March 28, 2013 |
The backlash over Apple's redesign of Final Cut Pro video editing software two years ago was so severe that even slashing the price by $700, to $299, caused an uproar. Video editors jeered that Apple had abandoned loyal professional users to create a cheap product aimed at consumers. References to "Apple's lemon" and "debacle" became common refrains in blog posts and industry trades scrutinizing the fallout. "It may sing and dance and create unicorns, but you've got a well-deserved PR mess on your hands," read one comment about Final Cut Pro X in Apple's App Store.
March 5, 2013 |
Over the last year or so since I became a mother, what was my iPad has morphed into the family iPad, has been renamed Elmo by our nearly 2-year-old son, Christopher, and seems to be a bit of a mystery grab bag when I finally get it back in my hands. From his many early FaceTime and Skype chats with "Nana," my mother, he's gotten quite proficient at using it. He now slides the virtual arrow to open it, selects the on-screen folder that reads "Chris' books" and deftly taps through a series of book apps that entertain and engage him. And he knows the ones he wants.
February 26, 2013 |
Mozilla, taking its first foray into the mobile business, will begin rolling out its new Firefox OS this summer. Firefox OS is a smartphone operating system developed by Mozilla that runs entirely on HTML 5, the latest and most advanced programming language for Web browsers. The nonprofit organization known for its Web browser said Firefox OS will first launch in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. It did not say when it could come to the U.S. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Mozilla said it is working with LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE to build smartphones running Firefox OS. Separately, Sony announced that it is exploring the development of Firefox OS smartphones in partnership with Spain's Telefonica.
February 20, 2013 |
Las Vegas has been "engaged in a high-stakes restaurant arms race since it welcomed Spago 20 years ago," the New York Times wrote last year of the area's eateries that brought in $8 billion in 2011. Amid all the Godzilla -sized mojitos and celebrity-chef-driven menus on the Strip, healthy fare usually isn't at the top of the list. So I was surpised to find a Healthy Eating mobile app from (drum roll) MGM Resorts International . Of course, "healthy" is a subjective term (more on that later)
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.