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.
Nokia apparently developed an internet-ready prototype phone with a large display and touchscreen in 2004 — three years before the iPhone debuted — but killed the concept for fear of it being a flop, a former Nokia employee who demonstrated the device tells the New York Times.
App developers want approvals by the big mobile players who manage app stores to happen much faster and more transparently, a new study set to be released this week found.
As debates continue to spring up about how smartphones and mobile applications use our data, there’s a growing opportunity for companies that say they can help protect our privacy — like Truste.
Federal law enforcement and national security officials want to hunt down criminals and terrorists in the places where they have fled in order to escape telephone wiretapping. And that’s why the authorities want to be able to wiretap services such as BlackBerry emails, social networks such as Facebook, and peer-to-peer messaging services such as Skype.
Adobe is moving its mobile efforts into a new industry today — shopping.
Apple has tipped its hand on future iPad designs by filing for patents in China. According to Patently Apple, the new patent filings show a number of changes to the design of the iPad, which has become the hottest-selling tablet computer in history.
The battle between Apple and Google is reaching a critical phase in the mobile phone market. Today, Apple got its shot in at Google with the launch of the iPhone 4 in China, and by all accounts it was a great debut for Apple.
Here’s our roundup of week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories we published in the last seven days:
In another stab against the Symbian mobile operating system, Sony Ericsson representative Aldo Liguori confirmed today that the company has no plans to develop future devices running Symbian, Bloomberg reports.
Japan’s big mobile social game company, DeNA, is announcing today it has made an investment in U.S. social game company Astro Ape.
Location-based ad companyPlacecast revealed its LocalBox technology today, aimed at carriers and handset makers who want to create location apps and marketing programs quickly.
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously today to open up empty broadcast TV spectrum — so-called “white spaces” which exist between TV channels — for a next-generation mobile broadband technology it’s calling “Super-WiFi.”
The fall of 2010 is shaping up as a wonderful time to buy a smartphone for work — but if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, it can also be a particularly confusing time. It used to be a simple matter of picking up the latest BlackBerry. Now business users can safely choose the iPhone or any number of Android devices.
We couldn’t have asked for a better-timed tablet comparison. A cunning YouTube user managed to record a quick overview of a prototype HP Slate tablet running Windows 7, and not surprisingly, the results are thoroughly disappointing.
Location startup Foursquare is working on a new concept in its New York office — a recommendation engine.
Microsoft has a sprawling campus in tech’s heartland, right by the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. It has thousands of employees in the Bay Area. But the departure of a high-profile evangelist once called the software giant’s “ambassador to Silicon Valley” raises questions about whether its strategy can work.
Foursquare announced a new partnership today, hinting at how the startup’s ambitions extend beyond location check-ins.
Game makerAtari is launching a new initiative today that has created a platform to host mobile and online games created by third-party developers.
(Update: Nokia disagrees with our report. However, we have two additional sources which agree with it).
Apple could sell 21 million units of its iPad tablet next year as half of the largest and most prominent companies in the world begin testing or deploying the iPad for corporate use, according to an analyst with Wall Street firm Piper Jaffray.
MocoSpace has made a big bet that browser-based games will take off on mobile phones as the mobile web comes of age. And now SoftBank Capital is making a bet that MocoSpace is right about that. Japan’s SoftBank is investing $3.5 million in MocoSpace in a strategic round.
Verizon has invested an undisclosed amount in Geodelic, the company that makes it easy for consumers to discover nearby businesses via their mobile phones. In addition, Geodelic is launching a beta test for a new GeoGuides service, which lets brands target consumers when they pass by certain areas.