Hulu's long-rumored iPhone app has come to fruition with the launch of its premium Hulu Plus service, which also extends to the iPad and iPod touch. Could this be the step that finally propels mobile TV into the mainstream (while getting users to pay $9.99 a month for the privilege)?
Only about a month after introducing its Kin social media phones, Verizon Wireless has drastically cut the prices on the Microsoft devices aimed at young mobile users. The Kin One now sells for $29.99, down from $49.99, with a $100 discount and a two-year contract. The price of the Kin Two, which has a larger screen and offers HD video, was cut in half to $49.99.
Attention New York iPhone owners: your days of dropped calls and slow Web connections are finally over. AT&T today announced it had finished its upgrade of the carrier's 3G network in New York, through steps that included adding a layer of 850 MHz spectrum to increase capacity and boost in-building coverage throughout the city.
How often does a company post a quarterly 20% profit gain and a 24% revenue increase only to see its stock tumble the next day? That's the case for BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion, whose stock as of Friday morning had dropped about 7% to $54.50 after it issued a strong earnings report Thursday for the three months ending May 29 that nevertheless fell slightly short of analyst expectations on the revenue side.
Reports that the world is gripped in an iFrenzy today as the iPhone 4 hits stores carry a sense of déjà vu, even if the latest version of the signature Apple device may be the most sought-after to date. Apple is expected to sell a record million iPhones today with the launch of the new model, which boasts a sleeker design, video calling, longer battery life and faster processing power.
A new study by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster shows free apps make up 81% of downloads across the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. With paid apps accounting for less than 20% of downloads, advertising appears to be the best option for most developers to monetize apps, instead of charging an upfront fee. But that conclusion overlooks the fact that an app classified as "free" doesn't necessarily mean advertising is the only way developers can make money from it. Publishers are also applying the freemium model to apps, offering them as free downloads but charging for premium content.
With the launch of a full version of Flash for mobile devices Tuesday, Adobe is moving beyond its war of words with Apple to field a product to compete with HTML5 as the media software of choice for mobile phones.
Starbucks and Foursquare garnered widespread publicity when they teamed up last month to offer a $1 discount on Frappuccinos to the mayors of individual Starbucks stores. But the companies may want to consider lessons learned from this initial rewards offer, which ends June 28, before jumping into the next one. The Frappuccino promotion has come under criticism on various counts.
The bottom line is that Android's growing presences on smartphones and in mobile Web use helps better position Google to grab a bigger slice of mobile ad dollars.
If there was any question of whether the iPhone had lost its hold on the imagination of affluent consumers, it appears to have been answered by the flood of pre-orders for the latest version of Apple's signature device.