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Posts tagged “Telecommunications and Wireless”

9:40 a.m. yesterday

'Bold but reckless:' Sprint offers DirecTV customers free year of phone service

Sprint ​Sprint is offering DirecTV customers one free year of cellphoneservice in a bold move aimed at the satellite TV company's new owner, AT&T. An analyst calls the offer bold but reckless.

Updated 6:27 a.m. yesterday

Apple to unveil new iPhones, gadgets; cameras reportedly to be sharper

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones launched a year ago      ​Apple has announced plans for a new product event on Sept. 9 in San Francisco, where the giant tech company is expected to show off new iPhones and other gadgets. And a key improvement is cameras with more capabilities, a media report says.

Updated 10:17 a.m. Thursday

Lenovo confirms Motorola exec to lead combined smartphone business

Rick Osterloh, right, now heads Lenovo's smartphone business Rick Osterlog, the president of Motorola, will be the leader of Lenovo's smartphone businesses under a reorganization plan the global tech giant says. However, the company will maintain two brands and Lenovo executive Chen Xudong remains leader of the Lenovo Mobile Business Group.

Updated 8:34 a.m. Thursday

Reports: Motorola now absorbing Lenovo smartphone efforts

Motorola's new Lenovo banner   Lenovo is wasting little time in moving ahead with a formal reorganization of its smartphone efforts. In reports from Asia, Lenovo executives say the global tech giant is betting its phone efforts on Motorola with that group now taking over design and production. But there still may be a Lenovo brand afterall. Lenovo's ZUK line apparently remains independent.

8:29 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Lenovo mobile leader asks 'patience' for his strategy to win 'smartphone market melee'

Chen Xudong, the recently named head of Lenovo's mobile group, uses his personal blog to make the case for the changes he's making. One company but apparently two brands. A focus on quality, not price. Regaining trust. An emphasis on an "imperative" of "three things." He asks for patience, says he is "convinced" Lenovo "has a chance to win" what he calls the "smartphone crowded market melee." Our WTW Insiders get the full story.

Chen Xudong Chen Xudong

Updated 9:18 a.m. Wednesday

Republic Wireless CEO sees growing threat from big carriers in Wi-Fi

Republic Wireless in Raleigh is one of the leading providers for Wi-Fi based wireless phone services, and its CEO tells The Wall Street Journal that he sees a growing threat from big carriers such as Verizon to the Wi-Fi calling business.

David Morken, CEO, Republic Wireless David Morken, CEO, Republic Wireless

1:30 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock CMOs to surge mobile spending 160% despite questions about performance

Chief marketing officers are betting big on mobile ads, planning to increase spending a "whopping" - to use the survey's own word - 160 percent over the next three years. Yet they are doing so despite questions about how effective mobile ads are, says a new survey from the Chief Marketing Officer survey from Duke's Fuqua Business School.

Tracking ad performance Tracking ad performance

6:55 a.m. Tuesday

Pfizer-Hospira deal nears close; Lenovo phones No. 1 in India; Cortona goes Android; Facebook guilty 'spam' plea; driverless crash truck

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: The Pfizer-Hospira deal nears a close; Lenovo is No. 1 in 4g smartphones across India; Microsoft offers beta on Cortana for Android; a guilty please in a Facebook spam case; and a driverless crash truck debuts.

5:27 a.m. Monday

Getting WTW on the go: Mobile iPhone/iOS, Android apps available

WRAL TechWire, a comprehensive source of coverage of companies in the Carolinas and beyond with a focus on the growth industries of broadband, life sciences, and on entrepreneurs and venture funding, announces the release of the WRAL TechWire app for iOS devices.

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Updated August 20

Apple surges, Lenovo-Motorola falters as smartphone sales growth slows

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones launched a year ago      Apple is bucking the trend of a slowing growth rate for global smartphone sales with significant growth. But Lenovo-Motorola's sales fall sharply as do those of global leader Samsung, according to new data from research firm Gartner.

August 19

Premium Lock More Motorola change? Lenovo will create one smartphone brand, exec says

Motorola's new Lenovo banner   So Lenovo guts its Motorola work force based in Chicago by 25 percent as part of a big cost-cutting move. What's next? The top mobile executive within Lenovo says he envisions one brand, not two. Right now, Lenovo has its own smartphones then there is Motorola. What name will prevail? What group will dominate? Oh, you also might find interesting which market Lenovo considers most important outside of China.

August 18

Lenovo to begin manufacturing smartphones in India

Another "flash" sellout for Lenovo Lenovo, which has sold smartphones in batches of thousands in India through online "flash" sales, is now manufacturing smartphones in that country. The news comes a week after Lenovo disclosed a big drop in smartphone sales and layoffs that included 500 jobs at its Motorola operation in Chicago.

Updated August 18

Verizon, AT&T share No.1 in NC wireless service; Verizon wins nationally

Wireless coverage Competition for customers among the top four wireless providers remains intense - and close - with Verizon nosing past AT&T for the top spot nationally as calculated by independent testing firm RootMetrics. But in North Carolina, the two companies share the top spot. Meanwhile, Sprint is catching up.

August 17

Here's how to get WTW on the go: Mobile iPhone/iOS, Android apps available

WRAL TechWire, a comprehensive source of coverage of companies in the Carolinas and beyond with a focus on the growth industries of broadband, life sciences, and on entrepreneurs and venture funding, announces the release of the WRAL TechWire app for iOS devices.

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Updated August 14

The Chicago massacre: Lenovo gutting 25% of Motorola work force

A reorganization of Lenovo's smartphone operations in June included the ousting of its top mobile executive. On Thursday, Lenovo went much further:Motorola will take over as the lead on smartphone development but at the same time its Chicago headquarters work force is being gutted by 25 percent. Lenovo is making other cuts, too, but those include 7 percent in the Triangle and 10 percent overall across corporate white collar jobs.

Motorola's new Lenovo banner   Motorola's new Lenovo banner

August 14

Inside looks: Samsung's new jumbo phones + Q&A on mobile payment tech

Samsung unveils two new jumbo-size phones in a new effort to battle Apple for smartphone sales. Plus, Samsung offers its own mobile pay system. A Q&A examines how it compares to Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Updated August 13

Lenovo to cut 7% of work force in Triangle - 230 jobs

Lenovo banner at a trade show        Lenovo, the world's top PC manufacturer and a leader in mobile phone, tablet and server sales, is slashing 3,200 white-collar jobs in a cost-cutting move. The cuts come after the company, which operates its global executive headquarters in Morrisville, says profits plummeted in its most recent quarter amid falling smartphone and struggling PC sales. Most of the cost-cutting talk focuses on Motorola.

Updated August 13

Twitter removes 140-character limit on private messages

Now you can "tweet" to your heart's delight - without any character limits - but only for private messages. Twitter announced early Thursday that it is removing the 140-character limit to its "Direct Messages." But on the public side, the limit remains.

Sample of a Twitter Direct Message Sample of a Twitter Direct Message

August 12

AT&T to Wall Street: Acquisitions mean 'we're a different company'

AT&T wants DirecTV     Randall Stephenson, chair and CEO of AT&T, is delivering an upbeat presentation to Wall Street analysts today. In a webconference set to begin at 10 a.m. EST, Stephenson will lay out reasons why he believes the company's recent acquisitions, including DirecTV, mean more growth.

August 12

Windsor Circle gets 'Smaht'; Verizon discount phones; ChannelAdvisor eyes Canada; $100M press release hack ring; FDA warns Kardashian

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of science and technology news: Durham's Windsor Circle is rolling out new products; current Verizon customers can still get discount phones; ChannelAdvisor looks to expand sales to Canada with Newegg; hackers allegedly stole press releases to make $100M; and the FDA warns Kim Kardashian about her social media endorsements.

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