Adobe unveiled the Adobe Digital Design Templates for Government, an open source package that enables public sector website managers to quickly deploy U.S. Digital Service and 18F draft U.S. Web Design Standards using Adobe Experience Manager (AEM).
Posted Feb 25, 2016
TouchCommerce, a provider of omni-channel customer engagement solutions for market leading brands, announced its newest product, TouchSMS, which leverages native text messaging (SMS) capabilities on the mobile phone to engage consumers for timely and personalized interactions with brands. With TouchSMS, enterprises are now able to offer customers a way to hold time- and location-sensitive conversations with the brand using two-way text messaging. TouchSMS also adds personalized engagement options for consumers who may have a slow or limited internet connection--for example, at a busy airport or convention center, or while traveling abroad--where using SMS may be more practical than mobile data.
Posted Feb 25, 2016
Adjust announced a major product addition to its mobile attribution and analytics system with the Fraud Prevention Suite. With the product release, app developers and marketers will be able to leverage a comprehensive suite of tools that analyze and intervene in hundreds of millions of user acquisition workflows to prevent fraudulent activity from claiming payouts. The company says early beta results of the Fraud Prevention Suite indicate a substantial improvement in campaign activity with an estimated $1.7 million identified within 17 days, based on recent CPI rates of fraudulent charges.
Posted Feb 23, 2016
In unison with Adobe's release of ColdFusion 2016, cloud hosting company Media3 announced the launch of its ColdFusion 2016 Cloud offerings. According to Media3, overall performance enhancements in this new release, combined with their cloud environment, allow existing applications built with ColdFusion to run up to 30% faster.
Posted Feb 18, 2016
After years of go-go growth, the ebook market has matured into a slower-growth industry. However, slower growth doesn't mean that substantive changes are occurring. "The days of triple-digit growth are probably behind us," says Tina Jordan, VP at the Association of American Publishers (AAP). "Ebooks have been launched and are here to stay. Growth trends are typically incremental, with sales generally driven by bestsellers in all formats."
Posted Feb 17, 2016
Magzter, a digital magazine store and newsstand, with more than 28 million users globally, announced a partnership with Time Inc., one of the world's leading media companies. This new alliance adds 20 Time Inc. brands, including Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, InStyle, People, Sports Illustrated, and Time to Magzter's digital offering.
Posted Feb 16, 2016
Facebook announced on its Parse blog that as of January 28, 2017, it will no longer offer its Parse service, which helped users build mobile apps. Over the next year, Facebook will sunset the service, giving current users time to make alternate plans for their apps. The post says, "We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services."
Posted Feb 09, 2016
According to a blog post, Waze has introduced a Waze Transport SDK (software development kit) which will allow partners to implement some of Waze's features, natively in their own apps. With this SDK, businesses will be able to incorporate "Waze's ETA, turn-by-turn navigation and preferred routing..."
Posted Feb 09, 2016
Retale, a location-based mobile platform that helps shoppers save on purchases from their favorite retailers and brands, announced the results of a commissioned study examining mobile advertising's so-called "fat finger" problem: that many clicks on mobile banner ads may be accidental due to finger scrolling on devices with small screens. The study, polling 500 adult mobile users across the U.S. between January 18-25, 2016, focused on several aspects of mobile banner ad engagement, from accidental clicks to perceived overall value.
Posted Feb 04, 2016
Apple is widely credited with introducing the smartphone, and there is no doubt that its iPhone took the world by storm in 2007. But IBM actually had the first smartphone--the Simon Personal Communicator--which was introduced in 1992. Unfortunately, it was just a tad expensive: $899 with a service contract. Because few are even aware of this precursor to Apple's successful launch of the iPhone, it's hardly relevant--except for the fact that Apple and IBM continue to duke it out for dominance in the smartphone (and tablet) space.
Posted Feb 03, 2016
Facebook is taking a queue from Twitter's Periscope and other live video sharing apps. Users of Facebook's iPhone app can now broadcast their own live video in the U.S. and the company says it plans to roll out the functionality to the rest of the world in the coming weeks. Simply select the "Update Status" option while in the app and then choose the Live Video icon to start sharing your video.
Posted Feb 02, 2016
According to PubMatic's Quarterly Mobile Index for Q4 2015 "advertisers are directing spending to higher-quality inventory, especially through more transparent mobile private marketplaces (PMPs)." This is, in part, a reaction to the problem of questionable ad impressions, and the effort by premium publishers to eradicate the problem. Subsequently, premium publishers are able to command higher prices for their ad inventory, according to PubMatic, and attract "more mobile ad spend, effectively closing the mobile gap between mobile ad spending and mobile media consumption."
Posted Jan 27, 2016
If you're tired of taping your smartphone to a drone and then crossing your fingers just to get a good Periscope video, you will be happy to hear that GoPro and Periscope-the Twitter owned livestreaming platform-have announced a partnership. Now, users of the GoPro HERO 4 can broadcast directly to Periscope for iPhone.
Posted Jan 27, 2016
AdaptiveMobile, a provider of mobile network security, launched its Messaging App Security-a new product that enables messaging applications to secure their user base from increasing volume and sophistication of threats. Messaging applications - such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Kik - have experienced exponential growth over the past few years and are forecast to see a threefold increase in message traffic, from almost 31 trillion in 2014, to 100 trillion by 2019 globally.
Posted Jan 26, 2016
According to The New Mobile Mantra, a report from Millward Brown Digital, over half (55%) of mobile users access news on their smartphones every day. That's a lot, but desktop use is still holding on, with 50% of users accessing news every day. When Millward Brown asked respondents, "How often, if at all, do you read, watch, news using each of the following mediums?" smartphones and desktops continued to lead the pack with 93% and 92% respectively. Tablets came in behind TV and radio with just 71% of respondents choosing that option.
Posted Jan 25, 2016
El Loco, a start-up based in Emeryville, CA, and founded by long-time Macintosh entrepreneur, Kee Nethery, launched a localization service for IOS developers who want to translate their apps into more than one language without engaging in the time-consuming and highly complex task themselves. Over the past three years, the company has filed numerous patents to simplify key functions of localization so that source code can be continuously and accurately translated for its clients. What El Loco does is localize source code so that translators selected by developers can more easily and accurately translate the app.
Posted Jan 14, 2016
Trusted Media Brands, Inc., an iconic, multiplatform media company, today released findings from a survey on mobile advertising formats. The study was conducted by Advertiser Perceptions and surveyed clients and agency executives to reveal that the overall perception of video and native ads on mobile are less intrusive than banner ads, build brand awareness, lift, and engagement, offer a better user experience and will surpass display banners as the top mobile formats in 2016.
Posted Jan 07, 2016
Digital Performance software company, Dynatrace announced the availability of the Dynatrace Load solution suite. This new end-to-end application testing and diagnostic solution integrates synthetic traffic with in-depth application and transaction analytics and expert test management to drive optimal mobile and web performance, especially during peak times such as the recent holiday shopping season. The new suite enables organizations to deliver scalable web and mobile applications with confidence and continuously optimize their performance.
Posted Jan 07, 2016
Any publisher worth his cyber salt can pump out an app, but relying on a "build it and they will come" mobile mentality, without measuring key metrics and scrutinizing user data during and after the launch, is a significantly flawed strategy. To remain competitive and keep your app audience happy, analytics are the answer, say the experts.
Posted Jan 06, 2016
Facebook has announced the addition of a Transportation option to its Messenger app, and its first partner is Uber. Facebook made the announcement in its newsroom, saying, "To get started, download the latest version of Messenger. Then, from within a conversation, tap the more menu and choose Transportation. You can also search directly for Uber - our first partner - and tap the car icon to request a ride. From there, you'll receive updates on your driver's status and notify your friends that you've called a ride."
Posted Dec 17, 2015
In 2008, when Seth Godin, marketing wizard, proclaimed that "content marketing is all the marketing left!" it was not a signal to brands and companies to create and distribute reams of messaging disguised as content to their target audience. But in many cases, that is exactly what happened.
Posted Dec 11, 2015
Boopsie, Inc. announced that it has integrated ZINIO's app for magazine lovers with its mobile platform-as-a-service for libraries worldwide. Since 2006, libraries have partnered with Boopsie to create customized apps that provide users with access to content from major eContent providers.
Posted Dec 10, 2015
Sierraware, a provider of virtualization and security, introduced VMI-in-a-Box, which allows small businesses to secure their mobile apps. This new, consolidated solution makes it easier for organizations to securely host mobile apps in the cloud and keep sensitive data off of mobile devices. VMI-in-a-Box simplifies the deployment of SierraVMI Virtual Mobile Infrastructure by providing an integrated and tested hardware appliance or a virtual appliance for KVM, Xen, and VMware ESX hypervisors.
Posted Dec 01, 2015
More shoppers flocked to major retail sites on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2015 than ever before, according to HookLogic--a provider of performance marketing for brands, which says it sees over 43 billion ecommerce searches a year. HookLogic, whose platform includes a network of retailer sites like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Macy's, reports that Thanksgiving ecommerce traffic and conversions were up 2.7x and 4.2x, and Black Friday traffic and conversions were 4.5x and 6.2x respectively compared to the October daily average.
Posted Dec 01, 2015
You may have recently noticed a podcast renaissance of sorts. The success of Serial woke many brands, marketers, journalists, and more up to the power of the podcast. As a result, podcasts are popping up in almost every facet of business with renewed purpose, and targeting new audiences.
Posted Nov 30, 2015