Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tim Bradshaw

Anthony Rose, technical driving force behind the BBC iPlayer and before that Kazaa, this week returns to the start-up world with Zeebox, an iPad app designed to tap the growing trend for “dual screening”. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

For a company in the communication business, Whatsapp might be the least chatty start-up in Silicon Valley. The mobile-chat provider hit a huge milestone last week, with its users sending 1bn messages in a single day, it announced on Monday.

It’s a truly viral, word-of-mouth success story that’s all the more remarkable because it’s done so little press or marketing. Read more

When Taiwan’s Quanta landed orders from Facebook and Google to help custom-build their data centres earlier this year, it was the first step into a new industry for the world’s biggest contract maker of notebooks.

Quanta chairman Barry Lam’s said on Monday, however, that his ambitions go further than just completing built-to-order projects for tech companies. Quanta will instead look to offer a full turnkey solution for servers, he said for the first time. It is a move that will put it into direct competition with industry leaders like HP, Dell, IBM and Sun Microsystems. Read more

HTC has had an amazing run as it grew from anonymity to one of the top Android phonemakers. This has been reflected in its shipments, which have been record-breaking for the Taiwanese company for each of the last six quarters.

But is that run about to end, amid intensifying competition and a weak global economy? HTC said on Monday that it expects fourth-quarter shipments, and revenues, to be down slightly from the third quarter. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Steve Jobs’ biological sister Mona Simpson has shared the eulogy she delivered for her brother at his memorial service with the New York Times.

9to5 Mac reports that Apple has acquired C3 Technologies, a company that creates 3D maps of cities and geographic features. Read more

With all the tablets and smart phones that fight for our attention, more traditional tech companies have been pushed to the background. Yet IBM and HP each managed to grab the attention of the tech world this week when IBM appointed Ginni Rometty as chief executive and HP announced it would keep its PC division. Read more

Google has revived its stuttering effort to conquer the living room with a new version of Google TV, the service that mixes the web with television.

A redesigned interface, an improved look for services such as YouTube, better ways of finding TV and movie content and the opening up of the Android Market to deliver TV-compatible applications are the main improvements announced by Google on Friday.

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Tech news from around the web:

Social shopping site Groupon has launched ‘Reserve’  – a select premium service, according to PC Mag. Groupon – which has already introduced a loyalty program, Groupon Rewards  – is currently in the process of preparing for its $540m initial public offering. Read more

Google has upped the ante against Groupon in the increasingly flooded daily deals market, with a new personalization mechanism to help better target deals to subscribers – something Groupon has been trying to do for months with limited success. Read more

Maija Palmer

Nokia Lumia 800While Nokia was busy unveiling its new Windows smartphones at Nokia World on Wednesday, there was already speculation around the conference – will a Nokia Windows tablet follow? Read more

Tech stories from around the web:

Research In Motion is facing a possible class action lawsuit in Canada over the global outage that struck BlackBerry customers last month, Cnet reports. RIM said it would not comment on the suit, which was filed yesterday in Quebec Superior Court. Read more

David Gelles

Advertisers can be pretty shameless about weaseling their way into editorial content. Whether unethically buying coverage, quietly working with celebrities for endorsements, or good old-fashioned product placement, companies big and small regularly employ such tactics as part of their marketing arsenal.

But today Gawker.com uncovered what looks to be a new wrinkle in the shady world of buying online influence. According to Gawker, a small marketing firm called 43a offered to pay writers for inserting links to its clients’ websites. The fee: $130 – $175 per link. Read more

Chris Nuttall

Mint, the browser-based personal finance service, has released an iPad version that takes its product to another level.

The iPad seems a natural home for Mint, with the service taking advantage of its tap, pinch and swipe features to make a tour through your financial information a pleasure rather than a chore. Mint’s well known pie charts and bar graphs are displayed to best effect on the iPad’s screen and touch and pinch gestures allow the user easily to drill deeper into charts and graphs for different categories and down to the individual transaction level. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

France Telecom and Publicis are to set up a joint venture-capital fund focused on European technology start-ups, according to Bloomberg. The size of the fund may be greater than €100m ($139m), people close to the plan told Bloomberg.

Apple has had its patent for the “slide to unlock” control used on its devices confirmed, ZDNet reports. This puts every Android phone and tablet that uses the same process to unlock their screens in the line of fire from Apple’s patent lawyers, ZDNet warns. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

The iPad era has already held more than a few twists for news publishers: hailed as the saviour of newspapers, media owners then fell out with Apple over changes to its terms of service, only to fall back in love in time for this month’s release of its Newsstand application.

But where has all this wrangling left consumers? A timely survey by the Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the Economist Group, finds that for more than half of US tablet owners, skimming headlines or settling down for longer reads is central to their daily routine. Willingness to pay for news remains stubbornly similar to the regular web, while apps – the main mechanism for charging – are still less popular than the browser. Read more

Over the past decade, technological advancements have made televisions thinner and thinner, with giant cathode ray tube sets replaced by flatscreen TVs whose thickness are now measured in millimeters.

Starting next year, however, ‘fatter’ flatscreen TVs may be making a comeback in emerging markets, according to one screen maker.

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Tech news from around the web:

Downloads of Android’s apps overtook those of Apple’s iOS apps in the second quarter of 2001, Business Insider reports. According to figures from ABI Research, the market shares of Android and iOS were 44% and 31% respectively. However, Apple still gets more downloads per user than Android. Read more

Richard Waters

Steve Jobs was renowned for his willingness to speak the unvarnished truth, regardless of who he offended. He also had an obvious business interest in talking down competitors. But even with those caveats, some of his observations about other companies, from the authorised biography by Walter Isaacson that was published on Monday, make interesting reading. Read more

Richard Waters

It seems that August’s stock market mayhem has done little to deflate the latest internet bubble – at least, when it comes to private companies with strong growth prospects and some traction in their business models. The latest case in point: Workday. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Google is preparing a launch in the next two weeks of a music-download store that would work closely with its Google+ social network, according to The Wall Street Journal. The music service would recommend songs in an online library to Google+ contacts, who in turn would be allowed to listen to those songs once for free, two people close to the service told the WSJ. Read more