Microsoft is planning a new version of its Windows operating system for the connected car market, though it does not yet have a product that is ready to ship in vehicles.
Apple's latest patent-infringement trial against Samsung Electronics is underway in California and slides that were revealed during the trial indicate that Apple is indeed thinking about a larger-sized iPhone to capture a piece of a growing market.
Companies large and small continue developing indoor-location solutions as they make a play for what they hope will develop into a lucrative market for tracking users of portable communications devices. However, there are early indications that some users may want to gain more control over their location information, potentially throwing a monkey wrench into the vision for how location-based services might work.
SAN FRANCISCO--Microsoft is making Windows Phone, and Windows software for phones and tablets with screens of less than nine inches free for handset makers to use in their devices. The move represents a radical shift for Microsoft as it seeks to expand market share for devices running its software, especially Windows Phones.
Rumors that Apple will be producing larger-screened iPhones keep cropping up, with unnamed sources at Apple suppliers telling Reuters they will begin mass producing displays as early as May for the next iPhone, expected to be launched this fall and called the iPhone 6. According to the report, one model will have a 4.7-inch screen likely to be produced first, while a 5.5-inch model could be delayed.
Apple's new iOS 7 software has a little-known connectivity feature known as the Apple Multipeer Connectivity framework that lets users connect directly via Bluetooth personal area networks, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi or a traditional Wi-Fi network, obviating the need for a cellular network.
Cellular? You "don't need no stinking" cellular if you have Open Garden's recently released FireChat app, which is driving interest in a heretofore little-known connectivity feature that Apple included in iOS 7.
Microsoft announced that its Office suite will finally come to Apple's iPad. More broadly, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella used his first large public address as CEO to talk about his vision for a "mobile first cloud first" world.
Earlier this week, media outlets lit up with news that Apple might be negotiating a deal with Comcast to stream the cable giant's linear TV and on-demand video across its Apple TV device. A number of articles arose almost as quickly analyzing whether or not this would actually happen, and why. The rumors can't be completely dismissed, but the biggest traffic issues, and the deals put together to prevent them, may be taking place well before the last mile.
The suggestion that Comcast and Apple might get together and create a streaming service has negatively impacted stocks of two bystanding companies--Arris and Netflix.