The order was made by GT Advanced, which is Apple partner since November 2013, when they announced that they have “entered into a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. to provide sapphire material”. At the same time, Apple announced that they are going to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona.
According to the press release, Sony PC and TV businesses failed to reach a high level of profitability and this was one of the main reasons behind this decision. In other words Sony hopes to reform its PC and TV business and this move will also affect 5,000 employees.
Sony claims that that they decide to sell VAIO brand after seeing “the drastic changes in the global PC industry”. They expect to close the deal with Japan Industrial Partners(JIP) by the end of March 2014. JIP will reevaluate VAIO lineup and will first focus on selling VAIO-branded computers in Japan.
In more news on the spying scandal, this time from the UK, the GCHQ allegedly attacked hackers associated with the loose hacker collective known as Anonymous, and the more organized group LulzSec in an attempt to take both down.
Taken from documents released by Edward Snowden, the allegations state that the British spy agency, which has come under fire for its invasive program running parallel to the US’s NSA, attempted to take both groups down.
But there was a kink in their plans. Not only did they illegally launch DDOS attacks against websites and chatrooms they believed to be hackers, but they ended up impacting the websites and communications of completely unrelated activists who were not engaged in unlawful online actions.
After months of waiting and speculation, Satya Nadella, rumored last week to have been the top pick for Microsoft’s CEO position, has been officially confirmed for the position. He hasn’t wasted any time, and the moment the announcement was made he emailed an introduction email to his new employees.
Many within the company would have already known the man personally, other by at least name or sight. Nadella has been working for Microsoft for more than twenty years, joining up in 1992. Since then he has been a part of several of departments, and headed others. Most recently, he was the vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Department.
Satya Nadella is allegedly poised to take the CEO position, but that isn’t all. He could also be taking Bill Gates place on the Board of Directors, another big surprise that hasn’t yet been confirmed.
The move to promote Nadella is an interesting one. So far, media reports have been focused on outside candidates that may have potentially been shortlisted for the job. But there had been no real speculation about in-company advancement.
On Google Blog, Larry Page said that “this move will enable Google to devote our energy to driving innovation across the Android ecosystem, for the benefit of smartphone users everywhere.”
In my oppinion Google sold Motorola for two reasons: they failed to take advantage of Motorola patent portfolio or the plans they had with Motorola as smartphone company failed to reach their expectations.
In May 2012 the deal between Google and Motorola Mobility was official for $12.5 billion and the main reason behind that acquisition was the to get more than 17,000 important patents.
It is an indication of how more affordable smartphones, such as cheap Android run devices from multiple manufacturers has impacted the market. But it isn’t a surprise to anyone who has been watching the growing number of smartphone owners over the years, as every year sales figures continued to climb.
The report was released by technology market analyzers International Data Corporation (IDC). Mobile Phone Research Manager Ramos Llamas pointed out the incredible jump in smartphone use in just two years