“Ring of fire” means different things to different people depending on whether they love Johnny Cash or buy Preparation H, but to solar astronomers, it means an annular eclipse.
stories by John Koetsier
Guest Post While Apple’s products have become a must-have in the Russian political elite, some State Duma deputies are outraged with the executive office of the lower chamber for virtually forcing them to use iPads and iPhones for work.
Apple’s in the top 10 for the first time ever, Facebook hits the list, and Dell sells more than Google as Fortune Magazine released its Fortune 500 companies today, ranking the top 500 companies by global income.
Facebook fans are the holy grail of small business, according to a recent study by Staples.
This year, we’ll buy more tablets than notebooks for the first time ever. But by 2017, we’ll buy six times more tablets than laptops.
There’s a reason the rich get richer, and wealthy corporations get wealthier. They’re smarter than the rest of us, and they have more financial tools at their disposal.
Android may have wrestled massive smartphone market share away from Apple the past couple of years, but until now Apple’s managed to hold onto its dominance in tablet sales. That’s now changing, says IDC analyst Sameer Singh.
Barnes & Noble has thrown in the towel and abandoned its Amazon-style Android strategy, finally agreeing to add Google’s app store, Google Play, to the Nook tablet.
Mobile phone theft is a massive and growing problem, accounting for more than 40 percent of all thefts in San Francisco in 2012. But is that a good thing for mobile carriers like AT&T and Verizon?
Apple is giving away a $10,000 App Store gift card to the lucky iOS user who downloads the 50 billionth app, plus a $500 gift card to the next 50 people to download an app.
Guest Post Google Glass has the potential to fundamentally change the way we track and gamify health.
It was a big, big day for funding today with no fewer than nine startups getting funding, including one getting acquired for $33 million.
More than half of us say we can’t remember all our passwords. Which makes sense, given that almost a third of all companies require their employees to remember six or more of them.
Guest Post There’s a trend surfacing that will start to push BYOD out of the picture in the next few years. Corporately Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) devices are the next big thing, and within the next three years, projections indicate 70 percent of global organizations will adopt it.
In quantum hacking, messages are sent from Alice to Bob. But if the Institute for Quantum Computing’s contract hacker is successful, Eve gets the information instead.
Yahoo has acquired 4 million user to-do app Astrid, which allows users to create task lists on Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as the web. No financial details were released.
“It just can’t be the case that people are walking around heads down tapping on a screen,” he says. “That just can’t be the future of the human race.”
“Despite the Bush years of let’s go play in another war, there’s a very tight, close alliance between Canada and the USA,” says Rick Segal, CEO of Canadian startup Fixmo.
If YouTube is for video, Pinterest is for images, Twitter is for news, and Tumblr is for blogs, Wattpad is for stories.
Best known, perhaps, for being the headquarters of BlackBerry, Waterloo is a small suburb of Toronto with a population of 98,000 in which 500 startups were born in 2012.
You can’t access Facebook in China. Twitter is unheard of. And Google … well, Google has left China, and China isn’t exactly writing a Taylor Swift ex-boyfriend song about the world’s largest search engine.
If you want to highlight a product, build a landing page. If you’re an internet marketing guru, make a squeeze page. But if you want to start on online movement — and maybe sell a few books, speaking events, or other products along the way, create a smart site.
Top-ten-of-everything site Ranker had a novel idea for rating and ranking the best film schools in the country: check which ones graduate the most successful filmmakers.
The Ontario ministry of economic development has invited VentureBeat to check out the center of the universe, AKA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And I’m the lucky guinea pig.
Guest Post When I co-founded InMobi in 2007, we took a novel “east-to-west” approach to our growth, starting in India before moving into other developing markets, then finally into more traditional “Western” markets as well.
After all the money we spent buying flat screen TVs in the past decade, LG is reintroducing the curved TV. This curve, however, is focused on you.
Guest Post With Google+, Google is forming productive partnerships and building relationships with content/media makers from a variety of verticals. Their biggest push is in sports and entertainment.
Women install 40 percent more apps than men, buy 17 percent more paid apps, and pay an astonishing 87 percent more for those apps. In other words, if you want to make money selling apps, you better appeal to women.
In a global smartphone market that Android has been expanding at a breakneck pace, a bright spot for Apple has been increasing market share in the lucrative U.S. domestic market. A new report from the Yankee Group says that’s going to continue, and that Apple is winning the slow way, via customer loyalty.
Of course, he is 57 years old, was born in the 1950s, and was the CEO of a boring enterprise software company, Novell, before joining the much more au courant Google. But still, he’s right.
Guest Post The education space is massive, very broken, barely touched by technology and has been largely underserved by entrepreneurs and investors. The opportunity for disruption, significant value creation and outsized returns is huge.
Last week I bought 13 laptops from WalMart.com. There were only two problems: I didn’t buy them, and they weren’t being shipped to my house. I’d been hacked.
It’s like the opposite of Winston Churchill’s battle of Britain quote: Never were so many products sold for so much money by such a huge company for so little profit.
Not only did the app’s marketing pic showcase Twitter’s current brand messaging around watching, getting, and reading, all of which are higher on the priority list than, God forbid, actually tweeting, but the app itself is designed for consumption, not creation.
The largest accelerator in Canada, the biggest seed investor in Europe, and one of the top seed funds in Australia are joining forced to put on one major demo day for 15 of their top startups May 1 in San Francisco.
While the iOS app store has well over 800,000 active apps and Google Play sports more than 600,000, the Amazon app store has only about 75,000.
That’s a very good thing — if you’re an app developer.
In perhaps the clearest sign yet that enterprise social media management tool HootSuite has major global ambitions, the company announced this morning that it is adding support for managing China’s most popular microblogging platform, Tencent Weibo, and Russia’s most popular social media network, VK.com.
Wednesday was a fairly busy day for deals, with old-industry blue chipper GE investing big into a new platform as a service company, Yahoo Japan investing in U.S. startups, and API management company 3scale announcing new funding to grow faster.
Verizon wants to own all of subsidiary Verizon Wireless’ stock. And it’s willing to spend $100 billion in cash and stock to make it happen.