January 30, 2012
Motorola loses $70 million ahead of Google acquisition On The VAR Guy, Dave Courbanou looks at the numbers. “I’ve speculated in the past, and continue to believe, that Google’s eventual plan with Motorola is to let Motorola produce its Android product lineup until the roadmap ends, after which Google will pick up where Motorola left off and run the show behind the scenes. Last year, 2011, saw the release of the Motorola DROID RAZR along with the Motorola Xyboard, (a.k.a., Xoom 2 tablet). While these devices have received generally positive reviews, they are awash in a sea of ever-expanding but hardly differentiated Android devices,” he writes. What’s your opinion?
Foxconn: Dangerous sweatshop or caring employer? On ZDNet, Jason D. O’Grady looks at reports on the company. “The second NYT article puts a human face on the quasi-anonymous machine that manufactures most of our gadgets “over there.” It’s an important read that adds much-needed context to human welfare issues that surround the growing tech industry — and it ups the emotional and physical cost of the gadgets that we increasingly covet,” he writes. What’s your opinion?
Intel brings bigger guns to AMD server chip war On The Register, Timothy Prickett Morgan provides an analysis on the chip war. “Everybody loves an underdog and most people like to see a bully take one on the chin and go down to his knees. So a lot of companies were rooting for AMD as it was designing the Opteron processors and trying to build an ecosystem of server vendors who would peddle machines based on them in the early and middle 2000s,” he writes. What’s your opinion?