Microsoft is cleaning up the Windows Store and redefining its guidelines to restrict apps that intentionally mislead users.
The Norwegian browser vendor now has pole position on the Linux-based handsets Microsoft is selling in emerging markets and beyond.
Microsoft is paying about $7.2 billion for Nokia’s devices business and patent licenses in a last ditch gamble to take on Google, Apple and a wide variety of smartphone players who have surged ahead and threaten to gnaw at its core PC business.
The iPhone isn’t the only newcomer: the joint effort by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will also work with Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerry phones. Isis says it will be available all over the U.S. by the end of this year.
Although Microsoft invested $300 million in a Barnes & Noble spin-off on Monday, this isn’t the first time Microsoft played the e-book game. Typical for the company, it often has great ideas, but it errs on the timing: Microsoft debuted e-book software back in 2000!
Embattled Nokia is hoping it can become faster and more competitive by shifting the heart of its manufacturing operations to Asia, a move which will see 4,000 jobs cut in Finland, Hungary and Mexico but will be seen as long overdue.
There’s a trend building, and it’s not good for the PC industry. It’s not tablet and smartphone growth — although that’s part of the trend — but virtualization on mobile devices. This allows remote PC access from a tablet, for example, and could hurt already slowing PC sales.
The last four years have shown remarkable growth in smartphone ownership, changing the mobile landscape as the phone becomes central to our lives. This year I’ll be looking for cross-platform apps, centralized notification services and solutions that intelligently handle more mundane tasks around my smart home.
Joint Matt and Kevin as they return to the mobile tech podcast after a short summer break. Hands on thoughts with the HP TouchPad, myTouch 4G Slide, HTC Status Facebook phone and Nokia E6. Participate in the live show through the chat room!
While almost no one is looking forward to Los Angeles’ so-called Carmageddon, an upcoming closure of a busy freeway, crowd-sourced traffic app Waze sees an opportunity to shine. The company is teaming with the local ABC affiliate to beef up ABC’s real-time traffic information for drivers.