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”).
Digital content-delivery startup YouSendIt announced this morning that its acquiring two startups: Attassa, which makes add-ons for Microsoft Outlook, and Zosh, which has an app to let you to sign documents from an iPhone.
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.
As if it weren’t already a dominant player in communications chips, Qualcomm confirmed today that it will buy Atheros for $3.1 billion in a move to solidify its foothold.
For the longest time, mobile devices came in clear, separate categories: laptops, phones, handheld game players, and music players. But with the arrival of smartphones, tablets, and smarter everyday gadgets, the market is exploding, mixing together, and fragmenting into different subsectors.
Bazaar Labs, the startup that created TV check-in app Miso, just announced that it has raised $1.5 million in its first institutional round of funding.
The tablet-computer revolution will continue on a path similar to the one taken by smartphones and music players, with sales more than doubling this year as a result of a refresh cycle that’s shorter than seen with personal computers, according to a recent report by Forrester.
In early September, I noticed introductions popping up on Twitter always cc’ing @Hashable. My first impression was that they were incredibly stupid vanity tweets clogging my Twitter feed. Three months later I have to confess that I am a Hashable addict.
Scvngr, the maker of a check-in app that asks users to complete activity challenges, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $15 million, according to the company blog. Investors included Balderton Capital, with participation from previous investors Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners.
One of the running jokes about the iPhone is that it’s amazing, unless you actually want to use it as a phone. I guess it doesn’t make a reliable alarm clock either.
Square, the mobile payments service led by Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, is raising a new funding round that values the company at an impressive $200 million, according to a report in TechCrunch.
In a successful end-of-the-year push, the South Korean phonemaker Samsung says it sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones globally in 2010. The announcement means that the Galaxy S is the first Android phone (or, rather, a family of phones) to pass the 10 million mark.
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.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news (shorter than usual since there’s not exactly a flood of news between Christmas and New Year’s). First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Book and media retailer Borders announced today that it will hold off on paying some publishers in order to buy time and reorganize its debt amid a year of weak sales in its brick and mortar stores in the era of digital distribution.
Here’s a good example of how going free can boost a mobile startup’s profile. RunKeeper Pro, a popular fitness app that normally costs $9.99, announced its first free promotion yesterday and saw a huge spike in downloads — this morning it climbed to number six on the Apple App Store charts, passing the “lite” version of iPhone game sensation Angry Birds.
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.
Wondering how to tell your friends where you are for New Year’s? There are a host of hot location-based startups which let you check in to a venue and broadcast your whereabouts to friends. Since I write about these services regularly, I decided to ask the founders of these companies where they’d be for New Year’s. The coolest choice of place meant that service got the honor my check-in.
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.
Amidst a time when many startups are looking to capitalize on the mobile app craze, Austin-based Appconomy has announced that it has raised $1.5 million to build mobile apps for enterprises and businesses.
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.
It looks like iPad magazines have a long way to go before they live up to their potential, according to some numbers pulled from Audit Bureau of Circulations.
Another trojan horse for devices running Google’s Android mobile operating system — this one capable of stealing information and uploading it to remote servers — has been spotted on third-party Android application marketplaces.
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).
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.
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.
Here’s our roundup of the of the week’s tech business news. (It’s shorter than usual, owing to the fact that there’s less going on during the holidays.) First, here are the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
Skype, a provider of voice and video calling services over the Internet, might be poised to release video calling for mobile devices equipped with a front-facing camera and running Skype at the Consumer Electronics Show next year, according to a number of reports.
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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.
Now that 2010 is almost over, we’re looking back at the year in tech business news. Any “top stories” list that’s not based purely on traffic is going to be ridiculously subjective, but with the help of VentureBeat’s writers, I’ve tried to focus on the news that had the biggest effect on the tech world and drew the most interest from readers, while also touching on the biggest companies and trends of the year.
The next-generation iPad 2 rumors are in full gear. Today, the Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara reported that the new device from Apple, rumored to be coming in February, will get a new flat back panel, a wide-range speaker (pictured at bottom) and a smaller bezel, or border.
Tony Bates, the chief executive of Skype, posted a YouTube video today explaining what the company is doing to fix the outage that brought down Skype communications for tens of millions of users.
Applications purchased on the Android Marketplace for phones running Google’s Android mobile operating system can now be charged to AT&T phone accounts and paid for whenever users pay their bill normally.
Samsung said two months ago that it expects to sell 10 million Galaxy S Android phones in 2010, and now it looks like the company is set to reach that goal. The Korean phone manufacturer announced earlier this week that it has sold 9.3 million Galaxy S phones worldwide and that it will likely hit 10 million by the end of the month.
Motorola Mobility seems to be snapping up startups in advance of its planned spin-off from parent company Motorola early next year. Today, it announced that it’s acquiring Zecter, which develops applications for storing your media online and streaming it to other devices.