February 16, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO — When someone buys Sebastian Holst's Mobile Yogi app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: that person's name, location and email address. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third parties when they buy digital goods, he said. And he and other mobile app developers say many people are unaware that their personal details are being shared. "Google is not taking reasonable steps to ensure that this data is used correctly," said Holst, whose apps have 120,000 users.
February 15, 2013 |
The iPad has a lot of apps, but if there's a glaring hole, it's the absence of Microsoft Office. Although there have been reports that Microsoft has built an iPad version of its Office suite of programs, the Redmond, Wash., company has yet to release them. Those programs would include Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. So how much is Microsoft leaving on the table by not placing Office on the iPad? About $2.5 billion a year, estimates Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 In a note sent to investors, Holt said he calculates that if Microsoft released Office for the iPad, as many as 30% of iPad users would buy the software, according to a report by AllThingsD . If that number swelled to about 200 million in 2014, Microsoft would make $2.5 billion -- and that's after Apple takes its 30% cut for selling the app on the App Store.
February 14, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sebastian Holst makes yoga mobile apps with his wife, a yoga instructor. The Mobile Yogi is sold in all the major mobile app stores. But when someone buys his app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: the buyer's full name, location and email address. He says consumers are not aware that Google Inc. is sharing their personal information with third parties. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third-party developers when they buy apps, he said.
February 4, 2013 |
Well, it's been 90 days and one earnings call since Microsoft released Windows 8. Though the company reported it slightly beat expectations in the earnings call, it didn't release enough detailed information to fundamentally answer the big question: Is Windows 8 a winner or a loser? Last week in San Francisco, I sat down with Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief marketing and financial officer for the Windows division, and Aidan Marcuss, principal director of Windows Research. Though they didn't disclose any new numbers, they did discuss progress so far in what Reller argues is the company's most ambitious product reboot in almost two decades. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 "We are just getting started," she said.
January 28, 2013 |
There are few things more frustrating than being hungry in Venice. Yeah, I know, talk about your First World Problems. But for all of its beautiful sights, of all Italian cities, Venice may have the lowest percentage of decent restaurants; being a tourist magnet for several centuries will do that. Plus, the very canals and winding narrow streets that make that Italian city so lovely are also bound to frustrate the casual visitor -- at least one that hasn't memorized the street maps.
January 7, 2013 |
If you're wondering how Apple's App store is doing these days, the answer is: Awesome. On Monday, Apple announced that it has topped 40 billion app downloads, and that a whopping 20 billion of those downloads took place in 2012 alone. And in case you think the company has inflated the numbers, it hasn't: That 40 billion does not include re-downloads or updates. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge There were plenty of other impressive numbers in Apple's self-congratulatory release . For example, there are 775,000 apps available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world, and Apple has paid developers more than $7 billion.
December 28, 2012 |
The Lakers have released an official mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms. Partnered with developer Lucid Appeal, the Lakers app provides "news, statistics, schedules, image and video gallery, user profiles, and more," according to a release from the team. "Launching this mobile app is a part of our long term strategy to engage Lakers fans across digital platforms and deliver content to fans in all the ways they want to consume it. We're excited for this launch, but even more so for the long-term road map we have for the mobile app and the dynamic features coming in future versions," said Nick Kioski, director of new media and technology for the Lakers. To download the free app, navigate to the App Store on an iOS device, or to Google Play on an Android device.
December 21, 2012 |
Avid gamers and app store junkies beware: Not one, but two, fake "Halo 4" iPhone apps have been released over the last two days. "Halo 4 for iPhone/iPad is the fourth in the Halo series where Master Chief returns to battle an ancient evil bent on vengeance and annihilation," reads a summary of the game, which was priced at $4.99. Microsoft just launched the game for Xbox in November. Apple users who were lured by screenshots of the game and detailed descriptions were met with a rude awakening -- the game turned out to be a simple chess game, according to Gizmodo . One of the developers is listed as "Toan Tran," and the support page links to a website hosted by Weebly.
December 4, 2012 |
We used to jot down a friend's address and phone number in moleskin address books, erasing or crossing out old information whenever he or she moved. The digital age made tracking our friends easier, but we still spend a lot of time manually updating our address books or we let Facebook become the guardian of our social network. Why are address books so dumb when so many people carry smartphones? asks Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mrinal Desai. He and Jorge Ferreira want to - - ahem - - address that problem with a slick new iPhone app that keeps you connected to your friends because they are the ones who update their contact information when it changes.
December 4, 2012 |
YouTube has released an app optimized for the iPhone 5 and iPad, returning true, full-screen mode to users who have been without it since the launch of iOS 6 in September. With iOS 6, Apple removed the pre-installed YouTube app that had been included in iOS since the operating system launched as iPhone OS in 2007. That forced YouTube to launch its own independent app in September, but it was optimized only for iPhones and iPod Touches with 3.5-inch screens, not the 4-inch screens used for the iPhone 5 and latest generation of the iPod Touch.