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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder
April 21, 2009, 6:30 AM
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TECHNOLOGY

Apple investors should expect an uneventful quarter when the consumer-electronics company posts earnings this week, say analysts, who are eager to see if it can continue its strong track record of selling iPhones, Macs and other devices in a dismal economy. Observers are also wondering whether investors will take profits for their high-flying shares while they await Apple’s introduction this summer of a new iPhone, as well as a touch-screen tablet and small laptop later in the year. Reuters (4/20)

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(Below) More reason for me to finally make the jump to Verizon.

Verizon Communications is expanding access to the remote-scheduling feature of its FiOS TV DVR service by allowing customers who do not use Verizon Wireless handsets to manage their digital-video recordings online. The telecom is also opening the Web-enabled service to all of its FiOS DVR subscribers, not just Home Media customers. Multichannel News (4/20)

The UX-series netbooks will have a 10.1-inch LCD with 1,024 by 600 resolution and a four-hour battery life — upgrades from the 8.9-inch LCD and 2.9-hour life of the previous model. The netbooks will be released in Japan on Friday with a pricing set between $606 and $707. Computerworld/IDG News Service (4/20)

Netgear has started shipping its Digital Entertainer Elite EVA9150, the company’s first networked digital media adapter that has its own hard drive. The DMA, which carries a suggested retail price of $399, enables users to stream audio and HD video from a networked personal computer or NAS device to an A/V system in multiple formats. TWICE (4/20)

The next version of Motorola’s set-top au Box digital media center is not — the company stressed — built on Google’s Android platform. The device, which Motorola soon will deliver to KDDI, a Japanese telephone operator, actually is built on Motorola’s Linux-based KreaTV platform, the company said, hoping to derail rumors about the Android connection. Digital Trends (4/20) , CNET (4/20)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
April 15, 2009, 6:57 PM
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WIRELESS

Google has released an “early look” version of the much-anticipated Android OS 1.5 open smartphone platform. The update features an on-screen keyboard with soft-keyboard support, speech recognition and home-screen widgets and is largely based on the Cupcake development branch of the Android Open Source project. eWEEK.com (4/14) , IntoMobile (4/14)

As part of a recent effort to up the interest quotient of its handset line, MetroPCS has begun offering the supercompact Motorola QA30 Hint. Measuring 3.23 inches by 2.43 inches, the slider phone includes a full QWERTY keyboard, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, a 2-megapixel camera, USB connectivity with PC syncing and other features. It is listed at $249 on the MetroPCS Web site. MobileBurn (4/14) , CNET (4/14)

Recognizing the next must-have devices, extending his company’s exclusive deal for the iPhone and refocusing its marketing effort on wireless are among the challenges facing AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who represents the generational shift in telecom from wireline to wireless services. “We have 77 million wireless customers and 30 million consumer phone lines,” he said. “Which customer base would you rather work from?” The Wall Street Journal (4/15)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
March 10, 2009, 8:25 PM
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WIRELESS

FremantleMedia is launching a mobile application for “American Idol.” Apple iPhone and iPod Touch users will be able to get videos of the current 13 finalists in a confessional format, along with pictures, news and other content. A $1.99 charge will last for rest of this season. (Iwantmedia 3/10, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3ia82652ffac56b32e53086b350e4801cf 3/10)

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With a potential market reach of 50 million consumers — more than double Apple’s base — Nokia is hoping that its Ovi online store can effectively compete with the App Store when it begins selling downloadable mobile applications in May. Nokia says it believes it can lure developers by offering a more flexible and streamlined approval process than its rival has. Reuters (3/9)

Motorola introduced its latest rugged MC55 series handsets Monday as it released a pair of models in a variety of configurations that are aimed at reducing customers’ upfront purchase costs. The MC5590, designed for workers’ indoor use, features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, while the MC5574 also includes GPS and wide area network support. Computerworld (3/9)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
January 26, 2009, 7:42 PM
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WIRELESS

Are cell phones no longer a growth business? At least in the fourth quarter, cell phone shipments actually declined. According to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff, shipments from the top five cell phone manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, and Motorola) dropped 13 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2008. Unit shipments decelerated from 14 percent growth in the second quarter to 2 percent growth in the third quarter, and then finally went into negative territory in the fourth quarter. (http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009/01/26/cell-phone-shipments-no-longer-growing 1/26)

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WIRELESS by Marauder

WIRELESS

The incoming Obama administration has earmarked just $6 billion for wireless and broadband services as part of an ambitious $825 billion infrastructure spending proposal released to Congress yesterday. Advocacy groups have been calling for the U.S. government to spend $30 billion or more to help improve broadband infrastructure across the country. The money will be targeted in “under-served areas” to strengthen the economy and provide business and job opportunities, according to the proposal. (Cynopsis 1/16)

Motorola announced a device that can clip onto its wireless handhelds and enable retailers to take credit cards payments away from the cash register. The device sells for $655. Techworld (1/14)

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TECHNOLOGY by Marauder

TECHNOLOGY

Global shipments of personal computers dropped 0.4% in the fourth quarter last year while U.S. shipments fell 3.5%, according to a study by research firm IDC. IDC analyst Loren Loverde characterized the drop as “pretty dramatic,” noting that netbook computers were one of the only bright spots for the industry during the last three months of 2008. The Wall Street Journal (1/15)

Motorola confirmed Wednesday it will eliminate an additional 4,000 jobs — all but 1,000 from its mobile-devices unit — after cell phone sales plummeted more than 50% in its fourth quarter. The handset maker sold 19 million phones compared with more than 40 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Combined with the elimination of 3,000 positions announced in October, Motorola said it would save about $1.5 billion a year. ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (1/15) , The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (1/15) , Yahoo!/The Associated Press (1/14)

(Below) Sigh.  Simplification is the name of the game at this point…

If video killed the radio star, DVDs and Blu-rays have helped to do in the Laserdisc format. Pioneer reportedly is shutting down production of its DVL-919 Laserdisc/DVD/CD player as well as the DVK-900 and DVL-K88 models. ElectronicHouse.com (1/14)

Mirroring overall consumer-spending trends in the U.S. last year, home-entertainment spending fell 5.7%, with standard-definition DVD sales down 9.5%. Some analysts suggested that rising Blu-ray sales are dictating the end of DVD’s day. The Hollywood Reporter (1/14)

Rumors of massive job cuts at Microsoft — totaling perhaps 15,000 positions — appear to be unfounded. However, the company is reportedly mulling job cuts that could be announced next week. CEO Steve Ballmer said: “We’re finding our right balance. When we find it, I’m sure we’ll communicate that publicly.” The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (1/15)

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WIRELESS by Marauder
January 7, 2009, 9:10 AM
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WIRELESS

AT&T will release a new Motorola handset next Tuesday, the Tundra VA76r, whose clamshell design can withstand the toughest of environmental conditions, according to the companies. They said the Tundra would feature 3G network support, AT&T’s Push to Talk service, and a navigator for advanced tracking and location services at a price of $200 with a rebate and contract. RTT News (1/6)

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Fitness video publisher PumpOne has packaged 20 popular interactive fitness programs for the iPhone covering multiple disciplines including Strength, Cardio, Flexibility, Sports, Yoga, Pilates and Physical Therapy. Prices for the “iPump 20” range from free to $2.99/each. (Cynopsis 1/7)

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Wireless internet service provider Clearwire initiated its newly-branded 4G Clear internet service in Portland, OR yesterday – the second major market in the U.S. to offer true WiMAX broadband following the launch of Sprint’s Xohm service in Baltimore last Oct. Clear, the result of a new joint venture between Clearwire and Sprint with cash investments from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Intel and Google, is offering download speeds of up to 6 Mbps for about $50/month for unlimited downloads. The service can be used on the go by PC users by connecting via Clear’s USB modem powered by Motorola, on sale for $49.99. (Cynopsis 1/7)

VOD measurement firm Rentrak signed a multi-year deal with NBC Universal to use its Mobile Essentials service it has been trialing since early 2008. The mobile measurement tools analyze trends and track massive amounts of data in hard-to-aggregate formats including video clips, SMS messaging, ring tones, video games, wallpapers and other mobile content. Media giants have struggled to count and adequately monetize audiences on multiple screens due to the challenges associated with defining and combining separate measurement services.  (Cynopsis 1/7)

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