Technology

3 awesome startups that failed

First-mover advantages are overrated. Look at Microsoft. Bill Gates was prescient, and they were onto the cloud, internet of things, and smartwatches since the early-2000s. But Gates’ prophetic touch did not translate to groundbreaking success in those areas Instead, Google dominates the cloud, the internet of things is still nascent, and Apple is the frontrunner…

Teens are downloading Jott like crazy

If you haven’t heard of Jott, go ask a teenager. A white-hot new app for instant messaging, Jott has nearly 500,000 monthly users and one million app installs after just three months on the market. You might think there’s no need for yet another messaging app. But, Jared Allgood, CEO and co-founder of Jott, said…

Faced with heightened competition, Spotify adds video streaming

Global music-streaming leader Spotify is adding video and customizable features to draw in more users and ad revenue as competitors such as Jay-Z’s high-fidelity Tidal and a rumoured forthcoming streaming product from Apple Inc. threaten to steal its market share. The service is revising its user experience, doubling down on mobile and adding numerous features…

Evan Spiegel Reveals Plan to Turn Snapchat Into a Real Business

Evan Spiegel begins a conversation in the offices of his startup, Snapchat, by propping a sneakered foot onto an Eames chair, leaning back, and acknowledging how infrequently he speaks to the press. “I literally have not done this in so long,” he says, before taking a sip from something called a Happy Juice—pineapple, pear, ginger,…

Verizon barges into online video, buying AOL for $4.4B

NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom’s push in both mobile and advertising fields. The acquisition gives Verizon an entry into increasingly competitive online and mobile video. The New York company is the country’s largest wireless carrier as well as an Internet and TV provider — and…

What to Know About Google’s Fight With Europe

The search giant faces charges of anticompetitive behavior in Europe A new antitrust complaint filed against Google by the European Union Wednesday could force the company to pay huge fines and change the way its search engine operates in Europe. In the complaint, EU regulators say Google has abused its dominance in online search to…

Tech journalists may have been wrong about Meerkat but they’

Technology journalism – and US technology journalism in particular – is getting a roasting every bit as stinging as Justin Bieber’s recent Comedy Central special, in an opinion piece by mobile industry expert Tero Kuittinen published on tech site Boy Genius Report. Titled “Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking US tech journalism with it”,…

Apple has designed a MacBook that’s almost a tablet

The new MacBook is an iPad with a keyboard. That may be the best description of the new Apple laptop design, based on Apple’s launch event on Monday. At a mere 13 millimeters thick and weighing just two pounds, it approaches the iPad’s portability and is just as spartan, sporting only a solitary connector. Consumers…

BlackBerry unveils new mid-market Leap smartphone

(Reuters) – BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone on Tuesday dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said the phone, unveiled at the…

SIM cards hacked by U.S. and U.K. spies – report

A new privacy scare has surfaced for cellphone users around the world. A report by The Intercept claims spy agencies from the U.S. and U.K. jointly hacked into the world’s largest manufacturer of SIM cards in order to monitor mobile phones around the world. The Intercept was co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist…