Clearwire has been in a little bit of financial trouble as of late. Aside from Sprint deciding that they would be moving to LTE in the future of their 4G deployment, leaving Clear behind after 2012. This week, we're adding more fuel to the fire, as Clearwire is thinking about not paying a huge debt that is due in about two weeks.
In September, the company had $698 million in cash and short-term investments, so it should be able to afford to pay the $237 million it owes on December 1st. The problem is that the company has to raise a lot more money in order to stay in business in a year's time.
It's time to show love to the WinPho 7. The Windows Phone app marketplace is now loaded with more than 40,000 different apps. The All About Windows Phone website uses a tracking system that can identify trends and project figures. The system currently shows that about 165 apps are added to the Marketplace each day, would should give us more than 50,000 apps in January.
In the past three months, we've seen 11,000 apps added to the store and around 5,000 of them were submitted in the past 30 days. For the Marketplace in general, the numbers show that the WinPho platform is really starting to gain attention off the heels of their giant Windows Phone event. 10,000 of the recently added applications are from new and different publishers.
The latest round of shutdowns at Google has been announced and it is, once again, a number of products most people have never heard of or assumed were already gone. We'll start with our favorite Google disaster: Google Wave. The product was announced at Google I/O in 2009, but no one was ever as excited about Wave as Google was. The social collaboration system, which allowed email, text messages and real-time document editing, was never the hit Google assumed it would be and inevitably was closed for development. Jan 31, 2012 will see Wave go read-only with full shutdown April 30.
Knol was billed as a replacement for Wikipedia in 2007, allowing experts in the field to maintain the data. Unfortunately, no one ever knew the product existed and it suffered the standard Google fate. The service will be retailed through April 2012, allowing users to get their data out, or migrate it to WordPress. The system will be shut down completely October 1.
That's not all that's going away. Hit the break for the rest of the list.
Apple seems to hold a strange place in the hearts of the people of China. From selling kidneys and virginity, to counterfeiting entire stores, they sure do show their attachment to the company and its products. What do you do if your girlfriend wants an iPad, but you are not a virgin and need to keep both of your kidneys? Build it yourself, of course.
That is exactly what Wei Xinlong, a senior at the Art & Design Department at Northeast Normal University did. Well, kind of. Using a touchscreen and battery he purchased and parts from an old laptop, Wei built an entirely touchscreen device that "one can read, download, watch movies, play games by just touching the screen." The casing, all hand-cut, is adorned with rhinestones and has the Apple logo on the front. Unlike an iPad, though, it can be used for useful things because it runs Windows. It even has all of the ports you would expect on a device, like VGA and USB. The best part? It only cost him $125 to build.
It seems to me this thing is like the perfect gift - less expensive than an iPad, running Windows and has connectivity, plus it was built by someone she loves. It doesn't get much better than that. Head over to the source article at the bottom to see some more pictures of the device.
It has been a long, hard battle for the AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger so far. They have faced a public who is reluctant to have only 1 GSM carrier left in the country, a Department of Justice lawsuit looking to prevent it and a leaked document revealing AT&T's real reason for wanting T-Mobile USA. Recently, the FCC got involved in the issues when the chairman recommended to his board that they disallow the merger.
AT&T's reaction was not quite what was expected but not terribly surprising. AT&T withdrew their bid for FCC approval completely. Now, this might seem to indicate that perhaps they feel they have failed, but I don't think that is what is happening here. With a major DoJ case coming up, their legal team needs to focus all of their attention there, not let it get spread across fighting two big battles. The easiest way to do that is to eliminate one of the problems. Done.
That's not their only reason for delaying the FCC. Hit the break to find out what else is going on.
We all know the Internet changed the way retailers interact with their customers. Most importantly, it gave retailers the ability to learn about how their customers shopped to help target marketing or even determine product mix. Brick and mortar retail, however, has never really had this luxury. Sure, they have tried "give us your email and we'll send you a coupon" promotions to help track behavior, as well as in-store credit cards to keep track of purchase trends, but nothing is quite like the good old cookie. That is until now.
Right now the technology is being tested for US consumption in 2 US malls. Hit the break to find out where and why the management believes the data is important.