Obviously, Office 365 is going to … Read more
Apple could sign up as many as 150 million iPhone users to its new iCloud service, according to projections based on a survey from RBC Capital Markets.
In a report released today, RBC found that 76 percent of the 1,500 iPhone users polled from June 7 to 14 intend to use the iCloud service. Unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, iCloud will allow iOS device users to store, access, and sync their iTunes content online.iMessage also should be a hot item, according to RBC. The survey found 73 percent of iPhone users plan to … Read more
Windows 8 is scheduled to launch in fall 2012, according to hints dropped by one of the company's corporate vice presidents.
Speaking last week at an event at Microsoft's campus in Mountain View, Calif., Dan'l Lewin, Microsoft corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, laid out the likely scenario for Windows 8, from initial beta to final release, according to TechRadar and other sources.
Asking people to look into the crystal ball and assume that "what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be and just … Read more
Editors' note, June 7, 2011, 6:33 a.m.: Updated with hands-on impressions of Vita games.
LOS ANGELES--Sony's revamped take on the PSP has impressive graphics, a slick screen, tons of controls, and an aggressive $249/$299 price, but all that's nothing without games. At Sony's E3 2011 press conference, a variety of Vita games--some known, some new--were announced, and many were made available afterward for hands-on demos on the floor.
A number of Vita units were available to play with at demo stations. They were tethered "development kit" units, but I still got to … Read more
Apple's new iCloud services announced at the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco today will put everything from mobile apps to digital pictures to music in the "cloud," where users can easily store and access them. But what will this mean for your wireless data bill?
Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iCloud service, which acts as a digital hub that will store and replicate content so that it can be shared among multiple iOS devices, such as iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads.
"Now the (digital) hub is in the cloud," Jobs said during … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Kids and games. When Tim Schafer of Double Fine stepped onstage to demo his Sesame Street-branded Kinect game today, he explained how he had his 3-year-old daughter in mind when he developed the idea.
Sesame Street, Disneyland, and more: It looks like younger and younger kids are being targeted for gaming. Both Disneyland Adventures and Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster are Microsoft exclusives for the Kinect. Add in Kinect Fun Labs, a series of interactive toys and camera-based art apps on a single disc, and you have a clear-cut strategy for attracting the toddler crowd.
Call it the iPad Effect, or whatever you'd like, but the hands-free gaming that Kinect represents looks like Microsoft's new fertile ground for the youngest gaming set. The question is, will parents want their kids to play? … Read more
Apple has cut a licensing deal with Universal Music Group that will enable Apple's online music store to offer songs from the largest of the four top record companies, sources with knowledge of the talks told CNET.
The agreement means Apple now has the rights to offer recordings from all of the major labels. In addition, Apple has reached agreements with some of the large music publishers, the sources said.
Apple announced Tuesday that it would unveil a long-anticipated service called iCloud on June 6 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple did not disclose whether iCloud … Read more
Eric Schmidt gave a bravura performance last night.
On a day when Apple dominated the headlines with news about Steve Jobs and iCloud, the Google chairman snatched the spotlight away by presenting the press with headline-grabbing revelations about Google as well as himself.
"CEOs should take responsibility," Schmidt told AllThingsD's Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the D9 conference, referring to his inability to develop a social-networking strategy. "I screwed up."
Apparently, there are two sides to the public Eric Schmidt. There is the one that freaks everyone out with his off-the-cuff remarks about Google's unchecked power to accumulate users' personal data. That's the Schmidt who can also stray off message, which is what he appeared to do two weeks ago in London when he said that Google would fight a bill designed to protect copyright even if it became law. Google couldn't distance itself fast enough from the statements.
Then, there's the other Schmidt, the one we got last night.
According to reports from my CNET colleague Rafe Needleman and others, Schmidt nimbly covered a lot of ground under a probing examination from Swisher and Mossberg. He met questions with snappy, candid answers that didn't always cast Google in a favorable light. Our CEOs don't often criticize themselves publicly or lift the curtain on their companies. For this, Schmidt generated… Read more
A top hedge fund manager is calling on Microsoft's Steve Ballmer to step aside as CEO and let someone else lead the company.
Speaking at the Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York yesterday, David Einhorn, president of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, was outspoken in his criticism of Ballmer as a key factor holding back the company's stock.
"It's time for Microsoft's board to tell Steve Ballmer, 'All right, we see what you can do, let's give so-and-so a chance,'" Einhorn said. as quoted in a Bloomberg story. "His continued presence … Read more
Last night, Yahoo announced the update for the Yahoo Messenger app to work with the iPad, adding voice and video calling for iPad 2 owners, a sleek new iPad-optimized interface, and improved spam management that lets you block one or all add requests from a single view.
Yahoo Messenger (Universal) had already been available on the iPhone and iPod Touch since April 2009. But with this Universal update, iPad users will no longer have to use the unoptimized iPhone client on their larger iPad screens.
No longer just for instant messages, Yahoo Messenger lets you share photos and videos, make … Read more