Google is famous for the “perks” that they give their employees. Things like gourmet free lunches, shuttle service to and from work, an on-campus laundromat, but their most recognized program is easily “20% time”. In case you haven’t heard of it by now, Google basically gives employees one day of the week to work on whatever it is they want. Apple has basically stolen this idea.
Text messages, those lovely succinct 160 character bursts of the human expression that are infinitely more practical than a phone call, are in danger. According to a report published earlier this week by the analyst firm Chetan Sharma, the average American sent 678 text messages per month in the third quarter. That’s down from 696 text messages in Q2. Why is this seemingly small drop so significant? Because this is the first time that a decline has been recorded.
I often ask myself, with the rising popularity of large phones, and Samsung’s massive success of the new Note, is Apple’s original message about the need for a device that sits between a phone and a laptop just plain wrong? Are phablets the best thing to ever happen to the mobile industry?
Apple’s iPhone 5 is, without question, one of the most lusted after smartphones currently on the market. It’s the iPhone that finally shipped with a screen that’s larger than 3.5 inches diagonal, and it’s also the first iPhone with 4G LTE. One thing Apple didn’t count on was just how hard it would be to make their latest Jesus Phone. That “chamfered edge” has become a well documented nightmare.
Every iPhone or iPad or iPod touch that you see in the wild, they all have processors inside that were manufactured by Samsung. Samsung, knowing that Apple simply can’t call another company and ask them to make their chips, raised the prices of said chips by 20% according to MarketWatch.
Moody’s is a credit rating agency you might have heard of while watching the news about the financial crisis. They give companies scores so that investors know what they’re getting themselves into. Companies typically borrow money so they can grow, and that debt is then given a rating. Today Moody’s has decided to lower Sony’s credit rating to “one grade above junk”.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Apple’s iPhone 5 have one thing in common: They don’t use NVIDIA chips. You’d think that because of that NVIDIA wouldn’t be doing so well, but you’d be wrong. The company just posted their fiscal Q3 2012 financial results, and guess what? They earned a record $1.2 billion in revenue.
T-Mobile has issued two important pieces of news in the span of 24 hours. The first, and arguably the less important of the two, is that iPhone owners in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and Houston, Texas will now have access to high speed internet. The other major announcement is of course T-Mobile Q3 2012 financial results.
Qualcomm has just published their Q4 and full year 2012 financial results. In case you’re wondering how that works, they operate on a fiscal calendar, not the actual calendar. Back to the numbers, they’re absolutely mind bending: Q4 revenues were up 18% year on year; full year 2012 revenues were up 28% year on year.
We’ve been writing about the Sony Yuga for what feels like months. It’s allegedly going to be the Japanese smartphone maker’s flagship device for 2013. It’ll have a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, just like the Nexus 4, 2 GB of RAM, again, just like the Nexus 4, and a 12 megapixel camera. What makes it special is the display: 5 inches diagonal with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.