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Motorola Razr 2019: Prepare To Be Disappointed

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The buzz around the new Motorola Razr is electric. It’s taken off well beyond Lenovo’s ability to control it and the result is that we are all going to be disappointed. To understand why it’s necessary to understand how the original Razr came into being. I was a Director at Motorola in Chicago at the time, and while many of my colleagues, even those who opposed the project, now have LinkedIN profiles claiming to have been involved in its creation I’m happy to say I was only an observer.

But I was close to the people, the super smart people, who did make it happen, and the way it was done means that there is no hope that the forthcoming folding screen Razr can be any bit as good as the original.

It’s not the fault of today’s Motorola, the Lenovo owned company is just a victim of circumstance. My job here is to explain why the circumstances are different. Perhaps the most important difference is that there had never been a Razr before, but it’s also about how that came to be.

Razr was a skunkworks, produced by a bunch of engineers in their spare time and time stolen from other projects. Indeed the Motorola Aura which was to have been the follow-up was codenamed GD2 for “Go Dark 2”, the second project from the same skunkworks, but under the glare of Razr publicity GD2 failed to stay dark and suffered the development malaise that saw a nine month project take the best part of three years so the best ever 2G phone was launched into a 3G world and it failed. The existance of new Razr is already out and that’s the first thing which means this year’s model won’t be as good. The original Razr had no input from mobile operators, no customer requirements, no research or focus groups. And most importantly no sales targets. The development team just built what they thought was cool. Without needing to meet targets they didn’t need to ensure component supply. The keypad came from a manufacturer who could only do limited quantities. It was an enthusiasm. A hobby for some of the most gifted engineers the mobile industry has ever seen who enjoyed what they did. Bo, who looked at screens knew everything there was to know about screen manufacture, where the bodies where hidden, what manufacturing processes where giving what yields, and which technologies were likely to fail despite being promoted by their companies. Joel loved audio, he spent all day worrying about sound quality in phones and then went home to work out what he needed to do to improve the audio on his hi-fi. Roger knew and loved hinges. And most of all Moto had the very best radio engineers. The project was led by Roger Jellicoe a fantastically talented engineer who was protected from the rest of the business by Tracy and her boss Rob. It was a very special team building a very special phone without any commercial pressure.

The new Razr is being built by Lenovo. I don’t know much about the company and I assume that the internal processes and politics are very much better than those of the Motorola I worked for, but I’m just as sure that the environment in which the new Razr is being built is much more commercial and less indulgent. The RF will be on an established platform, the design will be dictated by component availability and there as a commercial project there will not be the passion and engineering flair.

Into this mix you need to add the renderings and anticipation. The concept models flying around the ‘net haven’t come from Lenovo they are people who are great at 3D modelling pleasuring themselves. They don’t have to worry about drop tests and SAR. They don’t have to consider the optical path for the camera, the rf occlusion from someone holding the device or the antenna packaging. All you see in a rendering is what someone thinks looks cool. It’s as though a car geek showed the next generation Ferrari as a flying carpet without stopping to think about where he engine would go.

It makes me sad for Lenovo because it is a great engineering company, but not as great as the fantasies of the 3D modellers. The modelers in turn have been fuelled by the way the original Razr was so radically different from anything before.

That was a perfect storm. Razr only happened because there was a very special team of people, protected from company politics by Geoffrey Frost. So when the new Razr comes out, and it’s a bit thicker than you were hoping, there isn’t a nice snap to the hinge, the screen isn’t as good as you were expecting and it’s not quite as polished as you’d hoped, don’t blame Lenovo, blame the fantasists.

 

Simon Rockman is the publisher of CW Journal read by the wireless and associated communities. 

I wrote my first published games review in 1978 and have been writing about technology ever since. I was the Editor of Personal Computer World and left to found What Mob…

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger: A Look At Some Of The Recent Developments – Trefis Team

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T-Mobile recently indicated that its proposed merger with Sprint could close by as early as Q1 2019, although it noted that Q2 remained more likely. Below we take a look at some of the recent developments relating to the $26 billion deal, which was first announced in April. Our interactive dashboard on what’s driving T-Mobile’s valuation details our expectations for the company through the rest of the year and the factors driving our valuation estimate. The merger between the two companies needs to be approved by both the U.S. Department of Justice as well as the Federal Communications Commission…………

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2018/11/20/sprint-t-mobile-merger-a-look-at-some-of-the-recent-developments/#1e441d6d35c5

 

 

 

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The Best Way to Fill Your Kindle, iPad, or Tablet Without Overspending – Rick Ardman

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You’re the proud new owner of a tablet or ereader! You’ve probably already made your reading list for the new year, and now your task is to download new ebooks to your device. Before you pay full-price for those books, you should know about the new site that savvy readers are practically obsessed with: BookBub. BookBub has quickly emerged as the best way for readers to find deals on bestselling ebooks. The free daily email alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks in their favorite categories, helping millions of readers find high quality books at bargain basement prices………

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Why Apple Is Finally Ditching Its Proprietary Lightning Connector For USB-C On All iPhones, iPads – Jean Baptiste Su

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At the company’s “More in the Making” event on Tuesday, Apple’s vice-president of hardware engineering John Ternus revealed that the new iPad Pro will have a USB-C port – already present on the latest MacBooks – instead of the company’s proprietary Lightning connector. “Because a high performance computer deserves a high performance connector. And so in these new iPad Pros, we’re moving to USB-C,” said Ternus. “This brings a whole new set of capabilities to the iPad Pro like connecting to accessories that change how you use your iPad, cameras, musical instruments, or even docks. Or connecting to high-resolution external displays up to 5K………

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Apple Confirms Radical New iPhone Technology – Ewan Spence

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While Samsung fights the hardware behind it’s presumptively named Galaxy F folding smartphone, recently published patents show that Apple continues to experiment with the same transformational technology. Details of the new patent have been highlighted by Jack Purcher at Patently Apple. In essence it extends the previous folding iPhone patent to include new hinge arrangements and new materials to cover the workings of the hinges……..

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Apple ‘Security Loophole’ Exposes Business Wi-Fi Passwords To Hackers – Thomas Brewster

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Apple appeals to business, in part, because of its impressive track record on iPhone and Mac security. Just last week, Forbes revealed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was ditching Android in favor of iOS amidst concerns about hacking attempts in the run up to the midterm elections.But Apple isn’t perfect. Researchers claimed on Thursday they’ve found a novel way to steal business Wi-Fi and application passwords via one of the Cupertino giant’s products…….

 

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Skype Calling Is Coming to Amazon’s Alexa Devices – Tom Warren

 

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Microsoft and Amazon are continuing their close partnership by bringing Skype calling to Alexa. Devices like Amazon’s Echo range will be able to access Skype’s basic calling, and Alexa-powered hardware like the Echo Show will also include video calling support. You’ll also be able to use Skype to call mobile and landlines using SkypeOut, and simply say “Alexa, call Bob on Skype” to activate a call……

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Features You Should Consider In Your Virtual PBX System

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If you are considering a virtual PBX system for your business you have already taken the first steps towards ensuring you are keeping operations costs to a minimum. A virtual PBX system can drastically reduce the amount of money that you will be paying to set up your telecommunications system, but only if you have the right system for your needs.

Here is what you need to consider when determining what your virtual PBX system will look like.

What a virtual PBX system is

A virtual PBX system is a phone system that is run through the internet. Instead of transmitting information over a phone line, an audio signal is transformed into data packets that are then sent via the internet. They are re-formed (for lack of a better word) into an audible signal and can be accessed through a computer system.

Why many companies are choosing to use these virtual PBX systems

Many companies are choosing a virtual PBX phone system because they are easier and more affordable to set up than systems that are hard wired in. This is because a system that runs physical wires will need to have each phone and fax line installed. If a company moves from one location to another, it is only possible to take a physical system with you whereas a virtual PBX system can be moved quickly and easily.

Features to look for in a virtual PBX system

If you are getting a virtual PBX system for your company you need to make sure that it has the features that you are looking for. This may mean that you need to spend some time considering how your company communicates so that you can choose the right features for your employees. Some of the most common features include:

  • The ability to send and receive fax messages via email
  • Call directories that are organized by name
  • Call conferencing between more than one extension
  • Voice mail message conversion to email

You also want to make sure that your system is expandable. This is essential if you plan to be expanding your company in the future. It can be frustrating to have a system that works for you and which you like using, only to find that your company has outgrown the system and you need to look at new methods of getting phone service. Taking the time to look over the terms and conditions that any virtual PBX provider is offering can help you make the right choice for your company’s needs.

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