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BlackBerry is going old school, bringing "The Classic" to customers still pining for their old smartphone. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and other retro features like physical navigation keys, a small screen that makes it possible to use the keyboard in one hand, and is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm processor from 2012. It is paired with 2GB of RAM, and runs the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Posted Dec 18, 2014

Appvance, Inc., a provider of website and application performance improvement testing, released Appvance PerformanceCloud 2 (APC2), the next generation of its flagship testing platform. APC2 says it now has the broadest and deepest testing capability of any product available.

Posted Dec 18, 2014

The Search Agency, a leading global online marketing firm and the largest independent U.S. search marketing agency, released findings from the latest edition of its quarterly report, "The Mobile Experience Scorecard - Print News and Media" which found that none of the most visited print news and media sites scored were able to pass Google's recommended five-second load time threshold, however, 30% of the sites served Google-encouraged responsive web design (RWD) sites.

Posted Dec 18, 2014

With Americans now spending more time on mobile devices than on desktops or laptops, brands need a marketing strategy that embraces mobile. And yet, many brands are struggling to find a coherent mobile strategy. One mobile media company says that brands that don't "get mobile" must overhaul their marketing strategy in 2015 or risk becoming as obsolete as a flip phone. Companies can no longer create a responsive website and claim that they have a mobile strategy.

Posted Dec 10, 2014

For nearly a decade, my work has focused on ways companies can (and should) harness the unique attributes of mobile to engage and re-engage with their audience. Fast-forward, and the advance of tablets, phablets (phones plus tablets), other connected devices, and an avalanche of apps have made mobile much more than the primary way we connect with content.

Posted Dec 05, 2014

A new report from Juniper Research found that mobile phone and tablet users will make 195 billion mobile commerce transactions annually by 2019, up from 72 billion this year. According to the report, Mobile Commerce Markets: Key Sector Strategies, Opportunities & Forecasts 2014-2019, highest growth rates are expected in the NFC sector. Here, usage is expected to be buoyed by the launch of Apple Pay, together with anticipated deployments by banks using solutions based on HCE (Host Card Emulation) technology.

Posted Dec 01, 2014

Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting shoppers with local retailers, announced the results of a commissioned study examining consumer interest and adoption of in-store mobile payment in advance of the holiday shopping season. The study focused on several key areas, including the benefits, challenges, and preferred usage of mobile payment. More than 1,000 adult men and women in the U.S. were polled between November 3-10, 2014.

Posted Nov 25, 2014

If you have been waiting with bated breath to see what Jeff Bezos would do with The Washington Post, it is time to exhale. Amazon announced an all-new WaPo tablet app, available immediately, exclusively for Amazon Fire tablet customers. Fire users will get unlimited free access to the app for six months--no subscription required.

Posted Nov 20, 2014

Whether you make widgets or wine, sell consulting services or software, deep down inside of you, there's an author waiting to come out. Regardless of your writing skills or lack thereof, you and the business you represent have a story to tell-not a fairy­tale, thriller, romance, or science fiction adventure, but a nonfiction narrative that shares your unique knowledge and expertise with others who are hungry for it.

Posted Nov 17, 2014

A new study from Expedia Media Solutions, the advertising sales division of Expedia, Inc., analyzes the importance of multiplatform devices in online travel content consumption and provides an in-depth look at device usage and trends, research and booking habits, and unique behaviors across audience segments.

Posted Nov 13, 2014

Altova announced the commercial availability of MobileTogether, a new, cross-platform mobile development environment. Beta testers of the platform agree: MobileTogether finally makes it practical for businesses to connect to their back-end data and create enterprise mobile solutions for their workforce.

Posted Nov 13, 2014

Google results vary widely on mobile devices- from as low as 20% to as high as 43% difference for individual search queries -- in comparison to identical searches via desktops and laptops, according to new research announced by Searchmetrics, a provider of enterprise search experience optimization platform.

Posted Nov 13, 2014

In a new study from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, conducted in partnership with SAS, 61% of marketers surveyed reveal they have deployed some form of mobile engagement. Furthermore, 54% of respondents say the mobile channel has become critical to customer interaction, retention, and brand differentiation.

Posted Nov 11, 2014

If you just can't get enough of making PowerPoint presentations, you will be excited to know that the full version of Microsoft Office has come to iPhones. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps have been available on iPad since earlier this year, but just came to iPhone last week.

Posted Nov 11, 2014

The mobile payments industry has been plagued by false starts and unsubstantiated predictions. Back in 2008, Juniper Research projected the combined market for all types of mobile payments would reach more than $600 billion globally by 2013. However, by June 2013, Gartner, Inc. predicted the market to be around $235 billion, which was nowhere near the projection from 5 years earlier. Why haven't mobile payments seen the adoption rates predicted in years past?

Posted Nov 10, 2014

A few days ago I was sitting in the drive-thru line at my local Starbucks impatiently awaiting my turn at the window. I needed a chai tea, and I needed it bad. Then I saw it. A woman reached out of her car, smartphone in hand, and waved it at the barista at the window who was wielding a scanner. This was a momentous occasion for me. It was the first time I'd seen someone actually use a mobile payment solution in person. I assumed this was all thanks to Apple Pay, but now I'm not so sure. Starbucks announced its quarterly earnings on October 30, and as it turns out, its mobile app is a star.

Posted Nov 07, 2014

Digital Element, a provider of IP geolocation technology, announced the newest edition to its NetAcuity platform of products with the introduction of Pulse, a mobile-centric IP targeting solution. Pulse is the result of a new collaboration between Digital Element and Skyhook Wireless, a wireless positioning technology and location intelligence provider. The collaboration marries Digital Element's 15-plus years of IP location targeting experience with Skyhook's Context Accelerator Hyperlocal IP data to provide an offering that fills the mobile gap within the IP targeting space.

Posted Nov 06, 2014

Appnext released its Self-Serve Advertising Platform with the aim of providing a transparent marketplace that operates on a Cost-Per-Install (CPI) bidding basis, allowing app advertisers to place direct CPI bids on specific publisher sources. The Appnext Self-Serve Platform enables advertisers to know where their apps are being promoted, and which publishers and app categories perform best, etc.

Posted Nov 04, 2014

American Express announced the launch of its American Express Token Service, a suite of solutions designed to enable its card-issuing partners, processors, acquirers, and merchants to create a safer online and mobile payments environment for consumers. With American Express Token Service, traditional card account numbers are replaced with unique "tokens," which can then be used to complete payment transactions online, in a mobile app, or in-store with a mobile Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled device.

Posted Nov 04, 2014

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing Flipster, which allows library patrons to browse the latest issues of quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of their library.

Posted Nov 04, 2014

AddThis announced the results of its Q3 analysis of content engagement on the open web. Highlights from the quarter include insight into the rise of mobile web traffic and the most popular categories for consuming content on mobile devices. Additionally, AddThis has identified the quarter's top 10 services for sharing, the top 10 methods used for sharing content, and the top 10 categories for the most shared content.

Posted Oct 30, 2014

If you were wondering when Microsoft would jump into the wearables game, you now have the answer to your question. The Microsoft Band goes on sale today, but is not exactly ground breaking. The company unveiled a basic fitness band, not unlike the FitBit or Jawbone Up. At $1199 it will work with all major ecosystems, and Microsoft also released a platform called Microsoft health to accompany it.

Posted Oct 30, 2014

Readers can now visit Kindle Scout, Amazon's new reader-powered publishing program, to preview excerpts from unreleased books, help decide which will get published and receive free books. Rumors about this program have been circulating for weeks.

Posted Oct 27, 2014

YouAppi specializes in data-driven mobile customer acquisition, and announced that is has raised a $3 million Series A funding round led by Glilot Capital Partners, 2B-Angels, and Flint Capital. The company also announced its mobile customer acquisition solution that aims to deliver higher customer lifetime value (LTV). This new SDK-free service conducts real-time multi variant analysis and delivers mobile app recommendations to drive customer acquisition for brands, marketers and agencies, and to maximize inventory monetization for over 1,100 publishers.

Posted Oct 23, 2014

Progress Software Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Telerik AD, a provider of application development tools, for $262.5 million. Telerik enables its 1.4 million member developer community to create compelling user experiences across cloud, web, mobile, and desktop applications. Telerik's revenue for the last twelve months was over $60 million, with annual bookings growth of over 20%. Progress expects the addition of Telerik to be slightly accretive on a Non-GAAP basis in the first year following the acquisition.

Posted Oct 23, 2014

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