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T-Mobile USA’s chief marketing officer, Cole Brodman, calls it quits

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

T-Mobile USA's chief marketing officer, Cole Brodman, calls it quits

Maybe he’s finished running with the underdog, or maybe he’s just done with the corporate gig altogether, but one thing is certain: as of May 25th, Cole Brodman will mark his exit from T-Mobile. For the past two years, Mr. Brodman has served as the carrier’s chief marketing officer, and his departure concludes 17 years with the company. During his tenure, Cole Brodman railed against the subsidized handset game, helped drive the adoption of smartphones and — sadly — crushed our dreams for the potential of a Magenta-branded iPhone. He must also claim at least partial responsibility for the carrier’s net loss of customers in 2011, with a total of 802,000 subscribers jumping ship in Q4 alone.

One thing is certain of Mr. Brodman’s exit, however: he seems content with the decision. Likening the move to a retirement, he remarked, “It’s an opportunity to step away, get a break and start to think about how I want to do something next.” Andrew Sherrard will replace Cole Brodman as T-Mobile’s interim chief marketing officer while the company searches for a permanent replacement. So long, Mr. Brodman, and thanks for the smartphones.

[Cole Brodman photo via CNET]

T-Mobile USA’s chief marketing officer, Cole Brodman, calls it quits originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 17:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple and Proview likely to settle dispute over iPad trademark

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Last week, Apple and Proview initiated talks in an attempt to resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, and the Chinese company is confident that it will receive a settlement offer from Apple, the Associated Press reports. “It is likely that we will settle out of court. The Guangdong High Court is helping to arrange it and the court also expects to do so,” said Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer for Proview. “Actually Proview always expected to settle out of court from the beginning. I don’t know if Apple has changed its attitude, but I believe that the key point now is the price.” In a previous statement, Apple claimed it would never “knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks,” and said that Proview “still owe a lot of people a lot of money, they are now unfairly trying to get more from Apple for a trademark we already paid for.” Fu Shuangjian, the Deputy Director of China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, however, has already stated that Proview is still the legitimate owner of the iPad trademark in the country. If the companies cannot reach a settlement, the Guangdong High Court will rule over the matter.

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WSJ: Google to sell ASUS, Samsung tablets from its own online store

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In a move that would be reminiscent of its initial plans for the Nexus handsets, the Wall Street Journal suggests Google will open its own online store this year, but stocked with tablets instead of phones. The Android tablets would be built by Samsung and ASUS who already offer the well received Galaxy Tab and Transformer lines, but have been unable to make a dent in marketshare comparable to that of Apple or even Amazon. Other details seem to be less clear, including the possibility of the lineup including Google branded tablets — like the one hinted at by Eric Schmidt in December — or that the store could offer a new tablet from ASUS (maybe running Jelly Bean, maybe not), or the chance that Google will follow Amazon’s approach by subsidizing the upfront cost. Right now it seems that all possibilities are still in Play, but if the rumor is right we’ll see the store launch this year — any suggestions for the folks at Mountain View?

WSJ: Google to sell ASUS, Samsung tablets from its own online store originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A Gorgeous Look at How Books Are Born [Video]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Sure, high speed printers can spew out the WSJ‘s full daily circulation in five hours but where’s the soul in that? Where’s the craftsmanship? To see the magic of traditional book-making in action, check out Birth of a Book. More »


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U.K. and Swedish regulators follow Australia’s lead, examine ’4G’ iPad claims

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Earlier this weak, Australian regulators claimed that Apple was misleading consumers with false promotions and advertisements for its new “4G” iPad tablet. While the new iPad supports some 4G LTE networks, users in most regions are stuck with HSPA and HSPA+ 3G networks. After the allegation, Apple began to offer refunds to Australian iPad owners who felt duped by the company’s 4G claims. Now, regulators in the U.K. have confirmed that they are looking into various complaints regarding the new iPad, Pocket-lint reports. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Sweden’s Consumer Agency is considering an investigation into whether Apple’s “4G” marketing is misleading as well. Apple has not addressed the matter publicly.

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Google to switch on ‘semantic search’ within months, emphasize things as well as words

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
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A search engine should be about more than just keywords. MC Hammer believes that passionately and Google must do too, because over the next few months and years it’ll gradually adjust its own algorithms to put greater emphasis on “semantic search”. Under this system, search queries are run through a vast knowledge database that discovers relationships with other words and facts. A Mountain View exec explained it thus: If you search for “Lake Tahoe”, you won’t just get ranked websites containing those two words but also key attributes about the lake, such as its location, altitude, average temperature and Bigfoot population. If a piece of knowledge isn’t the in the ever-expanding database, the search engine will still use semantic search to help it recognize and evaluate information held on websites. In doing this, Big G hopes to compete with social networks that are amassing their own valuable (and sometimes intrusive) databases full of personal information, while also encouraging people to stay longer on its site and see more targeted ads. Google, who is Viviane Reding?

Google to switch on ‘semantic search’ within months, emphasize things as well as words originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HBO in talks to relax iCloud ban on Universal, Fox movies for Apple TV

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Remember when it was revealed that Fox and Universal’s movie libraries wouldn’t be able to stream via iCloud to your Apple TV? The reason was that both studios were locked into an exclusive window with HBO. Fortunately, the cable channel is already entering into negotiations with the studios to relax that rule for people who have already bought their movies — having already done so for stablemate Warner Bros. A settlement is expected to be forthcoming in the next few weeks, at which point we can get back to the important things in life: the second series of Game of Thrones.

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HBO in talks to relax iCloud ban on Universal, Fox movies for Apple TV originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Mar 2012 17:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon: give us more spectrum, we’re gasping over here

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Verizon: give us more spectrum, we're gasping over here

VZW has stacks of money and plenty of ambition, but apparently it’s already running out of mobile spectrum. The operator is trying to buy an extra block of airwaves from some cable companies in a $3.9 billion deal, but it has faced bitter resistance from rival networks who claim it’s wrong for one company to hog so much electromagnetism. In a filing to the FCC yesterday, Verizon told regulators that its LTE network will start hitting spectrum limits as soon as next year in some areas of the US, with more areas being affected by 2015. Is it time to panic?

Verizon: give us more spectrum, we’re gasping over here originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Mar 2012 08:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Introducing the original iPAD, Proview’s late ’90s iMac-like desktop

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
iPAD

So, have you been following the iPad dispute in China? Wondering exactly who or what this Proview company is and what they’re doing with a trademark on the iPad name? Well, wonder no more friends. The company actually stylized the name as iPAD, and it stood for Internet Personal Access Device. They hit the market way back in 1998 and weren’t tablets, but all-in-one PCs that looked an awful lot like another machine that debuted that year — the iMac. Over the course of a decade Proview produced between 10,000 and 20,000 of he 15-inch CRT desktops, before collapsing in 2010 and abandoning its Shenzhen plant, thanks in part to the economic crisis engulfing the globe. Most of its assets, including the iPAD trademark are now the property of eight different banks and it’s debts exceed $1 billion, which probably explains why the company is demanding so much money from Apple. For more details about the original iPAD and a photo tour of the deserted factory hit up the source links.

Introducing the original iPAD, Proview’s late ’90s iMac-like desktop originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 09:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WSJ: Apple Is Testing an 8-Inch iPad [Rumors]

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

FCC approves AT&T’s $1.9b purchase of Qualcomm’s 700MHz spectrum (update)

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Christmas has come early to the execs at AT&T, who are likely celebrating the FCC’s 3-1 approval to purchase Qualcomm’s block of the 700MHz spectrum for $1.9 billion. The news comes as a bittersweet victory for Ma Bell, whose efforts to acquire T-Mobile turned sour earlier this year. Qualcomm’s block of the airwaves, once used to facilitate FLO TV, now sits unused. Once the acquisition is complete, AT&T will use the new share of spectrum to increase download capacity for its burgeoning LTE network.

For the FCC’s part, it has approved the deal with only a few stipulations: AT&T will be required to satisfy interference requirements and must offer data roaming to its competitors on the spectrum. That’s not to suggest everyone’s pleased, however. Rural cellular providers asked that, as part of the deal, AT&T must ensure that its LTE network is interoperable with the bands used by smaller networks. Sadly, the FCC has denied this request, ostensibly limiting the little guy from receiving Ma Bell’s hand-me-downs.

Update: AT&T has gone ahead and released a wee bit of celebratory PR, which we’re including after the break. Most importantly, it expects to wrap up the finer details in the next few days.

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FCC approves AT&T’s $1.9b purchase of Qualcomm’s 700MHz spectrum (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Wants to Create an Amazon Prime for the Entire Internet [Rumors]

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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