Remember the late night ads for those discount electronics stores? They usually had a name indicating that the owner was lacking in mental ability which resulted in low prices. For example, "Crazy Eddie" offered top line electronics at low prices. Some of those retailers would say that "prices are so low that we won't be undersold". This is the same economic theory that Nokia's head of North American sales, Chris Weber (still not the former NBA star), says that his company will use to grab market share from Android.Weber says that Nokia is on track to release its first Windows Phone Mango flavored handset later this year, most likely the Nokia Sea-Ray that has already leaked. The executive also confirmed that the majority of Nokia's Windows Phone Mango devices will launch in 2012.During an interview, Weber outlined how Nokia will pull off "one of the greatest turnaround stories in history". Nokia will no longer sell handsets directly to consumers and will work with the carriers to sell … [Read more...] about Nokia to price its new Windows Phone Mango line below Android in an attempt to pick up market share
The Justice Department is suing Sprint, claiming that the carrier overcharged the U.S. government by $21 million to bug phones. Carriers that are ordered by the U.S. government to tap customers' phones are entitled to be reimbursed for the costs of doing so. But the government says that Sprint secretly included the expense of financing equipment upgrades from January 2007 to July 2010.The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco and revolves around conventional wiretaps that require judicial approval. The 1995 law that allows carriers to be reimbursed for their costs to bug phones, covers pre-1995 equipment. In 2006, the FCC ruled that operators could not charge the government for post-1995 equipment upgrades. The government seeks the return of the money that they claim Sprint overcharged them, along with financial penalties.Despite the FCC ruling, Sprint charged the government for upgrades to its equipment up through 2010, when the company changed its rules on … [Read more...] about Government sues Sprint, says carrier overcharged them to bug phones
A published report on Sunday states that Apple is working on technology that can predict a heart attack by listening to the sound that blood makes as it flows through certain arteries. The Cupertino based company is working with Tomlinson Holman, a famous audio engineer who invented THX and 10.2 Surround sound. With Apple looking to focus on health with iOS 8 and the iWatch, such technology could be a big winner for Apple in 2014-2015.Apple is known to be considering a Healthbook in iOS 8 that would keep track of the number of steps you took on a certain day, your heart rate, blood pressure, calories burned, and possibly your blood glucose. The readings would come from sensors employed on the iWatch that would capture measurements in real time.Apple executives have allegedly been meeting with the FDA to discuss the Cupertino based firm's entry into the market for applications that monitor health related metrics. By offering potentially life-saving technology on its smartwatch, Apple … [Read more...] about Will the Apple iWatch save your life by prediciting a heart attack?
Crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app Waze is testing a new car pooling feature that it hopes will lead to less congested roads. Waze, which is owned by Google, has partnered with companies in the San Francisco Bay Area that have a total of 25,000 employees. They will download a free app allowing them to start or join a current carpool with other Waze users that have the same or similar commute each morning and evening.The free app is called Waze Rider and the companies participating in the test include UCSF, Adobe and Walmart Global eCommerce. These companies were selected for the carpool test because they are close to Google's offices. Since Google had already tested Waze Rider with its own employees, adding these companies is sure to result in additional carpools since all of the firms are in close proximity to each other.Waze carpool drivers request that riders pay them the IRS carpooling average of 54 cents per mile per rider to cover gas and wear on their vehicle. For the test … [Read more...] about New carpooling service being tested by Waze in San Francisco
Waymo By The Numbers600: number of minivans in the Waymo fleet'Thousands': number of additional minivans recently purchased from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 5 million+: number of miles driven on public roads25: number of US cities where Waymo has driven2.7 billion: number of virtual miles driven20,000+: number of driving scenarios in Waymo's databaseSelf-driving cars. You've heard of 'em, right? One company at the forefront of the movement is Waymo. While not necessarily a household name, you've no doubt heard about the company that started the project: Google. Though it was only spun out on its own just over a year ago, the expertise on which Waymo is building has been around for nearly a decade. Fast-forward to today, and Waymo is leading the self-driving car pack, including in miles driven and rates of disengagement, or when a human driver has to take over for the self-driving technology. [Update: Waymo has shown what its like to be – and be inside – a … [Read more...] about Waymo: everything you need to know from Google until now