The Nancy Drew series has been around for 80 years. But game maker Her Interactive is trying to make it relevant for the age of the iPad with a new app launching today called Nancy Drew Mobile Mysteries: Shadow Ranch.
It looks like Google is willing to eliminate product features in order to make a point about data portability.
Women now play games more than men, according to a report by mobile app analytics provider Flurry. At least that’s true in the realm of mobile and mobile social games, where the likes of Zynga’s FarmVille and Popcap’s Plants vs. Zombies are at the forefront.
Update: Apple has sent out press invitations for the event next week. —
Square took another step toward simplifying the credit card payment process today by getting rid of its 15-cent transaction fee. That means businesses who accept credit card payments using the Square reader just pay the company a 2.75 percent fee across all their payments.
Apple recently dropped another hammer on iPhone app developers by requiring them to use a subscription payment plan similar to Apple’s in-app purchasing plan.
Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, is defying the conventional wisdom that services which broadcast one’s location to friends aren’t ready for the mainstream. Just yesterday, the app has reached 1 million users, founder and chief executive Seth Priebatsch tells VentureBeat, and added nearly 10,000 new users since then.
Verizon has finally offered up some pricing details on the 3G version of Motorola’s highly anticipated Xoom Android tablet.
A new mobile payments company, Paydiant, announced today that it has received $7.6 million in first round funding, led by North Bridge Venture Partners and General Catalyst Partners. The Boston, Mass.-based startup says the funding will go into product development and sales and marketing.
Smartphones are supposed to be easy to develop apps for. But as new versions of mobile operating systems proliferate, fragmentation is wrecking that hope.
For developers, it was Apple’s way or the highway. It seems like that highway seems more appealing every day.
Social TV startup Philo tells me user numbers are “through the roof” right now, thanks in large part to copying a strategy from traditional TV — bring in the stars.
Apple is reportedly planning to introduce new MacBook Pro laptops this week, based on stories leaking from retailers. The company may also use a new high-speed connection technology.
The developers behind the Kno, a student-focused tablet computer with a pen input, are in talks to sell off their hardware business and focus exclusively on software, according to tech blog BoomTown.
Motorola’s latest entry into the tablet wars won’t have Adobe Flash for the first few weeks after it is released, according to Verizon’s landing page for the device.
Hampus Jakobsson is no Luddite. As a co-founder of interface design firm The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), which was acquired last year by RIM, he has worked on some of the most cutting-edge, mobile interface technology. Yet he says that technology, as it exists now, is turning us into replicants by forcing us to interact according to its rules.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the five most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Libya has now started shutting down its Internet and social networking sites that could help revolutionaries organize, multiple news outlets reported late Friday.
Contradicting several recent reports that Apple is planning a smaller iPhone, the New York Times is now reporting that, while Apple is looking for ways to make the iPhone cheaper, it is not pursuing a smaller version of the device.
Great Connection, which puts medical scans like X-rays and ultrasounds into the cloud, just announced that its Mobile Baby service will be used in a pilot project in Egypt to perform remote diagnostics on pregnant women. Great Connection already has deployments in maternity clinics in Saudi Arabia and Sweden.
Music group Radiohead’s second stab at a digitally released album, The King of Limbs, was released this morning, even though the band announced early this week that it would be available on Saturday.
BilltoMobile is announcing today it has partnered with Sprint to allow mobile phone users to purchase goods online via their mobile phone accounts.
Federal regulators are looking once more into Apple’s control over the applications available on the iPhone and iPad, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This time it’s Apple’s subscription feature for apps (which the company unveiled yesterday) that’s attracting antitrust scrutiny.
The buzz over Nokia’s potentially risky new partnership with Microsoft continued to rise this week, as the market worried talent would flee Nokia in droves and the company would continue its downward spiral and flailing attempts at innovation.
Once the love child of Intel and Nokia, the MeeGo mobile operating system may be dead in the water now that Nokia has partnered with Microsoft to use its Windows Phone operating system in its phones.
If your friend has an Android phone and you have an iPhone, it isn’t that easy to play a mobile game together. But with today’s launch of OpenFeint Connect, that could change. The software is like social glue, allowing gamers to play games with friends on any platform and enabling developers to write social games on any platform.
Scoreloop is announcing today that it will support Windows Phone 7 as part of its cross-platform social gaming ecosystem. That means that developers can create social games that allow Windows Phone 7 users to play against Android or iPhone users.
Google has announced a payment service for online digital subscriptions that hopes to be more publisher-friendly –and cheaper– than the one unveiled by rival Apple on Tuesday.
Mega credit card company Visa appears to be incredibly impressed with mobile electronic payment startup Square, according to a company blog post.
Sony has been oddly quiet about its tablet plans, but now there’s word that it’s working on an intriguingly designed Android tablet that will be able to play games from its PlayStation Suite, Engadget reports.
We’re still awaiting official numbers on Verizon iPhone sales, but according to leaked sales data they didn’t meet expectations, the mobile news site Boy Genius Report reveals.
It seems that all is not lost for Motorola’s slick new Xoom Android tablet, which we previously said would suffer because of its $800 retail price. Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha revealed today that the company will offer a WiFi-only Xoom for around $600, Reuters reports.
A squabble occurred between Microsoft and the Finnish game house Rovio, maker of the incredibly popular mobile game Angry Birds. Microsoft used the Angry Birds logo when launching its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, without Rovio’s consent, which didn’t go down well with the company. But now, Rovio has confirmed a Windows Phone 7 version of the hit game.
Update: Well it turns out the Nokia “Plan B” investors were a hoax all along by one very bored engineer “who really likes his iPhone.” Our hearts go out to all the Nokia fanatics who thought they had investor support. –
Apple has had a long head start in mobile apps over new archrival Google.
Google hasn’t opened an Android Market in China, so a number of Chinese carriers, phone makers, and independent companies have opened their own versions of the Android Market there. The result is a lot of app choices for Chinese users, but there are also more security risks.
Graphics chipmaker Nvidia announced today that it will have “the world’s first quad-core” mobile processor out today. That means its latest offering for cell phones and other mobile devices features four processing brains in one chip.
Apple revealed the details of its previously announced subscription feature for applications on the iPad and iPhone today, and there’s been a pretty loud backlash.
Guest Post [Peter Yared is the vice president of apps at Webtrends, which acquired Transpond, a social-apps developer he founded. He submitted this column to VentureBeat.]
With Google positioning Android 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, as a tablet-only operating system, it’s been unclear when similar upgrades will make their way to phones. Today while on stage at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Google’s Eric Schmidt shed some light on the matter.