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.
May 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - WhatsApp is one of Silicon Valley's most buzzed-about companies, yet it actively avoids the spotlight, operating out of a small office in Mountain View, Calif., with no sign on the building entrance or on the office door. Unlike most start-ups eager for media attention, WhatsApp Inc. says it doesn't want or need it. Its popular mobile messaging app has spread so quickly by word of mouth that in just four years it has amassed hundreds of millions of users who collectively send as many as 18 billion messages a day. WhatsApp belongs to a new generation of messaging services that are revolutionizing 20-year-old text messaging technology and escalating the mobile messaging wars.
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.
February 1, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - If only all purchases were this quick and easy. Jack Dorsey picked up a handful of artisan-brewed sodas at the Fizzary, a soda shop in San Francisco's Mission District. "I'm Jack," he told the shopkeeper behind the counter who charged the sodas to Dorsey's credit card by tapping on Dorsey's photograph that had popped up on an iPad behind the counter. In seconds, Dorsey's iPhone 5 vibrated in the pocket of his black leather jacket to let him know that the transaction was complete.
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.
September 25, 2013 |
As Internet video streaming becomes more commonplace in American households, a maker of dedicated devices introduced a new lineup of products and expanded programming options in hopes of capitalizing on this trend. Roku unveiled three new streaming players, priced at $50 to $80, that it says will offer high-definition video, among other features. These devices, with names only a geek could love (the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2), reach stores in October. Roku also is adding the M-Go movie and television service to its entertainment offerings.