Fossil makes things you can wear, Misfit wears things you can wear. Fossil wants to make smart wearables, Misfit makes smart wearables. Fossil does fashion, Misfit does fashionable gadgets. If it sounds like a match made in heaven, then you know what the two companies were thinking when they brokered a deal to make Misfit part of Fossil's corporate portfolio.
The purchase is valued at $260 million, no small bet on the part of Fossil on the legitimacy of both Misfit and the smart wearable market in general. Read More
Things haven't been looking up for Sprint ever since the rumored T-Mobile merger failed to happen. There's a new CEO and the carrier has been slashing prices, but it continues to lose cash. Now, Sprint's Japanese parent company SoftBank has announced plans to cut several thousand jobs at Sprint in order to reduce costs. Read More
A lot of teams and companies use Basecamp to track projects (we use it here at Android Police even), and today there's a new version of Basecamp. Basecamp 3 is a complete revamp of the service, and there's an Android app to go along with it. Read More
Nestled in Lenovo's latest earnings report were disappointing figures for both their own brand of smartphones and Motorola, which was acquired late last year. The Chinese company's response is to do some fairly large-scale restructuring, handing over basically all aspects of Lenovo smartphones to Motorola with the possible exception of marketing. Motorola will continue to develop, make, and market their own line that most Westerners are familiar with.
In light of the earnings figures, it might be surprising that Motorola is the part of the larger company that is rewarded with more responsibility. Lenovo's own brand of smartphones posted a sales increase of 2.3% compared to a year ago as they shipped 16.2 million units. Read More
Google's Niantic Labs is perhaps best known as the developer of the popular augmented reality game Ingress (it also makes the exploration app Field Trip). In the wake of the Alphabet announcement, Niantic is leaving Google behind, but not in the way you think. Google is spinning off the developer completely, turning it into an independent company. Read More
Google co-founder and CEO (or should I say former CEO?) Larry Page just dropped a real bombshell. He and fellow Google founder Sergey Brin have started a new company called Alphabet, an umbrella for Google and other Googley companies. Along with this change, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai has been appointed as the CEO of a new, more streamlined Google. Read More
Sony is currently riding high with the success of the PS4, but there's a dark spot in the Japanese company's just-announced quarterly earnings. Of course, I'm referring to Sony Mobile. The mobile division responsible for Xperia-branded phones and tablets saw its worst sales numbers in three years. This does not bode well for future Xperia products. Read More
After a long period of stagnation, Ouya was acquired by gaming company Razer last month. At least that's what the business management firm Mesa Global said on its website. Now that transaction is official according to the Razer Twitter account and the snazzy graphic above. Details of the acquisition aren't available, but we do know that Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman isn't joining Razer. Read More
AdWords Express is an express version of AdWords that lets you set up and track ad campaigns from a mobile phone without spending too much time. It's not one of Google's core apps, so it's only now getting material design. Still, that's plenty reason to give version 2.0 a look. You know, a brief one, right before getting back to work. Read More
Ah, work scheduling. I recall with fondness long hours spent in the Texas A&M Commons building trying to schedule two weeks of 24-hour emergency desk service around the personal and scholastic lives of a dozen sophomores. No wait, not fondness, that's not right. What's the word I'm looking for? Ah, that's it: abject loathing. Maybe if we had something like Doodle, I wouldn't have spent four hours playing Time Slot Monopoly every other Wednesday.
Doodle is a web service that lets teams instantly see and assign who's doing what, when. It's intended for retail and support jobs that always need one or more people on during specific hours, but you can adapt it to almost any situation where work or attendance needs to be shared over time. Read More