Video calling is expected to be used by 29 million people around the globe by 2015, Juniper Research announced in a new study released today.
According to the market research firm, Apple's FaceTime video-calling feature will help jump-start the mobile videoconferencing business, but it likely won't spur a full "mass market" adoption within the next five years.
"We forecast there will be 29 million smartphone video users in 2015, but the market may be held back by a lack of interoperability between different devices," Juniper senior analyst Anthony Cox said in a statement.
Wal-Mart has confirmed that it will start selling the iPad in its stores starting Friday, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
According to the report, Apple's tablet initially will be available in "hundreds" of Wal-Mart locations. The big box retailer plans to have the iPad in over 2,300 stores by mid-November to capitalize on the holiday shopping season, the Journal reported.
Wal-Mart will sell all six versions of the iPad at the same retail price they're offered for at Apple Stores. The company said that it plans to sell the iPad on its Web site, … Read more
Remember the M8? It's a smartphone made by Chinese manufacturer Meizu that looks suspiciously like an iPhone. And it's about to become a rare commodity.
Meizu CEO Jack Wong posted on a Meizu forum that Apple's lawyers have convinced China's intellectual property office to shut down production of the M8 and ban the sale of existing devices because they bear too much similarity to Apple's phone.
Games running on Apple's iOS are starting to match prime-time television shows in overall consumption, a new study from Flurry Analytics claims.
According to the research company, 19 million people currently spend an average of 22 minutes each day playing iOS games, or accessing social networks on their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. That total number of users easily eclipses viewership of Sunday Night Football games, "Undercover Boss," and other top shows. It's also just 4 million viewers shy of top show "American Idol."
That said, Flurry's numbers could be quite low, compared … Read more
Though there is apparently an iPhone heading to Verizon, and in all likelihood, a new model iPhone next summer, neither model will run on any wireless carriers' 4G networks, according to a report in TechCrunch today.
The post cites "sources" that say that the iPhone Apple is making with CDMA chips won't support the Long Term Evolution, or LTE 4G standard, and neither will the iPhone 5--or whatever Apple calls the next-generation device it builds. CDMA is the the wireless technology used by Verizon and Sprint.
That's because, according to the report, Apple doesn't want … Read more
Almost a month ago to the day, I reported that hackers had found a way to jailbreak iOS 4.1--and asked if it was worth the hassle anymore. That question generated lots of great discussion, and now is the perfect time to revisit it.
The MagSafe connector is one of those features that makes so much sense one wonders why it hasn't become a universal standard. The MagSafe plug prevents the dreaded laptop-hits-floor scenario when someone accidentally pulls on the power cord. According to a patent filed earlier this year by Apple, this unique charging connector may be headed for portable devices such as the iPad or iPhone soon.
The MagSafe works by using magnetic force, instead of friction, to connect the charging head to a machine's AC port. Due to its lighter size, a similar connector for the iPad or iPhone … Read more
LONDON--For someone interested in capitalizing on the new era of advanced Web standards, you'd think Google would be a pretty good employer. After all, it's got an up-and coming browser, some of the world's most influential Web applications, and plenty of money to invest in both.
But in the culture of Silicon Valley, sometimes there's a time to strike off on one's own, and that's what Brad Neuberg, a very visible Web programmer at Google, decided to do. He announced his departure on the eve of a speech last week at the Future of Web Apps conference here.
In an interview with CNET afterward, Neuberg said he plans to launch a San Francisco start-up in November focusing on the same suite of Web technology he's been steeped in at Google. He's cagey on details, but he said he plans to focus on Web applications for consumers.
"I drank the HTML5 Kool-Aid," he said, saying it and other Web standards are fueling a new wave of entrepreneurial activity. " I really believe we're starting to see those start-ups. We'll see that accelerate in the next six months to a year and a half."
Plus, he didn't like spending three hours a day commuting from San Francisco to Google's Mountain View, Calif., offices and back for two years and nine months of his life.
"What am I sacrificing? It didn't all fit," he said. "I should be doing what I would do if I won the lottery," so now he's begun trying to gather a group of like-minded folk for the start-up. … Read more
At one time in the not-too-distant past, cell phone chips were an unknown quantity or, at best, given short shrift by cell phone providers and manufacturers. Not anymore.
The Apple iPhone and HTC Evo 4G from Sprint are two of the hottest phones on the market. And both companies advertise the processor prominently. Is this a coincidence? Intel, the largest chipmaker in the world, doesn't think so.
"As late as a year ago, consumers didn't care about the processing power in their smartphones. Today almost every store is advertising the CPU speed that's inside the smartphone,&… Read more
More than $100,000 worth of checks got deposited through PayPal's mobile check-capture service in its first 36 hours, the company announced.
"We knew that this would be popular, but we had no idea how much pent up demand there was...," a PayPal spokeswoman wrote on the company's blog yesterday.
PayPal's iPhone app, which was updated with the new feature on Wednesday, lets people take a picture of a check and have that amount deposited into their PayPal account at no charge. The service requires people to hold onto checks for 15 days to allow … Read more