Google has joined the OpenID crowd, but just like Microsoft and Yahoo, you can't use the OpenID on Google, but you can use Google credentials other places. Unlike Microsoft and Yahoo though, Google has decided to tweak the OpenID implementation a little to make it better. That means that it's nonstandard and won't work for all standards-compliant OpenID servers. Bullies. We also admire the new DRM-free music store from clothing retailer, Hot Topic. Really.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 842
Motorola's profits from last quarter were short-lived, as the company once again reports losses for the third quarter.
And as the economy worsens, the company also said it will delay its split of the company in two.
On Thursday, Motorola reported a net loss of $397 million, or 18 cents a share. This is compared to a profit of about $60 million, or 3 cents a share, during the same quarter last year. Part of the loss is attributed to a net charge of 23 cents a share for restructuring the company.
Revenues for the quarter were down about … Read more
Alltel is the winner of a new touch-screen phone from Samsung. The Samsung Delve, aka the r800, offers a thin candy bar design with an expansive touch screen and few physical keys. It shares some of the characteristics of both the Samsung Omnia and Instinct, but it shows its own unique design touches such as a tapered bottom and silver Talk and End buttons.
Features include a 2-megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headset jack, Samsung's TouchWiz interface, a microSD card slot, EV-DO 3G support, Bluetooth with a stereo profile, a speakerphone, a virtual QWERTY keyboard, a 500-contact phone book, … Read more
Motorola is expected to place a heavy bet that Android phones with Google's mobile operating system can turn around its struggling cell phone division.
Sanjay Jha, the company's co-chief executive and head of mobile devices, is expected to focus on Google's operating system in an overhaul of the cell phone division that includes additional job cuts and the elimination of four platforms, according to a report Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal. Jha is expected to detail his plans as early as Thursday when the company announces its earnings.
Motorola is expected to trim the number of … Read more
Motorola thumbed its nose at the shaky economy Tuesday when it introduced a high-end luxury cell phone called the Aura. Sporting a swivel design reminiscent of the Motorola V70 (now there's a blast from the past), the Aura features a range of unique and posh design touches.
The display supports 16 million colors and a 300dpi resolution; the skin is stainless steel and shows a textured pattern (it takes two weeks to make sculpt, etch, and polish says Moto!); the lens is made from 1.62-carat sapphire crystal; the gears are tungsten carbide coated; the finish has a mirror … Read more
Last month at the fall CTIA show, Sprint assured us that it was not forgetting its Nextel fans. The carrier promised that by the end of the year it would release four iDEN-only phones for the push-to-talk-loving masses. We've already reviewed the Motorola i365, we're still waiting for the already announced Motorola i576, and we know that an iDEN BlackBerry is on the way. That leaves the new Motorola i775 has the final model in the quarter.
Research In Motion was a big loser in an otherwise positive day for tech stocks after it was the subject of a research note authored by a pessimistic financial analyst.
James Faucette of Pacific Crest Securities rained on RIM's parade with a research note Monday suggesting that October sales of RIM's BlackBerrys have been less-than-impressive, causing the stock to plunge $5.10, or 8.64 percent, to close at $53.91 on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The note also comes a day before Apple is expected to report iPhone sales of around 5 million units during the past … Read more
Motorola, which has been struggling to find a home run hitter to replace its Razr, appears to be gearing up to debut a social-networking smartphone that uses Google's mobile operating system, Android, according to a BusinessWeek report.
Motorola's Android phone, according to the report, is expected to feature a touch screen similar to Apple's popular iPhone, as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that allows users to connect to such social-networking sites as MySpace and Facebook. It is unclear how similar it will be to T-Mobile USA's newly released G1 phone, manufactured by HTC, which also … Read more
This year still has several weeks left on the calendar, but it's not too early to look back at the past 10 months and evaluate how we've progressed on the consumer tech front. Rather than look at the best products of the year, however, I decided to focus on the ones that were the most cutting-edge. As such, I've looked back at everything we've covered this year, and I've done my best to winnow down the list and come up with 10 products I think are at the cusp of... something. They may not be fully baked, and they may be overpriced, but they're at the forefront of their respective categories. Of course, I've surely missed some worthy products, so feel free to agree or disagree and add your own selections in the comments section below. … Read more
Better late then never, we say. Two years after its original debut, the Motorola Ming has made its way to the United States. But it's not exactly the Motorola Ming; rather, it's a variant called the Motorola Krave ZN4. Launching today with Verizon Wireless, the Krave ZN4 is one of the coolest phones we've seen in a while. Check out our full Krave ZN4 review and our Krave slide show.
The Krave offers the same basic design that resembles a Star Trek communicator. Yet, it adds more features while offering innovative design tweaks to an intuitive and … Read more