Qualcomm has decided to shut down its struggling FLO TV mobile television service, paidContent reported.
Smartphones and their add-on apps are increasingly catching the eyes of angels and other venture-capital investors as the war between product offerings heats up, Arthur Iinuma, COO at cross-platform mobile developer ISBX, told VentureBeat Monday.
It’s looking to be a good Android phone season for T-Mobile subscribers. The carrier announced today a powerful new Android phone that will succeed the myTouch 3G — simply called the T-Mobile myTouch.
ClairMail, which sells mobile tools for banking alerts and transactions, announced today that it has raised $13.8 million in a late-stage round of funding.
Don’t make promises you can’t keep. South Korean electronics giant LG set the Internet on fire in August when it said its Android-based Optimus tablet “will be better than the iPad.” Now it appears that we won’t be seeing that tablet anytime soon, Reuters reports.
Verizon Wireless announced yesterday that it’s refunding $90 million to around 15 million customers who were mistakenly charged for data access on their phones over the past few years.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
We’ve got just a couple of hours left until the deadline for our Needle in the Haystack business idea contest for DiscoveryBeat 2010.
We’ve seen this before: Microsoft today filed a patent lawsuit against Motorola, saying that the device maker’s Android phones infringed on nine of its patents.
Microsoft today revealed that it’s promoting three executives to serve as the presidents of its Office, mobile, and interactive entertainment divisions.
A glimpse at Verizon Wireless’s product roadmap reveals “Stingray” as a potential name for Motorola’s 10-inch tablet, some new devices, as well as the fact that the carrier doesn’t want the BlackBerry Storm 3, according to sources who tipped off Engadget.
Guest Post Andreas Bernström is chief executive of Rebtel, a VOIP calling service.
A team of four mobile entrepreneurs and investors just announced that they’ve formed Eniac Ventures, a seed investment firm aiming to back in mobile startups.
Magic Solver is attacking the app discovery problem head on. With more than 250,000 apps on the iPhone and iPad, it’s easy for developers’ apps to get lost and it’s hard for users to find they really enjoy.
Apple’s design focus is about as sharp as it comes, with pretty much every aspect of the company dominated by how the final product will feel in a customer’s hand. That’s the secret to Apple’s success — and that’s the strategy competing businesses have to avoid, said Fuseproject founder and industrial designer Yves Béhar.
PlacePop, which allows any company to create and maintain virtual loyalty cards, today announced its free application is now available for Android devices.
San Francisco startup Mogotix recently announced its new ticketing service. It’s hardly the first company to offer mobile ticketing, but it’s the first one I’ve seen that uses phones as both the ticket and the ticket reader.
(Update: We’ve received a clarification from a Nokia spokesperson regarding Ojanperä’s comments about Ovi developers. More than 70 Ovi developers have seen more than 1 million downloads, rather than $1 million in revenue, with a handful of them seeing 10 million downloads.)
Tonchidot, a mobile augmented reality (AR) platform provider, just landed $12 million in second round funding. Several Japanese companies and venture capitalists participated in the round, including mobile operator KDDI Corporation, media conglomerate Recruit Co. Ltd., and mobile advertising company SPiRE.
We’re pleased to announce some more big thinkers slated to speak at DiscoveryBeat 2010, the conference addressing the evolving problem of discovery in an era full of app stores and content. Our newest speakers represent vital parts of the ecosystem for getting content noticed.
Jajah, the internet phone company that was snapped up by Spanish telecom giant Telefonica for $207 million, is declaring war on calling cards. The company is announcing today a calling card of its own that it’s dubbing “the world’s first honest calling card.”
Nokia announced today that it’s begun shipping its N8 smartphone to retail stores and customers who have pre-ordered the device.
Activity-planning site Center’d is launching its Dealmap Android app today that will let users filter out the chaff and find the best deals in the vicinity.
Autodesk, maker of the popular AutoCAD drafting software today announced the release of AutoCAD WS, a free web application powered by cloud computing technology that lets users view, edit, and share AutoCAD files on the web and mobile devices.
Gaming startup SGN already offers a bunch of games on the iPhone, but despite the company’s name (the letters stand for Social Games Network), those games have mostly been in the action genre until now, with minimal social capabilities. Today SGN founder and chairman Shervin Pishevar demonstrated the company’s first social game for the iPhone, Mini Tycoon Casino.
Mayor Maker, a recently launched location-based application from Location Labs, is giving iPhone users the opportunity to automatically check-in to as well as check-out of locations using Foursquare. The application is currently available on iTunes.
Snooth just launched an iPhone application which uses image recognition to do something genuinely useful (as least to me). If you take a picture of a wine label, Snooth finds the stores closest to you that stock that wine and the prices in each store. You can also read reviews of the wine and find similar bottles by winery, region or varietal.
Even though Hewlett-Packard just announced a printer with a curious 7-inch Android tablet, the company has officially given up plans on releasing a stand-alone Android tablet, or an Android smartphone, according to former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein.
Surprising no one, a Research in Motion vice president confirmed this morning that the fancy new QNX operating system in its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will eventually replace the traditional BlackBerry OS in its smartphones, Intomobile reports.
One of the challenges of a romantic relationship (as I recall very vaguely) is adjusting to the sleep habits of your significant other. If you regularly wake up earlier than your boy- or girlfriend, that alarm jolting them from sleep could be a real source of tension.
A startup called Pinger says it has already built a big user base for Textfree — which is (you guessed it) a free text messaging service. Now it’s offering a similar service for making phone calls.
A few weeks ago, third-party Google Voice apps for the iPhone started getting approved by Apple. Now it appears that we may soon see the official Google Voice app on the iPhone, sources tell TechCrunch.
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt talked about his company’s contentious relationship with Apple this morning — specifically, he emphasized the idea that Google has a culture of openness compared to Apple’s “core strategy of closed-ness.”
Verve Wireless, a startup that offers mobile publishing and advertising platforms for local media companies, announced today that is has snagged $7 million in a funding round led by BlueRun Ventures.
Sprout, a San Francisco startup that first launched as a platform for building Flash applications, has been refocusing its technology on ad-creation. In case the shift wasn’t clear, Sprout signaled the new focus today by relaunching its flagship product under the name AdVine.
Millions of consumers use location-based mobile apps to check-in to locations every day. But CheckPoints, a new mobile shopping application, is looking to take check-in services to the next level by asking you to check into products within stores. Each check-in rewards the user with points that can be redeemed for prizes like gift cards, miles or gadgets. The iPhone app is expected to be approved today or tomorrow by Apple.
Kno, a startup designing a tablet computer for students, today announced a cheap, single-screen model.