T-Mobile is looking to restructure the company and in doing so, it will cut 5% of its workforce and closing seven call centers over the next three months, The Wall Street Journal reports. The carrier said the job cuts were necessary and will help fund its planned $4 billon 4G LTE network. As both Verizon and AT&T continue to add subscribers, T-Mobile shed 1.7 million customers last year alone. “The customer base is less and the call volume is lower,” said Cara Walker, a spokeswoman for the carrier. “This is an effort to optimize our operations.” The spokeswoman declined to disclose how much T-Mobile expects to save annually by cutting approximately 1,800 jobs, however, instead commenting that further cuts wouldn’t impact the remaining 17 call centers, engineers, technicians or salespeople in T-Mobile’s retail locations. More →
LG has cut 30% of its overseas mobile staff as a result of the division’s recent poor performance, Reuters reported on Thursday. Korea Economic Daily broke the news and noted LG’s layoffs mostly included employees in the purchases and mobile marketing departments, and in unprofitable groups. LG said the Korea Economic Daily report was speculation, but the Korean news outlet noted that LG is planning to layoff members of its mobile business team in Korea, too. LG’s mobile business grew during the second quarter of this year but the division still failed to turn a profit. The mobile arm reported a $49.8 million loss on sales of $3 billion last quarter. More →
Cisco could cut as many as 10,000 jobs — 14% of the company’s employees — in an effort to boost profits, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. 3,000 Cisco employees accepted buyouts and early retirement packages, which will cost Cisco between $500 and $1.1 billion during the fourth quarter. While the layoff plans aren’t final, 7,000 more jobs could be cut by the end of August. The move comes as analysts predict that Cisco’s router and switches business will continue to slide into next year, and the company believes the job cuts could save it as much as $1 billion during 2012. “We will provide additional detail on the cost reductions, including layoffs, on our next earnings call,” Cisco spokesperson Karen Tillman said. The call is scheduled for early August. On April 12th, Cisco announced that it was restructuring its consumer business and killing off its Flip video camera arm. More →
A report filed by Bloomberg paints a grim picture for Nokia Oyj workers the world over. With an announced and looming restructuring in the works, the publication writes that “a reduction in research and development activities is set to be announced by the end of the month” and that “as many as 6,000 jobs” could be cut. Back in February — just days before Mobile World Congress — the company’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, announced that Nokia would adopt Microsoft’s recently released Windows Phone operating system on future smartphones. The announcement also noted that the company would begin to sunset development, support, and research activities centered around the Symbian and MeeGo operating systems — the two mobile operating systems currently utilized by Nokia phones. This reduction in activity translates into a surplus of unneeded, full-time job positions. At the close of 2010, Nokia employed 58,642 people in its handset organisation — 16,134 work in research and development. The company has over 16,000 workers located in Finland, and accounts for just north of 2% of that country’s total gross domestic product.
Microsoft on Monday announced that its first software update for the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system is now available. Unfortunately, this is not the update most users have been waiting for — it does not include the exciting updates Microsoft has been dangling over users’ heads such as third-party multitasking support and better state-saving. In fact, it doesn’t even include support for copy/paste functionality. From Microsoft’s blog:
This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.
Users will be notified of the update on their devices, and they will need to connect their phones to a Mac or Windows PC in order to install the new software. More →
In December, rumors suggested that the first major update to Windows Phone 7 — the one bringing copy and paste — would drop sometime in January. When the days in January started to dwindle, the date moved to February. Now, with one-third of February gone, the latest batch of fodder points towards early March; the 8th of March to be exact. According to sources from both Neowin and ZDNet, that’s precisely when Microsoft will be releasing the highly anticipated update to WP7. As you can image, we’re pretty skeptical, but it has to be released sooner or later… right?
Read [ZDNet] Read [Neowin]
While Microsoft neglected to supply an answer to the one question on every Windows Phone 7 user’s mind — when? — the Redmond giant has finally published details surrounding the imminent first update for its new mobile operating system. Jibing with earlier rumors, Microsoft’s first WP7 update will not be the huge patch once expected. Instead, it will bring one major feature everyone has been waiting for — cut/copy/paste functionality — alongside some minor feature updates and maintenance. Changes highlighted by Microsoft include copy/paste, of course, along with speedier app launching and switching, as well as a repaired Marketplace search function that will no longer populate music when users search for apps. Expect the update to address the Yahoo! email superfluous data bug as well. More →
Reports of a Windows Phone 7 OS update trickling out to developer phones first surfaced over the weekend. As part of that update, it looks like a very highly anticipated feature has finally made its way to Windows Phones — copy/paste. Microsoft admitted months before Windows Phone 7 launched that it would have to omit copy/paste functionality from the release version of its new mobile OS, but it also said an early update would add the feature. Thankfully, it looks like Microsoft will be true to its word and its first OS update with copy/paste in tow appears to be imminent. Unfortunately, however, it also looks like rumors from last month suggesting Microsoft’s first Windows Phone 7 update would be “massive” are false, as this first update is reportedly rather minor aside from the addition of copy/paste. Hit the break to see a video of copy/paste in action on a Windows Phone 7-powered developer phone. More →
Since it is Thanksgiving here in the United States, we thought it would be appropriate to cover a piece of kitchen technology in this week’s installation of Throwback Thursday. Today, in honor of the holiday, we’re covering a gadget invented over forty years ago that may be part of your T-Day celebration today, the electric carving knife.
Patented in 1964 by Jerome L. Murray, the high-tech piece of cutlery looks like a cross between a standard hand-mixer and a pair of electric hedge trimmers. The knife works its magic by rapidly moving two serrated blades back and forth over a central plane. The appliance gained popularity in the late 1960′s after is was manufactured by companies like Black & Decker, although it is less popular today thanks to one major drawback: maintenance. Electric knives have to be taken-apart and cleaned after every use to prevent the growth of bacteria between the blades and in the motor housing, making the convenience of such an appliance negligible.
Although not as popular as it once was, the knife is still used to cut the traditional Thanksgiving squab in houses all around the U.S.
Keep your ears open today, and if it sounds like someone is trimming a rhododendron bush in your kitchen… know that Mr. Murray’s electric knife is hard at work. Happy Thanksgiving!
BGR’s Throwback Thursday is a weekly series covering our (and your) favorite gadgets, games, and software of yesterday and yesteryear.
Lending a tremendous amount of credibility to rumors that Windows Phone 7 would receive copy and paste functionality in January, a Microsoft executive has commented on the impending arrival of feature. In a blog post, Microsoft’s Director of Microsoft Project Arpan Shah said the following while addressing critics of Windows Phone 7:
Critics have commented on the lack of specific features like copy & paste and lack of 100s of thousands of applications. And while both are true, copy & paste will be available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011) and as for applications, it’s just a matter of time.
We’re still eight weeks away from the end of 2010, so we doubt Shah would have used the phrase “a matter of weeks” if the time line stretched beyond the end of January.
[Via Windows Phone Central] More →
According to a Business Wire press release, Nintendo will be reducing the pricing of its Nintendo DSi and DSi XL portable gaming systems on September 12. The release reads: “Effective Sept. 12, the new suggested retail price of the Nintendo DSi system will be $149.99, while the new suggested retail price for the Nintendo DSi XL system will be $169.99.” Nintendo also notes that 42.3 million DS-family units family have been sold in the United States. Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive VP of Sales & Marketing said, “Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications and social tools on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems.” Previously, the DSi had been priced at $169.99 and the DSi XL had been priced at $189.99. More →
It hurts to be Palm, Inc. right now. After having its stocks rating downgraded earlier this month, the struggling mobile handset maker has cut its guidance numbers due to slower than expected sales and adoption of its mobile products. The news was delivered by Palm in a short an succinct manner:
Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today indicated that it expects that revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2010 will be in the range of $285 million to $310 million on a GAAP basis and in the range of $300 million to $320 million on a non-GAAP basis.1 Revenues for the quarter and full year are being impacted by slower than expected consumer adoption of the company’s products that has resulted in lower than expected order volumes from carriers and the deferral of orders to future periods. Accordingly, Palm expects fiscal year 2010 revenues to be well below its previously forecasted range of $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion. The company will provide more detail on its financial results during Palm’s third-quarter financial results conference call currently scheduled for Thursday, March 18.
Palm predicts Q3 revenue to be somewhere in the area of $300 million; Wall Street analysts were predicting $425 million. The company only said that 2010 revenues would be “well below” the forecasted $1.6 billion. Currently Palm stock is down 17%. Palm coincidentally halted production on their entire line of products, right? More →