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Gartner, Inc. revealed sales of mobile devices and smartphones worldwide grew during 3Q 2011 in a report titled "Market Share: Mobile Communication Devices by Region and Country, 3Q11." In total, 440.5 million units were sold, an increase of 5.6% from 3Q 2010; smartphones accounted for 115 million units, up 42% from last year.

Posted Nov 16, 2011

Intel Capital, global investment and M&A organization of Intel Corp., announced the Intel Capital AppUp Fund, which contains $100 million that will be invested in companies creating software tools and services based on Intel architecture. Intel plans to invest in multiple technologies, but highlights HTML5, digital media, context-aware computing, and infrastructure apps as key areas of focus.

Posted Nov 16, 2011

SFR, Vodafone Group Plc, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, and Gemalto NV will present a solution involving embedded SIM cards at the CARTES & IDentification congress in France on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The mobile industry quartet aims to demonstrate a new standard to better manage wireless devices.

Posted Nov 14, 2011

Myxer Radio, LLC, part of Myxer Inc., launched a free, ad-supported streaming internet radio service. Myxer Social Radio is available for iOS and desktop web, with the Android version becoming available later this week.

Posted Nov 14, 2011

Accumulate Group has partnered with VocaLink Ltd. to deliver a secure, real-time mobile payment solution. Mobile Payments combines VocaLink's Immediate Payments solution with Accumulate's mobile security platform Mobile Everywhere.

Posted Nov 14, 2011

If you pre-ordered a Kindle Fire, you better be sure to check your mailbox today. This morning Amazon announced that the new members of its Kindle family will ship to buyers early. The Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G will head out to early buyers beginning tomorrow, November 15, several days earlier than the previously announced November 21 shipping date. Perhaps more notably, the Kindle Fire will head out a day early. This comes on the heels of last week's "leaked" announcement that Barnes & Noble would be introducing the Nook Tablet and making it available in stores on November 17.

Posted Nov 14, 2011

Amazon.com has begun shipping the Kindle Fire tablet today, one day before its previously scheduled shipping date. The Kindle Touch and Touch 3G e-readers will start shipping tomorrow, Nov. 15, six days ahead of schedule.

Posted Nov 14, 2011

NewspaperDirect's PressReader application will come preinstalled on BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, the company announced. A PressReader app for the PlayBook is already available on BlackBerry App World, but the agreement gives users immediate access to the more than 2,000 news publications available through the app.

Posted Nov 11, 2011

Though Adobe has delivered Flash Player to mobile browsers and has been a strong proponent of Flash in a face-off against Apple, which rejected its usefulness on mobile platforms, Adobe announced on its blog that it would discontinue Flash development for mobile and instead focus on HTML5 efforts. Adobe will continue developing Flash Player for desktop PCs.

Posted Nov 10, 2011

Limelight Networks introduced the Limelight Dynamic Site Platform for Mobile, an extension of its web content management platform that focuses specifically on publishing mobile sites. This version of Limelight's Dynamic Site Platform provides tools for repurposing content so that it can be delivered over multiple channels.

Posted Nov 09, 2011

Owners of the Kindle Fire, set to ship Nov. 15, will be able to choose from thousands of the most popular Android apps, including Netflix, Rhapsody, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, and The Weather Channel, Amazon announced this week. Games from Zynga, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, PopCap, and Rovio will also be available for download.

Posted Nov 09, 2011

Rakuten, Inc. entered into the process of acquiring Kobo, Inc. for $315 million in cash. Kobo offers a range of e-readers and e-reading apps, as well as a catalog of more than 2.5 million ebooks. Kobo places emphasis on social reading, and has debuted integrated social reading platforms Kobo Reading Life and Kobo Pulse.

Posted Nov 09, 2011

Barnes & Noble introduced the NOOK Tablet, which weighs in at 14.1 oz. but supplies 16GB of storage, double the space of some other tablets. NOOK Tablet is available in the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in Barnes & Noble stores, which feature a range of NOOK digital devices and free NOOK Reading Apps.

Posted Nov 08, 2011

Amazon announced that Kindle Cloud Reader, the HTML5-based web app that lets customers read their Kindle books in their web browser, is now available for Mozilla Firefox. With Kindle Cloud Reader, customers can read Kindle books instantly using only their web browser - online or offline - with no downloading or installation required. As with all Kindle apps, Kindle Cloud Reader automatically synchronizes your Kindle library, as well as your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights for all of your Kindle books. To make it easy and seamless to discover new books, Kindle Cloud Reader includes an integrated, touch optimized store, allowing customers one click access to a vast selection of books.

Posted Nov 08, 2011

If you were thinking about getting a tablet this year and weren't sure which one, things just got a little bit more confusing. Amazon is releasing it's Kindle Fire on November 16, but rumor has it that Barnes & Noble will be releasing a tablet of its own at the same time for $249. Documents leaked to several organizations gave full specs for the new tablet.

Posted Nov 04, 2011

Amazon announced the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which lets Kindle owners who are also Amazon Prime members borrow ebooks for free with no due dates. Readers can borrow one ebook at a time and keep it for an unlimited amount of time, but the offering is only available to owners of actual Kindle devices, including the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet—it will not be available through Kindle apps.

Posted Nov 03, 2011

NewspaperDirect, Inc. released updates to its PressReader app, which enables iPad and iPhone users to read more than 2,000 digital newspapers, based on the upgraded iOS 5 platform. The updates to the user interface are designed to take advantage of the improved speeds and the high resolution touch screens found on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

Posted Nov 02, 2011

Two Seattle residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against HTC and AccuWeather, Inc. The plaintiffs allege that the AccuWeather app on their HTC EVO phone has been transmitting precise and unencrypted GPS data at regular intervals as well as when they open the app to check the weather.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Appcelerator, Inc. -- a platform to create apps for mobile devices, tablets, and desktops -- garnered a $15 million endowment in a third round of funding. This latest deal gives the company a total $31.5 million investment. The round was led by Mayfield Fund, Red Hat, and Translink Capital.

Posted Nov 01, 2011

Flurry introduced a solution designed to boost app traffic beyond initial user acquisition. The AppCircle Re-Engagement tool allows iOS app developers to identify and target campaigns to consumers who have previously downloaded their apps.

Posted Oct 31, 2011

Fetchly announced the public beta of its new freemium service that will allow users to share contact information via SMS messages. Users can include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, websites, Twitter profiles, and other social media accounts. Each digital business card also comes with a custom QR code.

Posted Oct 31, 2011

Social media, tablets, and eReaders have not only changed the publishing model, they have given authors and publishers a whole new avenue to engage readers beyond books. Now, with the launch of interactive websites that accompany these books, such as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter experience, Pottermore, and the continued growth and acceptance of mobile apps, the list of digital possibilities is getting longer.

Posted Oct 31, 2011

According to comScore, the U.S. mobile social media audience grew by 37% over the past year, a significant increase by anyone's standards. It seems only logical that smartphone users access social media more regularly--after all, they aren't paying those high fees for data plans just to read the occasional email. But what does it really mean?

Posted Oct 28, 2011

The Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest newspaper, will launch a metered paywall on its site Nov. 1. Under the paywall, readers who do not subscribe to the print paper will have to pay 99 cents per week to access more than 20 articles a month. Regular print subscribers have free access to the full site, mobile site, and apps.

Posted Oct 27, 2011

Amazon's Kindle Fire, releasing November 15th, is setting more than a little spark in the world of mobile devices. The original Kindle was a dedicated ereader but with Fire, Amazon is moving squarely into tablet territory. And it's a good thing too!

Posted Oct 27, 2011

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