Business

Google shells out for Incentive Targeting acquisition

We all know that Google has some cash in its coffers to throw around, and today it's putting some of that money to use. The big G announced today that it has purchased Incentive Targeting, a company that aims to get coupons to customers who will actually use them. Details are still relatively slim, despite the fact that both companies have made statements about the acquisition.

HTC hires new CMO in hopes to stop their downward spiral

It's no secret that lately times have been a little tough for good ol HTC. Their market share has seen large declines over the past few years, especially throughout 2012 while fending off Apple in court and Samsung on the shelves. Today however there is a sign of good news as HTC has just taken a big step and hired a new CMO. They've appointed Benjamin Ho as their new Chief Marketing Officer.

Samsung projected to ship 61.5 million smartphones in Q4

The next few months will be big for a lot of companies, with Black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season today. A lot of companies stand to make a lot of money from customers ready to hand over their cash, and it looks like Samsung will be one of these businesses benefiting from the holiday rush. A new projection from UBS pegs the Android manufacturer with a potential 61.5 million smartphone shipments during Q4.

Casio’s Paper Writer V-N500 tablet will set you back $2,500

We've seen our share of head-scratch inducing tablets throughout the years, but Casio's new Paper Writer V-N500 might just take the cake. The new tablet is aimed at business professionals, and comes complete with a front-facing 5MP camera that can scan the documents you put in front of it. Documents can be placed inside the included cover (which is water and shock resistant, by the way), putting them up close and personal with the tablet's camera - something that should make scanning a breeze.

Zynga internal memo confirms layoffs, closures

The days of pulling out your phone and indulging in a moment of Words with Friends or Draw Something might be coming to an end. Earlier today, Zynga workers were greeted with a notice that they had two hours to pack up and get out. Now an internal email by the company's CEO Mark Pincus confirms that the company plans to cut 5% of its workforce and close the Boston studio.

HTC drops out of US tablet market – for now

News today has confirmed that HTC will be throwing up the white flag and dropping out of the tablet market -- at least here in the US. The fierce competition from Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and ASUS has made the tablet market a tight one here in the US, and today HTC has decided to pull out and aim their efforts elsewhere.

Sony Mobile to layoff 1,000 employees over next two years

Dark days are ahead for some folks working at Sony Mobile, as today the Japanese company announced plans to layoff a total of 1,000 workers. Sony Mobile, as many of you will remember, was once the struggling Sony Ericsson, until Sony bought the company out earlier this year $1.3 billion. It sounds like Sony is having a difficult time getting the mobile division back on its feet, as it will have let 1,000 employees go by the time March 2014 rolls around.

Econz Wireless unveils new Timecard GPS app for businesses

It's hard for people that work in fields where workers are not in an office to control when the worker actually starts and stops works. Some employees take advantage of that system and steal time from their employers by starting late and leaving early. A company called Econz Wireless has a new app for Android phones that will stop time theft and help employers cut down on expenses called Timecard GPS.
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