Research in Motion has lost a number of senior-level executives in recent days amid a broad review of the company’s strategic options, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
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Ultrabooks and the MacBook Air could soon look positively portly. Qualcomm is working on a quad-core version of its Snapdragon S4 chip, and, if the company is to be believed, the Windows 8 laptops it goes in will be thinner and lighter than anything currently available.
Lenovo recently stopped selling netbooks, prompting netbook haters around the web to loudly proclaim the “death of the netbook.”
This is, of course, absurd. The netbook was never a well-defined product: essentially, it was a word describing small laptops. I’m not sure what makes a MacBook Air different from a netbook: it’s a small computer too. So the “death of the netbook” is essentially the death of a word: netbook. Computer manufacturers will keep making small computers; they’ll just call them something else. This year they’ll call them Ultrabooks; next year they’ll call them Miniputers or some other made-for-marketing buzzword.
Microsoft isn’t messing around when it comes to phones anymore: Windows Phone 7 doesn’t just catch up with Android and the iPhone: in many ways it surpassed those platforms.
Android users who are looking to sell their old devices should be wary of the possible consequences. McAfee identity theft researcher Robert Siciliano warned that personal data from Android devices is not completely removed after a user activates the built-in wipe option, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.
I saw from the inside and outside how RIM transformed the mobile landscape, and how the company even battled its own inner demons throughout the years. Here are my thoughts on the company’s worst quarter in five years:
RIM grew incredibly fast. It grew faster than the company knew how to manage, and RIM slowly — and then quickly — slipped as a result. This is the company that used to make users choose between a device with Wi-Fi and no GPS, or GPS and no Wi-Fi, just to have two products on the market instead of one. This is the company that refused to take the consumer market seriously for a number of years. This is the company that couldn’t see the future when it was right in front of them.
With expectations at an all-time low and analysts lowering estimates left and right, Research In Motion on Thursday reported its results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012. RIM posted a surprising beat in the third fiscal quarter when it managed earnings of $1.27 per share on $5.2 billion in sales. At the same time, however, the Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry maker issued worse than expected fourth-quarter EPS guidance of between $0.80 and $0.95, and it said revenue would likely fall between $4.6 billion and $4.98 billion. RIM has now confirmed adjusted net income of $0.80 per share, on revenue of $4.2 billion, down sequentially from $5.2 billion despite the launch of multiple new BlackBerry 7 smartphone models.
“Don’t be evil” is an unofficial motto first uttered by a Google executive during a meeting years ago, and while it started as a playful slogan Google used to jab at its rivals, the three little words have come back to haunt the company on countless occasions. The press and users alike often resurrect the credo when discussing the company’s mission to collect as much information about its users as possible, thus allowing it to target advertising more effectively for its clients. Not all Googlers are on board with this mission, however. In an effort to help users protect their privacy, two former Google employees have created a company with the aim of stopping Google and other sites from tracking users.