Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is shaping up to be one of the most exciting devices in the coming months. Now we have 10 minutes of the tablet in action (below), courtesy of the folks over at the mobile device site BGR.
Chalk another major milestone up for Google’s Android mobile OS. Google’s Andy Rubin tweeted last night that over 300,000 Android phones are activated daily — that’s up from 200,000 daily activations in August.
If you thought Google’s instant search was fast, but it’s about to get even faster. Soon, with the company’s push into “contextual discovery”, you won’t even have to type in a search query to get useful data.
Factual, a startup that claims to host hundreds of thousands of data sets, has raised $25 million in its first round of institutional funding.
Foursquare cofounder and chief executive Dennis Crowley just took the stage at Le Web, an Internet conference held in Paris, France, and noted the company now has 5 million users, is adding 25,000 new users daily, and is seeing more than 2 million check-ins a day.
The plucky startup Peel, which recently launched an iPhone app to help you find things to watch on TV, is making a big step forward today by launching hardware that will turn its app into a powerful universal remote control.
Jon Rubinstein, the former CEO of Palm who now runs the business as a unit of computing giant Hewlett-Packard, has gotten endless ribbing for his claim that he’s never touched an iPhone.
Tech pundits (including me) have been wondering about how Google’s Chrome OS will compare to Android and how the two operating systems fit into Google’s broader product strategy. Sundar Pichai, Google’s vice president of product management, took another stab at answering the question today.
Mobile analytics firm Flurry raised $15 million in a third round of funding as it expands its reach.
I could write a long post about all the things that Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore, director of the Windows Phone program at the software giant, said at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco today.
William Adams, better known as Will.I.Am of the music group Black Eyed Peas, said he isn’t sure what the cloud is. But he knows what he wants it to do for his fans.
What is Foursquare? CEO and founder Dennis Crowley offered at least a half-dozen different definitions of the location-based service in an on-stage interview with AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher today.
Give Andy Rubin, the architect of Google’s Android mobile operating system, points for honesty in discussing the failure of the company’s experiment in selling mobile phones directly to consumers.
Just when you thought Voice over IP (VoIP) couldn’t be exciting again, along comes Viber with its free iPhone app for simple VoIP calls. After launching on December 2nd, the company reports that the app has been downloaded over 1 million times in its first three days.
AdMob was one of the big success stories in mobile advertising, at least from a venture capital perspective. Now a team of former AdMob and Google employees are launching a new mobile ad startup called MoPub, and they’ve raised seed funding from AdMob investor Accel Partners.
Loopt, an early leader in location-based services, today announced it has launched the next version of its application with several new features, including automatic check-ins, text messages, social recommendations, and rewards from businesses.
Guest Post Google announced yesterday that it’s purchased Widevine, a video digital rights management company mostly known as the technology behind Netflix’s video protection. Widevine gives video sites the tools to license, encrypt, and distribute videos to a variety of device platforms.
It’s been a long stretch, but Google is nearing the finish line with its Chrome OS netbook operating system. The company sent out invitations today to a Chrome event on Tuesday, December 7th, where it will launch the netbook, sources tell Engadget.
Motorola is no longer the king of Android phones, as Samsung is responsible for 32.1 percent of all Android phones shipped in the US this past quarter, according to a report by the research firm Gartner.
Jon Miller, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp.’s digital media group, walked an amusing tightrope today at Business Insider’s Ignition conference today. When asked about News Corp.’s in-development iPad newspaper called The Daily, Miller emphasized that the company hasn’t confirmed the iPad newspaper’s existence — then he proceeded to talk about what News Corp. would be thinking if it was working on such an app.
Guest Post Jeremy Liew is managing director of Lightspeed Venture Partners in the U.S. He invests primarily in the Internet and mobile sectors.
PapayaMobile is launching the Chinese language version of its software development kit today as part of a plan to get more developers to make Android mobile games with its tools.
The high-profile startup Square has filed a lawsuit against a company to clear up the rights to its invention, which allows you to pay for products by swiping your credit card into a card reader plugged into your mobile phone.
Funambol, a company that focuses on mobile cloud sync and push technology, today announced that it has appointed telecom veteran Amit Chawla as its new chief executive.
Get your iPads ready to kick back on the couch. Motorola intends to bring streaming video to tablets and mobile phones in the home via a set-top box, according to Reuters.
News Corp mogul Rupert Murdoch is making a big bet on the iPad by hiring big-name (read: expensive) reporters for a new “iPad newspaper” called The Daily. And other media organizations are skeptical.
BlackBerry-maker RIM announced today that it’s acquiring Swedish design firm The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) to help sex up the user interface of its newest mobile operating system.
Apple could more than double its sales by 2015 to $200 billion, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
Updated with comment from BigStar
Gowalla, one of the earliest and best-known services that lets you share your location with friends, is releasing a big upgrade today. The most noteworthy addition is the fact that it now lets users check in and view their friends’ check ins on competing services like Foursquare.
Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network will launch this Sunday, December 5, in 38 markets (serving 110 million people), the company revealed in a conference call today. Launch markets include major cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
RIM has filed suit against Kik Messenger, a small company that has built a tremendously popular chat application, claiming patent infringement.
Devoted Windows smartphone hackers had just one week of blissful operating-system freedom.
The iPhone and Android are (unsurprisingly) duking it out as the most desirable smartphone platforms among consumers, according to October 2010 figures from research company Nielsen.
Startup FitnessKeeper, the parent company of the RunKeeper smartphone app, has raised $1.11 million and will use the money to build out its nine-person operation and dive into the highly competitive world of now-fashionable mobile fitness applications.
Smartphone app downloads soared over the Black Friday weekend compared to the previous week, according to usage data collected by mobile analytics firm Flurry.
Microsoft is on a roll: Its newly launched Windows Phone 7 is gaining momentum, and Kinect, its motion controller response to the Wii, could very well sell out before the end of the year. If there was ever a time for Microsoft to get back on its feet and stand shoulder to shoulder with Apple and Google, this would be it.
With the iPhone app Didiom, syncing music files to your phone may become a thing of the past. That’s why we’re choosing Didiom as the first innovative app for VentureBeat’s Mobile App Spotlight.