At CTIA next week, Parrot is showing a digital photo frame that can receive pictures sent from a cell phone in a multimedia message. The Parrot DF7700 is the first digital photo frame (as least that we know of) with an integrated SIM card and dedicated phone number. The phone number will allow you to send photos directly from your camera phone to the DF7700. And in case you don't want to send a multimedia message, you also can add photos to the frame using its mini-USB port or its multiformat memory card slot. The DF7700 does not offer … Read more
You have to hand it to corporate raider Carl Icahn: He sure knows how to stir it up.
Wednesday morning, ailing Motorola announced that it will split into two companies next year. The news doesn't come as a shock to the many who believed something dramatic had to be done to fix Motorola's troubled handset business. And it probably doesn't surprise Icahn, who has been hounding Motorola for nearly a year.
The question that's now bound to be on the mind of people who watch Wall Street like most people watch Sunday football: What does Icahn … Read more
Motorola said Wednesday it plans to split off its handset business, but the move might just be a last attempt to pretty up the failing business unit to make it more attractive to potential buyers.
Since Motorola said in January that it was considering "options" for its handset business, there's been speculation that the company was preparing to sell it to a third party.
But word on the Street is that the company couldn't find a buyer. After all, Motorola is trying to unload the business for a reason. The company currently has no hit products, … Read more
Motorola is hoping two is better than one.
On Wednesday, the company, whose cell phone business has been in a death spiral for several quarters, announced that after a two-month formal analysis, it has decided to split the company into two publicly traded entities.
One will handle handsets and accessories while the other will continue to concentrate on wireless broadband and enterprise communication products.
"Creating two industry-leading companies will provide improved flexibility, more tailored capital structures, and increased management focus--as well as more targeted investment opportunities for our shareholders," CEO Greg Brown said in a release.
The Mobile … Read more
Updated 7:35 AM PDT. News.com's Richard Defendorf contributed to this story.
Under pressure from investors, Motorola has decided to split into two publicly traded companies, one handling handsets and accessories and the other taking on wireless broadband networks and enterprise-level communications services.
"Our decision to separate our Mobile Devices and Broadband & Mobility Solutions businesses follows a review process undertaken by our management team and Board of Directors, together with independent advisers," CEO Greg Brown said in a release. "Creating two industry-leading companies will provide improved flexibility, more tailored capital structures, and increased management … Read more
Ever since the release of the iPhone developer kit, software companies everywhere have been trying to figure out just what they might be able to bring to the device.
The list of interested parties includes Microsoft.
"It's really important for us to understand what we can bring to the iPhone," Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Specialized Devices and Applications Group, said in an interview with Fortune. "To the extent that Mac Office customers have functionality that they need in that environment, we're actually in the process of trying to understand that now.&… Read more
Texas Instruments wants to export what it knows about curbing power consumption in phones to the world outside.
The Dallas-based company has already come up with a series of chips that can be inserted into portable ultrasound devices to cut power consumption by up to 20 percent. The new chips also reduce signal noise by 40 percent.
The idea behind the push is fairly simple. The company has already made the silicon, and with some tweaks, can sell it to other customers. Much of the work TI has conducted in power management for cell phones was not performed because of … Read more
The Guinness World Records named the Modu phone as the lightest cell phone in the world. At just 1.5 ounces and 2.8 inches by 1.4 inches by 0.3 inch, the Modu is a full ounce lighter than the already miniature Pantech C300. Without a doubt, it's the tiniest cell phone I've seen outside of Zoolander.
In case you're not familiar, Modu is a modular cell phone that can be placed into "jackets" that change the both the appearance and the functionality of the handset. The Modu only has a tiny display, … Read more
If you were wondering whether the iPhone software development kit would end the unofficial third-party development craze, stop wondering.
O'Reilly, one of the most well-known publishers of technology primers for professionals, has released a book on developing applications for a jailbroken iPhone. iPhone Open Application Development, written by Jonathan Zdziarski, was spotted by dozens of iPhone aficionados Tuesday. Chapter 1? "Breaking Into and Setting Up the iPhone."
An easier way to describe the HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer) is to list the things it won't do.
That basically includes writing my blog posts and going through mounds of e-mail and auto-deleting the stuff I don't want. Otherwise, the HDPC from Korean manufacturer MIU does almost everything I want to do during the day.
The list of its purported functions: Internet phone, MP3 player, UMPC, digital camera, voice recorder, e-book reader, Wi-Fi, navigation, camcorder, and portable video game player. It also runs dual operating systems: Windows XP or Windows CE 5.0 and Linux QPlus. The … Read more