Author Archives: Matt Vella
  • Windows Phone surpasses Blackberry for third place in smartphone shipments

    Google's Android and Apple's iOS still make up the vast majority of the market.

    FORTUNE -- There's a new number three.

    Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Phone operating system has overtaken BlackBerry (BBRY) for the first time, according to researcher IDC. The firm released its quarterly report on the smartphone market, showing that during the first quarter of 2013, Windows devices made up 3.2% of all smartphones shipped. BlackBerry devices accounted for 2.9% of MORE

    - May 16, 2013 10:46 AM ET
  • NSA's 3-step guide to hacking Google

    Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act release, you can search like a spy.

    FORTUNE -- The National Security Agency has declassified its training manual for using common search engines as a research tool.

    Written by Robyn Winder and Charlie Speight and published in 2007 by the NSA's Center for Digital Content, Untangling the Web: An Introduction to Internet Research is a 643-page long introduction to everything from the very basics of MORE

    - May 9, 2013 10:57 AM ET
  • Scientists have been using quantum internet for years

    A team of scientists at Los Alamos National Labs has admitted to using a so-called quantum internet two years.

    FORTUNE -- Scientists at Los Alamos National Labs say they have been quietly operating a quantum internet for the past two years.

    What is a quantum internet? It is a network that employs the laws of quantum mechanics to make perfectly secure online communication possible. Because the act of measuring a quantum object MORE

    - May 7, 2013 1:20 PM ET
  • This is not the brand ambassador Google is looking for

    Get ready to see Google Glass in some ... awkward places.

    FORTUNE -- Depending on who you ask, Google's wearable Glass technology is a terrible blunder or the beginning of a true revolution in personal technology. Like my colleague JP Mangalindan, I tend to think it's the latter, not the former. Sure there are plenty of improvements to be made—JP set out five of them this morning—but even more than a MORE

    - May 3, 2013 2:14 PM ET
  • First completely 3D-printed gun shown

    Texas-based Defense Distributed released images it claims shows the world's first entirely 3D-printed firearm.

    Update: On May 6, a video was posted on Youtube showing the Liberator device being fired.

    FORTUNE -- The many promises of 3D-printing include intricate product prototypes, one-of-a-kind jewelry, even human tissue. Now, a group has revealed a proof-of-concept of another sort: a gun.

    Texas-based Defense Distributed, founded by 25-year-old University of Texas law student Cody Wilson, has given MORE

    - May 3, 2013 12:56 PM ET
  • Sony patent is hilarious, terrifying

    Is this the future of interactive advertising? Hopefully not.

    FORTUNE -- Maybe patent illustrations shouldn't be fair game. After all they are intentionally crude, existing to be simultaneously vague and specific, laying claim to an innovation or idea without giving too much away. And yet, Sony (SNE) patent 8246454 B2 is irresistible. Filed in 2009 and published last summer, the patent describes "methods, systems, and computer programs for converting television commercials MORE

    - Apr 30, 2013 1:32 PM ET
  • Google's best app now on the iPhone

    The Siri rival from the search giant is available for Apple's iOS devices.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- Google Now, arguably the search giant's most promising mobile feature, is now available on Apple's iOS platform. An update to the Google Search app for Apple iPhones and iPads includes features found on the company's own Android operating system.

    What's Google Now? Somewhat similar to Siri, the software is a digital personal assistant MORE

    Apr 29, 2013 1:04 PM ET
  • Apple's iCar is finally here

    It's just not being made by Cupertino.

    FORTUNE -- According to J.Crew CEO and Apple board member Mickey Drexler, Steve Jobs long dreamed of taking on the global automotive industry by building an Apple car, the would-be iCar. The Apple chief reportedly told the New York Times something similar. Though Jobs never got to make it happen, the iCar is coming. Sort of.

    At this year's Shanghai Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the MORE

    - Apr 24, 2013 3:29 PM ET
  • WATCH: What it's really like to be a mail order bride

    How the Internet is changing the international dating business.

    FORTUNE -- AnastasiaDate, the leading 'premium international dating' site, opened its books exclusively to Fortune this week. Business is good: The company made $110 million in 2012. In 2013, it is likely to make $140 million. Reporter Anne VanderMey even spent some time using the site. In this short video, she and editor Matt Vella address comments and questions from readers.

    Apr 10, 2013 3:55 PM ET
  • Android looks like it's winning

    The lull in Apple announcements isn't helping.

    By Matt Vella, senior editor

    FORTUNE -- It looks like Google's mobile operating system, Android, is on a roll. A string of recent announcements—from sexy new phones to leadership changes—suggests that Google is gaining momentum in the multi-firm fight for the future of the mobile web.

    It doesn't hurt that Apple (AAPL) has been rather quiet the last few months. March came and went without a MORE

    Apr 9, 2013 3:52 PM ET
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