Tech wrap: Myspace sale saga nears end

June 9, 2011

An investor group involving Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is in final talks to take a controlling stake in News Corp’s social network site Myspace, according to a source familiar with the matter. Kotick’s involvement is personal and nothing to do with Activision at this stage, the source said.

Tech wrap: YouTube changing the channel?

April 6, 2011

A man looks at a YouTube page in a file photo. REUTERS/Peter JonesYouTube is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected TVs that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, writes the WSJ’s Jessica Vascellaro and Amir Efrati. Changes to the homepage will highlight sets of channels around topics such as arts and sports and approximately 20 “premium channels” will feature 5 to 10 hours of professionally-produced original programming a week, according to a Vascellaro/Efrati source.

Motorola Atrix: works well on Wi-Fi

February 9, 2011

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Motorola Atrix is an Android phone that runs on AT&T’s network. The phone itself is a powerful device, the first U.S. smartphone to run on a dual-core processor. It can also be paired with an unusual accessory called a laptop dock – it’s like a laptop in appearance but doesn’t work unless the Atrix is attached.

Five marketers who better bring it big on Super Bowl Sunday

February 4, 2011

Call it the Ad Bowl. Or the Buzz Bowl. Or the BS Bowl. Doesn’t matter, it all boils down to this: Sunday’s Super Bowl is the biggest day of the year for advertisers, some of which dished out $3 million for the chance to reach an audience of 100 million consumers for 30 seconds. At that price — $100,000 a second — the stakes are high. A good commercial can be a triumph, creating just the kind of water-cooler talk that propels a brand to a new level with consumers. A bad commercial? Well, those behind it better start dusting off the old resume.

Liveblog: Verizon set to launch the iPhone. Finally.

January 11, 2011

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Verizon is set to launch the iPhone today — January 11, 2011 at 11am ET. Cheeky.

CES: Motorola shows off media tablet prototype (video)

January 7, 2010

Motorola's media tabletHere’s a short clip on Motorola’s prototype tablet video player.  The device was part of a set of demonstrations from Verizon Wireless at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The operator was showing concept applications for its next generation high-speed LTE network, expected to cover up to 30 U.S. markets this year.
Motorola says the tablet could be available for the fourth quarter this year, but that would depend on Verizon Wireless and other factors. The price hasn’t been set but could be around $300 for the device. The prototype runs on an Nvidia chip and uses Google’s Android as its operating system. It could support up to 32 gigabytes of external memory that could be used to download videos to watch later. Movies could also be streamed over the wireless network. Here’s Motorola’s Don Schoch with a quick overview.

Not the Droid you’re looking for?

November 6, 2009

After a few weeks of mysterious adverts promising a better alternative to iPhone, Motorola’s $200 Droid phone finally hit the shelves in Verizon wireless stores on Friday. Unsurprisingly, the launch failed to attract anything like the frenzy of an iPhone launch, which had people camping out for days at its peak.

Motorola faces iPhone with Droid army

October 28, 2009

Verizon Wireless and Motorola have unveiled what could be their best shot yet in the battle against Apple Inc’s iPhone — the long expected Droid. Motorola says Droid is the most technically advanced smartphone out there. Its promises:

iPhone shortages “nice problem to have”

October 20, 2009

Tongues are still wagging about Apple’s blowout quarter, which saw the company brush past Wall Street forecasts, sending its shares north of $200. But as Wall Street waited breathlessly for the latest iPhone numbers, it was the company’s Mac line that stole the headlines, posting blockbuster 17 percent unit growth.

from Breakingviews:

Put BlackBerry on hold – but not for long

September 25, 2009

Blackberry TourBlackBerry-maker Research In Motion is a victim of its own success. Having dominated the market for corporate e-mail devices for years, it is being forced to seek out growth in consumer markets, where, so far, it has had trouble differentiating its products.