We’re hiring!

By on April 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM.

We’re hiring!

Do you flip out every time a new Android phone is reviewed and desperately wish you yourself could be the reviewer? Maybe you’ve had an apple with a bite out of it tattooed on your wrist? Want to write about technology, test devices, and work with one of the most influential tech sites out there? We have a lean team, and we’re setting traffic records all the time (March was our biggest month — ever!), but we’re looking for the right people to come on board and help us take things to the next level. A lot of tech news can be boring and regurgitated, and we want to change that. Here’s what we’re looking for right now:

  • Full-time East Coast News Editor
  • Full-time East Coast Writer

If you’d like to apply, please send an email to jobs at bgr dot com with the position you’re applying for in the subject. Please include the following:

  • Some information about yourself. Your name, where you live, what you like, your passion for all things tech, etc.
  • Education and work-related information. A background in journalism or tech blogging is a big plus.
  • Your top-four favorite gadgets or pieces of tech of all time. Phones, TVs, gaming systems — whatever!
  • Three sample posts written in the BGR flavor. Be comfortable with the writing, keep it professional, and write things you think would appear on the site, written by one of us.

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Nokia to cut 1,000 jobs from Finnish phone plant

By on March 22, 2012 at 9:35 PM.

Nokia to cut 1,000 jobs from Finnish phone plant

Nokia on Thursday announced that it will cut as many as 1,000 jobs at its plant in Salo, Finland. The company’s layoffs will happen gradually through 2012, with most cuts happening by the end of June, Reuters reported. The Salo plant is the last large cell phone manufacturing plant in Western Europe, as most businesses have moved their manufacturing to Asia. Last month, Nokia shed 2,300 workers from a plant in Komarom, Hungary and 700 others in Reynosa, Mexico as it too shifted much of its manufacturing to China. This new round of layoffs comes as part of a larger effort to cut costs following the €1 billion loss the company reported last quarter. More →

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RIM is looking to hire a senior iOS developer; BBM finally coming to iOS? [updated]

By on March 22, 2012 at 6:40 PM.

RIM is looking to hire a senior iOS developer; BBM finally coming to iOS? [updated]

According to a recent job posting, Research In Motion may be looking to enter the iOS app market. The posting, which was spotted by AllThingsD, has since been removed, but a screen grab indicates that the company is seeking a Senior iOS Mobile Developer to build enterprise applications. More specifically, RIM needed “an experienced iOS/Objective-C developer capable of architecting, designing, developing and testing complex applications for iPhone and iPad devices.” Along with 7 to 10 years of programing experience, the job requires at least two years of professional experience in writing iOS apps, which candidates “must be able to show application from the App Store that they have written at interview.” It isn’t clear why RIM is looking for an iOS developer, however the company may be looking for help bringing its services to other platforms. BGR exclusively reported in May that RIM was planning to bring its popular BlackBerry Messenger app to Android and iOS.

UPDATE: Looks like the wait for BBM on iOS continues. A RIM spokesperson provided AllThingsD with the following comment: “In order for BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to perform advanced management functions for iOS devices, RIM will develop an on device client to be included as part of the overall solution.”

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AT&T responds to FCC, says merger will ‘create thousands of jobs’

By on October 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM.

AT&T responds to FCC, says merger will ‘create thousands of jobs’

On Thursday the FCC wrote a letter to AT&T stating that the carrier failed to submit enough information detailing how it will create jobs in the United States, should its planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA be approved. AT&T responded to the letter said said it “is aware that the Commission has requested additional information about the job related effects of the transaction,” noting that it “intends to respond fully to that request.” The carrier highlighted the following information, which reiterates its promise to keep AT&T and T-Mobile jobs and bring 5,000 call center jobs back to the United States:

In the process, the merger will spur billions of dollars in additional investment, create thousands of jobs, and significantly narrow the digital divide while advancing the Administration’s rural broadband objectives – all of which will aid the nation’s economic recovery and future economic strength without the expenditure of public funds. On top of that, AT&T has made significant job commitments, including our commitment to make a job offer guarantee available to existing T-Mobile USA non-management employees, our commitment to retain the two companies’ U.S. call center employees, and our commitment to bring 5,000 call center jobs back to the U.S.

AT&T also said the merger will “unleash billions of dollars of investment in advanced mobile broadband technologies, provide LTE coverage to 55 million more Americans, and create thousands of jobs in one of the most challenging economic environments in modern history.”

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FCC: AT&T failed to address how proposed T-Mobile merger will add jobs

By on October 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM.

FCC: AT&T failed to address how proposed T-Mobile merger will add jobs

Rick Kaplan, chief of the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, sent a letter to AT&T on Thursday asking the carrier to clarify just how the proposed merger with T-Mobile USA will add jobs in the United States. “Our review of the information currently in our record suggests that AT&T’s responses on this issue remain incomplete,” Kaplan said. The FCC is giving AT&T until October 31st to address fully “all plans, analyses and reports discussing the creation or loss of jobs” if the merger is approved. AT&T must also disclose how many T-Mobile USA jobs will be eliminated and show how the merger will affect employment inside and outside of the United States during the next five years. AT&T CEO Randall L. Stephenson argued earlier this year that the proposed merger would be a “net job grower” in the United States. On August 31st, AT&T promised to bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States if the merger is approved, which was the same day the U.S. government filed a lawsuit in opposition of the deal. More →

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AT&T tempts FCC, promises to bring 5,000 jobs back to U.S. if T-Mobile merger is approved

By on August 31, 2011 at 11:15 PM.

AT&T tempts FCC, promises to bring 5,000 jobs back to U.S. if T-Mobile merger is approved

AT&T said on Wednesday that it promises to bring 5,000 of its outsourced call center jobs back to the United States if its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA is approved by the FCC. AT&T also promised that it will not layoff any AT&T or T-Mobile call center employee who is employed at the time of the merger. In addition, AT&T will invest $8 billion in its U.S. infrastructure and the Economic Policy Institute has suggested that move could provide up to 96,000 new jobs. AT&T made its announcement hours before the United States Justice Department filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the merger. “AT&T’s elimination of T-Mobile as an independent, low- priced rival would remove a significant competitive force from the market,” the Justice Department said. AT&T responded and said that “there was no indication” from the DOJ that a lawsuit was being contemplated. “We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court,” AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Wayne Watts said, noting that AT&T will continue to fight for the merger’s approval. Read on for the full press release from AT&T. More →

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Deloitte: U.S. may invest $53 billion in 4G networks over next five years

By on August 23, 2011 at 8:50 PM.

Deloitte: U.S. may invest $53 billion in 4G networks over next five years

Wireless telcos in the United States are poised to invest as much as $53 billion in 4G wireless network technology and buildouts over the next five years, resulting in as much as $151 billion in gross domestic product growth. A new report from accounting and consulting firm Deloitte suggests that that 4G expansion by U.S. wireless companies could also create as many as 771,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2016. Deloitte sees $25 million as the minimum 4G investment from telecommunications companies over the next five years, resulting from a scenario where companies deploy 4G networks at a moderate pace and transition slowly from 3G to 4G. If Verizon Wireless’ current pace is any indication, this will likely not be the road major carriers will take with 4G rollouts. The firm believes as much as $53 billion will be spent, however, if U.S. carriers take a leadership roll by deploying 4G faster than carriers in other regions. “Investment in such a powerful form of communication contributes to the economic recovery and provides a job-creating engine for the future,” said Phil Asmundson, Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. media and telecommunications sector leader, in a statement. “The key to harnessing the potential benefits of 4G technology lies in America’s market-driven wireless sector, which encourages the emergence of innovative applications that spur productivity and could produce the same surge of innovation and demand we experienced during the 3G era.” Deloitte’s full press release follows below. More →

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Cisco to cut 6,500 jobs to boost profits

By on July 20, 2011 at 3:14 AM.

Cisco to cut 6,500 jobs to boost profits

Cisco announced on Tuesday that it will layoff 9% of its workforce, or 6,500 jobs, in an effort to boost profits. That figure is lower than original speculation that the company would cut 10,000 employees. Cisco made the move as part of an effort to cut $1 billion in annual costs while spurring profit growth, Bloomberg reported. 2,100 of the 6,500 employees have agreed to an early-retirement program. Additionally, Cisco plans to sell a Juarez, Mexico-based manufacturing facility to Foxconn. The move will transfer 5,000 workers elsewhere but will not result in job cuts. Earlier this year, the company laid-off 550 additional employees when it announced that it was killing off its Flip camera arm in an effort to restructure its consumer business. More →

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Steve Jobs to give WWDC 2011 keynote [Update]

By on May 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM.

Steve Jobs to give WWDC 2011 keynote [Update]

Steve Jobs will give the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco on June 7th, despite currently being on medical leave from the company. We expect that he’ll discuss Lion, the new iOS 5 operating system, and more. We’ll be reporting live from the event, which will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a little bit curious that news of Steve Jobs broke during the Microsoft Windows Phone Mango event.

UPDATE: GigaOm, the source of this report, has updated its post explaining that it accidentally reported information from last year’s WWDC press release thinking it was new. Apple has not announced that Steve Jobs will be at this year’s WWDC keynote. More →

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Nokia to cut 4,000 jobs, move 3,000 as restructuring continues

By on April 27, 2011 at 7:30 AM.

Nokia to cut 4,000 jobs, move 3,000 as restructuring continues

Finnish handset giant Nokia continues its restructuring in an effort to trim overhead and return to profitability. The BBC is reporting that the company will cut 4,000 jobs worldwide and jettison an additional 3,000 positions to Accenture — the consulting company set to manage the Symbian mobile operating system going forward. “With this new focus, we also will face reductions in our workforce,” said Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop. “This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programmes for the talented people of Nokia.” The proposed moves are scheduled to take place sometime in 2012. More →

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Bloomberg: Nokia's retooling could lead to 6,000 lost jobs

By on April 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM.

Bloomberg: Nokia's retooling could lead to 6,000 lost jobs

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.

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Apple’s revenue could grow 50% in two years, analysts say

By on March 24, 2011 at 6:32 PM.

Apple’s revenue could grow 50% in two years, analysts say

According one analyst, Apple’s revenues could grow 50% through the next two years, driven by the demand for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch apps. Forrester Research founder George Colony told Bloomberg that he believes Apple will soon be a $200 billion revenue company. “They’ll be bigger than IBM next year, and they’ll be bigger than HP the year after that,” Colony said. Bloomberg surveyed a number of analysts and the average prediction is that Apple’s sales will jump 54% this fiscal year to $100.3 billion, but Apple’s sales growth could fall to 18% in 2012. Colony believes Apple could face some roadblocks if Steve Jobs leaves his position as CEO, but also argues that Apple probably has enough products planned to last three or four years if Jobs does depart from his role. After that time, it may be hard for Apple to continue to update its product portfolio as often as it does. “Without Steve Jobs as the CEO, I think it will be much harder for them to do that,” Colony said. “That would be a massive, massive hit to the valuation.” More →

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Apple announces HDMI video-out cable, Smart Covers for iPad 2

By on March 2, 2011 at 1:32 PM.

Apple announces HDMI video-out cable, Smart Covers for iPad 2

Durning the company’s iPad 2 event today, Apple announced the addition of an HDMI-out connector cable. The 30-pin dock connector to HDMI cable will support full mirrored output from your iPad 2, output video in full 1080p, support rotation, and cost just $39. The accessory also allows you to charge your device while connected. Apple also announced a new “Smart Cover” built by Apple specifically for the new iPad. The new cover (not a case) uses magnets to attach and auto-align itself to the iPad, adds minimal weight, and it has a micro-fiber lining to clean the screen. As an awesome little twist, the Smart Cover will automatically put your iPad to sleep when closed and it will wake the tablet when opened. Smart Covers will be available in polyurethane for $39 and leather for $69. More →

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