News flash: Angry Birds is a huge hit. Alright, so maybe that isn't much of a news flash, but if you're curious as to just how popular it has become to fling birds at green pigs, castles, and other objects, then check this out. According to Rovio, Angry Birds has notched over 140 million downloads, which is higher than the population of Japan. And according to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, a big reason for the game's success is the iPhone.
AT&T recently filed a public interest statement with the FCC on its proposed T-Mobile acquisition, and in the process of doing so, comes out and says (in not so many words) that its network is ill equipped to handle Apple's iPhone, let alone the barrage of new smartphones and tablets on the horizon. Why would AT&T admit something like this? Let's have a look at the filing.
It wouldn't be a week in the technobubble without a new intellectual patent suit. This one is looking like quite the doozy, though. Apple has filed a patent and trademark infringement suit against Samsung. At issue are Samsung's line of Galaxy phones and tablets. Apple claims the physical design and user interface borrow too heavily from Apple products.
Our insane stat of the day involves Rovio's Angry Birds Rio app, which has been downloaded a whopping 10 million times in just 10 days following its March 22 release. That includes downloads for both iOS and Android. Angry Birds Rio is a $0.99 download via iOS, but was made available for free on Android through an agreement with Amazon on its new Appstore for Android.
Apple has long been considered the stock market darling of the tech industry, defying trends even through one of the worst recessions in recorded history. Marketing mojo seems to be capable of overcoming any manmade disaster, but this time they find themselves at the mercy of an even more powerful force, Mother Nature.
Find out why Apple might be in trouble after the jump.
Some AT&T customers are getting emails and text messages today indicating the end of the free tethering party. Users of iPhone tethering apps that circumvent the paid option from the carrier are being told to upgrade their plans. AT&T requires a $45 data plan that offers 4GB of data and tethering for thoise that want to use data on other devices. But of course, the messages they sent out were polite as could be.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Google is preparing to start a mobile payment trial in New York and San Francisco. The system, which Google will be rolling out with VeriFone Systems Inc., will let users pay for purchases with their smartphones. The special registers would make use of near-field-communication (NFC) technology, which is still rare in mobile phones in the US.
Under the heading of "things we wish we had thought of", observe as a clever hacker manages to take over any and all video screens in Times Square with only an iPhone and some video transmission hardware. Any video on the phone can be thrown up on a screen without any wires, overriding the video it is supposed to be playing.
We had just about given up thinking Apple would ever release a white iPhone 4, that is until the rumors proved true that Apple's second generation iPad tablet would be available in both black and white. If Apple can build a white tablet, can a white iPhone 4 be far behind? Apparently not, according to one analyst who says it will ship next month.
Verizon Wireless needed a way to entice potential iPhone 4 customers to choose Verizon over AT&T, and offering an unlimited data plan was a heck of a carrot. It's also one that can't be sustained. Verizon CFO Francis Shammo confirmed as much when, speaking at a Morgan Stanley investor conference this week, he revealed plans to close the all-you-can-eat data buffet.