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In further SXSW news, USA TODAY announced two new APIs at the Austin-based event. The APIs let developers construct custom feeds of USA TODAY's music, movie, and book reviews going back as far as 2004, and can also provide access to a customized feed of USA TODAY Snapshots, easy-to-read statistical graphics that present information on different issues and trends.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
AT&T and One Economy-a global nonprofit that works towards bringing broadband opportunity to underserved communities-chose this week's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival to announce a contest for developers to design mobile applications that help low-income users improve their lives. AT&T and One Economy are offering $50,000 in prizes to software developers who can design applications that help families with tasks such as finding jobs, improving health and well being, improving education, and building financial security.
Posted Mar 17, 2011
The University System of Ohio and Flat World Knowledge have teamed up for a joint pilot program that will allow 1,000 Ohio students to receive digital textbooks for free. Faculty in the pilot who select Flat World textbooks for their courses, and agree to participate in a research project focused on student learning, can offer their students free access to the Flat World Knowledge suite of digital learning materials and low-cost access to print textbooks.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
IBM launched a global skills initiative to inform and educate clients, business partners, and college students about IBM software and the Watson computing system, covering topics such as Big Data, analytics, data management, and open source technologies. The initiative provides IT professionals free access to 1,200 on-site skills bootcamps at client, partner, and university locations worldwide, at 38 IBM Innovation Centers, and online at DB2University.com.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
XS2TheWorld, a mobile marketing and application building company, launched 360-Degree Video, an immersive moving video app for iPhone 4 and iPad. Working in a similar way to online 360 degree image viewers like Google StreetView, the mobile app places consumers at the center of continuously moving footage and uses the accelerometer on the iPhone 4 and iPad so that they can look around the recreated environment.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
Eccentex Corp. will introduce its Glen Schrank as its new CEO, as well as its PaaS (platform-as-a-service) AppBase at the upcoming AIIM on March 21. The company's AppBase platform allows organizations to design, develop, and deliver cloud business apps.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
StreamGuys, Inc., a streaming media and content delivery provider, is establishing a transparent virtualized platform with an economical path to 100gbps host clusters. StreamGuys launched its streaming virtualization service to provide content delivery and multimedia streaming. Virtualization separates the hardware layer from the services, which allows more storage and recovery options and increases streaming capacity.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
FaceItPages has unveiled more than 10 new features, giving users additional control over the design of their Facebook pages. FaceItPages, which offers customizable templates for Facebook business pages, routinely adds applications that let businesses manage the branding and look of their content on Facebook, allowing them to create a more personalized, and customer-oriented experience.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
Demandware, Inc., announced the release of a new Demandware Commerce platform, which features enhanced product content management capabilities, available this spring. The new functionality aims to aid merchants in preparing product information, creating a brand image, and delivering to consumers across multiple channels, applications, and devices.
Posted Mar 15, 2011
EBSCO and Credo Reference are extending their partnership allowing the reference content from Credo Reference to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Metadata from Credo General Reference, Credo Topic Pages, and Publisher Collections will be added to the EDS Base Index, providing reference content and overviews of top research topics within discovery.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
Springer Science+Business Media is expanding its open access offerings with the acquisition of 12 journals from Hindawi Publishing Corporation, a commercial publisher of peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. The journals include seven titles published in cooperation with the European Association for Signal Processing, as well as four mathematics journals and one medical journal. The takeover of the twelve journals is scheduled for the end of March.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
PeerIndex introduced PeerIndex Groups, a way to keep track of groups of people on PeerIndex, which measures a person's online social capital by indexing multiple social platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Quora. The new groups allow users to curate a group of people and easily keep a track of their individual PeerIndexes, along with other metrics.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
MarkLogic Corporation announced that its database is now being used to help power the content platform of Zinio, which according to the company is the world's largest digital newsstand. Zinio, allows consumers to get instant access, search, and organization for millions of digital news and entertainment articles. According to the companies, MarkLogic was selected because of its ability to scale to large datasets, as well as the ability to rapidly perform searches.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
Information management and data recovery firm Kroll Ontrack released Ontrack PowerControls version 6.1, an enhancement that gives users the ability to open and read SharePoint 2010 data, as well as connect to SharePoint 2010 targets. Ontrack PowerControls 6.1 provides complete support for the SharePoint Server 2007 and 2010 environment, as well as support for several versions of Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., a full-service B2B Internet service provider that helps small and medium-sized enterprises expand their sales networks in China, announced the launch of a mobile platform that includes SMS text functionality to drive increased traffic to its 28.com portal. ChinaNet's mobile platform is formatted to display franchise information for all wireless phones, including smartphones. Initial testing of the platform began in December 2010 and was formally rolled out to customers on March 1.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
Bizo announced the release of the Bizo Audience Marketing Platform (BAMP), a platform designed to help marketers reach and influence their target demographics at multiple locations around the internet. The platform is driven by anonymous third party-certified data on more than 85 million business professionals.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
Thomson Reuters just launched its Multimedia Centre, an online video platform that helps users control video content through secure real-time upload and other features. The service helps users execute self-publishing of video content in real time and is designed to help companies manage communications, public relations, and product promotions.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
Vringo, Inc., a provider of video ringtones and personalization software for mobile devices, announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the assets of m-Wise, Inc. m-Wise provides a platform for content owners and service providers to manage, deliver, and monetize mobile entertainment, content, and applications. The m-Wise mobile software as a service platform is used to power over three million daily mobile service transactions world-wide.
Posted Mar 10, 2011
IBM announced its $38 million investment in the new IBM Asia Pacific Cloud Computing Data Center in Singapore, which aims to provide businesses with cloud computing solutions and services. The facility, which is scheduled to launch in April, will extend IBM's global network and make its cloud services and technology portfolio available through the cloud delivery infrastructure.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
Giesecke & Devrient and Vodafone are developing mobile security applications that employ the SIM card as a key for authentication and encryption, including an application that involves SIM card-based authentication for access to a company network. The pilot projects for these applications were presented at CeBIT 2011, the international information and communications technology trade show hosted in Hannover, Germany, March 1-5 this year.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
Nefsis, a provider of video conferencing software and cloud computing online services, announced the introduction of new document and live data sharing technology in its global video conferencing cloud. The new technology reportedly results in better image quality and faster response times for online meeting participants, and is available now to all Nefsis customers and trial users.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
Discovery Communications, the nonfiction media company that owns 28 entertainment networks including the Discovery Channel, TLC, OWN, and Animal Planet, announced that it will make its entire footage archive available through its new content licensing business, Discovery Access. More than 100,000 hours of stock footage content will be available for outside parties to license through Discovery Access.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
AT&T will join many other daily deal sites by offering discounts of the day on its YP.com website. AT&T hopes to be able to leverage its extensive local advertising business to gain prominence among sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. More than 23 million people visit YP.com each month, and AT&T's ad revenue totaled more than $1 billion last year.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
North Plains, LLC, provider of digital asset management, announced that it has received a growth equity investment provided by Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity investment firm. The investment will be used to fund continued growth and expansion, and to further capitalize the business to support its existing customer base, generating a global company focused on rich media management.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
AOL announced that it has completed its acquisition of news and opinion web newspaper The Huffington Post for $315 million. AOL will integrate The Huffington Post with AOL Media and AOL Local, resulting in the formation of the Huffington Post Media Group, a source of news, opinion, entertainment, community, and digital information.
Posted Mar 08, 2011
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and provider of licensing solutions, launched its Rights Delivery Platform. The platform allows for "one-stop shop" access to hundreds of millions of additional rights previously available only through RightsLink installations.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
Sherpa Software, a provider of e-discovery and information management solutions, made available Sherpa Software Mail Attender version 4.7 for Microsoft Exchange environments. This new release of Sherpa's email content management software improves management capabilities for Exchange 2010 desktop PST files, letting administrators automatically scan PST files located on user desktops to determine the owner of the PST data and report on it.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
Equifax announced the full integration between IBM Tivoli identity and access management solutions and its Anakam Identity Services. Equifax's Anakam Identity Services help government agencies implement strong authentication by helping configure authentication policy based on level of risk, individual project use cases, and compliance requirements.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
Cengage Learning unveiled its new MindTap line of digital products and services for students at the annual TED conference. The platform is designed to engage students through interactivity while simultaneously offering instructors a choice in content, platforms, devices, and learning tools. MindTap is device agnostic, giving students access to their course materials on desktops, laptops, tablets, or mobile phones.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
AuraPortal, a provider of business process management (BPM) tools, announced the upcoming launch of its Content Management Module as part of the AuraPortal Business Management Platform. The module is integrated with the rest of applications that make up the platform, including the Business Process Management and Business Rules System, Document Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Online Commerce.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
Information consultancy firm Anitian Enterprise Security will begin offering a cloud computing security assessment, allowing companies to evaluate the security of cloud-based solutions and identify potential risks. Anitian's Cloud Computing Assessment analyzes the ten primary areas at risk in a Cloud Computing environment, including user access, regulatory compliance issues, data security, and data forensics.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
HubPages is launching its HubPages Ad Program, which will give its writers access to premium ad rates. The offering will help users get access to advertising revenues while retaining all rights to their own content. The HubPages Ad Program will also give digital advertisers and brands access to over a million pages of content via ad networks and exchanges, as well as through the direct sales team that HubPages is currently building.
Posted Mar 03, 2011
Visible Technologies has enhanced its Visible Intelligence platform, enabling businesses to make more accurate decisions based on data gathered from social media. According to Kelly Pennock, the CEO of Visible Technologies, the new platform "aggregates social media content...enhances it with business focused analytics, and then enables its distribution."
Posted Mar 01, 2011
Simple Software announced the latest version of its document scanning and indexing application, SimpleIndex 7. This release will include the ABBYY FineReader 9 OCR engine, and will allow users to view up to nine pages at once during ISIS scanning, to convert files to PDF, and to capture OCR data even on unstructured documents, among other features.
Posted Mar 01, 2011
Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware is improving the Tiki Trackers feature, which is designed to provide a simpler, user-friendly experience when creating structured content in Tiki. The CMS application uses browser-based configuration to create custom forms, images, dates, files, and custom lists, so no coding is required.
Posted Mar 01, 2011
SteelHouse is introducing an ad platform that aims to address frustrations with existing online advertising methods. It has adopted a segmentation approach, as well as a policy which allows users full transparency regarding ad placement, profit and performance. Additionally, SteelHouse maintains that it will only charge its clients for lift.
Posted Mar 01, 2011
Kalio Inc., formerly D.M.insite, will introduce an application for mobile ecommerce. The KalioMobile application will unify mobile and online retail sites, because online retailers will not need to create a separate mobile infrastructure. Instead, "customers can manage their mobile site as an extension of their primary website," according to Kalio co-founder and chief executive officer Larry Kavanagh.
Posted Mar 01, 2011
Socialtext has announced an updated release of its social software platform that focuses on connecting employees with the relevant colleagues, information and systems that drive their business. It aims to deliver analytics that assist IT departments in managing the platform, in addition to an intranet infrastructure that promotes the sharing of information. Employees can use the software to communicate, access content and rich media, and create a personalized intranet homepage called a dashboard.
Posted Mar 01, 2011
DotNetNuke Corp. has acquired Active Modules, one of the providers of ecommerce and social collaboration solutions for the DotNetNuke platform, in order to increase the functionality of DotNetNuke. The acquisition will provide more features to current DotNetNuke users, including the Active Forums, Active Social, and Active Purchase modules.
Posted Mar 01, 2011
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will partner with the Economics for Equity and Environment (E3 Network) to feature additional resources on the GREENR website. E3 Network scholars will contribute a series of 10 essays as well as annotated bibliographies on environmental topics throughout this year. This content will be geared to meet the needs of college students and teachers who are looking into environmental debates.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
EBSCO Publishing is adding 24 new ebook subject sets to its collection. The sets join the existing collection of subject-grouped ebooks available from the company, which cover nine individual collection areas, including arts and humanities, business and economics, medical, personal growth, and science and technology.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
Three journals from Springer's Chinese Library of Science (CLoS) will be published as open access journals on SpringerOpen. This year Chinese Science Bulletin and Science China Life Sciences, co-published with Science China Press (SCP), and Photonic Sensor, co-published with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, will be available in the SpringerOpen portfolio.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
WoodWing Software announced that it now supports publishing on the newly introduced HP TouchPad tablet, which runs on the HP webOS platform. During the HP Tablet product launch, the publishing capabilities of WoodWing's software were demonstrated through digital editions of Time Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, and Sports Illustrated that were created with the software.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
CollabTrends.com launched its eponymous website, which is dedicated to analyzing the advantages of business collaboration. The site is designed to promote and examine the advancement and benefits of knowledge management and sharing, providing users with articles, studies, white papers, technology updates, customer solution stories, and surveys. CollabTrends.com is driven by Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and sponsored by Hitachi Consulting.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
Quark announced the April 2011 launch of QuarkXPress 9, the newest version of the graphic design and page-layout software. QuarkXPress 9 allows users to publish directly to digital devices without the use of programming code, in addition to supporting print, web and Flash media publishing.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
The Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware project is releasing Tiki 6.2, which includes a variety of fixes and updates. The release comprises more than 240 code contributions from Tiki Community members; full release notes for the upgrade are available through the Tiki development website.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
VBrick Systems, which develops enterprise IT video solutions, is acquiring Fliqz Media Corporation. Fliqz develops video platforms that let websites provide video to users and improve website search engine ranking. The solutions will be integrated with VBrick's VBoss streaming service, which helps organizations meet live and on-demand video needs.
Posted Feb 24, 2011
The Drupal Associationand community announced the general availability of Drupal 7, the not-for-profit organization's latest web content management platform. Drupal is an open source content management platform already in use by millions of sites, such as WhiteHouse.gov and Warner Media Group. Drupal 7 includes a variety of user experience improvements and is already in use by sites such as Examiner.com.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
Google simultaneously announced and released Google One Pass, a new service from the search giant that lets publishers dictate pricing and subscription models for accessing digital content. The service is designed to allow users to access their content on tablets, smartphones, and desktops, using a single sign-on. The service can also accomodate existing subscribers.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
Elsevier and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) reached an agreement to automatically deliver the metadata of 90 J-STAGE journals in SciVerse Scopus. JST has been utilizing Scopus custom data to analyze scientific research in Japan at a national level.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
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