Movies based on Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, and the X-Men are all due out this year, but it looks like Hollywood executives aren’t the only investors taking a close look at comic books. Graphicly, a startup behind an application for buying and reading digital comics, just announced that it has raised $3 million in its first round of institutional funding.
Eric Schmidt may not be chief executive of Google for long (he turns that title over to Larry Page on April 4). But he isn’t going to stop sharing his vision for the future.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a race among a handful of apps competing to become the coolest, most efficient chat app.
Despite the hoopla about how everything on the Web is becoming increasingly social, BlipSnips chief executive John Bliss said that online video remains a remarkably un-social experience — and that’s a problem BlipSnips is trying to solve.
Research In Motion has a fix to the problem of juggling your work and personal life on a single mobile device, and it’s called BlackBerry Balance.
Much-lauded startup Qwiki — an online Wikipedia-esque service that throws displays information with computer-generated voices, images and video — is coming out of private alpha and opening up to everyone today.
A new startup called Yobongo is giving users their first chance today to get their hands on its mobile chat application, which helps you to find strangers nearby and start talking to them.
For the dedicated (and crazy) few waiting for a white iPhone 4, relief may be on the way. The elusive device has found its way to AT&T’s online system, according to the mobile site Boy Genius Report, a sign that Apple may be gearing up to launch it within the next few months.
Popular mobile check-in application Foursquare today announced that it grew 3400% in 2010. The company now stands at 6 million users.
Filmaster, a recommendation engine for movies and shows, announced today that it’s launching an application programming interface, or API, for developers looking to use the service’s data and algorithms in their own applications or websites.
Apple said today that its App Store has now crossed 10 billion downloads of both free and paid apps.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories published by VentureBeat in the last seven days:
We’ve been promised for a while now that our phones will become our personal assistants. Executives from Cambridge, Mass.-based Vlingo sat down with me this week to talk about how they’ve delivered on that promise — and started turning it into real revenue.
AT&T is set to expand its free 3G MicroCell offer nationwide to the top 7.5 percent of customers likely to receive poor service at home or in small offices, Engadget has learned.
Expect to see Apple’s iPad 2 in April — a year after the original iPad hit store shelves — according to a report by Digitimes, which points out that Apple has also added five new printed circuit board (PCB) suppliers for the tablet.
Verizon’s first iPhone commercial surprisingly doesn’t feature an iPhone at all. Instead, it’s all build up — and after years of waiting for the iPhone to leave the shackles of AT&T’s network, it’s deserved.
There’s a lot of buzz about the innovation renaissance in New York. But the action in Toronto, just 340 miles to the north — and I do mean north — often goes unnoticed.
Google is expanding its testing of a long-awaited feature for Google Voice, the ability to port your current mobile number to the service, Engadget reports.
Adding more validity to the rumors that future iPads and iPhones will lose their home buttons, Apple is apparently testing multitouch gestures for multitasking on the iPhone, according to the mobile site Boy Genius Report.
T-Mobile is bringing back the Sidekick messaging phone from the dead, and this time it will be packing Android and support for its 4G network, PC Magazine reports.
Expect to hear the somewhat disturbing term “electrowetting” thrown around over the next few years. Samsung announced yesterday that it completed its buyout of Liquavista, a company focused on next-generation electrowetting display technology, last month.
Jawbone, the maker of the Jawbone headset, is launching a ground-breaking new Bluetooth headset today. It’s called Era, and it has built-in motion-sensing, high-definition audio quality, and multiple processors. The company (formerly Aliph) is also turning the Jawbone headset into a connected app platform whose features can be updated over time. It also provides caller identification by verbally telling you the name of who is calling you.
Things aren’t getting easier for Nokia in America. The company has canceled the launch of its X7 smartphone, which was supposed to be available on AT&T exclusively this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Facebook has already established itself as the most popular application ever on the iPhone, but now it wants to expand mobile usage to people who don’t own fancy smartphones.
Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept Android program that can literally keep an ear out for credit card numbers.
Digital ad agency AKQA has created a novel new app called Dance Cam to promote the Dance Central 2 game that works with Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system for the Xbox 360. The mobile app is designed to showcase new songs, new moves and features of the game while letting users create their own studio-quality music video.
Tablet growth is set to explode this year, and businesses will certainly account for much of it. Companies are expected to purchase more than 10 million tablets in 2011, Reuters reports, based on a market forecast from consulting firm Deloitte.
Mobile startup 4info first became known for delivering advertising in SMS text messages, but the company moved aggressively into display ads last year, and it sounds like those efforts have paid off.
Sure, Samsung is now the king of Android phone manufacturers, but that doesn’t mean it plans to rest on the success of its current Galaxy S line of Android phones.
Path, the social startup led by former Facebook executive Dave Morin, sounds both cool and a little mystifying. But as the service adds new features, like today’s addition of “emotions”, the company’s vision is becoming a little clearer.
Apple delivered a stellar fourth quarter by bringing in almost $27 billion in revenue during the holiday season — another record for the iPhone and Mac manufacturer.
The holidays have been good to Apple, and in particular to iPad sales. In its first quarter 2011 earnings report today, Apple said it sold an astonishing 7.33 million iPads and 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter.
Apple reported moments ago that it had a huge first fiscal quarter, with record revenues and earnings that blew away Wall Street estimates.
We didn’t see HP/Palm’s webOS tablets at CES earlier this month as we’d hoped to, but we’re still eager to see what the company has planned. Now Engadget has gotten its hands on some early renderings of the devices, as well as some enticing details — including the fact that HP is readying 9-inch and 7-inch models, dubbed Topaz and Opal respectively.
Kony Solutions, the application tool for creating mobile apps that can run on any mobile system, today announced it secured a first round of funding for $19.1 million from Insight Venture Partners. An initial $13.4 million tranche of the funding will be used to expand research and development as well as global expansion of sales and marketing.
Stoke, a company that specializes in mobile broadband gateways to help carriers manage massive loads of mobile data, announced today that it has landed an additional $17 million in funding led by new investor Focus Ventures.
Apple stock fell as much as 4 percent this morning as investors absorbed news of Steve Jobs’ latest leave of absence for medical reasons.