BGR Interview: AT&T VP of Marketing Mike Woodward on 4G LTE and more

By on November 30, 2011 at 7:42 PM.

BGR Interview: AT&T VP of Marketing Mike Woodward on 4G LTE and more

We had a chance to spend some time with AT&T Vice President of Marketing, Mike Woodward, a little while back to talk about AT&T’s first 4G LTE smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid, in addition to 4G LTE in general, the company’s stance on Android, iOS, and more. Catch the interview after the break! More →

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‘Inside Apple’ gives rare glimpse into Steve Jobs’ personality, Apple secrets

By on May 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

‘Inside Apple’ gives rare glimpse into Steve Jobs’ personality, Apple secrets

Fortune recently published an article by Adam Lashinsky titled “Inside Apple” that provides dozens of insights into the business and culture at Apple, as well as the mindset of its CEO, Steve Jobs. There are several juicy quotes and facts in it pulled from interviews with Apple employees, including Jobs’ reaction to the botched MobileMe and iPhone 3G launch in 2008. When the launch didn’t go as planned, Jobs called the MobileMe team into a town hall meeting and said the whole group was “tarnishing Apple’s reputation.” Jobs went on, “Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?” Upon hearing a response, Jobs wondered aloud, “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?” Lashinsky also also discussed a speech that Jobs gives to employees rising to the rank of vice president, dubbed “Difference Between the Janitor and the Vice President.” In it, Jobs tells the new VP that it’s OK for a janitor to make excuses when things go wrong — but a VP doesn’t have that luxury. “Somewhere between the janitor and the CEO, reasons stop mattering. [That] Rubicon is crossed when you become a VP,” Jobs reportedly says during the speech. Lashinsky’s story is available in the latest issue of Forbes, which can be purchased in print, on the iPad for $4.99 or through Amazon’s Kindle store. More →

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The death of plastic: BGR talks NFC with MasterCard VP James Anderson

By on March 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM.

The death of plastic: BGR talks NFC with MasterCard VP James Anderson

The mobile payment revolution is coming. Within the next five years, there is a very good chance you will be paying for goods and services with your cell phone. The topic has gotten quite a bit of coverage as of late, of course, with several top manufacturers and banks talking up eWallet services. Google has included NFC support in its Nexus S smartphone and, more importantly, in Android 2.3; Research In Motion has committed to including the technology in its future smartphones; Samsung has included NFC in its wildly popular next-generation Galaxy S handset; and U.S. carriers are beginning to forge alliances to implement mobile payment systems. But Google, RIM, and mobile providers are all newcomers to the payment processing game — how do the traditional creditors feel about this revolution? BGR had a chance to sit down with MasterCard’s vice president of mobile solutions, James Anderson, and talk about what’s next for both creditors and consumers following what could shape up to be the death of plastic. More →

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Phil Schiller: White iPhone coming ‘this spring’

By on March 14, 2011 at 9:17 AM.

Phil Schiller: White iPhone coming ‘this spring’

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, has reaffirmed that his company does plan to release a white iPhone “this spring.” Responding to a user question on Twitter — of all places — the VP stated, “The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).” Apple is expected to release its next generation smartphone sometime in June — meaning the phone that Schiller is referring to could be the iPhone 5, not the iPhone 4. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment and will update this post with any relevant information provided. More →

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PayPal hires Apple VP of Global Design

By on February 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

PayPal hires Apple VP of Global Design

AllThingsD is reporting, by way of LinkedIn, that PayPal has just snatched up the VP of Global Design from Apple. The lucky lady is said to be Sarah Brody who has worked on the original iPhone, original iPod nano and was a “critical aspect in the design of” MobileMe. In addition to working on the aforementioned projects, she’s also responsible for the design of the product packaging boxes that are pictured above. Maybe PayPal’s website won’t look so sketchy anymore with this new hire? More →

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Nokia's VP of MeeGo resigns

By on October 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM.

Nokia's VP of MeeGo resigns

The exodus over at Nokia continues… Ari Jaaksi, Nokia’s VP in charge of MeeGo devices, told Finnish newspaper Talous Sanomat that he resigned from the company last week. Jaaksi’s resignation comes weeks after that of former CEO Pekka Kallasvuo and Nokia’s head of mobile solutions Anssi Vanjoki. The news isn’t all bad for Nokia’s MeeGo team; they did recently hire Peter Skillman — Palm’s former VP of design — to work on Nokia’s next-generation mobile operating system. Nokia has yet to publicly announce Mr. Jaaksi’s departure.

[Via Engadget] More →

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Verizon reorganizes executives; CFO, CEO, COO positions shuffled

By on September 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM.

Verizon reorganizes executives; CFO, CEO, COO positions shuffled

Today, Verizon announced a top-level, executive-role shuffle to the general public. Beginning on October 1, Dan Mead, current executive vice president and COO of Verizon Wireless, will assume the role of president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. Lowell McAdam, who is currently in the VZW president and CEO role, will move to president and COO of Verizon Communications, effective October 1. Current president of Verizon Telecom and Business, Francis J. Shammo, will become the executive vice president and CFO of Verizon Communications, effective November 1. The company also announced that John G. Stratton, current chief marketing officer at VZW, will succeed Mead as CEO. The moves made by Verizon solidify the company’s top executive positions, as several executives –including current Verizon EVP and CFO John Killian —  are expected to retire at the end of this year. We’ve got the full press release ready for you after the break. More →

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Palm design VP headed to Nokia to work on MeeGo

By on September 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM.

Palm design VP headed to Nokia to work on MeeGo

There has been quite a bit of press about high-level executives mobile maker Nokia has been shedding, but this fairly large addition managed to slip under the radar. Nokia has hired Peter Skillman — former Vice President of Design at Palm — to be their Vice President of MeeGo User Experience and Services. Skillman worked for Palm for over eleven years and headed the team that was in charge of designing the Palm Pre. Hopefully, Mr. Skillman’s addition will expedite Nokia’s development of the Linux based mobile OS. More →

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WSJ: MetroPCS to launch LTE services next month

By on August 27, 2010 at 10:35 AM.

WSJ: MetroPCS to launch LTE services next month

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a Samsung has executive publicly stated that U.S. pre-paid wireless provider MetroPCS will launch its new 4G LTE-based network next month. Jaebeom Choi, vice president of systems research and development for Samsung, quipped that MetroPCS will light-up their LTE network in Las Vegas and Dallas sometime in September. The company’s first LTE device will be the Samsung Craft, which we reported on earlier this month. If the VP’s statements are accurate, the company — which is currently the fifth largest wireless provider in the U.S. — will be the first Stateside wireless carrier to offer LTE services publicly. When contacted, MetroPCS declined to comment on the report. Now all the company needs is a better marketing campaign to promote their new service.

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