Motorola today confirmed the Q PRO, their enterprise offering of the Motorola Q. (Though we really wish they would’ve just called it the Q2.) Essentially the same phone, it comes with the ability to disable the camera, (a disturbing feature for all those corporate espionage types) a basic Office suite of apps, (think Word editors, and PDF, Excel and Powerpoint viewers) and enhanced security options that include intrusion detection and real-time event logging. No price, but it’s supposed to be available now, likely only to enterprise customers at the moment. We’d expect a small mark up from the basic Q model, but hopefully nothing too substantial.
This is an entry from our Holiday Gift Guide. We will be updating it daily through the holidays, so be sure to check it often for some great gadget gift tips!
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If you are looking for a full-fledged smartphone that lacks bulk, look the way of the Motorola Q. The Q packs in Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapoxel camera, and a QWERTY keyboard into a freaking thin 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.5-inch handset. The Motorola Q weighs just 4.1 ounces, so carrying this phone around is very comfy. The Q also sports a scroll wheel on the side, reminding us of the BlackBerry mainstay, and it works nicely on the Windows Mobile 5 OS. The screen is a 2.4-inch 320x240 display, but we wish the font size could be bumped down a few notches to fit more text without having to scroll. The Q can also do multimedia, which can be access on Verizon’s EV-DO network, or locally by packing your content onto a miniSD card.
You can watch our full Motorola Q video review for more information.
Price: $300 with two-year contract
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We just got our hands on the new Motorola KRZR, and went to work immediately to get an unboxing gallery up for those of you who swing that way. Head on over and check out the KRZR Unboxing Gallery to see 17 great images of the device, and feel free to leave comments on any of those pictures. Anyone else pick one of these up yet? Any impressions?
Interestingly enough, we unboxed the Motorola KRZR phone without a box. Weird, we know, however the phone arrived from Motorola in a FedEx shipping back. Loose. Accessories were sealed, and the KRZR phone itself was in a neat little pouch - but there was no box to be seen. We figured we wouldn’t let that stop us from sharing the KRZR image love, so click on to head over to our MotoKRZR unboxing gallery.
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The Gear Live report on a possible Freescale buyout has just been confirmed. Freescale Semiconductor Inc., designer and manufacturer of embedded processors and peripherals, will be purchased by a consortium of private investment groups led by The Blackstone Group, and including The Carlyle Group, Permira Funds and Texas Pacific Group. At a $17.6 Million bottom line, this merger more than triples the value of the AMD-ATI merger that has been such huge corporate news thus far this year. The terms of the merger are a purchase price of $40 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 36% over Freescale’s average closing share price during the 30 trading days through September 8th, 2006.
Much like the AMD-ATI merger, the merger was approved unanimously by the board of directors, but still awaits shareholder and U.S. antitrust approvals. Freescale also has the option to shop around for a better offer from another party, but I’m guessing a 36% margin is going to be hard to beat.
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So the big corporate news around the tech world right now is of course AMD’s acquisition of ATI. When the second biggest developer of PC processors acquires one of the biggest video processor developers in the world, that’s some big news. Well, equally as big a deal, but flying slightly below the radar, is a private buyout in the works for Freescale Semiconductor. Freescale, a former unit of Motorola, is one of the largest stand-alone makers of embedded chips and recently became the first semiconductor manufacturer to produce and sell magnetic random-access memory (MRAM) which has theoretical speeds well beyond current flash technology. Since they spun-off from Motorola in July 2004, they have grown 137%. Now, Freescale’s embedded devices are used everywhere from devices you use every day like cellular phones, TV’s, PDA’s and copy machines, to more specialized advanced devices like ECU’s and flight control systems.
The 16 billion dollar deal is being split amongst a group of private investment companies including Texas Pacific Group, Blackstone Group and Permira, according to the report. It is possible that the Carlyle Group and Bain Capital may also jump on the bandwagon. If this deal goes through, it will be the largest leveraged buyout in the tech sector to date.
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Our favorite bunny’s parents, Energizer, has just introduced Energi To Go, a battery pack that can plug into most cell phones. With this new product you can recharge your phone’s battery almost instantaneously (except for some PDA and smart-phones,) even if your phone is completely powerless. The ETG comes with an adapter and a pair of Energizer e2 Lithium batteries. At an MSRP of $19.99, it’s available at your favorite department, grocery, or drug store.
Energizer claims that it is compatible with 80% of cell phones now on the market, including Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, and Motorola, as well as mini USB devices developed after 2003 such as BlackBerry, SLVR, and RAZR. Now, if that bunny could just learn to catch a cell phone before it hits the ground.
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