November 17th, 2011

Google launches iTunes Match rival

Google Music

Google launched Google Music on Tuesday – its free online music service that will let users upload 20,000 songs from their current libraries and purchase new music from Google. That music can be stored on Google’s services and accessed by a variety of devices, including Android-based phones, tablets, and other computers.

The new service is […]

September 10th, 2011

Apps: more downloads with Android, more money with Apple

2011 could be the first year that Google’s Android overtakes Apple’s iOS in total number of app downloads, according to research firm Ovum. Ovum expects Android users to download 35% more apps than iOS users this year.

Android users are forecast to download 8.1 billion apps this year, compared to the 6 billion forecast for […]

September 5th, 2011

The Amazon tablet. Finally an iPad competitor?

With the industry rife with speculation that Amazon will launch its tablet this autumn, Forrester has predicted that it will sell three to five million units in Q4.

But, Forrester’s prediction comes with two major caveats: 1. It would need a good supply chain to bring it to market. 2. The Amazon tablet would need […]

August 24th, 2011

Facebook improves privacy and tags in the wake of Google+

Facebook announced that from Thursday it will roll-out a major revamp of the site’s privacy and tag controls to improve the transparency, simplicity and accessibility of the settings. Facebook has come under criticism in recent years over the complexity of its privacy controls.

The move also comes not long after the recent launch of Google+, […]

August 22nd, 2011

Skype to buy group messaging service, GroupMe

Skype has entered the increasingly competitive market of mobile messaging services by announcing it has agreed to acquire GroupMe, a year-old start-up based in New York, who offer private group messaging services on mobile phones.

With this acquisition, Skype said in a press release that GroupMe will provide “best-in-class text-based communications […]

August 15th, 2011

Google to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn – Why?

Google today announced a deal to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn (£7.7bn).

A joint statement said the boards of both companies had unanimously approved the deal, which should be completed by the end of this year, or early 2012.

Earlier this year, Motorola split into two separate companies. Motorola Mobility manufactures mobile phones. Motorola Solutions […]

June 30th, 2011

PayPal reaches 100 million active users

Digital payments company PayPal – owned by ebay – now has 100 million active users as the competition in mobile payments grows more intense.

PayPal has made mobile transactions a priority and is now processing up to $10 million in mobile transactions a day. It expects this growth to accelerate and has recently doubled its […]

June 3rd, 2011

Groupon files for $750 million IPO

Having rejected the chance to be acquired by Google, Groupon, an online local discount coupon service, has filed for an initial public offering, from which it’s aiming to raise $750 million. This would value the company in excess of $15 billion and is likely to be one of the biggest tech IPO this year.

Groupon’s […]

June 3rd, 2011

Google pushes ‘+1’ button

Google is making its “+1” share-button available to Website owners and publishers to use on their own pages. This will give them a new way to highlight their content in Google search results.

Several prominent media companies are joining Google as launch partners for the Web-based +1 button, including Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, and Reuters.

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May 27th, 2011

PayPal sues after Google announce wallet app

PayPal and its parent company eBay are suing Google and two of its employees for misappropriating trade secrets and violating terms of employment, after Google unveiled their NFC-based (Near Field Communication) Google Wallet app and supporting stakeholders and processes.

Google Wallet, which was announced on Thursday, is currently being “field-tested”. Initially it will be available […]

May 10th, 2011

Why Microsoft has paid over the odds for Skype

Microsoft announced today the acquisition of internet voice and video calling giant Skype for a reported $8.5 billion. It is thought that Skype has been looking for a buyer since it was spun-off by its previous owner eBay. Rumoured purchasers had also included Google and Facebook.

In 2009, Skype’s owners sold 70% of the […]

May 10th, 2011

Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion

 

Microsoft buys Skype

It is expected that Microsoft will announce today the acquisition of internet voice and video calling giant Skype for a reported $8.5 billion. It is thought that Skype has been looking for a buyer since it was spun-off by its previous owner eBay. Rumoured purchasers had also included Google and […]

May 2nd, 2011

Blackberry Enterprise software to manage Android and Apple iOS

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Research in Motion (RIM) announced that it will update its BlackBerry Enterprise Server software to support devices that run Google’s Android and Apple hardware running the iOS operating system, including the iPhone and iPad.

The multi-platform “BlackBerry Enterprise Solution” is designed to support the secure device management of smartphones and tablets across enterprises and organisations […]

April 15th, 2011

Google bullish with sales up 27%, but profits below expectations

Google announced its results at a quarterly earnings call this week. Sales were up 27% for the quarter ended March 31st with revenues at $6.54 billion, an increase from $5.06 billion during the same period last year. This was ahead of many analyst expectations of $6.32 billion.

However, quarterly profit was behind expectations as operating […]

March 30th, 2011

Google launches Facebook 'Like' style button

Google Labs has launched “+1”, Google’s version of the Facebook ‘Like’ button. Google users will now be able to click a “+1” button on Google search results to recommend an entry or ad to their friends. Just as the Facebook “Like” button has become ubiquitous across the web since its launch last April, it is […]