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Motorola Mobility Revival Means Weighing Alternatives to Google
March 25, 2011

Two days before Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. planned to ship its Droid phone, Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha got a call from his lieutenant, Iqbal Arshad. There was a glitch in the software. Arshad wanted to rewrite the code before the phone went out the door. “In big companies, you tend not to make those kind of changes,” said Arshad. “They’re kind of scary.” Not at this Motorola. Engineers ordered pizzas at the Libertyville, Illinois, headquarters and the lactose-intolerant Arshad nibbled on crusts. They worked through the night to fix the glitch

Microsoft Is Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012
March 4, 2011

Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, won’t release a competitor to Apple Inc. and Google Inc.’s tablet operating systems until the 2012 back-to- school season, people with knowledge of the plans said. Public testing of a new version of Windows will begin at the end of this year with partners and customers, said the people, who declined to be identified because the plans haven’t been disclosed publicly. Microsoft is working to update its Windows 7 operating system with features more tailored to the touch screens, size and battery life of tablet computers to win

Life in 2020: Your Smartphone Will Do Your Laundry
February 17, 2011

By the end of this decade, your smartphone will park your car, make you toast, and, yes, it will do your laundry. We probably still won't have flying cars in 10 years, but your pills will tell you when to take them, your home will save you money on your electric bill, and your tea kettle will let your kids know you're okay. The reason: embedded connectivity. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, companies like IBM, Qualcomm, AT&T and Ericsson showed off their vision of a not-too-distant future

AMD Seeks CEO to Vie With Intel, Tackle Tablet Market
January 11, 2011

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is looking for a leader to replace ousted Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer who can do a better job combating Intel Corp. and getting chips into new devices. Under Meyer, directors were frustrated with AMDs lack of progress in gaining market share and entering the tablet- computer industry, according to people familiar with the boards deliberations. The company announced yesterday that Meyer has resigned and that its formed a committee to find successor. They need a visionary, said Hans Mosesmann, an analyst at

Microsoft Ships 8 Million Kinect Devices, to Add Hulu
January 6, 2011

Microsoft Corp. has shipped more than 8 million Kinect sensors for its Xbox device, topping the companys forecasts, and now has 30 million users for the related Xbox Live online service. The company also plans to add the Hulu Plus online- television service to Xbox Live and Kinect in the U.S. this spring. Windows Phone 7 software, meanwhile, will be available for Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. in the first half, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Microsoft is relying on Kinect and Xbox Live to

Icahn’s Pursuit of Motorola Split Has Yet to Pay Off
December 8, 2010

Four years after he began agitating for change at Motorola Inc., Carl Icahn will get his wish Jan. 4 with the spinoff of its mobile-phone unit. He still hasnt made money on the investment, according to Bloomberg calculations. Icahns stake in Motorola is worth at least $159 million less than what he paid and perhaps several hundred million more, according to calculations based on regulatory filings. The current value of his holdings is $2.17 billion. The stock still has great potential with the spinoff approaching and Motorola making progress in its mobile-phone business, Icahn, 74,

Intel Launches Configurable Chips with Altera
November 22, 2010

Intel Corp said on Monday it is combining its low-powered Atom processor with programmable chips made by Altera Corp in a bid to get more of its silicon into medical equipment and other embedded applications.

Intel, whose processors are the brains in 80 percent of the world's PCs, is rushing to stake out territory in faster-growing markets as more and more consumer gadgets and industrial devices become computerized and interconnected.

Qualcomm CEO Confident Broadcasters Will Give Up Spectrum
November 12, 2010

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs says he has "high hopes" that the FCC will be able to get broadcasters to "move off" of their spectrum, that he still has hopes for mobile video despite not having found the right model with FLO TV, and says the FCC should allow tiered pricing combined with transparency to give consumers an idea of what applications are sucking up a lot of bandwidth.

Comeback for Tech Darlings JDSU, Qualcomm
November 9, 2010

From the files of "that thing still trades?" comes a feel-good redemption story that even the most hard-hearted of investors has to love. Some of the most infamous stocks from the 2000 tech bubble have quietly reasserted themselves and are winning back fans with a slow and steady drumbeat of good news.

Bubble veterans Qualcomm and JDS Uniphase, high-tech component suppliers to the wireless and optical biz, are once again garnering press

Qualcomm: LTE Devices, Tablets Ramping for CES 2011
November 4, 2010

Qualcomm executives said the company is set to ride a 4G wave as Long-Term Evolution (LTE) devices launch in January and the company embeds its chips into multiple tablets.

Those high-level takeaways came on Qualcomm’s fourth quarter earnings conference call. Qualcomm handily topped estimates on Wednesday. Qualcomm reported net income of $1.1 billion on revenue of $2.95 billion.