Typically a product that shows nothing but yearly growth, Apple’s iPad slipped in sales this past quarter, marking otherwise excellent results. Was the drop due to inventory management as Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Read more »
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Google’s Glass Explorer program is once again open to anyone with a web browser and $1,500. After last week’s “one-day” sale event, Google’s product page showed all models of Glass as sold out. Google has apparently restocked all colors and frame models, although they have not made an announcement regarding Glass sales without an Explorer invite. It should be noted that I did not complete a sales transaction, and this could simply be a mistake on Google’s part.
Update: Google’s sale page once again lists all Glass models as sold out. Sorry!
For IT veterans who still smart from the integration and data-sharing woes of the client-server era, the internet of things poses huge new challenges and they’re not just about technology. Read more »
Facebook has launched a new feature called the FB Newswire that is designed to give media outlets and journalists a real-time feed of news-worthy content. But who benefits most from that kind of relationship — those news outlets, or Facebook itself? Read more »
Vic Gundotra, one of the most prolific Google executives, is leaving the company. The leadership of Google+ will be taken over by VP of Engineering Dave Besbris. Read more »
Streaming music service Rdio has teamed up with Canadian broadband provider Shaw to grow its subscriber base in the country, both companies announced Thursday. The partnership includes a strategic investment by Shaw as well as yet-unannounced “marketing, content and promotional” initiatives. Rdio recently struck a similar agreement with a big media group in Brazil, and teamed up with terrestrial radio network Cumulus in the U.S. last summer. Thursday’s release comes with the interesting tidbit that Canada is Rdio’s second-biggest market, with Brazil ranking third, and the company is apparently getting some traction in Australia and Mexico as well.
Square is going big in one of its most important markets, New York, moving into a new SoHo space this summer and hiring 350 employees. Read more »
QiPack’s wireless charging power pack hopes to stand out from the crowded battery field with a iPhone-aping design and a slick aluminium case. Read more »
Ride-sharing service Lyft is springing up in 24 new markets in 24 hours. Read more »
Hulu is adding the capability to cast videos to game consoles to its mobile apps. This makes the company the third major publisher to take multiscreen beyond Chromecast. Read more »