The New York Times is ditching the keyboard, mouse, and touch with a free app that works with Leap Motion's $79.99 gesture-based controller for desktops and laptops running Apple's OSX 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Windows 7 and 8.
The app displays news stories as "cards," and users navigate them using gestures, such as a circular motion to scroll up and down and tapping to flip a story card from the preview to the full story. The app also includes the potential addition of gesture-controlled advertisements slotted between story cards.
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Verizon is not interested in bidding on prepaid wireless service provider Leap Wireless. But the company may be looking to buy a carrier in Canada, according to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.
Speaking on the company's quarterly conference call on Thursday, Shammo responded to an analyst's question about AT&T's proposed $1.2 billion acquisition of Leap Wireless. Shammo said he wouldn't make specific comments regarding the proposed acquisition, but emphatically said that he wanted to put to rest any rumors that Verizon may be interested in the Leap network.
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Leap Wireless' prepaid brand Cricket Wireless is expanding its device financing plans to help customers purchase a new smartphone.
The company, which offers low-cost prepaid wireless service, announced Wednesday three new zero percent financing options for customers that will make it easier to get their hands on hot new smartphones. The company initially announced a device financing plan late last year. And at the time, it said it would expand that option.
The new options come in three flavors, which will be offered to customers based on a variety of factors, including credit history, the company said. When customers apply … Read more
AT&T's $1.2 billion acquisition of regional prepaid carrier Leap Wireless suggests it may be moving into the no-contract business in a big way.
But the deal may ultimately end up being a spectrum land grab by AT&T, which has shown an eagerness to shore up its war chest of wireless licenses.
"It's mostly about spectrum," said Craig Moffett, an analyst at Moffett Research. "They keep Leap's spectrum out of T-Mobile's hands. Most people thought T-Mobile would be the eventual buyer."
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AT&T announced Friday that it will acquire prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless in a deal valued around $1.2 billion.
The carrier has agreed to pay $15 a share in cash for Leap, which operates under the Cricket Wireless brand. As part of the agreement, AT&T will get Leap's wireless properties, including its licenses, network assets, and stores, as well as its subscribers, which number around 5 million. AT&T also will keep the Cricket brand.
Leap's wireless network covers about 96 million people in 35 states, according to a statement Friday.
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Leap Motion will open its developer portal this week, allowing anyone interested in designing tools for its 3D gesture control system to get an advanced look at how to work with the technology.
The startup is also opening up its beta to more than 10,000 early-access developers who have been waiting for the opportunity to build applications for the system.
On July 22, Leap Motion will ship its first product, a thumb-drive-sized device that plugs into a USB port on either Macs or Windows PCs, giving users a way to control their computer by making hand gestures. The technology … Read more
Leap Motion won't ship its cutting-edge 3D gesture-control technology until July 22, but the company and one of its main investors, think that its ecosystem offers so much promise that they're starting a $25 million fund to support developers for the platform.
Highland Capital Partners, which led Leap Motion's Series A round last year, is launching the so-called Leap Fund in order to help boost entrepreneurs and companies developing for the Leap, a new technology that lets users control their computers with nothing more than movement of their hands. The $80 technology is accurate to a hundredth … Read more
Windows users, rejoice! Leap Motion is coming to a PC near you, and for the first time, you can see what it will be like.
Today, Leap Motion released a video showing what its 3D gesture-control system will be like on a Windows computer. That's important, given that it has struck partnerships with Asus and Hewlett-Packard.
With Leap and Windows, the company said in a blog post, "You'll be able to browse the Web and interact with your computer just by moving your hands and fingers in the air. With Leap Motion technology and Windows, you can … Read more
Leap Motion said today that it will delay shipping its Leap 3D motion controller to preorder customers until July 22. The startup had said previously that it planned on shipping next month. Retail partners will make the product available to other customers "shortly after" that date.
In a conference call, CEO Michael Buckwald said that although he felt that the company could have gotten Leaps into people's hands by the original schedule, that time frame wouldn't have allowed time for adequate testing. As such, Leap Motion plans a beta testing period starting in early June. The … Read more