Tech wrap: Twitter sings about new site
Twitter revamped its website to make the microblogging service easier to use and to help companies better showcase their brands. The new version of Twitter features a redesigned look that the company hopes will make it easier to find interesting content on the service, as well as technological improvements that it said will speed up the service. It also features a revamped profile page, in which a company can highlight specific feature, such as videos or photos. Previously, the profile pages displayed a chronological list of the company’s most recent Tweets.
Apple’s next iPad will be available in February, Business Insider’s Jay Yarrow writes, citing Citi analyst Richard Gardner. The new iPad will feature a screen with twice the resolution of the current model, Yarrow adds.
Verizon Wireless blamed technical problems for an outage on its recently launched high-speed, 4G network, which prevented some U.S. customers from accessing the Internet for about 24 hours. It is at least the second outage since Verizon launched its 4G data service. Trade publication FierceWireless said the company had a major service disruption in April.
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said the social networking games company can double the number of its paying players, but he and other executives sidestepped questions about player retention and churn rates at an IPO roadshow luncheon in Boston. At the end of September, Zynga, known for popular games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, had about 6.7 million unique players. Paying players account for less than 3 percent of Zynga’s total number of players.
Google does not work with nor does it support Carrier IQ, the software maker which has been accused of violating millions of mobile phone users’ privacy rights, according to Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. “Android is an open platform, so it’s possible for people to build software that’s actually not very good for you, and this appears to be one,” Schmidt said.
Nintendo denied a report that Shigeru Miyamoto, widely seen as the world’s most influential games designer, would step down from his current position and take a smaller role in the company. Wired magazine had quoted the 59-year-old creator of popular games franchises including Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda as saying in an interview that he wanted to retire and work on smaller projects, passing the torch to younger designers.