Sprint again confirms unlimited data plans are here to stay – until they’re not

By on September 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM.

Sprint again confirms unlimited data plans are here to stay – until they’re not

Sprint has once again reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining the availability of its unlimited data plans — until it eliminates them. Speaking at GigaOm’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco on Monday, Sprint chief technology officer Stephen Bye reiterated the carrier’s stance on unlimited data. Bye stated simply that the company will continue to offer unlimited plans as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon cap and throttle their offerings, but cost is the biggest variable. Read on for more. More →

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Steve Jobs explains how Apple ‘got to its glory’ in 1996 interview [video]

By on September 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM.

Steve Jobs explains how Apple ‘got to its glory’ in 1996 interview [video]

Just a few months before Pixar CEO and NeXT founder Steve Jobs would rejoin Apple and eventually regain his position as its chief executive the following year, PBS aired an interview with Jobs that would end up being an insight into the strategy that not only propelled Apple in its early years, but also would help it to become the technology giant it is today. Louis Rukeyser conducted the interview and in his second question, he asked Jobs “What went wrong at Apple?” which at that point in time was in the midst of collapsing. Jobs’s response:

Oh gosh. You know I haven’t been there in a long time. My perception may not be complete. But from the way I see it, Apple was a company that was based on innovation. When I left Apple ten years ago, we were ten years ahead of anybody else. It took Microsoft ten years to copy Windows.

The problem was that Apple stood still. Even though it invested cumulatively billions in R&D, the output has not been there. People have caught up with it, and its differentiation has eroded, in particular with respect to Microsoft.

And so the way out for Apple — and I think Apple still has a future; there are some awfully good people there and there is tremendous brand loyalty to that company — I think the way out is not to slash and burn, it’s to innovate. That’s how Apple got to its glory, and that’s how Apple could return to it.

Several months after the interview aired, Jobs would sell what was left of his software company NeXT to Apple for $429 million — its NextSTEP operating system would become the foundation of OS X — and rejoin the company. A clip of PBS’s interview with Jobs follows below, and the full 9-minute interview can be found on the read link. More →

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Steve Ballmer addresses weak Windows Phone sales: ‘I am very optimistic’

By on September 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

Steve Ballmer addresses weak Windows Phone sales: ‘I am very optimistic’

As Microsoft works overtime this week to get developers and consumers behind its next-generation Windows operating system, focus shifted back to the company’s emerging mobile platform briefly on Wednesday, AllThingsD reports. Speaking at an analyst meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer addressed sales of devices bearing the Windows Phone operating system, acknowledging that the company isn’t where it hoped to be nearly one year after launching the platform. “We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,” Ballmer said, noting that the company is making progress and that exciting new features are in the pipeline. “I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be. We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.” Ballmer continued, stressing that Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia will help carry the platform forward. “With Nokia we have a dedicated hardware partner that is all-in on Windows Phones,” Ballmer told analysts. “They are not doing something on Android or [any other operating system].” More →

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BGR Interview: MasterCard SVP of Mobile, James Anderson

By on July 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

BGR Interview: MasterCard SVP of Mobile, James Anderson

MasterCard announced earlier this week that it would partner with with ISIS to help foster the growth of NFC-based mobile payment solutions in the U.S. ISIS, formed in November last year by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, intends to deliver a complete mobile wallet solution that ambitiously aims to replace cash, credit cards, debit cards, coupons and more with one comprehensive mobile solution. So we know about ISIS and now we know MasterCard is on board, but MasterCard is hardly a newcomer in the contactless payments space. BGR recently had a chat with MasterCard’s Senior Vice President of Mobile, James Anderson, to discuss the past, present and future of mobile payments here in the U.S. Of course NFC-based contactless payment solutions are at the forefront of discussions surrounding the mobile payment space right now, and who better to discuss NFC with than the man recently named Vice Chairman of the NFC Forum? Our full Q&A with Anderson can be found below.

BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries. More →

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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse: Big 4G announcements coming this fall

By on July 19, 2011 at 4:10 PM.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse: Big 4G announcements coming this fall

BGR is at Sprint’s corporate headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas this week for a few days of meetings, tours of the massive Sprint campus and, of course, delicious barbecue. Expect plenty of coverage to come, but among the first stops this afternoon was a great little Q&A session with Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Sprint’s chief executive had plenty to say about the AT&T/T-Mobile merger as he always does, though he was very candid with us today in admitting that his mission is both personal and professional. Hesse has a long history in the wireless industry as well all know, and he sees this merger as potentially putting an end to the wireless landscape as we know it in the U.S. “I hope you like 4G,” Hesse said, “because it could be the last generation of wireless network in the U.S.” Hesse feels like he has some level of personal duty to ensure that competition and innovation are maintained in the U.S. market, and while Sprint does have contingency plans in place, he is doing everything in his power to ensure that the FCC makes “the right decision.” Hesse also fielded several questions concerning Clearwire’s — and in turn, Sprint’s — stalled 4G WiMAX rollout in the face of Verizon’s aggressive LTE rollout and T-Mobile’s aggressive HSPA+ 42 upgrades. Hesse acknowledged that things have slowed lately, but he confirmed that Sprint has big plans moving forward that will be revealed this fall. In short, Sprint is most certainly not standing still. Of course no comment was made regarding the rumored LightSquared deal that could bring 4G LTE to Sprint subscribers in the near future.

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BGR Interview: Sean Paul [video]

By on July 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM.

BGR Interview: Sean Paul [video]

We recently caught up with singer and entertainer Sean Paul, who’s in the middle of promoting a brand new single, to check in with him about how technology influences his life and career. From his addiction to his iPad and how he uses GarageBand for music production, to Twitter, to how he recently dumped his iPhone to switch back to a BlackBerry… we covered it all. Check out the full video interview after the break.

BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries.

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BGR Interview: Verizon Wireless CMO Marni Walden on Android, Apple, tablets and new BlackBerry phones

By on June 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM.

BGR Interview: Verizon Wireless CMO Marni Walden on Android, Apple, tablets and new BlackBerry phones

We recently sat down with Verizon Wireless’ Chief Marketing Officer Marni Walden to discuss a wide range of topics — how Verizon went from smartphone zero to smartphone hero, the carrier’s colossal push that was a major catalyst for Android’s explosive growth, and even Verizon Wireless’ plans to take a leadership role with tablets just as it has with smartphones. We found it interesting that many phones are passed over when it comes to DROID branding, as that stamp of approval for only the best of the best. We covered Microsoft and RIM as well, and Ms. Walden even confirmed that Verizon Wireless will be launching three BlackBerry devices this year. The entire interview is after the break.

BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries. More →

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BGR Interview: Nick Cannon

By on May 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM.

BGR Interview: Nick Cannon

BGR recently had a chance to catch up with actor, comedian, musician, producer, host, tech-lover, and now father, Nick Cannon, to see how tech has impacted his life and career. Nick is one of the most prominent Sidekick users around, so we wanted to find out if T-Mobile’s first Android-powered Sidekick managed to keep him reeled in. We also wanted to see how the advent of social media has impacted his life and career — Nick has over 2.5 million Twitter followers, and we’re sure many of you will recall his huge social campaign attempting to battle Eminem in a boxing ring for charity — and even what apps and games Nick and Mariah are planning to use with their new twins. Hit the jump for our interview.

BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries. More →

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BGR Interview: Sprint’s VP of Product Development, Fared Adib

By on May 11, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

BGR Interview: Sprint’s VP of Product Development, Fared Adib

We recently had a chance to speak with Sprint’s Vice President of Product Development, Fared Adib, about Sprint’s upcoming devices, product strategy, and a whole lot more. Interested in Sprint’s thoughts on unlimited versus capped or throttled data? Wondering about Sprint’s plans for product differentiation in 2011 and beyond? Curious to know if Sprint will offer RIM’s new BlackBerry Bold 9930? Hit the break for our full in-depth interview with one of the industry’s driving forces of innovation.

BGR Interview is a series of interviews and conversations with executives, influencers, tastemakers and innovators, covering the mobile and consumer electronics industries. More →

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RIM Co-CEO dances around BlackBerry PlayBook criticism in interview [video]

By on April 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM.

RIM Co-CEO dances around BlackBerry PlayBook criticism in interview [video]

While we like where Research In Motion is going with its new BlackBerry Playbook, there’s little question at this point that it is a rushed product. RIM admits as much by constantly talking about future updates that will bring missing functionality to the platform, just as Microsoft has done with its Windows Phone platform. As has been beaten to death by reviewers, the PlayBook will lack core functionality at launch, such as an email client, calendar functionality and more, and it also won’t have an extensive selection of available third-party applications until it is updated to support Android apps in a future update. Bloomberg caught up with RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie on Friday and confronted him with several questions surrounding these critiques. While the uncomfortable situation wasn’t enough to make him walk out of the interview as Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis did earlier this week, Balsillie ultimately did little to convince teetering consumers to make a purchase when the PlayBook is released next week. Hit the break for a video of the interview. More →

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RIM's Mike Lazaridis halts BBC interview when pressed on India

By on April 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM.

RIM's Mike Lazaridis halts BBC interview when pressed on India

In a recent BBC interview, Research In Motion’s CEO Mike Lazaridis was not digging a line of questioning posed about India. RIM’s co-chief, who is usually calm, cool, and collected, became agitated when pressed about what the interviewer perceived as “security issues” with his company’s platform. In fairness to Lazaridis, we are only given a brief, sixty-second excerpt of the interview — we don’t see what the previous questions were, or the overall tone of the conversation before the CEO terminated the sit-down. Despite soaring shipment numbers, the company has been taking heat from the media hive-mind; who have relentlessly rained criticism upon the company for its business decisions. Hit the read link to watch the video and be sure to swing back by to let us know what you think. More →

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MLB.com CEO: Android users less likely to buy, more likely to pirate apps

By on April 5, 2011 at 2:39 PM.

MLB.com CEO: Android users less likely to buy, more likely to pirate apps

The Android user is less likely to buy applications. Those were the words of MLB.com‘s chief executive officer, Bob Bowman. In a recent interview, Bowman explained his company’s position on the Android vs. iOS development debate, what’s profitable for MLB.com, and what he hopes will change. More →

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Gaming and a girl gone wild: Sony Ericsson looks to the past to define the future

By on April 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

Gaming and a girl gone wild: Sony Ericsson looks to the past to define the future

According to data released by The Nielson Company in March, Sony Ericsson’s share of the U.S. smartphone market is barely a blip on the radar. Apple and RIM combine to own more than half the market, HTC is coming up behind them with 19%, Motorola holds 11%, Samsung has a 7% share and Sony Ericsson sits somewhere in the “Other” category, grouped among an undefined number of nameless manufacturers that combine to share roughly 3% of the smartphone market in the U.S. But Sony Ericsson smartphones are preparing to invade American soil, and the company’s assault just started with a boob-stab.

Read on for our full feature including an exclusive interview with the creative team behind Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY ads. More →

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