The past week included the mobile apps and devices tradeshow CTIA in San Diego (intrepidly covered by Sean Ludwig), a major slew of announcements from social games company Zynga, and an impressive quarterly earnings report from Google.
Not surprisingly, though, the most popular story on our site had to do with iOS5 — and of course the iPhone 4S, which hit the streets yesterday, was also a big topic. Check out Dean Takahashi’s coverage of the launch crowds, including the Woz himself.
Here are our most popular stories from the last week.
iOS 5 available now, makes the iPhone feel completely new
Although you won’t get the 8-megapixel camera or the Siri virtual personal assistant built into the iPhone 4S, people with other iOS devices can get a substantial upgrade with the new OS, Devindra Hardawar points out.
Samsung’s Nexus Prime specs will satisfy the iPhone 5 hopeful
Disappointed about the lack of the iPhone 5? Check out the Nexus Prime, aka Galaxy Nexus, which sports a massive 4.65-inch curved glass screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and more. Devindra Hardawar sums it up.
Samsung, Google delay Nexus Prime, Ice Cream Sandwich
Don’t get too excited about the Nexus Prime, though. Reporting from San Diego at CTIA, Sean Ludwig delivers the news that it won’t be unveiled for awhile yet.
Modern Warfare 3 trailer prepares gamers for mass destruction
Activision Blizzard released a trailer for this amazing-looking game, which is sure to be one of the season’s major blockbuster. Dean Takahashi published stills and the video trailer itself.
HP launches investigation into mysterious Android touchpads
An unauthorized shipment of TouchPads running the Android operating system has HP scrambling for leads, and open source advocates up in arms, reports Jolie O’Dell.
Mark Pincus, a potential multibillionaire, finally takes center stage at Zynga (video)
Zynga founder Mark Pincus took the stage this past week, after being behind the scenes for a long time. Dean Takahashi reports, and brings video of the man who’s likely to become the planet’s next super-rich entrepreneur.
Tango’s explosive growth for video calls fueled by rapid 2-week dev cycle (exclusive)
Cross-platform video calling startup Tango has seen remarkably rapid growth. Sean Ludwig talked to the company and got the exclusive story on how it manages to keep updating its product so quickly.
Big-name designers dissect Facebook’s timeline
After talking with the people at Facebook responsible for the service’s new “Timeline” formatted profiles, Jolie O’Dell talked to some designers for their impressions about how well it works.
When Groupons are bad for small businesses
Guest contributor Rocky Agrawal brings to light one of the dark sides of Groupon’s business: Demand can sometimes overwhelm the companies that offer Groupon-based deals.
Why grown women, not just girls, need more tech role models
Jolie O’Dell shot this video with Meebo CTO and co-founder Sandy Jen, who talks about the importance of having good role models for helping women find jobs in tech.