Beats Audio Wants to Ditch HTC
Beats Audio is seeking alternative sources of funding in order to buy out its partner HTC. Beats wants to drop HTC, says the Wall Street Journal, because it is interested in pursuing new product lines and the companies no longer see eye to eye on strategy. In 2011, HTC bought half of Beats Audio for $300 million. HTC saw it as a way to add appeal to its devices, while Beats saw it as an opportunity to expand its brand. A year later, however, Beats bought back half of HTC's investment for $150 million, leaving HTC with a 25% stake in the headphone maker. According to the Journal's sources, Beats hopes to find a new investor in the coming weeks. There's no word on whether or not such a change in ownership would affect the presence of Beats Audio software on HTC's devices.
Qualcomm Hopes USB-C DAC Dongle Will Alleviate Headphone Woes
Dec 7, 2017
Qualcomm today showed off the AQT1000, a tool that will help bridge the audio gap in devices that have a USB-C port but no 3.5mm headphone jack. The AQT1000 is an Aqstic Hi-Fi digital to analog converter (DAC).
‘Subscribe with Google’ to Ease Pain of Subscribing to News Sources
Mar 20, 2018
Google today announced Subscribe with Google, an easy way for people to subscribe to and pay for select news sources. Google has worked with a number of publishers over the last six months to develop the service.
Lenovo Reveals Moto Strategy for 2016
Feb 22, 2016
At an event at Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola unit President Rick Osterloh gave an update on the integration of Motorola Mobility into Lenovo, and gave new information on some future plans. The mobility unit of the company is now profitable.
Nokia Dishes More On Possible Phone Plans
Feb 21, 2016
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri today reiterated that the company would like to return to the phone business, but said it is in no rush. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show, Suri noted that Nokia will not manufacture its own handsets, but will instead license its brand to an outside manufacturer.
Sprint Planning Virgin Mobile Revamp
Jan 26, 2016
Sprint says it has a new strategy in mind for its prepaid brand Virgin Mobile. During a call with analysts today, Sprint execs said the company is de-emphasizing Virgin at the moment in favor of Boost Mobile, and has gone so far as to pull Virgin advertising ahead of a the new strategy's debut.
The One is a fugly tin can-looking POS. It's already cheap at Wal-Mart! $149 w/contract. So now you can't give an HTC away. Who can blame Beats for wanting to get off a sinking ship?:-(
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