With companies of every kind racing to launch mobile applications, what took LinkedIn so long to introduce a BlackBerry app? The social network for professionals this week released an official app for BlackBerry devices that syncs with native email, contacts and calendar features.
This fall is looming as AT&T's Waterloo, Armageddon, pick your end-of-the-world metaphor, with a Verizon iPhone reportedly
arriving later this year that would end AT&T's exclusive deal for the Apple device going back to 2007.
The iPad may be the first consumer tech device to have a dedicated conference advertised before even hitting stores. The iPad Game Summit on June 28 in San Francisco, which promises to feature "prime examples of what's working and why, best monetization practices, and iPad owner demographics." That's assuming enough people are playing games on the Apple tablet to have anything worthwhile to talk about just three months after launch. What if they gave a conference and nobody came?
The sales race between handsetmakers HTC, Apple, Motorola and others begins to sound like an Abbott and Costello routine after a little while. Who's on first? Who's suing whom? Who's got the most patents? Who's sold the most phones on a Tuesday within 90 days of launch? Nexus One? Oh, that's our shortstop. Reports
that the Android-enabled Nexus One outsold the iPhone by 16% for the month of February must have HTC chief Peter Chou -- who was busy
at the CTIA Wireless conference earlier this week declaring the handset "a winner" despite lower-than-expected sales -- over the …
Blockbuster owns the brick-and-mortar movie rental business (or what's left of it), while Netflix claims the online realm, but who will rule the mobile screen? With the debut of its movie-watching application on T-Mobile's new media-centric HTC HD2 smartphone, Blockbuster has staked its mobile fortunes on Android-powered phones rather than that other device from Apple.
At the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas today, Fox Mobile Group announced a new subscription-based mobile TV service called Bitbop that will deliver both streaming and downloadable content for $9.99 a month. Launching this spring, the service will offer full-length TV shows and movies, but details in the release were otherwise scant.
Even a cursory glance at the App Store home page will tell you games are a big driver of both free and paid app downloads. As of Tuesday, games make up all of the top 10 free apps, half of both the top paid titles and six of the 10 highest-grossing ones. Even a classic like Monopoly has renewed cachet as an app, hitting no. 3 on the top-grossing list.
With Foursquare the breakout star of last year's SXSW festival, a host of social location startups were scrambling to be the darling emerging from the 2010 edition of the music and high-tech hoedown.
With Google's across-the-board thrust into mobile of late, one piece that seemed to be missing was social networking. That started to change last month with its rollout of the mobile version of Google Buzz, the search giant's social-media sharing platform that lets users send out posts with their exact location.
AOL yesterday unveiled ambitious plans to bolster its hyper-local offerings, including relaunching its City's Best online guides and the expansion of Patch, its hyper-local news and information platform now in 40 communities.