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RIM looking to slash more jobs, up to 2,000 more on the chopping block

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2012 8:19 am

Back in July of 2011, Research in Motion slashed 10-percent of its global workforce, laying off 2,000 employees as "a prudent and necessary step for the long term success of the company".




But, it looks like they could be repeating the process according to AllThingsD. They're reporting that RIM will announce another major global restructuring that will include "at least" 2,000 job cuts. A source has told AllThingsD:


RIM has about 16,500 employees worldwide now. That number will be down to 14,500 before the summer's over. ...14,500 or less.


The cuts are expected to not just be a certain section, but company-wide, with everyone from marketing to sales, to legal and operations expecting to have jobs cut. The question is, will this help? Did it help last time? Are RIM cutting the fat from the company, or digging right in and removing the meat?

NVIDIA set to release 30 Tegra 3-powered smartphones this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 7:22 am

NVIDIA plan to bake Tegra 3 SoC's into 30 smartphones by the end of the year, says NVIDIA's Mobile Business Manager, Mike Rayfield. Rayfield unleashed the information at the company's annual Analyst Day.




Considering that half the year is already gone, and there's only a single Tegra 3-powered smartphone on the market, that's quite the call. One more is about to hit European countries next week. Last year, NVIDIA released just 15 Tegra 2-powered handsets.


Rayfield did note that out of the 30 smartphones destined to sport Tegra 3, 18 of those would be heading over to China and would be priced at under $300 each. That means that the rest of the world should see 12 handsets, but no word on pricing or models at the moment.

ViewSonic ready to show off 22-inch tablet at Computex next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 6:17 am

Just when you thought your 10.1-inch tablet was the best thing on the block and bought all the boys to the yard, ViewSonic are ready to unveil their milkshake 22-inch Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet.




ViewSonic will unveil their 22-inch Android ICS tablet at Computex next week, with the marketing department over at ViewSonic designing an ad that promotes the 22-inch tablet as a device that not only "touch" but "connect".


What are ViewSonic trying to connect with here? I know they're going to connect with wallets, and souls, but what else? 22-inch is quite amazing for a tablet, and we'll be sure to bring you some in-person shots of this tablet when we run amok on the floors of Computex next week!

RumorTT: Facebook to acquire Opera, want to make a Facebook browser

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2012 5:27 am

With the news we reported just hours ago of Facebook wanting to make their own smartphone, this news makes even more sense. Pocket-lint is reporting that Facebook is looking at buying Opera Software, the boys and girls behind the Opera web browser.




This would allow the social networking giant to enter the browser space along with Google, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla and even Yahoo, who just launched their own browser not that long ago. If it were to acquire Opera, it would definitely be an even stronger competitor against Google, not just for a browser, but for social networking.


Opera's mobile browser is already impressive, and if Facebook were to acquire them, that's one thing they wouldn't have to bother building from the ground-up, it would just be a slot in, change some things around and go. Opera claims to have over 200 million users across all of their platforms, so that's a nice start for Zuckerberg and co.

The 'pebble blue' version of Samsung's GALAXY S III delayed due to manufacturing problems

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 4:26 am

There are multiple sources saying that the 'pebble blue' version of the Samsung GALAXY S III will be delayed due to a manufacturing issue with the back case, but no more specifics have been made available.




XDA Developers is reporting that Samsung have ditched approximately 600,000 rear casings for the phone and that they are retooling the production process. The white version is reportedly OK, and will still be hitting shelves and hands across the world.


Just when I thought I'd be able to buy one of each color when I'm in Taipei for Computex. Samsung, you disappoint. Looks like it's two of the white-colored versions now!

RumorTT: Facebook still working on a phone, could we see them acquire a hardware maker?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 28, 2012 3:19 am

We've heard the rumors before, and with the power that social networking giant Facebook has, it would not surprise me to see them release a smartphone. But, can a smartphone really succeed in this world of super-powered smartphones, built around Facebook?




Well, according to employees of Facebook, some engineers have been sought out by engineers there, as well as others who have been briefed on Facebook's plans, reckon that the company wants to release its own smartphone by 2013. These people spoke out in anonymity, fearing their jobs or relationship with Facebook.


Facebook have reportedly hired ex-Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, these same employees said. One thing that would boost the 'is Facebook building a phone' argument, is CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has said he's worried that if he doesn't create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms.

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Instagram has instagrown, has enjoyed 78% more uniques in April, thanks to Facebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 28, 2012 2:20 am

Instagram have been doing more than just rolling around in pools of money since their acquisition from Facebook, the exposure to millions upon millions of socially-connected users has its benefits. Last month, the photo sharing website saw a 78-percent surge in unique visitors in the United States.




This surge made Instagram the highest gaining site on the Internet for the month, according to analytics firm comScore. From comScore's reports, had close to 14.6 million unique U.S. visitors in April, which is up from the 8.2 million the month before. Considering that Instagram's bread and butter is from mobile applications for the iPhone and Android, this is a pretty big feat for the photo sharing service.


But, April was a huge month for Instagram: on April 3 they released their long-awaited Android app, and just a few days later Facebook announced they were acquiring the company for close to $1 billion in cash and shares. Both of these events would've triggered a surge in Instagram activity, as seen from the comScore report.

After a week, Facebook is the biggest IPO flop of the decade

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 28, 2012 1:18 am

We've surely all read or heard about the IPO from social networking giant Facebook, and how it has been a disaster since day one, but ranked as one of the worst of the decade? Well, according to Bloomberg, it is. Bloomberg have declared it as the worst large IPO of the past decade, based on the first five days of trading.




During an interview on Bloomberg TV, markets reporter Sheila Dharmarajan compared Facebook to four other poorly performing IPOs: Blackstone Group, General Motors, Mastercard and MF Global. Given that these companies aren't just run of the mill small businesses, it's a good comparison to the social networking giant. As the picture shows above, Facebook are in quite the pickle, compared to say VISA who were trading very well after a week.

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Foxconn produces 70% of iPhones, wants to produce even more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 25, 2012 10:20 pm

Foxconn recently inked an agreement with Sony to learn how to make the new touch screen for the Apple iPhone. New reports have surfaced that show that Foxconn wants to completely take over the iPhone manufacturing business. Currently Foxconn's Zhengzhou produces about 200,000 iPhones per day which accounts for 70% of production.




If Foxconn has their way, they would like to double that plant's output to 400,000 a day. With this increase comes the risk of damaging workers' health or having to hire additional workers. It remains to be seen just how Foxconn intends to increase the production of this plant. It's current productions account for 52.7 percent of the total exports of the Henan province.


This is great for Foxconn if they are able to. But it's not the best strategy for Apple. Think about what would happen if there were a fire at the plant and all of a sudden there was no iPhone being manufactured. It's unlikely that this would happen as I'm sure there are plans in place to prevent it, but it shows that Apple shouldn't put 100% of production into one company or factory.

Google releases video taken using Project Glass prototype

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: May 25, 2012 9:28 pm

Google is sure throwing quite a bit of money and support at the Project Glass augmented reality glasses. They are trying to cram so much technology into a tiny, and hopefully fashionable, package that they should become every geek's dream gadget. We still don't know much about the project other than it's being publicly tested by Google executives.




We've seen some pictures released that have been taken using the glasses and, to be honest, they aren't that great. Most modern smartphones could easily outpace the resolution and quality, but the glasses do have one advantage: Point-of-view. Pictures can be taken hands-free and are from the perspective of the wearer.


Google has now released a 15-second video that was taken while the user was jumping on a trampoline. This really is where these glasses start to shine. It would have been near impossible to take a video like this without these glasses. The quality of the video isn't stunning by any means, but for users who video blog their lives, these glasses are an invaluable piece of technology.

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