Sony CEO Hirai says it will continue making smartphones, but not to compete with Apple or Samsung

Just because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai expects the company to report its largest ever operating profit this year (equivalent to $5.83 billion USD) doesn’t mean that the company has fixed everything that has prevented it from rivaling Apple and Samsung in the smartphone business. In fact, the executive has a less than convincing answer to those who think that Sony should just give up when it comes to connected handsets.

Hirai says that Sony isn’t sticking with smartphones because the product is the future of tech. He says that Sony needs to continue to sell the product in order to stay in the communications …


LG G7 development might have been restarted from scratch by LG CEO

According to a new report from South Korean outlet The Investor, LG’s VP and CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered the company’s mobile division to start work on its upcoming flagship device from scratch. Citing an anonymous LG official, following CES 2018 the team responsible for the development of the upcoming flagship device which might not be called the G7 after all has been instructed to cease the development and review the project from the ground up.

It seems that the development team received word on these recent developings promptly after LG’s CEO revealed that the company …

OnePlus CEO says the company is looking to talk to U.S. carriers; next model to be released Q2 2018

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said today that the next new OnePlus handset, possibly named the OnePlus 6, will be released late in the second quarter of this year and will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. OnePlus set sales records late last year with the launch of the OnePlus 5T, which is now the company’s fastest and best-selling phone. Those records previously belonged to the OnePlus 5, which was launched late last June.

In addition, Lau said that OnePlus would start talking with U.S. carriers this year about selling its devices through one or more stateside wireless operators. The company …

WSJ: Apple product delays double in length with Tim Cook as CEO


According to today’s Wall Street Journal, Apple has seen the time between announcing a new product and shipping it rise to 23 days during the past six years. During the six years before that, the average was only 11 days. This is not a good sign for the tech titan. Apple used to keep lead times short to prevent rival tech firms from responding to a new product from Cupertino. These delays can also upset customers and cost the company money.

One example of a product delay that hurt Apple in its pocketbook is the ongoing one with the HomePod smart speaker. Devised by Amazon, this product …

Miss America CEO resigns after sexist, offensive emails surface

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There he goes, Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell.

Haskell had been suspended Friday after a HuffPost story detailed his email correspondence over the years leading the beauty pageant. His leaked emails included many sexist, offensive comments about contestants and winners.

By Saturday afternoon he had resigned. 

Board chairman Lynn Weidner also offered her resignation, but she will remain on for up to 90 days to help “facilitate a smooth transition.” Weidner had been involved in targeting Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, whom Haskell and other MAO colleagues had insulted because of her weight after she won the competition. Read more…

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Former Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt leaves his executive position at Alphabet

A member of the billionaire club with a net worth exceeding $11 billion, former Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down from his current position as Alphabet’s executive chairman. He will remain a member of Alphabet’s board as a technical advisor. Schmidt started at Google in 2001 when he was brought in by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to run the company as CEO. With Schmidt’s departure from Alphabet, it is expected that the board will name a non-executive chairman.

While Chairman of Google, Schmidt also had a seat on Apple’s board from 2006 to 2009. Once Android started to make …

Microsoft CEO Nadella insults two iPad owners; "Get a real computer," he says

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently took a trip to India where he happened to run into pair of journalists who were both sporting Apple iPad tablets. “You need to get a real computer, my friend,” the executive said to one of them. Other Microsoft executives earlier this year said that Apple copied the Surface Pro with the iPad Pro. Ryan Gavin, General Manager of the Surface line, was a bit more specific when he stated that the iPad Pro was the result of Apple copying Microsoft in the 2-in-1 category.

There are those who say that there are many similarities between the two devices. Both …

OnePlus CEO hints at OnePlus 5T pricing: Won't exceed $600, probably

OnePlus’ own CEO Pete Lau might have just dropped a rather saucy hint about the pricing of the upcoming OnePlus 5T.
When asked on Weibo if 4,000 yuan (around $603) would be enough to buy the next OnePlus phone, the CEO chimed in with “Enough”, heavily implying that the device will most certainly cost up to $600. Of course, this doesn’t mean the phone will explicitly cost $599, but it falls perfectly in line with the pricing we expect.
OnePlus started as a company that stuck to a rather aggressive pricing but …

CEO of Samsung Electronics resigns; company forecasts record Q3 operating earnings

On Friday, Samsung announced that the CEO and Vice Chairman of Samsung Electronics, Kwon Oh-hyun, plans to resign. He is known as “Mr. Chip” for turning Samsung into the world leader in memory chips. The announcement shocked some Samsung followers. According to Park Ju-gun, head of research firm CEO Score, “The timing is nonsensical. Samsung tipped record earnings, it’s going to be better in the fourth-quarter, and all that’s been driven by Kwon’s components business.”

In addition to announcing Kwon’s resignation, Samsung said that it would report record third quarter operating earnings …

Video shows that Apple CEO Tim Cook is carrying the iPhone X with him

Production delays for the Apple iPhone X, you say? It will be impossible to pick one up until the middle of next year, you say? Well, that obviously isn’t the case if your name is Tim Cook and you’re the CEO of Apple. Back in August, a picture of the executive showed the outline of what was rumored to be the iPhone X in his pants pocket. With that picture, it was impossible to tell exactly which phone Cook was packing. Today, a new video makes it clear that the Chief Executive carries the iPhone X in his right pocket.

The video at the top of this story was taken last week at a Q&A …