April 22, 2013 |
A month after acquiring Summly for $30 million, Yahoo has updated its iPhone app to include the technology developed by the startup. The new app, released Monday, shows users short, paragraph-long summaries for news stories using the technology Yahoo acquired when it purchased the startup founded by 17-year-old British entrepreneur Nick D'Aloisio. Users can turn on the Summly-like synopses by tapping on the three-bar icon on the top left of the app and then switching the toggle for "Visual" from "Off" to "On. " This will show users headlines and photos for news stories as well as short summaries for some articles.
April 18, 2013 |
Twitter is finally jumping into music discovery . The influential microblogging site has released a new service, Twitter #music , that will allow its more than 500 million users to explore the tracks that people are buzzing about in 140 characters or less. The new app, which is separate from its primary social network, was made available to iPhone users through the iTunes App Store (sorry Android owners) and online Thursday. Last week, Twitter rolled out the service exclusively to musicians to test out. So how does it work?
April 18, 2013 |
Will a song be worth more than 140 characters to Twitter users? After testing out a new music discovery service with celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, Ne-Yo and Moby, Twitter is clicking play on Twitter #Music . The free service will be available starting Thursday at https://music.twitter.com and as an app for the iPhone in the App Store in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Twitter said....
April 17, 2013 |
Apple, known for its strict stance against pornography in the U.S., is being investigated for spreading porn in China. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant was named in an article appearing Wednesday in China's People's Daily newspaper for allegedly providing pornography in the country, where the government actively censors such material to keep it off of its Internet. This is Apple's second run-in with China's state-run TV and newspapers since the start of 2013. A few weeks ago, Chief Executive Tim Cook had to post an apology on the company's Chinese website, promising better warranty and repair policies for its Chinese users after coming under criticism by the country's media.
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.