Quality One Wireless Finalizes PCD Acquisition
Quality One Wireless today announced that it has finalized is acquisition of Personal Communications Devices. Quality One made a stalking horse bid for PCD, which declared bankruptcy in order to facilitate the deal, in August. According to Quality One, it paid "in excess of $125 million" for PCD's assets. PCD is responsible for facilitating the relationship between handset designers, handset manufacturers, and Tier 1 carriers in the U.S. Q1W does much the same thing, but for smaller companies across a larger geographical footprint. The two companies believe that they'll be able to offer carriers and phone makers a much broader and more complete set of services. Now that the acquisition is complete, the combined entity will operate as Quality One Wireless.
Hands On with the Asus Zenfone 5 / 5z
Asus today announced the Zenfone 5, its flagship handset for the year. The Zenfone 5 takes a lot of cues from some well-known competing devices complete with a notch in the display.
Broadcom Takes Aim at Qualcomm with Unsolicited $130B Bid
Broadcom today made an unsolicited offer to buy Qualcomm for $70 per share, a deal valued at approximately $130 billion. According to Broadcom, the merged entity would be a diverse communications semiconductor company that would be able to accelerate innovation, deliver more advanced products, and create compelling financial savings/efficiencies.
Twitter to Expand Availability of Quality Filter
Twitter is allowing people take more control over their experience with the help of tools and filters. Twitter is expanding the availability of a quality filter from a subset of users (e.g., celebrity accounts) to all users.
Verizon Closes Yahoo Acquisition, Launches Oath
Verizon Communications today said it has finalized its purchase of Yahoo. Now that the deal is complete, Verizon is merging its Yahoo and AOL assets into a new media company called Oath.
Republic Wireless Debuts Bonding Calling to Improve Quality
Republic Wireless today said it is launching a new technology called Bonded Calling in order to boost the quality voice calls. Republic is a WiFi-first carrier in that customers most often connect via WiFi for calls and data and fall back to cellular when WiFi is not available.