Back in January, Nest was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion, which put an end to its plans to open its API, but now Google is looking to extend Nest's platform-perhaps to compete with Apple's HomeKit. According to Nest, it is partnering with everyone from Mercedes Benz to Whirlpool. This follows the news that Nest is buying video monitoring company Dropcam for $555 million.
Posted Jun 24, 2014
In a week full of smartphone news, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced during its quarterly financial results call that the company would be holding a September launch party for its new mobile phone in London. The Passport still has the famed BlackBerry keyboard, and is (As you might expect) about the size and shape of a passport.
Posted Jun 19, 2014
Amazon unveiled Fire, the first smartphone designed by Amazon. Fire has Dynamic Perspective and Firefly, two new technologies that allow you to see and interact with the world through a whole new lens. Dynamic Perspective uses a sensor system to respond to the way you hold, view, and move Fire. Firefly recognizes things in the real world--web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, movies, music, and millions of products, and lets you take action in seconds--all with the press of the Firefly button.
Posted Jun 18, 2014
Ebook subscription service Oyster--sometimes referred to as the Netflix of books--has expanded its availability. Previously, the service was only available on iOS devices, but is now available on Nook HD, Android devices, and Kindle Fire. According to Gigaom, the new Oyster apps also boasts some new features, such as "time to read" which lets you know how much of the book you have left to read, and the ability to turn the page with volume buttons on Android devices.
Posted Jun 17, 2014
From the experience of publishing her first book with the Penguin Group Australia, Boling had firsthand knowledge of the disruption underway in traditional publishing. "I knew, with this book, that I wanted to start from a spot ahead of the curve from a technical standpoint," Boling says. Historical fiction, she believes, is a perfect genre for allowing readers to enrich their reading experience by referring to maps, character biographies, photos, and drawings. But Boling was adamant about not allowing those enhancements to interrupt the flow of the story. "I thought a lot about how I could use technology developments to provide a great reader experience, something that would provide seamless integration between the story and the technology," she says.
Posted Jun 16, 2014
Just in time for the World Cup, Sporting News Media released its fourth annual survey on U.S. sports media consumption, and reveals the demand for utilizing a second (and even third) screen to enjoy sports has heightened and more people are actually turning to the web to watch live sporting events than ever before.
Posted Jun 13, 2014
A few years back, when the economy bottomed out and sent the publishing industry into a nosedive, a colleague of mine told me that ebooks would save publishing. At the time, I thought she was crazy. Kindles were just beginning to gain popularity, and most of us were still hanging on to the idea that print publishing could survive-maybe even thrive-in the years to come. But a recent story from NPR has me doubting the possibility that reading, even digitally, will continue to flourish in the years to come.
Posted Jun 12, 2014
Amazon announced that Kindle for Android and Kindle for iOS are getting an update, which builds a seamless listening experience right into the app. With Whispersync for Voice, recently called "Amazon's killer new app for books" by the Wall Street Journal, the Kindle app now lets you switch instantly between reading a Kindle book and listening to the companion audiobook from Audible--all with just one tap, without leaving the book.
Posted Jun 10, 2014
Colligo, a provider of enterprise SharePoint collaboration tools, announced that it is part of the MobileIron AppConnect ecosystem. Colligo Briefcase integrated with MobileIron AppConnect ensures employees can collaborate on SharePoint, Office 365, and OneDrive for Business content from their favorite iOS device while IT has the policy controls it needs to secure and manage corporate data.
Posted Jun 10, 2014
Imagine you are walking out of a store where you just bought some jeans. As your feet hit the pavement, you get a text. The text reads, "Spend just $10 more and you will qualify for a $100 gift certificate!" Is this great? Is this creepy? Is this effective? No matter your stance, this is the very, very new reality of real-time marketing.
Posted Jun 09, 2014
Vdopia, a provider of mobile video advertising, reports that smartphone advertising is having a significant impact on the way that consumers interact with various forms of entertainment. The number of people who consumed entertainment content on their smartphones ever in a month jumped 28% in the past year to 109 million. Buying movie or event tickets via mobile has grown nearly 40% in the past year. Mobile entertainment audiences not only are twice as likely to click on mobile ads but 45% recall seeing ads vs. only 24% for non-mobile entertainment audiences.
Posted Jun 05, 2014
After speculation that Apple was getting ready to unveil a smart home solution at the WWDC conference, the company did just that on Monday... sort of. Apple announced the new iOS 8 software development kit, which includes the HomeKit--among others like HealthKit. The kits are frameworks to deal with one-off devices sold by different companies but often used by the same user. In a sense, the HomeKit would turn your iPhone in a sort of universal remote for your house.
Posted Jun 03, 2014
Bit6, a communications-as-a-service platform provider, issued its latest beta release, adding features that include video messaging and real-time notifications for iOS and a new SDK for web platforms.
Posted May 29, 2014
Verivo Software, an enterprise mobile application platform provider, announced the launch of Akula 2.0. The latest release of the mobile application server provides enterprise IT departments more control, visibility, and governance of their enterprise mobile applications with new capabilities. Akula 2.0 is an open platform that enables IT departments to secure and govern mobile services and applications while allowing development teams to access and reuse these services leveraging the front-end tools of their choice.
Posted May 20, 2014
Altova announced the upcoming release of Altova MobileTogether, a cross-platform mobile solution that enables companies to put relevant data at the fingertips of their employees, wherever they are. Using MobileTogether, companies design custom enterprise mobile solutions that are accessible on any mobile device, with native support for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8 smartphones and tablets, as well as any other device via a browser-based client.
Posted May 12, 2014
Tablets may currently be all the rage among consumers worldwide (comScore reports that 72 million Americans own one), but college students may be cooling to these devices, based on the latest data. Approximately 29% of students indicate owning a tablet in 2014, but that's a slight dip since last year (28%), according to a recent report from Ball State University. By contrast, smartphone ownership among college students is currently over 88%, up from about 72% in 2013, per the same report.
Posted May 09, 2014
A new piece of software, developed by a self-published author, is aiming to solve some of the problems face by the self-publishing community. My Publishing Assistant is a new suite of Cloud-based software that allows authors to quickly create ebooks with a customizable and professional appearance, as well as provides original tools to spur sales and reach the right audience. It was designed by Alex Anders, a self-published author, who understands the challenges firsthand.
Posted May 08, 2014
The American Kennel Club (AKC) wanted to build a unique site celebrating and serving all dog owners and dog lovers, sharing information and stories in an engaging and social fashion. This was the impetus for creating WOOFipedia, the AKC's new site for canine enthusiasts. It includes interactive snippets of information, videos, breed profiles, photo contests, games to earn "woof points," and quizzes. All of these components come together in a youthful, fresh design that's focused on the user and dog. The AKC wanted a fun, interactive addition to the site and the WOOFipedia brand that would also allow the organization to monetize this otherwise free site and service.
Posted May 02, 2014
Zinio, a digital newsstand and magazine app for iOS, Android and web, announced that it has acquired Audience Media, a developer of mobile app solutions, to translate print publications into mobile apps optimized for the smartphone and table.
Posted May 01, 2014
You may recall that a few years back the tech industry pundits were saying that eventually our wallets would be replaced by our phones. In fact, a quick Google search reveals blog posts and articles from way back in 2010 like this Mashable article which explains, "Why Your Smartphone Will Replace Your Wallet." Now, I have always been pretty skeptical of statements like that. According to the Pew Internet Research Project, as of January 2014, only 58% of American's own a smartphone. If not everyone has a smartphone, how could they replace our wallets? From what I've learned over the past few weeks about mobile banking, it actually may not be that hard.
Posted May 01, 2014
ClearBlade Inc., a company that specializes in connecting enterprise systems to the digital world, announced the commercial launch of ClearBlade Enterprise, an integration platform designed for large enterprises building mobile, web, and data-driven apps that connect securely with existing corporate systems.
Posted Apr 22, 2014
Pulsate has launched an end-to-end marketing platform for the physical world that provides a cloud platform and its own micro-context iBeacons that allow companies to increase customer engagement. Pulsate, which can sit behind any brand's existing mobile app, will initially be targeted at large retailers, with future plans to expand the offering to venues, and transport.
Posted Apr 22, 2014
Covario, an independent search marketing firm, issued its Global Paid Search Spend Analysis for the first quarter of 2014, reporting that spending on pay-per-click advertising (PPC) by its enterprise technology, consumer electronics, and retail clients rose by 25% over the same period a year ago and by 7% from the fourth quarter of 2013.
Posted Apr 10, 2014
We've all seen them: the person walking down the street furiously typing away on their smartphone, completely unaware of where they are going, when all of a sudden . . . boom, they walk right into a parking meter, stop sign, or another pedestrian. It's a relatively common occurrence, to the point where there have even been studies done regarding the dangers of walking while texting (spoiler alert: a lot of people get hurt). In fact, the texting-while-walking fail is so pervasive these days, Apple just announced that they now have a patent to create a transparent iPhone, just so the walking-while-texting population can multitask without fear of injury.
Posted Apr 03, 2014
Accumulate AB introduced a suite of products and services for mobile payment and proximity marketing, that for the first time brings the online shopping experience to the physical store. Close Payment with Close Beacon is a BLE/iBeacon-based solution for mobile payment and proximity marketing. It works on all major smartphones running iOS and Android.
Posted Apr 01, 2014