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Motorola is “ready to go on a hiring spree” in Waterloo, the home of BlackBerry HQ, according to a new report from the Financial Post. The Google-owned maker of smartphones already has an existing, small office in the heart of one of Canada’s most important tech hubs, but plans to build a proper, full-fledged engineering team in the area.
BlackBerry is going to be shedding a lot of talent, very quickly, as it plans to lay off around 4,500 people over the course of the next little while. Motorola wouldn’t tell the FP that those layoffs specifically had anything to do with its decision to expand in Waterloo, but did comment that “it’s not always easy to find places that have significant tech talent in a variety of areas, but especially mobile.” Given BlackBerry’s focus, it’s very likely he’s referring to the abundance of engineers located in the region with smartphone experience.
Waterloo is already an area with high demand for engineering talent. The startup ecosystem in the region is vibrant, and those young companies all need engineers to build their products. VC investment is rolling in for companies in the area, which means more competition than ever for graduates of the University of Waterloo, one of the most highly respected engineering schools in the world. Other sizeable tech companies have also expressed newfound interest in the area, with Square announcing just last week it would open offices in BlackBerry’s backyard.
Google has other interests in the area, too. Its office in Waterloo has contributed considerably to the development of Chrome and Chrome OS, and there’s a specific focus on mobile for its team there, including the mobile counterparts of Gmail and Google Docs. Considering the Google Waterloo team’s focus on mobile software, it makes sense that Google would want its Motorola mobile hardware unit nearby.
BlackBerry and its ongoing demise (yes, I’m totally comfortable calling it that at this point) is not going to be a great thing for the Waterloo region by any means, and a lot of people are going to suffer as a result of the company’s collapse. But this move by Motorola shows that the core of what makes it such a successful tech hub remains intact, and will call other big players to fill the void the smartphone pioneer is leaving behind.
Hello there! It’s been a few months since we saw each other last, how’ve you been? (For those of you who have no idea who I am, my name is Ryan, and I used to be the Editor-in-Chief around these parts. These days I’m back working on the product side, in charge of designing and engineering the future of Engadget.)
I wanted to give you a quick update on what’s been going on around here, since by most accounts Engadget doesn’t look too different from when I returned earlier this year.
First, and most importantly, we’ve been working super hard behind the scenes to build some really great new stuff. We’ve launched a few small things on the site, but Engadget still has so much potential to evolve, and it’s long overdue. I can’t wait to launch some of our bigger initiatives this year.
Engadget’s parent company is backing me up in a huge way in making a big investment in your favorite technology news site. We’ve got some great things planned, and I’d be stoked if you threw your hat in the ring.
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Apple’s primary manufacturing partner Foxconn is said to be enhancing its personnel, quickly after a freeze on new hires following the holiday season, in order to get ready for a big push come summertime when Apple debuts its next iPhone. That’s the current from the Exchange Diary, which reported today that Foxconn is adding around 10,000 brand-new assembly line workers a week to its iPhone manufacturing center, with unnamed execs at the business confirming that it’s in preparation for a brand-new iPhone launch.
The Apple partner will start mass manufacturing of the iPhone “very quickly,” according to the Exchange Journal’s sources, which fits perfectly with the expected very early summertime launch of an iPhone 5 successor. We’ve heard formerly that dealers are getting ready for a June 2013 launch, which recommends that we’ll see the device presented at or around WWDC 2013. Apple has actually presented brand-new iPhones at its annual designer’s conference in the past, with the exception of the last 2 iPhones, which were disclosed and applied sale in fall rather.
The Commercial Diary’s report doesn’t specifically discuss a launch window for the iPhone, only that it will begin mass production quickly. We understand from watching Apple’s production cycles in the past, however that the company generally begins large-scale production for a launch somewhere between 3 and 4 months ahead of a product going on sale. This time around, Apple is anticipated to present an iPhone 5S-type gadget according to most early reports, maintaining design aspects of the iPhone 5 but with under the hood enhancements.
Also accompanying a brand-new flagship phone will be a lower-cost offering, which sources consisting of the WSJ recommend could be presented around the same time as this next-gen model. This would make use of plastic in its construction, as well as been available in a variety of different colors, early leakages suggest.
Apple just recently launched the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile, which early indicators recommend has stimulated adequate renewed interest in the gadget. A mid-year upgrade for their flagship smartphone can make this the most effective year yet in terms of iPhone device sales, relying on how appealing any brand-new functions presented are to potential buyers, particularly provided the effect an affordable gadget might have on pre-paid and emerging markets.
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Net, pay attention up! The Verge is currently seeking a handful of brand-new, succulent employee in a wide-range of positions. We’re on the hunt for a senior attributes editor, deputy handling editor, a society editor, a science editor, information writers on both coastlines, reviewers, British people, video folks, and more! That’s right, there are lots of tasks to pick from if you’re a gifted and cool person. So why not go look into our tasks page and discover the duty that you were born to play! The function of you! You at The Verge! Huzzah!
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Do you love gadgets? Do you hate typos? Do you have experience working as a copy editor or proofreader? Are you looking for work? Lucky you! We’re looking for a dedicated freelancer to join our team and kill those dreadful dangling participles. Here’s what we’re looking for:
- A Copy Editor / Proofreader: Part-time (freelance) living in or around New York City or San Francisco with at least two years experience working at an established publication.
Want to apply? Read on!
The fact that Skype is hiring for engineers with a Windows Store beta due in late February likely indicates that a Metro version of the application will not debut in beta form initially. Skype is also readying a Windows Phone version of…
Samsung has made quite a name for itself in the electronics space, and the company’s ready to boldly keep on trucking: this week, it announced it will be adding a record 26,000 new workers to its 350,000 person global workforce in 2012 and investing a record 47.8 trillion won (about $ 41.4 billion) into future developments. Some of that money is being allotted directly towards new OLED screens and processors, of course, and the company’s Austin, Texas plant — home of Apple’s A5 chip — will be getting some special treatment in that regard, with Samsung preparing to issue up to $ 1 billion in bonds to raise money for operations there.
While the Samsung Group has a lot of fingers in a lot of pies, it sounds like much of that $ 41.4 billion…
Oh sure, you love gadgets — but do you have the chops to write about them? We’d love to know if you think you do, because we’re looking to actually pay humans to do this stuff. Professional writing experience isn’t necessary (though folks with it will get first consideration), but what we really care about is that you can write skillfully about gadgets with wit, concision, and authority. And being obsessed with Engadget is good, too. So here’s what we’re after:
- Tokyo, Japan-based editor: Full-time, based in Tokyo (or nearby), able to work from home and quickly commute to the city for events, meetings, etc. English must be your first language, as that’s what you’ll be writing for us in.
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It seems like the ongoing rivalry between Facebook and Google has taken a turn for the subversive. Last night, a spokesman for the social network confirmed to the Daily Beast that Facebook paid a top PR firm to spread anti-Google stories across the media and to encourage various outlets to examine allegations that the Mountain View company was violating user privacy. The PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, even offered to help blogger Chris Soghoian write a critical op-ed piece about Social Circle — a service that allows Gmail users to access information on so-called “secondary connections,” or friends of their friends. Social Circle, in fact, seems to have been at the epicenter of Facebook’s smear campaign. In a pitch to journalists, Burson described the tool in borderline apocalyptic terms:
“The American people must be made aware of the now immediate intrusions into their deeply personal lives Google is cataloging and broadcasting every minute of every day-without their permission.”
Soghoian thought that Burson’s representatives were “making a mountain out of a molehill,” so he decided to prod them about which company they might be working for. When Burson refused to spill the beans, Soghoian went public and published all of the e-mails sent between him and the firm. USA Today picked up on the story, before concluding that any claims of a smear campaign were unfounded. The Daily Beast‘s Dan Lyons, however, apparently forced Facebook’s hand after confronting the company with “evidence” of its involvement. A Facebook spokesman said the social network hired Burson to do its Nixonian dirty work for two primary reasons: it genuinely believes that Google is violating consumer privacy and it also suspects that its rival “may be improperly using data they have scraped about Facebook users.” In other words, their actions were motivated by both “altruistic” and self-serving agendas, though we’d be willing to bet that the latter slightly outweighed the former. Google, meanwhile, has yet to comment on the story, saying that it still needs more time to wrap its head around everything — which might just be the most appropriate “no comment” we’ve ever heard.
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