Archives: January 2010

Mobile Phone Market Rebounds

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 29

After retrenching for five consecutive quarters, sales of cell phones returned to growth in the fourth quarter of 2009, reports consultant IDC. In that period, mobile phone sales rose 11.3%, and vendors including Nokia, Samsung and LG shipped 325.3 million units worldwide. Full-year sales were still down 5.2%, to 1.13 billion handsets vs. 2008, according to IDC. IDC analyst Kevin Restivo called the rebound "dramatic."

Amazon CEO: “Millions” of Kindles Sold

Posted by: Douglas Macmillan on January 28

Amazon.com keeps secret the number of Kindles it sells, saying the devices generate too small a portion of overall revenues to warrant disclosure. But on Thursday, the company gave its...

Davos: Nike and Partners Launch The GreenXchange

Posted by: Don Tapscott on January 27

I mentioned in an earlier post that Davos can be a catalyst for great ideas, and one example is the GreenXchange conceived by Nike. This morning Nike formally launched the...

iPad: Pushing More Americans to Pay More for Wireless Service

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 27

On Jan. 27, Apple said it will soon make available a version of its iPad tablet computer able to run over AT&T's wireless network, as long as you pay $15 or $30 a month for service. The device could usher in the era of more people paying wireless charges for multiple mobile devices.

Why the Jury's Still Out on the Apple iPad

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 27

Does Apple's tablet computer, the newly announced iPad, live up to the hype? There's no doubt Apple fans will flock to the device, with its svelte build and 9.7-inch color...

Sprint Nextel's Ad Spending Skyrockets

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 22

Ad spending by wireless companies is going through the roof. Sprint Nextel's ad spending might have hiked 40% in 2009 over 2008, according to Jan. 22 report from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett and TNS Media Intelligence. It now adds up to 4.4% of Sprint's revenues -- double the level of its peers.

Google Nexus One Devices Flood eBay

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 14

Auction site eBay is flooded with listings for Google Nexus One, which went on sale on Jan. 5. While Google sells the phone without a contract for $529, dozens of optimistic eBay sellers are trying to resell the gadget for as much as $1,000.

Skype Appoints New Chairman

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 13

In an effort to get Skype onto more mobile phones, on Jan. 13 Skype appointed a new chairman. Miles Flint, who has served as an advisor to one of Skype investors, Silver Lake, and used to be president of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

Flurry: Google Sold 20,000 Nexus Ones In First Week

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 13

Google sold 20,000 units of its new Nexus One smartphone in the first week since the phone was introduced on Jan. 5,estimates Flurry, which tracks applications loaded onto new mobile devices.

Nintendo: No Wii Successor Anytime Soon

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 13

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says don't count on Nintendo introducing an update to its hit Wii videogame console, or new system, in the coming months. Sony and Microsoft...

VMware's 'West Coast Offense'

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on January 12

VMware’s purchase of Yahoo’s Zimbra e-mail software shows how VMware, under a management team led by former Microsoft executives, continues to diversify in the face of competition from their former...

Google Promotes Nexus One on Google.com

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 06

Google's Nexus One is being promoted on a piece of prime online search real estate that no advertiser normally has access to. U.S. users going to Google.com today can see a promotion for Nexus One right underneath the search box. Next to a tiny icon of the phone, are the words, "Experience Nexus One, the new Android phone from Google."

Qualcomm's MediaFlo to Come to the iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 06

On Jan. 6, Qualcomm announced that accessories maker mophie has built an antenna to catch Qualcomm MediaFlo TV's programming into its cases for the iPhone and iPod touch. The move will allow Qualcomm to sell its TV service while bypassing wireless service providers, which haven't been as successful as hoped in pushing the service thus far.

Shoppers' Interest in the iPhone Slips

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 04

Fewer people shopping for smartphones were interested in buying Apple's iPhone in December than in September, according to a new ChangeWave Research survey. Last month, 28% of more than 4,000 people surveyed were planning to buy an iPhone in the next three months. That's down from 32% in September.

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