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#TBT: Attempt your hand at handset hurling; IBM eyes cell; FirstNet’s first board … this week in 2012

Editor’s Notice: RCR Wi-fi Information goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the highest headlines from the previous. Hearth up the time machine, placed on these sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and benefit from the recollections!

Hurl your handset! It’s a sport

The Olympics could also be over, however there are nonetheless loads of alternatives to see athletes from around the globe do superb issues. This weekend a few of Finland’s strongest arms hurled telephones into the air within the nation’s annual Cell Cellphone Throwing World Championships. Whereas the occasion attracts its share of novice phone-tossers, there are critical opponents as effectively. Finland’s Jonna Mattero is a hammer-throwing professional who received the ladies’s distance competitors by hurling her handset 139 toes. The winner of the lads’s distance competitors was Ere Karjalainen, who set a brand new report for the competition by throwing his telephone 332 toes. Karjalainen says a day of ingesting earlier than the competition helped him win. The Cell Cellphone Throwing World Championships have been held in Finland for 12 years now. Finland, in fact, can also be dwelling to Nokia, till not too long ago the world’s main producer of cellphones. The competition’s organizers say that folks in Finland prefer to throw previous handsets as a result of “Finland is named the house nation of the cellphones and Finns have at all times been very fashion-conscious concerning the telephones.” Then there’s the phone-rage subject, another excuse for tossing the units. Based on the Cell Cellphone Throwing web site, “Cell phone is a vital a part of us that connects us to just about anyplace on the earth, however while you most want it the battery runs out or your sweetheart doesn’t reply or somebody doesn’t return your name. Hope, anticipation, ardour and frustration concentrates on [the] cell phone.” … Learn extra

Samsung invests in Austin chip facility

Samsung Electronics says it should make investments $3 – $4 billion to improve an Austin memory-chip making plant in order that it may possibly produce chips for cell units. That’s nearly twice as a lot as the corporate reportedly invested in a South Korean chip-making facility earlier this 12 months. It’s additionally the largest funding ever made in Texas by a non-U.S. firm. Samsung (005930.KS) performs on either side of the cell system market, making chips for its personal units in addition to for these produced by its arch-rival Apple (AAPL). The A5 processor that powers the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 is made by Samsung in Austin. Like its Chinese language rival Huawei, Samsung is investing closely in cell processors as a option to profit from the demand for cell units and train extra management over its personal provide chain. Manufacturing on the Austin plant is anticipated to be in full swing by the second half of subsequent 12 months. … Learn extra

IBM eyes cell

Extra time is required to know the impression of the appearance of cell units and instruments in company enterprise. Speaking with members of the press throughout the IBM Discussion board held August 15-16 in São Paulo, the brand new IBM Brazil president, Rodrigo Kede, stated the corporate has labored within the again workplace to allow mobility for finish customers. “We’re not on the entrance finish. Truly, we’re all making an attempt to know how mobility and social networking will change individuals’s lives,” he stated.  Kede didn’t reply RCR Wi-fi Information’ query about IBM’s rumored curiosity in buying RIM’s enterprise companies unit, which is taken into account to be the corporate’s most precious asset. “Concerning mobility, IBM works on the expertise degree,” he stated. It is very important spotlight that IBM has acquired new property up to now, aiming to spice up its cell work. In Could, IBM unveiled Cell Basis, a portfolio of services designed to assist organizations capitalize on the proliferation of cell environments. Aimed toward options for laptops, smartphones and tablets, the brand new providing follows IBM’s acquisition of Worklight and targets a $22-billion-market that’s anticipated to develop to $36 billion by 2015. … Learn extra

FirstNet’s first board introduced

The general public security and first responder neighborhood acquired a lift as Appearing U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Clean rounded out the 15-member board of the First Responder Community Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet can be chargeable for shaping and overseeing the event and deployment of the nationwide public security broadband community. FirstNet was established earlier this 12 months to shepherd the deployment of a nationwide public security community, which has languished over the previous decade following requires such a community within the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults. The board consists of three everlasting members, and 12 members chosen by the Secretary of Commerce. The everlasting members are the Secretary of Homeland Safety Janet Napolitano, Lawyer Basic Eric Holder, and the Director of the Workplace of Administration and Finances (at the moment Appearing Director Jeffrey Zients). … Learn extra

Google plans cuts at Motorola Mobility

Google reported immediately in a authorities submitting that it plans to chop 4,000 jobs, or about 20% of Motorola Mobility’s workforce in an try and streamline operations and “shifting the emphasis from characteristic telephones to extra modern and worthwhile units.” The corporate, which acquired Motorola Mobility earlier this 12 months for $12.5 billion, famous in a Securities and Alternate Fee submitting that two-thirds of the job cuts would impression operations exterior america. The Chicago Tribune reported that the handset maker would reduce about 700 jobs within the Chicago space, or about 23% of its workforce, leaving roughly 2,300 staff within the space. That transfer may arrange a battle with the native authorities as Motorola Mobility had beforehand agreed to maintain a minimum of 2,500 jobs within the space in return for tax credit. “These modifications are designed to return Motorola’s cell units unit to profitability, after it misplaced cash in fourteen of the final sixteen quarters,” Google famous within the SEC submitting. “That stated, traders ought to count on to see vital income variability for Motorola for a number of quarters. Whereas decrease bills are more likely to lag the instant detrimental impression to income, Google sees these actions as a key step for Motorola to attain sustainable profitability.” Motorola Mobility posted an $86 million loss throughout the first quarter of this 12 months, which adopted a number of quarters of losses forward of Google’s acquisition. … Learn extra

World cell phone gross sales dip

Worldwide gross sales of cellphones to finish customers decreased 2.3% within the second quarter of 2012 to 419 million items, in accordance with Gartner, Inc. Samsung remained the chief and accounted for 21.6% of the entire market, increased than its 16.3% international share in 2Q11. Finland-based Nokia remained in second place with a 19.9% market share, which exhibits the corporate’s decline from its 22.8% share within the second quarter of 2011. Within the third place, Apple held 6.9%, adopted by ZTE (4.3%), LG Electronics (3.4%) and Huawei System (2.6%). Anshul Gupta, principal analysis analyst at Gartner, defined that demand slowed due to the difficult financial atmosphere and customers suspending upgrades to benefit from high-profile system launches and promotions out there later within the 12 months. Smartphone gross sales accounted for 36.7% of whole cell phone gross sales and grew 42.7% within the second quarter of 2012, whereas demand for characteristic telephones continued to say no, considerably weakening the general cell phone market. … Learn extra

Take a look at the RCR Wi-fi Information Archives for extra tales from the previous.



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