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2010

Apple passes RIM to become fourth largest phone vendor

October 29th, 2010

With just a single phone model in its repertoire (two including the iPhone 3GS, which is still available for purchase), IDC reveals Apple has passed RIM to become the fourth largest cell phone vendor in the world. Last quarter, Apple sold 14.1 million iPhone units to snag 4.1% of the global market. RIM rang up …

HTC Wildfire coming to regional carriers in North America

October 28th, 2010

Today, via a press release, HTC announced that it would bring its compact, Android handset — the Wildfire — to “multiple regional North American carriers beginning in Q4 2010.” The Wildfire is a mid-range Android set with a 3.2-inch QVGA touchscreen display, 528MHz processor, 512MB ROM, 384MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, …

Sprint adds 644,000 wireless subscribers in Q3, posts $911 million net loss

October 27th, 2010

Admit it, everyone loves an underdog. If you’ve been paying attention to the transformation Sprint has been undergoing over the last few years… you know you’re pulling for them too. After all, competition and parity in the wireless market place only benefits the consumer. Today, Sprint posted its Q3 2010 earnings report and the results, …

Verizon Wireless Q3 performance: 6% increase in revenue, 93.2 million customers

October 22nd, 2010

Verizon Communications announced its Q3 2010 earnings this morning and, buried in that spreadsheet, are the results for the Vodafone, Verizon joint venture that is Verizon Wireless. The company reported 997,000 net additions for the quarter along with a minuscule retail postpaid churn of 1.07%. Total revenue increased by 6% from the third quarter of last year and …

Nokia reports Q3 earnings, €10.3 billion in sales

October 21st, 2010

This morning, mobile giant Nokia announced earnings results for their Q3 of 2010 to mixed reviews. While the company did beat analysts Q3 estimates — with €529 million in net income and 110.4 million devices sold — the Finnish company did note that it would cut more than 1,800 jobs in an attempt to “streamline …

Is this the new MacBook Air? Both 11.6 and 13.3-inch models coming next week?

October 17th, 2010

With only five days until Apple’s Back to Mac press event, the rumors are flying in thick and fast. Speculation around Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air is growing daily, and there are some new reports that just surfaced. Earlier in the week, the 11.6-inch display rumor popped up again, but last night, Engadget received some photos …

Google posts strong Q3, revenue up 23% year-over-year

October 14th, 2010

Today, search extraordinaire Google, Inc. announced earnings for the third quarter of 2010. The Big G posted revenues of $7.29 billion, up 23% year-over-year, a net income of $2.17 billion, had an effective tax rate of 20%… oh yeah… and $33.4 billion in cash. Yikes! The company also reported 23,331 full-time employees; roughly 1,500 more than …

Samsung discontinuing support of Symbian December 31

October 1st, 2010

Last week, we heard about Sony Ericsson bailing on Symbian and this week it looks like Samsung is following suit.  In a message to developers, Samsung noted that it would stop supporting Symbian developers on December 31, 2010. “We recommend posting any new discussion board queries no later than the 10th of December 2010 to …

RIM announces BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

September 27th, 2010

Today, at the BlackBerry Developer Conference (DevCon), RIM CEO Mike Laziridis announced the BlackBerry Playbook. The PlayBook has a 7-inch hi-res widescreen display, is 9.7 mm thick, supports Flash 10.1 with hardware accelerated video, HTML 5, 1080p video, has non-proprietary HDMI and USB connections, full-HD front and rear-facing camera, support for dual-displays (with use of HDMI cable), …