Tech wrap: Apple changes course on iAd

December 13, 2011

The reports that Apple is softening its approach to its iAd mobile advertising service due to the tepid response as it loses ground to Google in the fast-growing mobile-ad market.

Verizon vs Apple: A royal battle

December 13, 2011

By Aaron Pressman
The opinions expressed are his own.

Last week’s tiff over the Google Wallet app at Verizon Wireless may seem like just another minor dust-up among hardcore phone geeks. But the debate is an opening skirmish in a potentially huge battle, particularly if, as expected, a new iPhone model arrives that runs on Verizon’s high-speed “LTE” Internet service.

Tech wrap: Intel cuts outlook

December 12, 2011

Intel Corp warned that hard-disk drive supply shortages would hurt its current quarter revenue, the latest heavyweight in the PC industry to caution over the effects of flooding that has crippled factories in Thailand.

‘New Year’s Eve’ leads as movie box office fizzles

December 11, 2011

Romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve” topped the domestic movie box office during the weekend but Hollywood had little to celebrate as North American ticket sales slumped to their lowest level in three years.

Movie theaters celebrate ‘New Year’s Eve’ this weekend

December 10, 2011

It’s still early December, but an ensemble of A-list stars will ring in the new year at movie theaters this weekend.

Tech wrap: HP opens webOS software to others

December 9, 2011

Hewlett-Packard is keeping webOS, the mobile operating system, but will submit it to developers and companies, potentially taking on Google’s free Android platform that is popular with handset makers.

Tech wrap: Twitter sings about new site

December 8, 2011

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.

Who wants a college sports TV network? Who doesn’t?

December 8, 2011

YouTube Preview ImageSure it was obvious, but I applaud the decision by whoever organized the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum to pipe The Cars “Shake It Up” through the loudspeakers of a bland room in New York’s Marriott Marquis as the conference wrapped up.

Edmodo, LinkedIn for schools, raises $15 million for its network

December 8, 2011

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman wanted to be an academic when he was younger. Now, he’s an entrepreneur helping academics.

With the future Windows 8, a new app store

December 8, 2011

At a trendy art gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District, Microsoft on Tuesday evening previewed its answer to Apple’s App Store—illustrating once again that trendsetting is not Microsoft’s strong point.