lanci signed a one-year non-compete agreement with Acer when he left his executive role, however Samsung will reportedly work to negotiate that agreement if Lanci joins the company. Neither Acer nor Samsung have confirmed Lanci’s potential move. More →

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