Microsoft has cleared the last significant hurdle in its mission to acquire the handset division of iconic Finnish company Nokia. Following the US government approving the purchase on Monday, European regulators have also cleared the deal.
Microsoft's planned acquisition of Nokia has been approved by the US Department of Justice and the FTC. With both regulatory agencies approving of the deal, Microsoft needs only the go-ahead from the European Union to make the deal official. Nokia shareholders have already voted in favor of selling its handset division for $7.2 billion dollars. The deal will see the company maintain its networking operations but sell smartphone facilities, patents, and workforce to Microsoft.
On CBS 60 Minutes last night, Amazon unveiled something rather surprising: a self-flying quad-copter that it plans to use to deliver products as fast as 30-minutes. It looks innovative, incredible, and almost guaranteed to not happen at any point in the foreseeable future.
The sale of the Apple iPhone 5s and 5c has helped Apple iOS attract new customers from other operating systems, but more surprising than that predictable uptick is the continued rise of Windows Phone 8.
BlackBerry has announced that three high-ranking executives and one board member have left the company, signaling that more changes may be afoot at the struggling smartphone and services vendor.
The FAA last month changed its guidelines in order to permit the use of smartphones and tablets during more phases of flights within the United States. The FAA's European counterpart, the EASA, plans to institute a similar rule change for airlines in Europe.
It would seem that the millions of smartphones in the world would help keep mankind more connected with each other, but phones are often used at inappropriate times and in ways that prevent connecting with those around us.
The FAA decision to permit electronic device usage during flights has been something that pleases smartphone and tablet owners, but a survey finds that the biggest reason that people are excite about the rule change is that they'll be able to distract their children.
It's no secrete that Microsoft makes more money from Android than it does from its own Windows Phone. After settling patent disputes by forcing almost every Android manufacturer to pay a royalty fee for each device it sells, the company is generating billions of dollars each year.
BlackBerry's struggles in recent years have been well-documented, but it now appears that one potential lifeline in terms of acquisition offers was kept from happening all because the Canadian government preemptively stated that it would block any sale to Lenovo.