Apple seems to be eying smart phone chip manufacturer
Infineon but they aren't the only ones. Other titan tech companies such as Samsung, Broadcom, and Intel appear to be very interested in Infineon as well. The current bid is sitting at $2 billion which is a hefty price tag but all these tech giants and especially Apple have the cash to burn. The real question is, should Apple continue to pursue the merger and acquisition?
Despite Apple being grouped together in the same industry, there are some major differences between them and their competitors. One difference deals with the way Apple normally handles mergers and acquisitions. They are used to purchasing and integrating with smaller companies. This process can usually be expedited to get projects up and developed quickly. Another factor is that Infineon would be there debut in the manufacturing arena. Apple has never done any in-house manufacturing, so along with a hefty price tag there would be a much slower and most costly integration process. Samsung, Intel, and Broadcom are quite familiar with the manufacturing industry.
Hit the break for more reasons why Apple should or shouldn't continue this merger process.
In what most MMORPG vets and newbs alike are tentatively referring to as "the saddest forum post in the history of all mankind," Blizzard recently informed
World of Warcraft players on the Moon Guard server that moderators would now be patrolling the server for... erotic role-playing. Particularly in one in-game town, Goldshire, which appears to be a non-stop, Bacchanalian festival of delights of the virtual flesh and let me tell you that I literally just got a nasty chill typing that out.
Blizzard customer service reps will now "regularly" keep an eye on the town's public chat channels, privately punishing players who violate the game's harassment policies. I can imagine the emails and tells people who violate said policies will receive. "Dear Newbstompa69, please stop trying to have cybersex with that level 4 Priest. That is very, very gross... At least go for someone within at least 5 levels of you." Which means they will have to move to a higher level area... perhaps the Arathi Highlands or something.
For more Blizzard cybersex, hit the break.
This week, another HP exec bit the dust - this time, it's the CEO. HP CEO Mark Hurd (forcefully) resigned from the company following a sexual harassment investigation. Hurd had been questioned about specific interactions with a female contractor that could have been in violation of the company's business standards. Basically, he filed inaccurate expense reports that covered his personal relationship with a contractor who may or may not have actually performed the services she was hired for. Oh yeah, and HP paid for all of it!
The CFO, Cathie Lesjak, is taking over during the CEO search (which is never a good sign), but she did say that Mark's resignation has nothing to do with HP's performance and everything to do with his behavior. She even went on to say that Mark Hurd was a "strong leader, at the end of the day, he didn't drive our initiatives -- it was the organization that supported Mark in driving those initiatives."
More about this Eliot Spitzer-esque scandal after the break.
A recent report from comScore, a digital statistics company, indicates that women are much more likely to spend time on social sites than men. Now, while this seems like logical information, there are still some real surprises in the numbers. For example, it doesn't matter where in the world we are measuring - Latin America (94% of women), North America (91% of women), Europe (86% of women) or Asia Pacific (55% of women) all spend more time on social sites.
Those Latin and North American numbers are the most staggering. Over 90% of women who spend any time online, spend time on social sites. The highest growth of users on these sites? 45+ females, of course. Mom and grandma are on Flickr sharing photos, Twitter talking about what they had for lunch and Facebook finding high school sweethearts.
For more numbers from the web, hit the break.
BlackBerry, as expected, fully revealed the newest version of their operating system, BlackBerry OS 6, and it has given the OS a much-needed overhaul. They have removed the traditional home screen and sprawling applications list with a simple, clean home screen and categorized application menus.
They also announced a new device to go with the launch of OS 6, the Torch 9800. The Torch will be available on AT&T starting August 12 and many have called it BlackBerry's first possible iPhone killer. While I would prefer that term to die (and it might
now that Android has officially killed it), this might be BlackBerry's best chance to continue that trend.
For details on the new device, hit the break.
It's official - according to Nielsen's calculations, this month marks a passing of the torch, so to speak, from Apple to Google in terms of smartphone sales in the US. New subscribers chose the Android platform 27% of the time and Apple's iPhone platform only 23% of the time. Of course, these numbers still pale in comparison to Blackberry's hold on the market with a full third of all handsets.
Normally we see major growth in the beginning of a product's life-cycle but Android isn't the baby it used to be. We have had major Android-powered handsets on the market for 2 years now, but adoption was slow until version 1.5 and now 2.1 making the platform really shine.
For more about Android's takeover, hit the break.