How Google can fix the broken app store for indie-game devs — and leapfrog Apple in the process

However, the new requirement doesn’t really address a core, underlying cause for the practice: broken app discovery. Fortunately for Google, it has a number of means to quickly gain the edge on discovery over Apple. In the process, the search giant can greatly help the independent developer community.

The top trends of the Consumer Electronics Show (poll)

The good thing about braving the crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show is that you get to see a lot of the future’s gadgets. And if you see the same thing over and over again, that’s a trend. Last year, every TV maker embraced 3D and web connectivity. That trend continued this year with more than half of all new TV models including those features. This year, we’ve sniffed out similar trends that could play out throughout 2011 as companies execute on their grand ambitions:

AEP picks OPOWER to hook consumers into the smart grid

The movement toward a cleaner, more efficient electrical grid has hit a wall recently. The first phase for most electric utilities has been to roll out thousands of smart meters — meters capable of wirelessly beaming energy-consumption data to utilities and consumer devices — as fast as they can to as many households as possible. But this hasn’t been a universally welcome change.

Google Android outsells Apple iPhone, ranked No. 2 in U.S. smartphone sales by NPD

Smartphones based on Google’s Android mobile operating system have outsold Apple’s iPhone in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2010, according to a report by research firm The NPD Group. The data places Android, with 28 percent of the smartphone market, in second place behind RIM’s Blackberry smartphone market share of 36 percent. Apple now sits in third place with 21 percent.

The top trends at the Consumer Electronics Show

Here are our observations about the top trends at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We spent five days there checking out the gadgets, parties, and press conferences. Check out how well these trends match up against our predictions from before the show.

Know your audience: 95% are freeloaders

It’s no big surprise that the biggest struggle for app developers in 2013 is monetization. The industry evolves year by year, but little has changed since the app stores launched. Apps have flirted with different monetization models (premium, paywall, and subscription) before finally settling on freemium.

How Intel researchers found people want Ultrabooks for the “flow experience” (interview)

Intel may be focused exclusively on making and selling chips, but that doesn’t mean it has its eyes closed to the rest of the technology market. The company has to make sure the ecosystem around its chips and the markets for computers and other electronic gadgets stay healthy. The result is some serious market research into what technology consumers want.

VentureBeat's top 10 tech trends of 2011 (vote for your favorite)

As we begin 2011, optimism is on the upswing. And we’ll need it: The technology industry has a lot of potential, as embodied in these 10 trends we’re seeing, but it will take continued growth — and a lot of hard work — to make them happen. What do you think of our crystal ball-gazing? Vote for your favorite trend in our poll at the end.

From Kinect to Angry Birds — the biggest video game stories of 2010

During 2010, we wrote about 1,100 stories on the video game industry — and the year isn’t over yet. But here’s a look back at what we thought were the biggest stories of the year. For fun, here’s a link to our story from a year ago, when we deemed that the biggest story of 2009 was that the industry discovered that video games weren’t recession proof.

MobileBeat Startup Competition: Infrastructure players try to shake up the way you use your phone

The MobileBeat 2010 Startup Competition, sponsored by Palm, wrapped up this afternoon with the introduction of five more infrastructure and services companies working to break down and rebuild the way we all use our mobile phones. Two winners at the end of the day — selected from a field of 20 consumer apps and infrastructure services — will receive prestigious Tesla Awards.

Why tech giants are putting the silicon back in Silicon Valley

When Apple bought chip design firm PA Semi in 2008, it seemed like a crazy move. Who’d want to go back to the days when giants like IBM did everything themselves, including making software, hardware and chips? Now, in the age of smartphones and tablet computers, Apple has what it needs to control its own destiny. It’s starting to look crazy like a fox. And rivals like Google are following Apple’s lead.