October 11, 2011 |
Facebook's on-again, off-again plans for an iPad app have reached fruition. After months of speculation, Facebook rolled out the long-awaited app Monday. It's available free from the Apple App Store, has bigger photos and lets users play games on the go. Apple and Facebook had been in negotiations over the app for months. The iPad app could be a boon for Apple. None of the tablets running Google's Android software have a tailor-made Facebook app. For Facebook the benefits are obvious: An iPad app will help keep people tethered to Facebook.
April 18, 2012 |
Google Inc. Chief Executive Larry Page returned to the witness stand for nearly an hour in a San Francisco federal courtroom Wednesday to defend his company against allegations that its Android mobile software, which now powers more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers, infringes on Oracle Corp.'s patents and copyrights. Page, in a rare appearance in suit and tie, was questioned by David Boies, famous for going after Bill Gates during the federal government's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Corp.
May 1, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook users are apparently not making themselves at Home. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Home - - Facebook's new Android software for mobile phones -- on April 4 to much fanfare. It hit the Google Play store on April 12. Despite some splashy (and quirky) commercials -- including one with Zuckerberg standing in a swimming pool -- only a tiny fraction of Facebook users has installed the softwaret. And the HTC First, the first phone to preload the software, isn't selling briskly, one analyst reports.
August 15, 2011
Google Inc. is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. for $12.5 billion in cash. It's by far Google's biggest acquisition to date and a sign the online search leader is serious about expanding beyond its core Internet business. Google will pay $40.00 per share, a 63 percent premium to Motorola's closing price on Friday. Motorola Mobility was separated from the rest of Motorola in January. The company has remade itself as a maker of smartphones based on Google's Android software, but has struggled against Apple Inc. and Asian smartphone makers.
September 6, 2011 |
Antitrust officials in South Korea raided Google's Seoul offices Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the matter, expanding worldwide regulatory pressure on the Internet giant. Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, is under investigation by antitrust authorities in the United States and in Europe. The source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said officials from the Korean Fair Trade Commission entered Google's offices Tuesday morning and planned to return Wednesday morning.
June 15, 2011 |
Google Inc. showed off some new tricks for easier and faster Web searching on the desktop. "We are breaking down the barriers between you and the knowledge you seek," Amit Singhal, one of Google's top search engineers said at a news conference in San Francisco. One tool lets users with the Chrome browser search for information on a desktop computer by using voice commands just as they would on a mobile device powered by Google's Android software. Another tool available in extensions for Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla's Firefox browser enables the user to drag a digital image into the search box to find out about it. On Tuesday Google also unveiled Instant Pages, which immediately loads Web pages after users click on search results, cutting several seconds from the search process.
October 11, 2012 |
Google's tensions with Apple will only escalate as the search giant predicts that more than a billion mobile devices will run its Android software within a year, the company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, said. He called it the "defining fight" in the industry that has not seen anything on this scale before. Schmidt told Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg in an onstage interview in New York on Wednesday that there were already four times as many Android mobile devices as Apple devices.
December 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- You can add all the apps in the world to that phone in the palm of your hand. But the device manufacturer still has more say over how your phone looks and works than you do. Some people in the tech community don't think it should be that way. "I am a big believer that if you buy one of these devices, you should have the freedom to do what you want with it," said Steve Kondik, co-founder of Cyanogen. Kondik, with co-founder Kirt McMaster, takes the open source code Google makes freely available to create CyanogenMod, an alternative to the Android software that manufacturers put on mobile devices that is itself built on Android.
June 14, 2013 |
AT&T and Samsung are going after outdoorsy customers with the new Galaxy S 4 Active, a rugged version of Samsung's popular flagship smartphone. With a thicker and heavier shell than the original Galaxy S 4, the G S 4 Active is able to keep dust out of its components as well as water even when submerged under more than three feet of water for up to a half hour. The G S 4 Active was unveiled earlier this month, but AT&T did not announce it would be the exclusive U.S. carrier until this week.
March 7, 2013 |
In a bid to spur sales of its struggling Nook tablet, Barnes & Noble Inc. struck deals with major Hollywood studios that will make more movies and television shows available on the device. Barnes & Noble's Nook Media subsidiary reached licensing deals with Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media and others that will deliver thousands of additional videos to the service, including such hit films as "The Hunger Games," the "Twilight" movies, "Flight" and "Paranormal Activity 4" and television shows such as "Mad Men. " "Nook is one of a growing spectrum of new digital buyers for our films and TV content and illustrates the breadth and depth of opportunities for monetizing our content across a broad array of platforms," Thomas Hughes, Lionsgate's senior vice president of digital, said in a statement.