LAS VEGAS--The annual Consumer Electronics Show here is typically the hottest ticket of the year for gadget-hungry geeks to feast on the latest whiz-bang smartphones, tablets and "phablets." And while there are plenty of new gadgets to play with at the show this year, the discussions at press conferences, on the show floor and in keynote sessions are not so much about screen sizes and operating systems as they are about the services and applications that make those devices, and the networks that they use, so valuable to consumers.
People might not have been sure of exactly what would happen at Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8 on Monday, but they probably didn't expect to hear the words 'iPhone" and "Android" within the first 20 minutes.
If you scan the crowd at any app developer gathering, you will rarely see a woman among the sea of software engineers that dominate these conferences.
Facebook will soon open its first engineering office outside of the United States with a new facility in London with a focus on mobile products. The new office will open as Facebook puts increased emphasis on improving its mobile applications and overall presence in mobile.
People who create mobile applications depend on developer organizations for the necessary software tools and other resources. While developers are generally satisfied with the materials and services they receive from these organizations, there is always room for improvement.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft at its Windows Phone Summit today presented a formal "preview" of the Windows Phone 8 operating system that will become the new heart of its smartphone strategy and, it hopes, the basis for increasing influence and clout in the smartphone market.