Monday, April 21, 2008

Motorola and impure strength

Peripetii Motorola are continuing. From the once-leading manufacturer of cell phones in recent weeks have such news that reluctant start to think: perhaps without the impure forces top managers of corporations do not take important decisions.

It all started with the fact that the company was subjected to attack by investor Carl Aykana, which owns 6.45% of the shares of Motorola. He filed a suit in court, demanding access to documents of the board, which he refused to provide. Aycan At the same time, the company rejected a proposal put to the board of directors of two of its representatives - it requires four. But the leadership does not want to see Motorola among them Maystera Kita, a fund manager Icahn Partners. Aycan found such a position "unacceptable" and "does not intend to tolerate it." In general, it would be decided at a meeting of shareholders in early May.

In addition, the lawsuit, filed in the American state of Delaware, Aycan requires him to provide information about the decisions to appoint top managers, for example, information about the use of corporate aircraft managers and their families. Aykan also requested documents unit for the manufacture of cellular phones, the loss of which last year amounted to $ 1.2 billion In general, already on the list of issues it is possible to understand how things are going at Motorola.

Shortly after the announcement of claims Aykana learned that Motorola did break up into two companies in 2009. The purpose is clear: to get rid of unprofitable production of mobile phones. One of the companies created after the division, will actually manufacture cellular devices. The second will focus on selling networking equipment, facilities for cable television and radio stations - these lines of business are considered profitable and fast-growing. I recall that earlier this year Nokia split into three parts in general. But this was done in order to optimize the business of an already successful company. In the case of Motorola are entirely different: the volume of its sales steadily declining in recent years. The company had ceded much of its market share to competitors of cellular phones. In 2007, Motorola fell by sales from the second to third place in the market, Samsung Passing forward, and now it is about passed Sony-Ericsson.

After the decision to allocate "mobile" Motorola unit into a separate company, experts have spoken about that this manoeuvre undertaken to facilitate the creation potential investor alliance with manufacturer Hynix. Tero Kuittinen, Avian Securities analyst company, gave such a comment: "I think this is a prelude to the joint venture in the field of mobile phones. Probably negotiate with a separate company will be much easier. This positive news, they mean that the company is moving forward - toward serious restructuring process. " But according to the news these investors - one of the Chinese companies producing mobile communications. Presumably - ZTE.

While analysts have built assumptions scandals around Motorola went their course. In late March, many American media got open letter Numaira Faraza, first worked in Motorola adviser to the late vice president and chief marketing Geoffrey Frost. The letter "a full reel" won Edu Zanderu company managers and Greg Brown. Fully lead voluminous letter is not possible, here are some quotations:

"The main problem is that Motorola, which makes excellent Samsung phones."

"I told the senior designers: all you need - to create a more attractive and more expensive apparatus than any device on the market, and everyone immediately wanted to buy it."

"I just begged: please note that the company is an urgent need to improve the software to create Master for the opportunity to participate in social networks (this was in the years before the giants appeared MySpace and Facebook)."

"Zander more interested in their results on a golf course than the management of one of the great technology companies of America, and all the responsibilities placed on Jeffrey. strategy ... For if all the profits the company responsible chief director of marketing - but not other leaders, who were incompetent, and then those still remain. "

"Related to Jeffrey people felt that Zander driven him to death, giving his shoulders full responsibility for the fate of the company. ... His wife, Lynne, accused the company of his premature death and later committed suicide."

"But you are much different from other Motorola incompetent senior managers: you were not merely inadequate head, you kill the company. Lack of understanding of Motorola phones for the production did not give you any justification for the alleged decision to sell the unit."

"Create a phone that looks and works as a symbol of luxury and status. Priznayte superiority of American software, return those jobs that you blindly moved to China and Russia. Android Support Linux and Google's out of the operating system phones Stone Age."

"Understand that the most popular feature of future mobile phone - this is not the camera or player, is social relationship, please experience in the field, make part of corporate values."

"With such people like you or Zander, Motorola symbolizes all the worst that can be found in corporate culture. disaster ... Motorola as a bastion of the American spirit of innovation and creativity, if it happens, will be entirely on your conscience."

In my opinion, there should be no reason we do not write.

Pisec outcome. The decision to allocate unit for the production of mobile phones into a separate company made not only to the telephone business was not a negative impact on the remaining two units, the financial health of which is fear. This maneuver would prevent and reduce the capitalization of the company, in fact, to attract investment. Here are just in the way most likely investment - the Chinese - probably face of American laws, which recently severely limit foreign investment in high-tech industries dollars.

However, not everyone in the company is already bad. Recently, developers have been able to combine network Motorola CDMA EV-DO and LTE. Technology companies allow one device to switch between networks without losing the connection. During the test was able to transfer streaming video and voice between networks without loss of information or any delays. Motorola experiment showed that CDMA operators, it may be advantageous to deploy network-LTE fourth generation. Compatible client hardware will be able to switch between them as well as between GSM and UMTS.

According to the experts, seamless hendover between EV-DO and LTE gives operators confidence that the LTE - the right choice in terms of networking. During the public display technology used laptops with special adapters that work in networks CDMA / EV-DO Rev.A and LTE. The equipment in the transmission of voice and video between networks turned away, with no loss of packets of information.

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IT-SECTOR: life without illusions

Razdray on world financial markets, rising oil prices, falling dollar, recession in the United States ... No, not all of this is determined by the current state of the global IT industry. Today it is determined by China's industrial policy. And now you are in it for yourself.

To begin with, the Chinese authorities have submitted a state programme support production of microchips. They promised a discount of 15% from sales tax of any company engaged in the production of semiconductors and invested in the Chinese economy over 8 billion yuan ($ 1.14 billion). In addition, the company can claim privilege, in the production of chips using 0.25 - micron (250 nm) technological process. This criterion includes most modern producers of processors, which are now producing chips on 45 - and 65 nanometer - nanometer technological process.

In the case of long-term (15 years) investment in modern production company chips, once it becomes profitable, be exempt from taxes for five years. In the period from the sixth to the tenth year, it will receive a 50% discount from sales tax. It is expected that the new facilities will benefit Hua Hong NEC, as well as Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and Semiconductor Manufacturing International, is actively extending production.

This measure has caused the Chinese authorities certainly no longer a heart attack in South-East Asia. So far, the main producers of semiconductors in the world were companies located in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Now, China and grossly peretyagivaet just a blanket.

But that's not all. China may prevent Microsoft swallow company Yahoo. The reason is - a new anti-monopoly law, which takes effect in China on 1 August. He gives the Chinese regulatory authorities to monitor the transaction, in which investors in the Chinese economy. A Yahoo in 2005, has invested billions of dollars in search engine - the largest enterprise in China in the field of e-commerce. Yahoo now 40% owned by a Chinese company. It turns out that in case the deal between Microsoft and Yahoo, they will buy their own shares, that malorealno from a financial point of view. Even if the Chinese authorities will give permission for the transaction, its long antitrust investigation of the circumstances significantly reduce the value of the two companies. By the way, the potential transaction Microsoft and Yahoo affect laws in a number of countries, because both companies have foreign troops.

Incidentally, Yahoo and Google still agreed to "make friends against Microsoft - companies will jointly promote OpenSocial platform that allows standardized program to create social networks. Now Yahoo will support OpenSocial platform, but there is still refusing to call for the creation of applications which will be used platform. To move OpenSocial Google, Yahoo and MySpace June 1 to create a special non-profit fund OpenSocial Foundation - it will be managed by the three companies and monitor the neutrality platform.

Let me remind you that the platform was presented OpenSocial Google in November 2007 - first as an alternative to the then prevalent platform for creating applications in the social networks Facebook. OpenSocial - is a set of basic functions of interfaces, which allows developers to gain access to basic social functions and information networks. Unlike Facebook, OpenSocial open to third-party developers to standardize and allows different applications to many social networks. Among adherents OpenSocial - social networks such as MySpace, Friendster, LinkedIn, etc.

Apple called the company that have the greatest impact on consumers. This view online edition readers Brandchannel - in its survey took part 2,000 people from 107 countries around the world. Microsoft Corporation ranked first in only two of the ten nominations - "Brand, which would you bet" and "Brand, who would you have changed." But Apple ranked first in six nominations - Bandchannel readers feel that called upon at the dinner in the company they would be pleasant to visit the whole, as well as Apple (in the view of respondents) 100 years ago could have an influence on the course of world history, and in the next five years will have a significant impact on the IT industry. Most respondents did not represent his life without Apple products, and the question, "Which of you would brand itself proassotsiirovali", the majority answered with Apple. "

The majority of those surveyed also believe that the national brand, "the United States" and Trademark rebranding require Microsoft - Microsoft has become too boring and predictable, but at the United States claim to be an American before it was prestigious, as it caused envy of the rest of the world. Today, the reputation of the United States badly shaken: American goods are no longer considered to be the best in the world and the country's economy is in crisis.

Incidentally, about Apple. The company will not renew the contract for the supply audiochipov for iPod Nano and Touch with the British company Wolfson Microelectronics. Earlier Wolfson Microelectronics chips were removed from the player iPod Shuffle and S lassic. However, the rejection of installing chips in the British iPod would not affect the supply of components Wolfson Microelectronics for the iPhone. Actions Apple looks amazing, given that the company Wolfson Microelectronics has been a constant supplier audiochipov for most iPod models, starting with the first player, having withdrawn in 2001.

Red Hat Company, the largest manufacturer of commercial free software, issued a financial forecast for the 2009 financial year. As it turned out, Red Hat is planning to receive proceeds of $ 665 million up to $ 680 million, while analysts predicted the company proceeds at the level of $ 637.4 million Red Hat also announced financial results for the IV quarter of 2008 - net profit for the period amounted to $ 22 million ($ 20.3 million a year earlier). Quarterly revenue grew by 27% and amounted to $ 141.5 million

Declared Red Hat forecast for the 2009 fiscal year, exceeding analysts' expectations, came against the backdrop of more pessimistic results of a major competitor Red Hat - Oracle Corporation. Since the publication of a quarterly forecast and reporting Red Hat shares rose more than 7%.

The head of the telecom company Hutchison Whampoa Li Ka-Shing invested in the social network Facebook $ 40 million In November 2007 - the first Li Ka-Shing has already invested in 60 million Facebook As a result, its total investment in the project was $ 100 million, with Hong Kong billionaire said that his investment in the social network is not completed.

Earlier Facebook has invested $ 240 million Microsoft Corporation. Also investors that social networks are Samwer brothers, who at one time the state of Vivendi sells Jamba company, trading ring tones. Manual social network Facebook now evaluates its portal least ten billion dollars. But a year ago, this amount reaches $ 15 billion

Nokia continues expansion in the fastest growing markets of Asia. The company will increase its staff of a factory in the Indian city of Shriperumbudur to 5500 people. Now the factory, which produces mobiles for Asian countries, employs 8000 people, has 900 working in R & D-unit. After increasing the number of jobs at the plant and expand staff development department of the total number of staff at the plant 15,000 people.

In 2008, Nokia invest in its Indian manufacturing affiliate of $ 75 million, bringing the total amount of investment in it by up to $ 285 million Approximately 50% of factory manufactured products sold in the domestic market of India. The other half is exported to countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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Start Intel Demo Competition 2008 launched at the festival Breakpoint

The small town of Bingen aan de Rijn, famous for its wine industry, became a hospitable home to 1000 people from more than 30 countries. They all come here to take part in the annual event Breakpoint, the largest in the world festival demo. In addition, the festival was launched Breakpoint concourse Intel Demo Competition, which is the main sponsor since 2004 is Intel Corporation.

This year four teams-finalists will be able to fight with a team Still - the winner of last year's contest. Participants include using a PC with a processor Intel Core 2 Extreme provided by the company Wortmann Terra. Competition prize fund moneys in the amount of 25 thousand Euro, as well as ten complete sets of tools for programming and compilers. A new product programs in the competition this year will be seminars on Intel's multi-processing data.

This year, the equipment provided to teams - a party event, the new technology is at the top - this is a PC with a processor Intel Core 2 Extreme, demonstrating a top-class performance. Team-winner to be determined in August, will receive a prize Wortmann Terra computer with a processor Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 with a frequency of 3.2 GHz.

There is currently no team Developers demos undergo screening tests for the competition Intel Demo Competition. On the web page / demoscene published qualifications, as well as the selection criteria. The registration process is very simple: all applications must be submitted before April 25, 2008 in the form of completed registration forms. This concludes the first phase. The next step is to convince the Selection Commission that the team truly worthy candidate to join the competition Still with the team. Go to the segment this year will be significantly more difficult - to the jury are not only experienced demostsen creators, but also artists and design specialists:

-- Andry Unlock Joss of the journal Pain Magazine;
-- Alexander Monroe Scholz, the creator of demos;
-- Moses Grohe of the journal GEE Magazin;
-- Simon Scamp Kissel, a representative of the festival organizing committee Breakpoint;
-- DRobert Rose, Augsburg University professor of applied sciences and humanities;
-- Lillevan Pobjoy, videoartist;
-- Tobias Heim from the company Digitale Kultur ev;
-- Hans-Jurgen Werner, Intel Corporation.

Four teams, which will compete with a team Still, determined on May 5. Then, in their possession will be given 8 weeks, during which the team must show their creative ability to fully and create demos. And they will not only animation images and the preparation of visuals, but also must put in place the elements of musical presentation. Demo should not last longer than 3 minutes, and the volume should not exceed 64 MB.

Introduction demostsen orders at the end of June to start the next phase of the competition. On the web page / demoscene everyone will be able to give a voice for the most like him demostsenu and thus support their beloved team. The site also will be available with information on the teams, their demorolikah and equipment that they used. The final portion of the competition will be held at the second-largest festival demostsen in Germany and rewarding champions will be held during the exhibition Evoke in early August in Cologne.

The four-day festival will bring together enthusiasts of new technology and digital art lovers who will be able to submit their works sotkannye of music, graphics and code. Participants vocal demo, which includes various contests, seminars and entertainment events, will be able to enjoy round-the-clock technological masterpieces. One of the festival this year will demostsen presentation at the largest display ever to be used for such activities. Two demostseny projector will be broadcast on the surface area of 70 square metres in the high quality (resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels).

In addition, Intel will hold seminars for developers, in which Aaron Code (Aaron Coday), Chief of Visual Computing Enabling Intel Corporation in the EMEA region will tell how the mechanisms for the simultaneous processing of multiple data streams can be optimized to run on multi-processors.

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