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Mobile apps bring content straight to your pocket. The convenience is unparalleled, but there may be one part of the app chain you haven't thought about much: the buying process. Chances are you just go to the Apple App Store or Amazon App Marketplace and never think about it, but if you're a content provider, some experts think you should be putting a little more thought into distribution.

Posted Aug 02, 2013

According to reports from Quartz, Google is looking to give its local news service a boost by integrating it with Google Now. The search giant's Now service focuses on deliver contextually relevant content via mobile devices. Google Now is built into new Android devices and the Google Search app for iPhone, but the local news "card" is still in beta testing and only available to Google employees.

Posted Aug 01, 2013

Springer announced that it has released an Android version of its SpringerLink mobile application, allowing for wider access to its content. The app's user interface has also been updated.

Posted Aug 01, 2013

Amazon.com announced "The Kindle Singles Interview," a new series designed to take advantage of the Kindle Singles platform by offering major long-form interviews with iconic figures and world leaders. The Kindle Singles Interview is a new exclusive series in the Kindle Singles store. The debut Kindle Singles Interview, The Optimist, is an interview with Shimon Peres, the 89-year-old President of Israel.

Posted Jul 29, 2013

AcademicPub, a provider of copyright-cleared content for digital and printed course packs in higher education, announced the launch of Express Books, enabling professors to self- publish. As Express Books authors, instructors can now publish and sell their own books to the education and mass markets on any website with Sharedbook's e-commerce, fulfillment platform, and distribution capabilities.

Posted Jul 29, 2013

youAPPi, a provider of mobile application distribution and content monetization solutions, announced the launch of a self-service mobile monetization solution for publishers. The solution is designed to enrich mobile publisher content and add an additional revenue stream to supplement advertising dollars.

Posted Jul 25, 2013

AsiaInfo-Linkage, a supplier of BSS systems, has launched its Veris C3 Big Data appliance to international markets. Veris C3 is designed around Context -- a real-time understanding of where customers are and what they are doing on their mobile devices; Content - the ability to create very specific marketing messages and campaigns; and Control -- the ability to target precisely defined customer segments and give end customers real-time control over their opt-in preferences.

Posted Jul 22, 2013

If you've got a Kindle Fire, you can now download a New York Times app, and, according to paidContent content will be free until July 31. After that you'll hit the Times' paywall and will need to pony up for a digitall subscription. That means paying $20 a month for tabley access, or $35 a month for access across platforms, including tablets, smartsphones, and the web.

Posted Jul 11, 2013

Mobile marketing is easily one of the hottest topics in the digital content world, but some say it isn't growing as quickly as it could. It almost seems counter-intuitive, but because the web analytics tools of today aren't quite cutting it in the mobile arena marketers aren't getting the same amount of insight into their users. According to research from Medio, the average American owns 1.57 mobile devices, and if marketers want to know more about what people are doing with these devices, mobile analytics are going to have to become a priority.

Posted Jul 10, 2013

Identive Group, Inc., a provider of solutions and services for the identification, security and RFID industries, announced availability of its Tagtrail mobile app for iOS devices in the Apple App Store.

Posted Jul 09, 2013

New functionality in Searchmetrics' search and social analytics software lets digital marketers analyze and track how their sites are performing in searches on mobile devices. Users can monitor search engine rankings and the corresponding traffic coming from searches on both mobile phones and tablets, as well as analyzing mobile search performance on these devices at a local level.

Posted Jul 09, 2013

Ingram Content Group Inc. announced that it has grown its MyiLibrary platform, adding more than 50,000 titles and new functionality in and effort to meet the changing needs of today's libraries.

Posted Jul 01, 2013

Physical books, movies, albums, and video games can easily be swapped and resold between different owners without fear of reprisal from the original publishers/copyright holders. So why can't the same be true of digital versions of these and other media? That's the question more consumers are asking, according to results of a recent WorldPay study titled the "Digital Generation Report."

Posted Jun 28, 2013

Solve Media, the leader in guaranteed performance-based online branding, unveiled its responsively designed mobile advertising platform. The new platform delivers native, premium ads via the mobile web and mobile app on both tablets and smartphones. The ads are delivered full screen and at high resolution to promote a positive user experience by offering access to mobile content in exchange for ad engagement. Songza and Unilever are among the early adopters of the Mobile TYPE-IN platform.

Posted Jun 27, 2013

According to a survey of retailers conducted by EPiServer at the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE 2013), 46% of retailers who already have a mobile strategy in place and 74% of retailers who are planning to implement a mobile strategy in the coming year, are using mobile primarily to increase customer loyalty and provide a more personalized experience for consumers.

Posted Jun 27, 2013

If you were one of the few people who loves the Nook Tablet, Barnes & Noble has some bad news for you-sort of. Barnes & Noble isn't discontinuing the tablet, exactly, rather it is forming an outside partnership - the partner has not yet been announced - to manufacture the tablets. It will continue to produce its e-ink Nook readers on its own. The tablet will be co-branded with the mystery partner.

Posted Jun 25, 2013

MyPermissions, a provider of security tools and services for scanning, monitoring, and controlling how connected applications access personal data online, has announced new versions of its internet data privacy applications on iOS, Android, and its Chrome web plugin, MyPermissions Cleaner. The redesigned scanning tools now offer 24/7 privacy protection with real-time mobile alerts, and the ability to select, approve or remove multiple applications with a single click.

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Cloudup announced the launch of its free, instant service for sharing any files or links by simply dragging-and-dropping them into the browser. Backed by funding of $2.875M from Charles River Ventures, Atlas Ventures, and other prominent investors, Cloudup uses HTML5 to ensure that both web and mobile users can instantly access what you're sharing regardless of device, operating systems, browsers, or applications.

Posted Jun 24, 2013

Broadcast Interactive Media (BIM), a provider of ad optimization and data services platforms for web and mobile publishers, announced the launch of the BIMvid App. The new app is a mobile video manager for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that allows reporters in the field to upload videos from their mobile devices for quick online publication. Once uploaded, videos can be published, syndicated, and distributed anytime to any device.

Posted Jun 20, 2013

Yandex, a large European internet company operating Russia's most popular search engine, released a full-fledged mobile browser for the iPad and for Android smartphones. Yandex's mobile browser was designed from the ground up to closely integrate the search engine and the web surfing experience.

Posted Jun 18, 2013

There is no question that social media has gone mobile. According to a new eMarketer, Inc. report, "Social Media Marketing on Mobile Devices: Turning Challenges Into Opportunities," the key opportunity for marketers in the shift toward mobile is engagement. Mobile users not only log in more frequently, they also spend more total time on social media sites. As devices integrate social media more deeply, engagement reinforces the mobile-social virtuous circle, making it even stronger.

Posted Jun 18, 2013

On June 11, Flipboard introduced the ability for users to collaboratively build a magazine. With interesting implications-especially for the content marketing community-- in a post on the company blog, Flipboard wrote: "Starting today, Flipboard curators can invite others to contribute to their magazines."

Posted Jun 13, 2013

At the outset of the antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice, things didn't look good for Apple. Even the judge hearing the case in lieu of a jury urged the company to settle, like its co-defendents had all done. But Apple refused, and in the second week of the trial, things are looking up for the company.

Posted Jun 11, 2013

Ebook readers report that one of the biggest benefits of digital books is the inherent portability. By their very nature, e-readers and tablets have a huge storage capacity and offer the ability to keep an entire library in the palm of your hand. Books that are back-breakers in hardcover, or even entire series of books, can be easily carried wherever you go-sometimes even in your pocket. However, shorter works, such as short stories and articles, novellas, even pamphlets and newsletters, are gaining traction among those who e-read.

Posted Jun 11, 2013

When Apple's decision to use its own maps instead of Google's turned out to be a bit of a disaster, rumors abounded that it might solve its problem by buying Waze, a company that provides a social navigation app. And it was, in fact, the solution for many disgruntled iPhone users after the map debacle. Facebook was also rumored to have interest in the company. Now, Google is the one rumored to be buying Waze.

Posted Jun 10, 2013

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