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Dave Zatz —  July 29, 2015 — 2 Comments

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Qualcomm May Split Itself

Reuters —  July 22, 2015 — 1 Comment

By Lehar Maan and Anya George Tharakan

(Reuters) – Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc <QCOM.O> said it may break itself up as it delivered its third profit warning this year and announced plans to slash jobs and spending in the face of rising competition. The company said it would reduce costs by about $1.4 billion, cut about 4,500 full-time staff, or 15 percent of its workforce, and boost capital returns to shareholders. Qualcomm’s shares fell 1.8 percent to $63.05 in after-market trading on Wednesday. The stock has lost a fifth of its value in a year.

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(Reuters) – Verizon Communications Inc reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit as more users signed up for its postpaid wireless services and subscriber defections fell to a three-year low.

The biggest U.S. wireless service provider added 1.1 million wireless retail postpaid subscribers – those who pay each billing cycle based on usage – on a net basis in the second quarter, in line with estimates from analysts polled by market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Customer defections, also known as churn in the telecommunications industry, for Verizon’s wireless postpaid business dipped to 0.90 percent versus the 0.99 percent estimated by FactSet. Continue Reading…

(Reuters) – Ex-Chrysler Group <FCHA.MI> executive Doug Betts has joined IPhone-maker Apple Inc <AAPL.O>, according to the auto industry veteran’s LinkedIn profile. Betts’ account on the social networking website for professionals said he joined the Cupertino, California-based company with the title of ‘Operations – Apple Inc’ in July. The online profile did not provide much detail about the move but stated Betts’ location to be San Francisco Bay Area.

Apple, which is known to be secretive about its projects, added to the speculation when a senior executive in May said that developing a car would be the “ultimate mobile device.” Analysts and investors have been touting car manufacturing as the next growth avenue for Apple. Continue Reading…

Traders work at the post where Time Warner Cable is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange May 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Traders work at the post where Time Warner Cable is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – Charter Communications Inc <CHTR.O> formally argued for regulatory approval for its Time Warner Cable Inc <TWC.N> and Bright House Networks deals, saying consumers would benefit as Internet services would become cheaper and faster.

Charter said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday that it would not block or suppress Internet traffic or prioritize content for a fee and that its broadband services would cost less than the current offerings of Time Warner (TWC) and Bright House.

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Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  June 5, 2015 — 10 Comments

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Insteon’s Apple HomeKit-compatible hub drops support for many Insteon products.
So will the new Hub Pro eventually support the same devices currently supported by the product formerly known as the Hub II? We don’t know. Insteon’s not saying. We have to imagine that this is not what long-time Insteon users expected or hoped for.

DISH and T-Mobile flirt with the idea of a merger… but Ergen doesn’t always seal the deal.
Mr. Ergen envisions selling bundles of video and wireless service to better compete with cable and telecom rivals who are banking on their broadband businesses for growth. Mr. Ergen has had near brushes on deals with MetroPCS, Clearwire, Sprint, Hulu and DirecTV, and in each case, he walked away empty-handed.

Amazon Echo does what Sonos can’t with native Audible streaming.
Since Amazon owns Aubilde, there’s no account linking or setup required. Simply say “Alexa, read [book title]” to begin listening to a book in your library, or say “Alexa, read my book” to continue listening to your most recent audiobook.

New 800 Lumens Philips Hue bulb incoming?

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  May 13, 2015 — 6 Comments

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Samsung answers the Apple Watch Digital Crown with a rotating, round bezel
By turning the bezel around the screen, you can scroll through lists, zoom in and out of photos, adjust the volume, select items arranged in a circle, input numbers, and so on.

Sonos Version 5.4 Now in Public Beta
Coming soon on Sonos – sound enhancements for the PLAY:1, simpler setup for home theater, and more (now in beta).

Woman files suit after getting fired for deleting app that tracked her location
Attorneys for Arias said her boss admitted her location would be monitored outside of business hours and bragged that he knew the speed she was driving at specific moments as a result of the app. Plaintiff expressed that she had no problem with the app’s GPS function during work hours, but she objected to the monitoring of her location during non-work hours.

CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business
Armstrong: TechCrunch is not getting sold off. There will be editorial independence. And from a distribution and resource standpoint, it’s probably the most exciting deal we could have done.

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Dave Zatz —  May 12, 2015 — 21 Comments

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