It's been a rough couple of weeks for HP since CEO Leo Apotheker announced plans to spin off their computer division and
discontinued webOS hardware. Everyone everywhere seems to think it is a terrible mistake that will ultimately sink the company. Apotheker asserts that focusing on the software and services business will bring HP back to prosperity, but the rest of the world seems to think it is a terrible decision.
The rest of the world seems to include HP's Board of Directors, as Leo Apotheker was let go only 11 months after joining the company. If you remember, he was brought in to replace former CEO Mark Hurd was terminated
for inappropriate behavior with a contractor. Since taking over, Apotheker has constantly been a source of confusion for those of us who spend our lives covering the industry. After promising a bright future for webOS and then closing the platform, it is no surprise he is out.
Who will replace him? We have her name and history after the break.
Ever wanted to download a full Blu-ray movie in a few seconds? Well, very soon your prayers may be answer and you will be able to thank Verizon for making it happen. Big Red has said this week that it will be accomplishing an industry first when it flips the switch on its already-deployed 100Gbps data connection. You heard right: 100
Gbps. This is technology so fast, that an MP3 file would be downloaded before you could even think of wanting to listen to it.
Unfortunately, those speeds aren't available at your house yet. Why? We have the answer after the break.
Ever wonder what the Russians are up to lately? News has come across my desk this week that sheds a little light on their improved craftiness. A Russian man in his twenties is suspected to be running a cyber crime ring, stealing millions of dollars with bank Trojans and other types of malware.
Trend Micro has reported that this man, named "Soldier," has been able to steal over $3.2 million in only six months, beginning somewhere in January of this year. Just to break it down, that's $17,000 a day!
How did this happen? We have the details after the break.
eBay has managed to sustain a relatively small amount of marketing and advertising since 2006 and it seems they've decided to come out of their shell and launch a new advertising campaign that will address the perception of eBay as a auction service and the mobile aspect of purchasing off the site. This decision was made because the way people use eBay has changed over the years and advancements in technology have imbued smartphones with the power to purchase which companies like
PayPal and American Express know isn't a widely used option right now. Richelle Parham, the chief marketing officer of eBay stated it simply,
We need to change that perception.
What she's referring to changing is the perception of the company as just an auction site. Over the past several years the fixed price items have come to surpass the number of items purchased through auctions. The new ad campaign, which has already aired some commercials, depicts someone purchasing a tablet at a fixed price through eBay which is bringing the mobile purchasing possibility into the mix.
For more on the story and to check out one of the ads, hit the break.
We'll just cut right to the chase with this one. Over the weekend, AT&T launched their 4G LTE network. Turns out that they really do want to
acquire T-Mobile to expand their 4G, right? Sadly, that is not the case. If you haven't followed along with us through the lies and deceit that T-Mobile and AT&T were delivering when it came to 4G truly meaning 4G, boy have you got a lot of catching up to do, so start here.
I guess we'll start up by saying AT&T claims to already have a 4G network (read: HSPA+), so this is their 4G LTE network that is being launched. This will not only confuse consumers that already have a "4G" device, but now clearly points out that what they had before was fake compared to Verizon's 4G LTE, that launched with what it promised.
For where you will be able to get 4G LTE service for AT&T, follow us after the break.
Microsoft's not the only ones
working on updates to their service, but they do seem to be the only ones working to improve it. Sony, instead of working on improving the quality of the PSN or making Home relevant have been working very hard to update their terms of service. As with any ToS change for any system, you must agree to the new terms before you are allowed to continue using the system.
Most of the time this is just fine, but occasionally a company will add a clause that is against the user. Most recently there was a lot of outrage over DropBox changing their ToS to say that anything you upload to their service becomes their property. While most people seemed to be offended by a change like that, Sony seems to have been inspired. This week introduced a ToS change to the PSN that essentially states you cannot join a class action lawsuit against Sony.
To read the exact text and find out how it affects you, hit the break.