BlackBerry it still a public company, and though it declined to hold a conference call to discuss its weak quarterly results last week, the company exposed the depth of its problems and challenges in a regulatory filing. The filing lays bare that the company is struggling in emerging markets, especially against smartphones running Google's Android software, where it once found growth and success.
Google's Chromecast device can now play video directly from Hulu Plus apps on iOS and Android devices, Hulu said.
Verizon Wireless bested its Tier 1 rivals in attracting the most smartphone sales between June and August, according to a new survey from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA.
A few weeks ago, when San Francisco-based game developer PlayFirst purchased mobile ad firm Big Head Mode, it wasn't reported as a normal merger or acquisition. Instead, VentureBeat described it as an "acqui-hire."
Smartphone shipments in China are expected to grow by more than a quarter in 2014 compared to the expected shipments in 2013, according to research firm IDC. The research house thinks that growth will be driven by the launch of TD-LTE networks and Apple's expected deal with China Mobile.
In late June 2012, when BlackBerry delayed the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform until early 2013, I wrote that it might be too little, too late. That sentiment seemed to be confirmed on Friday, when BlackBerry said it would cut 4,500 jobs--around 40 percent of its workforce--and post a nearly $1 billion loss for its most recent quarter. Even more dispiritingly, the company signaled it would shift its focus away from the consumer device market. The question now is: Can BlackBerry survive as a services company? I doubt it.
The enthusiasm accompanying Google's Project Loon global wireless Internet project is seriously misplaced, according to balloonist Per Lindstrand, who says he tried to talk Google out of the effort.
Changing rules of the game for standards-essential patents licensing would be a major step and, given the success of the mobile communications market, completely unwarranted. It would significantly affect the relative competitive positions of many market players.
Sony may be able to make it easier for viewers to access content from Netflix, Amazon and its own over-the-top video offerings on connected TVs with the BRAVIA Smart Stick that it unveiled Wednesday.
Microsoft's decision to pay around $7.2 billion for Nokia's handset business was partly sparked by a desire to keep Nokia from switching to Google's Android platform after late 2014.