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Windows Phone 7 is the Mobile Reset Microsoft So Desperately Needed

Windows Phone 7 is the Mobile Reset Microsoft So Desperately Needed

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 made its debut in the U.S. today. We got a chance to give the company’s new mobile operating system a spin over the last few days. Even though we have a few minor issues with it, Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is a welcome and much-needed reboot of Microsoft’s mobile platform. The new mobile OS introduces quite a few innovative…

Google Instant Comes to the iPhone

Google Instant Comes to the iPhone

Google is slowly rolling out Google Instant to iPhone users, two months after it launched this new search experience for the desktop. Users of a select number of Android phones were also able to use Instant on their devices already. While Google Instant already speeds up searches on the desktop, this feature is even more useful on mobile devices…

Apple’s App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps

Apple’s App Store Soars Past 300,000 Apps

Apple’s App Store now features over 300,000 apps, up from just under 200,000 in April. Out of these, almost 38,000 are iPad apps according to a new report from app store analytics firm Distimo. Developers released an average of 5,452 iPad apps and 12,218 iPhone apps per month since April. About 7% of all iOS apps are currently universal apps for…

Google’s Obsession With Speed Comes to the Web Server

Google’s Obsession With Speed Comes to the Web Server

Google has been obsessed with speeding up the web for quite a while now. The company’s most recent efforts towards this goal include Google Instant for speeding up search, the Page Speed tool for developers and webmasters and the more low-level SPDY protocol which augments the HTTP standard.

Today, Google is also introducing mod_pagespeed, a…

Google Launches Call Metrics for Tracking AdWords Phone Campaigns

Google Launches Call Metrics for Tracking AdWords Phone Campaigns

For a while now, Google has allowed select mobile advertisers to add their phone number to AdWord text ads so that customers can just click on the number and place a call. Until now, though, it was hard to track how well these ads really performed, as Google didn’t give advertisers a convenient way to track these calls. To remedy this, Google is…

Social Couch Potatoes: How Your TV Could Get Social

Social Couch Potatoes: How Your TV Could Get Social

Last March, we reported that over one-fourth of users ages 18-24 are interested in having more social media features integrated into their TVs. Yet, while a lot of interactions on social media sites center around TV shows, TVs are not exactly hubs for social media interactions, and those TV shows that integrate social networking into their…

Verify Gives Designers an Eight-in-One Toolkit for Testing Ideas

Verify Gives Designers an Eight-in-One Toolkit for Testing Ideas

While the Web and the limitations of most browsers sometimes limit what designers can do online, one advantage of the Internet is that it allows them to easily test different ideas and instantly get feedback for how well a specific design performs. With Verify, interactive design firm ZURB is now giving designers an toolkit with eight different…

WordPress.com Goes Vertical: Launches Food Blog Aggregator

WordPress.com Goes Vertical: Launches Food Blog Aggregator

WordPress.com just announced the launch of FoodPress, the blog host’s first foray into aggregating content written by its users. FoodPress wants to become the “go-to destination for the hottest dishes from WordPress.com bloggers” and in order to do so, the company has partnered with Federated Media and enlisted the help of Jane Maynard as the…

Lock and Unlock Your Car from Anywhere with GM’s New Mobile Apps

Lock and Unlock Your Car from Anywhere with GM’s New Mobile Apps

General Motor’s Volt – the company’s new electric car – has 100 electronic controllers, its own IP address and Volt owners get access to a set of mobile apps that give them access to information about their car. Very few people will get to drive a Volt this year, but thanks to a new set of mobile apps, owners of 2011 Chevrolet and Cadillac models…

Microsoft Launches New Developer Preview of IE9

Microsoft Launches New Developer Preview of IE9

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced a new developer preview of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) during its PDC keynote. This new version is very similar to the first developer preview the company launched earlier this year, as it does not feature the full Chrome-like user interface Microsoft introduced with the first public beta of IE9. Instead…

Microsoft’s PDC Keynote with Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia

Microsoft’s PDC Keynote with Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia

Microsoft is holding its Professional Developer Conference (PDC) on its Redmond, WA campus this week. The event kicks off with a two-hour keynote hosted by the company’s CEO Steve Ballmer and Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s president of its server and tools division. Microsoft generally holds these events when it wants to tell its developer community about…

Google Emphasizes Local Search Results with New Place Search

Google Emphasizes Local Search Results with New Place Search

Google is putting a strong emphasis on local search lately and today, the company is launching Place Search, which will give you a more comprehensive view of local search results whenever Google’s algorithms detect that you are performing a search for local information. A new “Places” link in the sidebar will also make this feature available when…

Digg: We Were Not Gaming Our Own Algorithm, Just Testing It

Digg: We Were Not Gaming Our Own Algorithm, Just Testing It

Yesterday, Digg power user LtGenPanda spotted some rather odd activity on the social bookmarking site. While looking into how the new Digg algorithm changed the makeup of the site’s front page, he noticed that sites that a number of new sites that never made the front page before were suddenly very prominent on Digg. After further investigation…

Barnes & Noble Launches New Nook E-Reader with LCD Touchscreen

Barnes & Noble Launches New Nook E-Reader with LCD Touchscreen

Barnes & Noble just launched a new version of its new Nook e-book reader at an event in New York City. The new Nook – called the Nook Color – will feature a 7-inch color LCD touchscreen display and run Google’s Android software. Thanks to using an LCD display – and not the more eye-friendly electronic ink like Amazon’s Kindle – the new Nook can…

Report: 2012 London Olympics Will Spur Mobile Advertising in Europe

Report: 2012 London Olympics Will Spur Mobile Advertising in Europe

According to a number of analysts, the cumulative mobile advertising revenues in Europe’s five largest economies (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.) will top $1 billion in 2015. On its way to this, as a new whitepaper from mobile ad optimization and advertising firm Smaato points out, Europe faces a number of unique challenges. As the…