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Klout, a startup that helps people measure how influential they are across a variety of social media sites, announced today that it has scored $8.5 million in a round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins.
AT&T has profited nicely to date from being the only carrier to offer the iPhone. So it’s bound to be nervous now that Verizon is getting ready to announce an iPhone on its own network. And yesterday the claws came out.
Verizon’s iPhone is coming in late January, sooner than the previously reported February 3 date, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Users of Windows Mobile 7 devices are reporting heavy 3G data usage while their phones are idle, something that could pose a problem for those with limited data plans.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski returned to the Consumer Electronics Show this year to discuss the growing importance of wireless spectrum to the US economy.
Update: The latest rumors now point to a late January release for the Verizon iPhone. Earlier story below. —
AT&T has come up with one way to combat the fabled Verizon iPhone: Halve the price of the iPhone 3GS from $99 to $49.
LG isn’t the only company with a 4G tablet for T-Mobile on the horizon. The carrier announced today that Dell will be bringing its Streak 7 tablet to its 4G network in the next few weeks.
T-Mobile has grand plans to double its 4G network’s speeds from 21 megabits per second to 42 Mbps in 2011, the carrier announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Tablets, tablets, tablets. That’s what the Consumer Electronics Show has felt like so far, and both Motorola and LG continue the craze with their newly announced 4G Android 3.0 tablets.
Microsoft’s Surface touchscreen technology for large displays has shed a lot of bulk in its newest iteration, and in the process it has also given liquid-crystal displays — the ubiquitous screens used in everything from laptops and smartphones to smart TVs — the power to see with its new PixelSense technology.
Samsung today showed off something at the Consumer Electronics Show that many couch potatoes have surely dreamed of: TVs that are virtually all screen, with almost no ugly bezels separating the on-screen image from your home theater.
AT&T finally spilled the beans on the plans for its next-generation network at its Developer Summit today, an event held in conjunction with the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company says that it expects to launch its 4G network using LTE technology by the middle of the year; it just completed the deployment of its slightly-faster HSPA+ network (which AT&T also considers “4G”).
Reading the minds of countless consumers, Netgear today unveiled a simple way to extend the range of any wireless network at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
LG kicked off the day at the Consumer Electronics Show describing how it aims to make televisions, mobile devices, and yes even household appliances, smarter in 2011.
Following on the heels of Vizio’s surprising Android phone and tablet announcement, the company is also revealing that it’s bringing Android to the living room with its new Google TV-powered VIA Plus HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and it’s readying a new 3D line.
With Apple readying subscription options for digital newspapers and magazines, it was only a matter of time before Google took its own stab at a digital newsstand — and that’s exactly what seems to be happening now, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
We’re expecting to see many new tablets and phones this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, and one new player in the market has already made its plans public: Vizio will be rolling out its Via Android phone and tablet later this summer. It’s a bold change for a company best known for bargain-priced HDTVs.
Mobile maps have never looked this good on the iPhone. The Cartographer is a new app ($3.99 on the iTunes Store) that brings support for custom Google Maps, as well as the ability to download maps for use offline, all in a slick vintage user interface.
The Resumator, a startup dedicated to simplifying the hiring process for businesses, has landed $100,000 in seed funding, the company told VentureBeat.
As promised back in October, Amazon has just introduced the ability to lend Kindle ebooks, opening up a world of opportunity for Kindle users.
Apple may be gearing up to announce its long-rumored iPhone for Verizon’s network within the next few weeks, “maybe by Valentine’s Day”, reports BusinessWeek.
Video chat on the iPhone 4 just got a lot more useful. Skype tonight announced its latest iPhone app update, bringing with it the ability to make video calls to other iPhone OS devices, as well as to Skype users on Mac and Windows computers.
Sometimes the most memorable stories of the year aren’t necessarily the biggest ones — instead, they’re the bits of news that completely blindside us. While many of those surprising stories may indeed go on to be among the biggest of the year, we’ve already covered those in our top stories of 2010 feature (see also our best and worst in mobile for 2010, and our top games).
Leave it up to hackers to unlock the full potential of Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color, a device that is effectively an Android tablet currently trapped in e-reader clothing.
It looks like we won’t have to wait until next week’s Consumer Electronics Show to check out Verizon’s first 4G phone. HTC’s Thunderbolt Android smartphone was just outed tonight by the Android blog Droid Life.
This was bound to happen sooner or later. A Los Angeles county man has filed a lawsuit against Apple, along with several mobile app developers, for allowing apps that transmit private user information to ad networks without user consent.
Apple still hasn’t confirmed that it’s releasing a CDMA version of the iPhone next year for Verizon’s wireless network (and other CDMA networks globally), but at this point we can rest assured that it’ll happen.
Building on the success of its Galaxy S Android phones, Samsung is set to unveil a new version of its Galaxy Player portable media device that’s basically a Galaxy S phone sans phone functionality. In short, it’s Samsung’s answer to the iPod Touch.
Amazon still isn’t talking Kindle numbers, but at least we know its e-reader is a smashing success. The company announced this morning that its third-generation Kindle is its best-selling product ever, surpassing the final Harry Potter book.
Apple expects to ship 1 to 2 million more iPhones in the first quarter of 2011 than it originally planned, including those ready for Verizon’s cellular network, sources from Taiwan-based component suppliers tell Digitimes.
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The first wave of smartphones for Verizon’s LTE 4G network will include entries from HTC, Motorola and Samsung, judging from the rash of early hardware photos hitting gadget sites over the past few days.
VocalTec already has a major hit with its magicJack internet phone device, but now the company is ready to step up and offer completely free calls to users with the launch of its magicTalk service on Christmas.