• The startup that wants to conquer TV

    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 MORE

    Oct 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Google romances the app developer

    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 MORE

    Apr 23, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • The iPad event by the numbers

    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

    - Mar 7, 2012 3:17 PM ET
  • Personal tech gets down to business

    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 MORE

    Dec 28, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Piper Jaffray: Android app revenue is 7% of iPhone's

    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

    - Nov 21, 2011 11:43 AM ET
  • Tablets storm the corner office

    For 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, views his iPad as a crucial business tool -- and not just for sending e-mail, reading documents, or looking up information MORE

    Oct 13, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • What Apple's like in bed

    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 MORE

    - Jul 6, 2011 1:11 PM ET
  • Your company's own app store

    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 MORE

    - Jun 28, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Google responds to Microsoft's FISMA certification accusations

    Earlier this morning Microsoft accused Google of false advertising.  Google responds.

    This morning, David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft (MSFT) took the opportunity to look at unsealed documents to point out something, that if true or genuine, would seem to be a pretty big deal.

    Last Friday afternoon, I learned that a batch of court documents had been unsealed and had revealed one particularly striking development: the United States MORE

    - Apr 11, 2011 5:32 PM ET
  • Google Docs get discussions and email integration

    The collaborative abilities of Google's office products keep getting more robust.

    In a Blog post today, Google (GOOG) announced that Docs will now have fullly integrated discussions ability.

    Today, we're updating comments in Google Docs to facilitate rapid and seamless discussions and integrate with email in an intuitive way. Since there are a number of significant improvements, this update is only available for newly created documents for now.

    Think of it as annotations on steroids. MORE

    - Mar 16, 2011 12:27 PM ET
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