Apps aren’t going to overshadow the open mobile Web for very long.
I am a conflicted tech reporter. I started covering the technology beat because of my love for the power of the smartphone. But the conspicuous consumption of gadgets, with its attendant human and environmental costs, makes me feel as though I’m complicit in injustice. To reconcile these feelings, I’ve settled on five principles for owning a…
First, there was the Web. Then there were apps. Then there was the Web – plus apps. That’s the message behind Microsoft’s porting of the award-winning Contre Jour game to the Web in HTML5, intentionally blurring the line between the Web and apps.
The iPhone 5 is out, but it’ll cost you. The iPhone 4 is free with a contract, but that’s so 2010. What if you could spend $99 and turn your old iPod touch into a new iPhone? With no contract to enslave you to the telecom companies? Well, there is.
In a bid for relevance, Toys “R” Us will launch its own kid-friendly tablet this fall. Beyond too little, too late, getting into the tablet game now only highlights the disconnect between nimble, Web-savvy companies like Amazon and the brick-and-mortar retailers of yore.
Amazon did not unveil a smartphone Thursday, despite speculation to the contrary. But its new Kindle Fire tablets give us some clues about an Amazon phone, reportedly in the pipeline. We see a $200 (almost) loss leader that makes buying anything from or through Amazon beyond easy.
First, the good news: The number of click-throughs on mobile advertisements that were mistaken or fraudulent dropped slightly over the last year. Now the bad news: As much as 40% of clicks on mobile ads are so-called worthless clicks, offering no return on investment for the advertiser, according to a new study.
A new iPhone this year may mean a new “shared data” wireless plan for you, too. They may or may not save you money – that’s not the point. They’re really designed to put the wireless carriers in a better financial position for the future.
IBM is working to turn its Jeopardy-winning supercomputer into the newest mobile device personal assistant.
Footage of a hover bike test flight surfaced on the Internet this week and quickly sent sci-fi nerds and techies on a heavy Star Wars nostalgia trip. The video is enthralling not only because it’s a futurist’s wet dream. The vehicle’s user-friendly design could usher in an era of low-altitude flight as a form of daily, personal transportation.
Apple device update season is near and, like clockwork, the rumor mill has kicked in high gear. The latest evidence points to a September unveiling of the next iPhone, a smaller version of the iPad, and the long-rumored Apple HDTV. Those last two are debatable, but the iPhone 5 is all but certain, and it’s expected to include the hot technology…
“A lot of people think that design is adorning something,” Robert Andersen began as we sat down. As creative director at Square, Andersen does the kind of design that people aren’t supposed to notice. “It’s not visual.” On the contrary, in the mobile world, the best design makes the software disappear.
It’s that time of year again. The Apple rumor mill is working overtime as customers await iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 in the fall, with a 7-inch iPad and long-anticipated HDTV set on the horizon. One purported iOS 6 feature could propel Apple into wearable computing in a very cool way.
Facebook posted it first quarterly earnings statement post-IPO yesterday and one number pops out: 84%. That is the percentage of revenue the company made from advertising, representing $992 million of the total $1.18 billion it brought in during Q2. To maintain stable growth, Facebook must diversify its revenue stream and become less reliant on…
Let’s be real: Anyone who’s been paying attention isn’t surprised by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion’s recent collapse. It’s unfortunate, but it’s been inevitable.
Browser or app: Which is a better way to reach readers on mobile platforms like iOS and Android? Publishers and developers haven’t been shy about offering their opinions, but what about the people who actually use the devices? Among tablet owners, at least, reading on the mobile Web is preferable to using native apps, according to a recent…
Microsoft just unveiled its new tablet, Surface. It actually looks pretty nice, though I obviously have no idea if it works well or is worth buying. You can find the details, as they become available, here. But the shift in strategy is most interesting to me. Why is Microsoft making its own Windows tablet? Isn’t its decades-old business model to…
A few minutes spent actually handling a prototype of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet reveals a solid device, combining a slightly bulky chassis with a clever Touch Cover keyboard that appears to work well – all powered by a Windows RT operating system that seems to be a viable competitor to iOS and Android on these types of devices.