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Holistic Tech Support in a DIY World

The evolving technological needs of consumers have prompted changes not only in tech support services, but also in the business strategies of technical support providers. Those providers need to adjust their business models in order to effectively meet consumers' needs and remain relevant. At first ...

Google Unloads Motorola Set-Top Business

Google announced Thursday that it was selling its Motorola Mobility set-top box division, Motorola Home, to Arris Group for $2.35 billion. The deal, which has been approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to close by the second half of next year. Under the terms of the agreement, Google...

OPINION

An Analyst’s Ad Hominem Hell

I clearly hit a nerve last week when I compared Meg Whitman's moves at HP to Tim Cook's at Apple. I do sincerely think Tim Cook was set up to fail. Steve Jobs didn't hire Cook to replace him -- he hired him to do the jobs he didn't want to do. This is why a lot of great companies slide. The existing...

Will Camcorders Go the Way of the Pager?

Cisco pulled the plug on its Flip digital video camera earlier this week, putting an end to its line of popular, relatively low-cost dedicated digital video cameras. Up until December, Cisco had invested a lot of time and effort into building up the market for the device. Could Cisco's stunning reve...

Cisco’s Flip Flop: Lack of Brand Strategy?

This week Cisco pulled the plug on the Flip camera, a pocket-sized video camera. It was an abrupt and surprising reversal, given the popularity of the camera and the fact that Cisco acquired it from Pure Digital just a few years ago for $590 million. Cisco's explanation: It is realigning its operat...

Qualcomm Tucks Atheros Into Its Arsenal

Mobile technology giant Qualcomm has announced plans to purchase Atheros Communications, a leader in wired and wireless technology connectivity, for $45 per share in cash. The acquisition underscores the importance of wireless technology in the rapidly growing smartphone and tablet market. "It is Qu...

Symantec Sends Norton on Mobile Mission

Symantec is planning to introduce two mobile apps and a Software as a Service security application under an initiative dubbed "Norton Everywhere." The two apps are Norton Smartphone Security for Android Beta and Norton Connect Beta. The third product, Norton DNS Beta, is a cloud-based service throug...

Microsoft Gives OEMs Embedded Win 7 to Tinker With

Microsoft has given manufacturers the tools to make Windows the operating system for a host of consumer-oriented devices -- from video game consoles to TV set-top boxes that serve as full-blown home entertainment centers. Windows Embedded Standard 7 is the proposed platform. Microsoft announced the ...

ANALYSIS

Hot Boxes: The Explosive Potential for Residential Gateway Devices

The set-top box is the primary point of entry into the digital home for television services, including cable TV, DTH, and IPTV. This device has evolved beyond its historical role as a simple black box sitting on top of a large TV set into a smaller form-factor device supporting a variety of function...

Home Sweet Networked Home, Part 2

So far, most home networking deployments are one-off or are limited to a certain function, such as entertainment. Home networking becomes truly interesting when it is applied to all of a house's systems and its energy supply, said Raoul Wijgergangs, chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. "There are soluti...

THIS WEEK IN TECH

The Audacity of Droid

The Android mobile operating system is graduating soon to 2.0 status, and Google gave it a pretty nice present to celebrate: a free turn-by-turn navigation app called "Google Maps Navigation." It'll run on Android 2.0 phones with GPS, and it'll use the phone's cellular Internet connection to get liv...

ANALYSIS

The Wide-Open Gateway to the Connected Home

"The connected home" is a term used frequently but often defined ambiguously. Consumer electronics manufacturers, the PC industry, pay-television service providers and broadband providers are driving the development of the connected home, for obvious reasons, as the interplay of these elements expan...

PRODUCT REVIEW

PlayOn for Wii: Sometimes a Great Application

When they were designing the latest generation of video game consoles -- the generation we're currently right in the middle of -- two of the three major players envisioned their systems as hubs not just for games but for all sorts of digital entertainment. Downloaded movies, songs stored on a PC, hi...

PRODUCT PROFILE

Windows Shopping, Part 4: Smoothing Out Vista

You cannot get the Windows 7 beta from Microsoft's Web site anymore. The Redmond giant pulled the plug on its beta download free-for-all on Feb. 9 after several weeks of letting anybody who wanted to play with it grab it. Of course, you can still troll the dark side of the Internet to find the many ...

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