Motorola to cut 20% of workforce

Motorola to cut 20% of workforce
Motorola Mobility has told its employees that it will be laying off 20 per cent of its work force and nearly one-third of its 94 offices worldwide. These cuts are the first steps in Google's transformation of the ailing company, the New York Times reports. Google completed the purchase of Motorola Mobility in a deal worth $12.5 billion (£7.9 billion) in May and it represented…

Nokia’s future is ‘in question’

Nokia’s future is ‘in question’
Up until earlier this year, Nokia had been the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, however, it is now struggling to stay afloat in the hyper-competitive market. It hasn't been able to keep up with the strength in depth that Google's Android and Apple's iOS has and as such has had to deal with deepening losses and job reductions. Indeed, the company announced in…

Apple’s iPad can ‘benefit children’

Apple’s iPad can ‘benefit children’
Apple's iPad has become one of the must-have items for people all around the world since its inception in 2010. However, it isn't only adults that can get a great deal of satisfaction from using the tablets. Indeed, infant and child development psychologist Dr Jordy Kaufman told the Brisbane Times that using an iPad could help a child's development but more research is required. Despite…

Mobile phone recycling: Samsung launches Galaxy Note 10.1

Mobile phone recycling: Samsung launches Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung has announced the eagerly anticipated launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1, which is the latest in the company's Note model range. It is outfitted with all the functionality and precision that you would expect from a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display screen. Featuring a unique user experience, the device is armed with a 1.4-GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for enhanced…

Samsung ‘not considering’ purchasing RIM

Samsung ‘not considering’ purchasing RIM
Samsung has said on Thursday ( August 9th) that it is not considering purchasing the embattled Research In Motion (RIM) nor will it license its new operating system. Shares of RIM briefly shot up more than five per cent early on Wednesday after an analyst had claimed that it may license the BlackBerry 10 system to Samsung. Lee Sei-cheol of Meritz Securities said told Reuters…

Samsung devices ‘confusingly similar’ to iPhone

Samsung devices ‘confusingly similar’ to iPhone
One of Apple's key witnesses in the patent trial between the American firm and Samsung has described the Korean gadgets as "confusingly similar" to that of the iPhone. Award-winning graphic designer Susan Kare - who helped design icons for the original Macintosh computers between 1982 and 1986 - examined the home screen of 11 different Samsung products, Reuters reports. Apple contends that buyers could confuse…

Sell my mobile: Smartphone uptake blamed on bill complaints

Sell my mobile: Smartphone uptake blamed on bill complaints
The rapid uptake in smartphones throughout Australia has been blamed for a significant rise in bill shock. A rising number of mobile phone users contacted the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman throughout the last 12 months after receiving large bills they cannot afford. Indeed, the number of consumers contacting the regulator doubled in early 2012 when compared with the same time last year. Australian Communications Consumer Action…

Mobile phone recycling: People to replace wallets with smartphones

Mobile phone recycling: People to replace wallets with smartphones
Smartphones will replace wallets in a new world-first trial starting in Australia later today (August 7th). Under the three-month pilot program brought to consumers by Westpac and MasterCard, debit card information will be securely programmed into mobile phone SIM cards. People's mobile devices will operate like a credit card chip and users will be able to make purchases up to $100, though experts have warned…