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Contour is introducing a hands-free video camera today that can mark your location as it records high-definition video.
Google’s Android has surpassed Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS and others to become the second most-used mobile operating system behind Nokia’s ubiquitous Symbian, according to a report by Gartner. Android and Symbian will together account for about 60 percent of all mobile operating systems sold with phones by 2014, when Android will likely take on Symbian for the top-seller title.
A victim of Steve Jobs and the iPhone, Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo is stepping down on Sept. 20. He will be replaced by Stephen Elop, the current head of Microsoft’s business division.
In addition to relaxing restrictions on app development for its mobile operating system, Apple also announced today that it would publish its App Store Review Guidelines so that developers know what goes into reviewing their apps. We’ve embedded the guidelines below in PDF form, along with some highlights.
Android phone users are downloading lots of apps. But app developers would be happier if those users would pay for them. To help make that happen, Scoreloop is adding the ability to make payments for Android apps to its suite of social gaming tools for Google’s Android operating system.
In a surprising move today, Apple announced it is relaxing App Store restrictions that were put in place earlier this year that effectively banned developers from using app conversion tools like Appcelerator’s Titanium, Unity 3D, and most importantly, Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone compiler in Flash CS5.
It was almost two years ago that I got my hands on a G1, the first cellphone that used Google’s Android operating system. Now, a couple of hundred thousand Android phones are being activated a day.
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Kno, the maker of an upcoming digital textbook tablet, announced today it has secured $46 million as part of an equity and debt round. Marc Andreesen’s Andreesen-Horowitz was the lead in the round, with Silicon Valley Bank and TriplePoint Capital participating.
Apple is expected to sell more than 28 million iPads in 2011, according to one analyst.
Payment services firm Obopay is announcing today that it will enable real-time transfer of money via mobile phones as a result of an agreement with the STAR Network money transfer service. That means mobile users can transfer money instantaneously, as long as they are within the same country.
Salesforce.com, a company that creates applications for sales and customer support, today announced the launch of Chatter Mobile, a mobile application for colleagues to stay up to date on work activities while out of the office.
Unlike LG, which merely said that its upcoming Android tablet will be better than the iPad, Samsung is declaring its faith in its Galaxy Tab Android tablet with actual numbers.
BlackBerry creator Research in Motion has acquired the developer of the Documents To Go app, DataViz, according to a report by AllThingsD, a technology blog published by the Wall Street Journal.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the future of search was blazing-fast, “autonomous” searching that constantly provides users with results. He made the comments at a keynote speech at the German IFA home electronics event in Berlin Tuesday.
Samsung already has a plenty powerful mobile CPU with its Hummingbird processor — the brains behind its Android-powered Galaxy S line of phones — but today the company has announced it has even bigger plans for next year: A low-powered dual-core processor, dubbed Orion, with powerful 3D and video capabilities.
There’s a lot of information coming through the tubes of the Internet these days, like RSS feeds, Facebook updates and Twitter posts. Most of them aren’t worth reading for the everyday user. My6sense’s new Android app, launching today, hopes to cut through most of that chaff.
Verizon customers eagerly awaiting the carrier’s Galaxy S entry, the Samsung Fascinate, can finally start ordering the Android device online starting tomorrow for $199 with a two-year contract (after a $100 rebate). It will hit retail stores starting September 9.
It’s taken several years of failing to sell phones to Americans, but Nokia is now finally gearing up to launch flagship N8 and E7 smartphones next week — both obviously meant to compete with Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android — two sources with knowledge of its plans tell Reuters.
There was a time when going out for a run meant putting on some sneakers and leaving for a jog around the park. But if you need any indication of how far we’ve come, take a look at Nike’s latest Nike+ GPS app for the iPhone, released today on Apple’s App Store.
Using a bit of clever math, app maker and market analyst firm Asymco has determined that about 38 percent of all 120 million reported iOS device sales are iPod Touches.
We reported a few weeks ago that Steve Jobs said an upcoming update would resolve slowdown issues in iOS 4 for iPhone 3G users. We assumed he was referring to Apple’s upcoming iOS 4.1 update, and indeed it looks to speed up iPhone 3G performance, according to this video comparison from Lifehacker.
Plex is media center software, from a startup of the same name, which integrates video content from local and online sources. Thus far, Plex has only been available for Mac OS X and iOS (for iPad, iPhone, iPod). But today LG announced that in 2011 it will integrate Plex into its range of Netcast-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray devices, making Plex a video solution for mobile, PC and TV.
Just weeks after Facebook announced its new location check-in feature dubbed Facebook Places, several companies have emerged claiming themselves as the first to leverage the features new set of user data. While each company is using the new service slightly differently, it’s not surprising that they want to tap into Facebook’s growing user base.
Sony, while mulling about in the shadow of Apple’s iPod and other reveals, announced its plan to launch a cloud-based music streaming service. The goal is to allow most Sony products to tap into the service and access Sony’s music library.
A startup called CardMunch aims to best all the other business card reading applications out there, by offering fast, accurate card transcription. And it wants to become even more helpful with a new feature called Follow Up, which automates the process of sending follow-up emails to people after you’ve collected their cards.
Steve Jobs has rarely acknowledged Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak in public in recent years. So it was a surprise when Jobs called out his “partner in crime” Tuesday at the launch of Apple’s latest music products. Wozniak, commonly known as Woz, stood up and took the applause. Afterward, reporters grabbed him for his reaction. Here’s a short video of Woz’s take on the announcements such as Apple’s Ping social networking service.
Apple press events are always a visual feast. We’ve captured the imagery of the Apple event today, from cool new Apple store in Shanghai above to the surprise appearance of Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay. Check out the images and the video of Martin, whose perfect voice occasionally cracks while singing Viva la Vida.
So Apple made some news today. Specifically, chief executive Steve Jobs took the stage in San Francisco, where he showed off major upgrades to the company’s music and TV services.
It’s no surprise that Ge Wang, cofounder and chief technology officer of music app-maker Smule, sounds excited about Apple’s just-announced a social network for music, called Ping. But Wang said he sees greater potential in what Apple might do with Ping in the future.
Steve Jobs showed off a new version of Apple TV today. The device plays movies on your TV and is a fourth the size of the original version, and it can stream movies from the Netflix movie service.
Apple today announced a number of upgrades to its music and media service, iTunes. Most notably, it’s giving iTunes a social layer. Chief executive Steve Jobs showed off a service called Ping, which he described as Facebook or Twitter for music.
Telecommunications solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent picked up a mobile app development platform that allows programmers to write apps once and produce code that runs natively on iPhones and Android devices with its acquisition of OpenPlug on Wednesday. The details of the deal were not disclosed.
Just a step ahead of Apple’s press conference today, Aurora Feint is announcing that its PlayTime platform will allow iPhone and Android gamers to play each other in real time multiplayer games.
If mobile browser developer SkyFire has its way, its new SkyFire 2.0 browser will finally give iPhone users access to the wealth of Flash video on the web.
Author Neal Stephenson has been credited for inspiring today’s virtual world startups with his novel Snow Crash. Now he’s launching a startup himself: Subutai, where he is co-founder and chairman.
Institutional Venture Partners, a Menlo Park, Calif. firm whose portfolio includes hot startups like Twitter, Zynga, and Ngmoco, announced today that it has raised a new $750 million fund.