Marvell kills off its mobile business  

63935Chipmaker Marvell plans to cut its mobile business and will lay off nearly one in five of its staff.

The company’s mobile and wireless business makes connectivity chips, and processors for smartphones and tablets.

Marvell said it would now focus on emerging opportunities in businesses such as automotive and Internet of Things, the concept of connecting household devices to the Internet.… Read the rest

Sensor sales reveal smartphone trends

ChinaSamsung is being squeezed by competition from Apple at the high end and competition from Chinese manufacturers at the low end.

That’s the conclusion of IHS Technology. The market research company has assessed sales of smartphone sensors and thinks that although Samsung and Apple continue to be the dominant consumers of sensors for smartphones, they are both set for declines between now and 2019.… Read the rest

Apple’s first Andriod App is terrible

ANDROIDFruity cargo cult Apple’s attempts to score conversions from the Android community has failed specularly.

Yesterday, Jobs’ Mob released an app, which was supposed to encourage android users to migrate to its operating system and then junk their android phones as “worthless.”

The app was release to a great fanfare by the Tame Apple Press who predicted that the app was all Android fans needed to junk their cheaper and more functional smartphones for something that was more expensive and did less.… Read the rest

Wireless exec jailed for Blackberry leak

BlackberryA former wireless retail executive has been jailed for five months for selling confidential industry information to an analyst.

James Dunham, 60, was also ordered by US District Judge Douglas Woodlock in Boston to serve five months of home confinement following his prison term and to pay $76,000, after pleading guilty in June to wire fraud.… Read the rest