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Financial Times purchased web and application developer Assanka in January of this year and now it has decided to rename the company. Assanka will now be FT Labs in a way to fully integrate Assanka under the Financial Times umbrella and build up the brand.

Posted Apr 30, 2012

In an effort to make it easier for users to find the ebooks they want, EBSCO developed 39 new ebook Subject Sets as a way of grouping books together by a specific subject. EBSCO's goal is for libraries to use these sets to make the process of selecting needed books quicker while also growing the number of titles libraries have on hand.

Posted Apr 30, 2012

In a characteristically slick presentation at New York's Guggenheim Museum in January, a top Apple executive stood before a room full of journalists, introducing them to the company's latest effort to apply its computing philosophy to a facet of everyday life that is still-in its view-languishing in the technological dark ages. One two-word slide said it all: "Reinventing Textbooks."

Posted Apr 30, 2012

Mobiles Republic, a publisher of applications for smartphones, tablets and connected devices, announced a content partnership with euronews, an international news network. Mobiles Republic's free news appsNews Republic, APPY Geek and Biz Report will now feature euronews news articles and video content worldwide in five services -- English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. In addition to world news, euronews provides Mobiles Republic with the latest stories in the field of business, high-tech and culture.

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Snapguide, the new iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step "how to guides," announced that any Snapguide users with the Pinterest mobile app installed can now "pin" their favorite guides to Pinterest with just the tap of a button.

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Consumers estimate that half of the apps they use are ad-supported, according to the 2012 "Tapjoy APPitude Report." The survey provides additional insights about the value of advertising campaigns in apps, including the attitudes, behaviors, engagement levels, motivations, psychographics and purchase intent of app users and smartphone gamers.

Posted Apr 26, 2012

Technology, it is said, has turned the world into a global village. In Africa, modern technology-especially mobile devices like e-readers-is changing almost every facet of human life more than on any other technology anywhere in the world. To many, the spread of the mobile web is Africa's version of the great industrial revolution that swept through Europe in the 19th Century and created opportunities and wealth to propel Europe into the success it is today. No other continent has fully embraced and tapped into the potential of information communication technology (ICT) like Africa has over the past decade or so.

Posted Apr 25, 2012

Amazon.com announced it started shipping Kindle Touch 3G to customers in over 175 countries and territories around the world, seven days earlier than the previously announced April 27 availability date.

Posted Apr 20, 2012

ebrary, a ProQuest LLC business, announced that Wiley, along with more than 50 newly signed publishers will distribute ebooks in Academic Complete as well as other models, including perpetual archive, patron driven acquisition, and short-term loan.

Posted Apr 17, 2012

Blackwell's, a provider of academic, professional, and educational materials in the U.K. chose Ingram Content Group, Inc.'s VitalSource platform to power etextbook solutions for Blackwell's customers. The offering is expected to launch next month.

Posted Apr 17, 2012

As an old school bibliophile, my initial reaction to the e-reader boom was to play the dogged naysayer. And yet, simultaneously, I began to recollect my journey through music technology: "What about the sensory enjoyments of literature?" I wondered. Like many others, I relish the feel of paper against my fingertips and the scent of a new novel. (But how long has it been since I even touched a vinyl LP or heard the click of a cassette?) Why trade paper for yet another screen in my life? (I love my iPod). What about the aesthetic satisfaction of possessing a personal library? (All my CDs, which had been arranged on a dedicated shelf, now live in a shoebox...underneath my bed).

Posted Apr 17, 2012

In an ideal world, all a publisher or media company would have to do to be successful is produce engaging content, and do it consistently. In reality, creating good content isn't enough anymore. As our lives become increasingly reliant on mobile technology, people expect fresh, compelling content, and they want to be able to access that content, anywhere, anytime, and on any device.The good news is that companies no longer need to be convinced about the importance of integrating mobile technologies, such as apps, into content delivery plans. "We're thankfully at a stage where we are no longer talking so much about experimentation," says Peggy Anne Salz, founder and chief analyst at MobileGroove. "We do not have the discussion point any longer of ‘Do I need to be mobile.' That discussion is gone. We are in a phase of execution."

Posted Apr 16, 2012

Last month I mentioned the rumors that the Department of Justice was preparing to file antitrust charges against Apple and five publishers regarding "agency pricing," wherein publishers set a specific price for an ebook and the retailer receives a certain percentage of that price. (Author royalties are paid on cover price in a similar manner.) Yesterday the hammer fell.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

BlackBerry BBM, an encrypted IM service, will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook, Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) announced. Users will be able to share tweets or status updates directly from each of the social networks' apps.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Apple and five of the Big Six publishers. Included in complaint are HarperCollins Publishers, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, and Macmillan. The DOJ alleges that Apple and the publishers conspired to raise the prices of ebooks by as much as $5, in an effort to prevent Amazon, which prices many of its ebooks at $10, from locking in what publishers believe is an artificially low price.

Posted Apr 12, 2012

Toshiba America, Inc. launched three Excite Android tablets, spanning 7.7 inches to 13 inches. Each runs NVIDIA's quadcore Tegra 3 processor. The new Excite 10, Excite 13, and Excite 7.7 tablets run on Android 4.0 and each have front and back cameras.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Amazon announced an In-App Purchasing (IAP) service, which enables developers to offer digital content and subscriptions for purchase within Android-based apps and games. The service seeks to help monetize apps and games.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) reported that sales to U.S. federal agencies are rising and the BlackBerry is still a White House fixture. Sales in the U.S., still RIM's biggest market, fell 57% last quarter, in part because of iPhone and Android proliferation.

Posted Apr 10, 2012

AT&T began offering eligible customers the ability to unlock their iPhone on Sunday and use the device on another carrier. The unlock code is detailed by AT&T in a PDF document, reportedly comes through Apple, and is administered through iTunes.

Posted Apr 09, 2012

A co-branded Android tablet PC from Google and Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. is expected to become available in late July or August. Google is reportedly making design changes in an effort to drop the tablet's price.

Posted Apr 09, 2012

Facebook has purchased Instagram, a popular photo-sharing app, for roughly $1 billion in a combination of cash and stock. The sale is expected to close later this quarter and will bring Instagram's eight-person staff to Facebook.

Posted Apr 09, 2012

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 21% of Americans have read an ebook in the past year. The number of ebook readers grew after a major increase in ownership of ereaders and tablets during the 2011 holiday season, Pew reports.

Posted Apr 05, 2012

Many content publishers and distributors need to change their multi-platform publishing strategies or risk losing their audience, according to a new survey conducted by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). SIIA surveyed 85 media companies, information services companies and publishers of various sizes. The results revealed two significant dichotomies related to multi-platform publishing plans: one between the companies' strategies and practice, and the other between the priorities of different levels of management.

Posted Apr 04, 2012

Advertising Standards Authority Ltd. may sue Apple for misleading consumers about the 4G capabilities of the new iPad in the U.K. Apple describes the new iPad as being 4G capable, but the 4G standard used by the new iPad only works in the U.S. and Canada.

Posted Apr 03, 2012

Google could begin selling tablets that are co-branded with its hardware manufacturer directly to consumers via an online store comparable to Apple's and Amazon's. Rather than just one tablet, however, Google is expected to offer several devices.

Posted Apr 02, 2012

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