Palo Alto, Calif.–based video encoding startup EyeIO left stealth mode on Wednesday with the announcement that it has licensed its technology to one of the biggest players in the online video space.
French electronics company Parrot SA plans next month to release a toy helicopter with a twist.
The AR Drone has a pair of cameras to relay video to iPhones or iPads, which function as the remote control. The device also recognizes certain objects, such as other AR Drones, and can add graphics to the Video feed, creating a videogame played out in the real world.
The $299 toy is the latest example of an effort to commercialize augmented reality, a technique in which extra information or graphics are added to ordinary surroundings. From virtual mirrors that superimpose a shade of lipstick on a potential buyer's face, to restaurant reviews that pop up when a person points a camera phone at a restaurant, proponents say the technology has a range of possible uses beyond videogames that mix the real and virtual worlds.
Microsoft Corp. said it had lined up some well-known customers and partners for its Azure cloud-computing system, the latest indication that big technology vendors are pushing remotely located information technology services to corporate customers.
The Redmond, Wash., software giant said Dell Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and Hewlett-Packard Co. will sell Azure as part of their data-center products. They will also sell services for companies shifting their IT infrastructure to cloud computing. More
Several years ago the Firefox Web browser brought serious competition back to Web browsers, a market then overwhelmingly dominated by Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer. Now Google Inc. is shaking up the browser market again.
Google's Chrome Web browser reached 7.24% of the world-wide browser market in June and is the fastest-growing program for surfing the Web, according to data from NetApplications.com, which tracks Web usage. Google says Chrome had more than 70 million active users in May, up from 30 million in June 2009. More
Skyhook Wireless Chief Executive Ted Morgan says that when he got a voice mail from Apple Inc's Steve Jobs in 2007 he deleted it, thinking it was a prank from a coworker.
Turns out it wasn't a joke. Later that year, Mr. Jobs tapped Skyhook-which makes technology that lets mobile devices pinpoint their location services for the new iPhone and iPod Touch. Skyhook says Apple chose it over a competing offer from Google Inc., which gives away its own Wi-Fi location service. More
In the shadow of the latest blockbuster Apple Inc. iPhone launch, Samsung Electronics Co. has quietly positioned its own marquee smartphone with all of the national carriers in an attempt to regain its position with high-end cellphones.
If anything is clear from the punches being thrown by Google at Apple over mobile advertising, it is that the search giant understands what is at stake.
As mobile advertising comes to its own, Google should be well-positioned to grab a big piece of it. Prospects for other large media companies, online or traditional, are less sure. More
Google Inc. blasted Apple Inc. for imposing new rules on developers that could bar Google and other rivals from selling ads inside iPhone and iPad applications, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two Silicon Valley powerhouses.
The flap underscores the rising stakes associated with selling ads on cellphones, a small but fast-growing market that prompted Google to outbid Apple to by AdMob Inc., which places ads on mobile devices.
When Steve Jobs wrapped up his anouncement of the New iPhone 4, another big Apple Inc. event had come and gone with no mention of Verizon Wireless.
That was a disappointment for some smartphone customers. Verizon Wireless executives, too, are eager to get their hands on the phone and speak regularly with their counterparts at Apple. More
Up Game: Xbox 360
The Xbox 360 has found an audience despite competition from
Nintendo and Sony. 40 million sold world-wide since launch
in November 2005.
Down Music: Zune
The Zune music player has largely flopped and failed to dent Apple's iPod. 1.4% share of US sales of MP3 players vs. 76% for Apple. Phones:
Handsets based on Windows Mobile OS have been eclipsed by Apple and Google. 6.8% share of global smartphone sales, down from 10.2%.
The punches that Apple Inc. is throwing in its fight against Adobe Systems Inc. are beginning to land, prompting some companies to shift away from Adobe's video and animation technology and forcing Web designers to work with competing standards.
Programmers and Web designers say clients increasingly are asking that their websites or applications be compatible with Apple's iPhone and iPad. That means avoiding Adobe's Flash technology, which is used widely for online video and animation but which Apple has banned from its devices.
Flash still has a commanding share of the market, with about 75% of online video using the format. Online video site Hulu, which doesn't have an iPad app, said this month it wouldn't make its videos available in HTML5. Among the reasons for the decision is that HTML5 doesn't have all the ancillary features of Flash, such as the ability to secure and track videos.
The problem for some companies is that HTML5 is immature and still years away from broad adoption. WJ page More