A few weeks ago, when San Francisco-based game developer PlayFirst purchased mobile ad firm Big Head Mode, it wasn't reported as a normal merger or acquisition. Instead, VentureBeat described it as an "acqui-hire."
A California judge has signed off on the details of a settlement between Apple and AT&T and customers who claimed they were tricked into buying an Apple iPad in 2010 only to have AT&T then switch its unlimited data plans to a usage-based pricing system.
Major League Baseball is working closely with Apple on a project that uses iBeacon indoor mapping technology, which incorporates Bluetooth Smart and iOS 7 software. The goal of the trial is to develop different ways to interact with fans at the stadium.
Despite its high prices, the new iPhones sold in record numbers in their opening weekend. But it's not always an easy decision to spend €800 or more on a non-subsidised mobile phone, and the 5c has been disappointing because of the lack of choice it really offers.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about several wireless-related features missing from Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c. On the list was the iPhones' lack of support for high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi. However, it is worth mentioning that the new smartphones do include another particularly important Wi-Fi feature: Hotspot 2.0.
Increased spending on programming production and marketing expenses needed to launch new series on AMC, IFC, Sundance and women's network WE will "create volatility" for the company's profit margins, AMC Networks CFO Sean Sullivan said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference Tuesday.
Smartphone shipments in China are expected to grow by more than a quarter in 2014 compared to the expected shipments in 2013, according to research firm IDC. The research house thinks that growth will be driven by the launch of TD-LTE networks and Apple's expected deal with China Mobile.
In late June 2012, when BlackBerry delayed the launch of its BlackBerry 10 platform until early 2013, I wrote that it might be too little, too late. That sentiment seemed to be confirmed on Friday, when BlackBerry said it would cut 4,500 jobs--around 40 percent of its workforce--and post a nearly $1 billion loss for its most recent quarter. Even more dispiritingly, the company signaled it would shift its focus away from the consumer device market. The question now is: Can BlackBerry survive as a services company? I doubt it.
As long lines and short supply of the new iPhone 5s seemed to indicate on Friday, Apple said it sold a record 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and lower-priced iPhone 5c during the new models' debut weekend. Apple did not provide a breakdown of sales between the two new models.
Apple's high-end iPhone 5s went on sale at retail and carrier stores this morning, with reports emerging of long lines and tight supply for the gold version of the new smartphone.