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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

I hate going to the doctor. My aversion to seeing the doctor is about how much of a hassle it is. How many times have you gotten to the doctor's office 10 minutes early (as requested by the receptionist) to fill out paperwork, only to finish the paperwork in 5 minutes, then sit in the waiting room for 45 minutes, and then in the actual doctor's office for another 30? There might be change brewing, and it might come in an unexpected form: Apps.

Posted Jun 06, 2013

On Monday the DOJ's trial against Apple -- which is charged with colluding to raise ebook prices in an antitrust case -- got underway in New York. Though Apple was originally charged along with publishers, those companies have long since settled the case and are now testifying against Apple.

Posted Jun 06, 2013

Real Time Logic, device web server and security specialist, has released the Mako Server, a compact web server designed for rapid design of server-side web applications. Using the Lua scripting language, Mako Server offers fast, efficient development of web applications, ranging from database-driven business applications to customized applications managing microcontroller-based devices.

Posted Jun 05, 2013

Xojo, Inc. announced the immediate availability of Xojo 2013 Release 1, which it bills as a faster development tool for web and desktop apps. Xojo is a cross-platform, object-oriented software development tool that enables developers of all backgrounds to create applications for the desktop (OS X, Windows, and Linux), web and soon, mobile.

Posted Jun 04, 2013

Comm100, a provider of enterprise-level customer service and communication solutions, announced an upgrade to its Comm100 Live Chat solution that further optimizes the platform's capabilities for mobile devices.

Posted May 30, 2013

Random House, Inc., announced the release of the mobile version of BookScout, its Facebook app, which enables book lovers to connect with friends and receive personalized book recommendations. Developed in response to user feedback, this mobile release follows recent tablet optimization and enhancements to the app's social-sharing features.

Posted May 30, 2013

Media forecast and research firm Simba Information has released the 2013 edition of "Trends in Digital and Trade Book Retailing." This new report found that a quarter of adults who have used a Kindle to read an ebook in the last three months have also bought at least one book at an independent, local, or used bookstore. More than one in five have used a chain bookstore.

Posted May 29, 2013

Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, a commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries.

Posted May 23, 2013

Not only has the ease of digital publishing made it possible for everyone to be a publisher, it's also made it possible for big-name, traditional publishers to branch out into new territory. Wanting to offer subscribers more for their money-or simply seeking to diversify their overall offerings--various high-profile newspapers, including the The Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, have gotten into the business of publishing ebooks.

Posted May 20, 2013

Apigee, the API company, launched the Apigee Institute, a research and strategy organization formed to help Global 2000 companies extend their leadership in the app economy. The Apigee Institute delivers strategic insights and practical recommendations based on real-world benchmarks and original research, with a focus on guiding organizations as they build strong digital ecosystems through apps, APIs and data.

Posted May 17, 2013

The Nation, America's oldest political newsweekly, announced the launch of eBookNation, a new digital book initiative designed to make The Nation's most notable contributors, past and present, easily available to readers on tablets, smartphones, and computers.

Posted May 16, 2013

Pheed, a social media platform that has been called an alternative to sites like Twitter and Facebook, has just released its Android app, now available on Google Play.

Posted May 16, 2013

For content jockeys, of course, it is the dream: a single information store and automated delivery to multiple platforms in numerous configurations, all at the push of a button. And it is not a new ambition--it predates the tablet and smartphone outbreak by decades. The need for smart content management and the ability to automatically generate customized outputs, then, is greater than ever. Luckily, getting there is easy. All you need is intelligent content and cross-platform code development. (Okay, maybe getting there sounds easy.)

Posted May 15, 2013

A Tapjoy survey of 25 million moms on its network and found out quote a bit about when, where and how this powerful demographic is using smartphones. It's probably not a surprise that when it comes to moms, "social beats gaming" as the most popular leisure time activity for moms on their smartphones, with Facebook and Instagram as their top two favorite apps.

Posted May 13, 2013

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