Archive for August, 2011

SplatF Employee of the Month: Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility

Aug. 31, ‘11: The last day of every month, we honor an industry leader with the prestigious SplatF Employee of the Month award. This month it’s Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha. He wisely took advantage of the smartphone patent bubble and twisted Google’s … Continue reading →

Why consumers still lose if AT&T can’t buy T-Mobile

Aug. 31, ‘11: The government’s opposition to AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile seems to be about competition and price: It’s not comfortable with the idea of three carriers (instead of four) representing 90% of wireless connections, and it doesn’t want T-Mobile’s low-cost strategy being … Continue reading →

Back to the drawing board for AT&T and T-Mobile

Aug. 31, ‘11: Bloomberg’s Tom Schoenberg: The U.S. government sued to block AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market. My guess is that AT&T won’t be giving up this easily. … Continue reading →

What’s new isn’t: Samsung just launched a 6-month-old phone, and that’s okay

Aug. 31, ‘11: One of the things you always hear about the mobile industry is that it’s moving so fast and that new phones are coming out every week and that it’s hard but important to keep up. But that’s only half-true. Things … Continue reading →

HP, are you crazy?

Aug. 30, ‘11: HP’s Mark Budgell: Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, … Continue reading →

RIM’s developer relations guy leaves

Aug. 30, ‘11: Mike Kirkup, RIM’s departing senior director of developer relations, gives CrackBerry the old spending more time with my family reasoning behind his departure. But I’m hearing (and reading) that Kirkup is a smart guy. He has to know that RIM’s … Continue reading →

Reality check: Two-thirds of Americans still don’t have smartphones

Aug. 30, ‘11: Some 234 million Americans have mobile phones, comScore reports. Of those, only about one-third, or 82 million people, have smartphones. That number is growing fast — up 10% from earlier this year, comScore says. But it still means that almost … Continue reading →

Madden 2012: Guess where you can download it and where you can’t

Aug. 30, ‘11: If you want to play it on an Xbox 360 or PS3, you have to leave your house, go to a store, and buy it on a plastic disc. If you want to play it right now, you can buy it … Continue reading →

Instagram makes the cut for American Airlines photo contest, Flickr doesn’t

Aug. 30, ‘11: Okay, yes, it’s just one example. But the fact that American Airlines is using Instagram as an entry point for its mobile photo contest — along with Twitter, Facebook, and email, but not Flickr — gives you an idea of … Continue reading →

Apple’s new iTunes streaming isn’t actually streaming

Aug. 30, ‘11: Peter Kafka reports that Apple’s forthcoming iTunes Match streaming option isn’t technically a stream — it’s actually a progressive download, which lets you listen while it’s downloading. Why? Not because of licensing issues — Apple has streaming rights — but because … Continue reading →