Smartphones

  1. Microsoft Announce Tablet Plans

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp set out its ambitions to dominate the consumer electronics market on Thursday with Windows-powered tablet computers and smartphones designed to beat back advances by Apple Inc and Google Inc. New tablets will be available as soon as ...

  2. Mobile Roadie Launches New App Builder

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Self-service mobile app builder Mobile Roadie unveiled a new version of its service that provides even greater customization options, called Mobile Roadie Pro. The service lets users log in to an online app management tool, and then provide conten ...

  3. U.S. Copyright Office Rules Against Apple In 'Jailbreaking' Case

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright office issued exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copy Act, giving legal protection for people who unlock their smartphones to run third party applications or change the wireless service providers. The move by the copyright off ...

  4. Apple's White iPhone 4 Delayed, In Latest Headache

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers will not be able to get their hands on Apple Inc's white iPhone 4 until later this year, the company said on Friday (July 23), conceding that making the model has proven surprisingly difficult. Apple, in a brief statement, said that ...

  5. Forrester Report Names Best Music Service-Device Combo

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan takes a look at device-service integrations in his latest report . Basically he created a methodology comparing well-received devices with well-received services to determine which combination offered the best music ...

  6. LoKast Hits Android Devices

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT NearVerse has extended its LoKast content sharing smartphone app to Android devices. Any user with the app installed can browse through the content stored on any other user’s device, so long as they are within 300 feet of each other. And the conte ...

  7. Mobile Backstage App Targets Touring Artists

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finnish mobile developer Steam Republic unveiled a new mobile app designed for artists on tour, called Mobile Backstage. It’s a social-focused app created to let artists and fans interact in real time, used so far by Dizzee Rascal, You Me At Six a ...

  8. Apple Forecast Beats Street view, Mac Sales Jump

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc gave an unusually upbeat revenue forecast that trounced Wall Street's expectations and eased fears that the "Antennagate" controversy around its iPhone 4's reception would hurt sales, boosting its shares 3%. It report ...

  9. Business Matters: BigChampagne, Ministry of Sound, 'Rock Band' and more

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BIGCHAMPAGNE UNVEILS ‘ULTIMATE CHART’ -- Media measurement company BigChampagne has introduced Ultimate Chart, a weekly list of top songs and artists based on data from a variety of services such as iTunes, YouTube, Vevo, Clear Channel, Facebook, ...

  10. What Consumers Are Saying About The iPad

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In an age when technological devices can achieve rock-star status, the launch of the iPad managed to attach "mania" to the brand's name as a popular suffix. (Try a Google search for the ungainly neologism "iPadmania" and y ...

  11. RIM Says Apple Claims About BlackBerry Unacceptable

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc appears to be deliberately distorting the issues surrounding the iPhone 4's antenna design by asserting that Research In Motion's BlackBerry has similar reception problems, RIM said. "Apple's attempt to draw RIM into ...

  12. Smartphones Boost Sony Ericsson Q2

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit on Friday (July 16) as sales of more expensive smartphones ramped up but it stuck to its view of only slight market growth this year. After a dismal 2009, when consumers ...

  13. Analysis: The Numbers Behind An Apple Cloud-Based Service

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday, the NPD Group estimates that up to eight million people are willing to pay $10 or more per month for an Apple cloud-based music service -- if one actually launches at some point. Here's what makes that number so stagger ...

  14. Business Matters: Goldman Sachs, Bandcamp, TuneCore and more

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Goldman Sachs analysts are predicting Apple’s iPad will be a huge success and the main beneficiary of the transition to tablets. Their explanation is summed up in five bullet points: consumption (iPad is made for light tasks), content (tight int ...

  15. Apple To Hold iPhone Press Conference Friday

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has called a surprise press conference for Friday (July 15) to talk about the iPhone 4, as the company continues to deal with fallout from reported reception problems on its popular smartphone. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said the comp ...

  16. Shazam App Expanding Paid Version To Android

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music ID app Shazam is expanding the paid version of its popular mobile app to Android mobile phones. Shazam Encore, the premium version of the app, is now available in the Android Marketplace for $5, which offers the ability to ID an unlimited nu ...

  17. Rdio, MP3Tunes Roll Out Android Apps

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Android smartphone platform keeps gaining new music traction, this time adding support for digital music services Rdio and MP3Tunes. The free Rdio Android app went live today in beta, allowing users to browse and listen to playlists saved in t ...

  18. Judge Clears Way For Suit Against Apple, AT&T

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A judge has cleared the way for a class action lawsuit against AT&T and Apple regarding the exclusive deal between the two companies for the iPhone. The suit, originally filed in 2007, alleges Apple created a monopoly by suggesting its exclusi ...

  19. Google App Inventor Opens App Dev To Anyone

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google’s Android smartphone technology is already taking off as the fastest-growing, if not largest, smartphone platform on the market. In an effort to provide additional momentum, the company is now providing a tool to allow even those with no pr ...

  20. Apple Celebrates App Store Anniversary Amid Mounting Challenges

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple’s App Store will celebrate its two-year anniversary this weekend, and the numbers its reached so far are staggering. More than a quarter of a million applications developed and posted to the store. Five billion apps downloads. More than $1 b ...

  21. Report: Cloud Streaming Unlikely To Spur Multiple Device Use

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The promise of the much-heralded “cloud” music model is the ability for users to access their music anywhere, from any device. But a new report from Forrester Research pokes holes in that selling point, noting that most music fans tend to stick wi ...

  22. Business Matters: Guvera, Google, EMI, Pitchfork and more

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GUVERA, THE ORCHARD INK DEAL -- Ad-supported download site Guvera has inked a licensing deal with The Orchard , giving the startup a much-needed boost in its catalog. Currently, the Guvera website has a note about its catalog: “What you can't ...

  23. Apple To Open Second Flagship Store In China

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc will open its second flagship store in China, in the heart of Shanghai's financial district on Saturday (July 10), the company said on Thursday (July 8). The retail outlet, featuring a 40-foot glass cylindrical wall, is located near ...

  24. Google Music Watch: Here's The Latest

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored Google Music service will launch in the fourth quarter, according to tech blog Gizmodo , which cited an interview with Google's Android product manager Gaurav Jain in an Israeli newspaper. The Q4 launch would correspond with that ...

  25. Consumers Sue Apple Over iPhone Antenna Problems

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc has been sued by iPhone customers in at least three complaints related to antenna problems on its newest model. Apple launched the iPhone 4 last week to a huge groundswell of demand. But the launch was also plagued by complaints from som ...

  26. Will Verizon Soon Be Selling The iPhone?

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The will-they-or-won’t-they dance between Apple and Verizon Wireless continues with renewed speculation that the mobile operator will soon begin selling the popular iPhone. This time, the reports come from Bloomberg , which cites unnamed sources & ...

  27. Keys To Pandora's Success

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Pandora personalized Internet radio service famously reached the scale it has today largely though a smart mobile strategy. The company’s CTO Tom Conrad discussed where Pandora went right and where it went wrong in its mobile implementation at ...

  28. Apple Boasts 1.7 Million iPhone 4 Sales

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc had sold 1.7 million units of the iPhone 4 worldwide by Saturday, June 26, its most successful product launch yet, the company said. Sales of the touchscreen smartphone, which competes with devices from Nokia, Research In Motion, and Mot ...

  29. RIM Shares Drop As BlackBerry Shipments Disappoint

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research in Motion reported subscriber and shipment figures that disappointed investors and rekindled fears that the BlackBerry maker is losing market share to Apple Inc and other rivals. Shares of RIM tumbled more than 5% in June 24 after-hour tr ...

  30. Hewlett Packard Buys nuTsie Parent Co. Melodeo

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hewlett Packard has purchased Melodeo for between $30 million and $35 million. Melodeo is the parent company of nuTsie , the music streaming service that allows users to listen to their iTunes collection over the Web and using mobile phones. nuTsi ...

  31. Apple Fans Queue For iPhone 4

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of fans flocked to stores in Tokyo to be the first buyers of Apple's iPhone 4 and some lined up in San Francisco as the red-hot smartphone rolls out on Thursday (June 24) in five of the world's six largest economies. Sales of th ...

  32. UPDATED: Here Comes The App Flood

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the new iPhone operating system now out (iOS 4), expect to see a host of updates to existing music apps, as well as new apps flooding the market. They include: UPDATED (6/24): - NPR: The NPR Music app offers footage of live performances inter ...

  33. How Much Profit Does Apple's App Store Make?

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How much profit has Apple’s leading App Store raked in? According to estimates from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster—about $189 million since inception. That’s what Munster says Apple gained in gross profit, which is about 1% of the company' ...

  34. Apple Says iPad Sales Hit 3 Million

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said it has sold 3 million iPads since the touch-screen tablet computer hit the market less than three months ago, boosting its stock before the company's iPhone arrives on store shelves this week. Shares in the consumer electronics ...

  35. UPDATE: Sony Music Kicks Off 'Pinball' Series On iPhone, iPad

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is rolling out a new line of artist-branded iPhone and iPad games under the Pinball Rocks banner. Designed as a sort of throwback to artist-themed pinball machines of the '70s, the Pinball Rocks games are developed by ...

  36. Microsoft Rolls Out Entertainment Bing Search Engine

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft rolled out an entertainment-based section for its Bing search engine at a Los Angeles press conference this evening. Bing searchers now have the ability to play any song listed in Bing search results in its entirety once, provided that t ...

  37. Google Set To Launch Download, Subscription Service

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google will launch a music download service tied to its search engine later this year followed by a subscription service in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. There has been speculation about Google's music plans for several months. ...

  38. Ustream App Allows Artists To Extend Video To Mobile

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live video hosting service Ustream has put out a mobile app platform for artists to extend their live video onto mobile devices, called the Ustream Live Mobilizer. From the release: How the platform works: --Creation of custom-branded apps: Each a ...

  39. Nokia Warns On Key Phone Unit

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia warned that profitability at its key phones unit would be weaker than expected this quarter and in 2010 as it struggles to compete against high-end rivals like Apple. "Investors are worried about Nokia's long-term market position. ...

  40. AT&T Hit With Order, Privacy complaints Over iPhone

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers trying to reserve the latest version of the iPhone were thwarted by technical glitches that hindered sales on Tuesday (June 15), the first day of pre-orders before the device hits stores on June 24. AT&T Inc customers reported seeing ...

  41. Business Matters: Google Music Store, Don Henley, The Orchard, 'If I Can Dream' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GOOGLE MUSIC STORE COMING IN FALL? -- Google's music store could be on its way later this fall, CNET's Greg Sandoval reports. Citing multiple industry sources, Sandoval says the service could have both downloads and streaming music. &quo ...

  42. @Apple's WWDC: No Lala, No iTunes Upgrade, But Big iPhone News

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Anyone hoping Apple would introduce its new music strategy during Steve Jobs’ keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference today found themselves disappointed. The CEO didn’t even mention the May 31 shuttering of streaming music service Lala, wh ...

  43. Business Matters: Public Enemy, Digital Lockers, iPhone, Android and More

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Public Enemy has cut its target at fan-funded site Selleband to $75,000 from $250,000. “We have learned that the fan funding model is still not fully developed,” says the band’s Sellaband page, “and, as a result, a $250,000 fund raising effort, ...

  44. @D8: Apple's Jobs On Google, Gizmodo, Adobe, and Advice For The Music Biz

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs rarely speaks at events not hosted by Apple itself. But Tuesday night, less than a week before he’s scheduled to take the keynote stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference June 7, he sat down for a 90-minute interview w ...

  45. AT&T Shuffles Data Plans

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That unlimited data plan you were required to get from AT&T when you bought your iPhone? It’s about to get limited after all. AT&T introduced a new set of data plans that opt for a more tiered approach based on usage (also called metered p ...

  46. Apple's Jobs Says iPad Idea Came Before iPhone

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs shared a secret with is audience at a technology conference outside Los Angeles Tuesday: The idea for the iPad came before the iPhone. The idea to ditch the keyboard for what Jobs calls a multi-touch display came about in ...

  47. Thumbplay Lines Up iPhone App

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music streaming music service is now available for the iPhone, making it yet another cloud-based music service operating on the iPhone before Apple has yet to introduce its own. Thumbplay Music launched in January in beta mode for th ...

  48. Top Clear Channel Talent Goes Mobile

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has begun offering commercial-free radio programming for four of its biggest personalities as part of its iheartradio mobile application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. The mobile apps for Sean Hannity, ...

  49. LiveWire Mobile Plans For Download Service

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Like pretty much every other ringtone aggregator that’s still in business today, LiveWire Mobile is getting into the full-song business. The company laid out plans for a DRM-free music download service that it says will be offered by two North Ame ...

  50. Microsoft CEO Unconcerned With Apple Market Cap

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp chief Executive Steve Ballmer was unperturbed a day after rival Apple Inc shot past his firm as the world's biggest tech company by market value and said his aim was to develop a good product line and earn more profits. Microso ...

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