John Paczkowski

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We're Naming It the Motorola STNKR, After Our Q1 Earnings …

smellophone-723219.jpg Carl Icahn was right. Motorola really is desperate for a new product. How else to explain a patent the company was awarded last month for a “communication device having a scent-release feature and method thereof.” Outfitted with an aromatic gel packet, this smellophone releases fragrance much like a plug-in air freshener. The question is, why? Motorola’s answer: “Some cellular telephone users are the same individuals who enjoy having plug-in scent units located around their homes, and may miss not having a nice-smelling fragrance while they are on the go. Therefore, a need exists for a communication device such as a cellular telephone that can address some of the above-mentioned problems.”

Now, admittedly, fragrance is a multibillion-dollar industry that’s expected to continue its rapid growth through 2007 and beyond. But will that growth extend into the portable-electronics industry? Honestly, I have no idea what Motorola is thinking here. No wonder the company has lost about one-third of its market value since last October.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik