You likely haven't heard of one of the most ambitious startups to emerge this year. ToyTalk wants to revolutionize talking toys.
FORTUNE -- Talking toys are a dime a dozen. But intelligent talking toys? Not so much. The amount of computer code and processing power needed to pick up on the nuance of human conversation -- even one with a child -- is vast. More importantly, being entertaining requires different skill sets MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 22, 2013 6:51 AM ET
A generation of popular apps is being defined by how brief their use cases are.
FORTUNE -- New apps are pushing the boundaries of brevity. Not Angry Birds-esque, which could eat up five minutes of time, but far less. The question is, if mobile apps increasingly are all about "snacking" -- using them in even shorter bursts -- just how brief can their functionality get?
I first encountered this trend last Thanksgiving, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Feb 8, 2013 11:56 AM ET
Television is battling the smartphone and the tablet for attention. Viggle aims to co-opt such devices to boost ratings and revenue.
By Jennifer Alsever, contributor
FORTUNE -- Television executives and advertisers alike are desperate to interact with television viewers. Media mogul Robert F.X. Sillerman wants to help them.
Viggle, his New York-based startup, hopes to become the entertainment industry's chief loyalty-rewards program. Its app, which is available for Apple (AAPL) and Google MOREOct 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
With developer interest in its android operating system trailing Apple's iOS, Google is turning on the charm.
By Alex Konrad, reporter
FORTUNE -- Consumers love Google's Android operating system: Some 50% of U.S. smartphone subscribers now use a device that runs on the Android platform, according to a recent Comscore survey. But software developers? Not so much.
Make no mistake, developers are building plenty of applications for Android; 450,000 apps are available MOREApr 23, 2012 5:00 AM ET
A round-up of Apple's latest milestones
No company is better at telling its story with nice round numbers than Apple (AAPL). Here, in the order they arrived, are the numbers it trotted out at Wednesday's iPad event:
362 Apple Stores
110 million customers in Q4
315 million iOS devices sold
62 million in Q4 alone
25 billion iOS apps downloaded
100+ million iCloud customers
15.4 million iPads sold in Q4
200,000+ apps designed for iPad
100+ competing tablets came to MORE
After seeing executives jury-rig consumer gadgets and software for work, companies like Google and Apple are suiting up for success in the office.
By Richard Nieva, contributor
FORTUNE -- In recent years employees have been bringing their personal smartphones and tablets to work and tricking out their gadgets (sometimes without the tech department's okay) with productivity-enhancing apps and software. Now, instead of standing by as savvy individuals co-opt their technology for the MOREDec 28, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Apple to retain a 70%+ share of mobile app dollars, despite Android's 50%+ market share
Using data from Apple's public announcements and AndroLib (an Android app discovery tool), Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster has analyzed the mobile app market and determined that:
Since its inception, Google's (GOOG) Android Market Place has generated about 7% of the gross revenue of Apple's App Store.
Apple (AAPL) has about 85% to 90% market share of the total MORE
For Edmunds.com and its President, Avi Steinlauf, the Apple iPad is transforming the workplace.
By Alex Konrad, reporter
FORTUNE -- Avi Steinlauf doesn't sleep with his iPad, but otherwise the Apple (AAPL) tablet is almost always by his side. Like a growing number of senior executives, Steinlauf, president of car-guide publisher Edmunds.com, views his iPad as a crucial business tool -- and not just for sending e-mail, reading documents, or looking up information MOREOct 13, 2011 5:00 AM ET
A new sleep-tracking app for the iPhone from Lark offers a peek into life inside a retailing partnership with Apple.
FORTUNE -- Julia Hu got into bed with Apple (AAPL) so she could sell gadgets that get people out of bed. Hu is the CEO of Lark, a startup making a wristband that tracks your sleep until the moment it interrupts it. That's when it starts vibrating, a silent alarm that MOREChadwick Matlin - Jul 6, 2011 1:11 PM ET
Private "storefronts" let corporations outfit employees with homegrown business apps.
FORTUNE -- Want to develop a small-molecule-based drug? There's an app for that. But you won't find it in Apple's App Store -- it's available only through a private storefront run by biotech giant Genentech.
The company, based in South San Francisco, Calif., has created some 20 mobile apps for its employees -- and a dozen more are in the works. In MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jun 28, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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