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During a Thursday afternoon press conference, Google announced Google Wallet, a mobile payment platform that allows Android device users to "tap to pay" and garner the loyalty rewards from a particular store using a mobile device. During the press conference, Google said it expects 2011 to be the year of "mobile local" -- or "MoLo."

Posted May 26, 2011

By now, most of us know the basic ingredients for a good website. The mobile experience, though, is still a relatively new concept compared to the traditional web—so figuring out how to provide the best mobile search interface remains a work in progress. Yet organizations with digital content are wasting no time working with the technology to expand their traditional web search capabilities into the mobile space.

Posted May 25, 2011

On May 17, in Boston, Mass.-the same city that gave us the first telephone call and first email-information professionals gathered at SIIA NetGain 2011, to discuss how organizations can integrate major information trends into business models to promote growth and expand customer reach. With "road trip to innovation" as its catchphrase, and with sessions that tackled topics such as the use of social media in marketing, SIIA NetGain presented attendees with a variety of strategies to help them not only survive in today's competitive market, but to succeed in the future.

Posted May 19, 2011

Digital publishing company YUDU Media published its latest quarterly report examining how users interact with reader Apps for the iPad and iPhone. The report is based on an analysis of 80 branded reader Apps that YUDU developed for customers, including Reader's Digest, UK, Newsmax Magazine, US Tech, The College Journal, and Runway Magazine.

Posted May 19, 2011

Elsevier is launching a contest to create app ideas for its SciVerse service. Dubbed the SciVerse Apps for Library Idea Challenge, the international competition will encourage librarians and information professionals to come up with app ideas that respond to challenges faced by info pros when dealing with the search and discovery of information.

Posted May 19, 2011

Sequent Software, a provider of NFC (near field communication) software and systems, closed a round of series A financing that saw participation from Opus Capital and SK Telecom Ventures. The company plans to use the financing to drive commercial NFC mobile payment deployments.

Posted May 12, 2011

DigiMo announced the completion of its mobile payment solution, which requires no software or hardware change to point-of-sale (POS) systems or mobile devices including cell phones, tablets, and smartphones. Customers register online, supplying their billing information and phone numbers, and then receive a PIN which allows them to pay at any participating retailer.

Posted May 10, 2011

Cryptzone announced the availability of AppGate, a complete role-based access control system that integrates necessary security, VPN, and access management functionality into one easy to manage solution. AppGate supports secure access to email, intranet, and other applications from an iPhone or iPad over standard bandwidth connections, which improves out-of-office productivity.

Posted May 05, 2011

Fishbowl Solutions, an Oracle Enterprise Content Management and WebCenter Specialized Gold Partner, is releasing its iOS Mobility Suite API for Oracle Universal Content Management (Oracle UCM). The API gives organizations a set of rules and specifications to create custom applications that use Apple's mobile operating system to interface with Oracle UCM.

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Zoho announced the addition of five more applications to the Google Apps Marketplace. Zoho Creator, Zoho Discussions, Zoho Meeting, Zoho Reports and Zoho Wiki have all been added to Google's app marketplace, making Zoho one of the largest software providers for Google's online storefront for Google Apps and services.

Posted Apr 14, 2011

WCM company CoreMedia announced the results of an international consumer survey on online user experience satisfaction. The study surveyed over 1,100 German and U.S. internet users and is designed to provide insight into consumer satisfaction with digital experiences in several areas, including website personalization and mobile website usage.

Posted Apr 14, 2011

Adobe announced that the Creative Suite 5.5 release would feature advancements in mobile application development tools, including new tooling and framework support in Flash Builder 4.5, which enables mobile app development, testing, and deployment on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS platforms. Adobe partnered with Zend Technologies to deliver the Flash Builder 4.5 for PHP software.

Posted Apr 12, 2011

Everyone in the content business knows that mobile use is on the rise, and many content providers are rushing to move their content to applications. Earlier this year, Apple announced the 10 billionth download in the App Store, and the 2-year-old Android Market already offers more than 100,000 apps for download.

Posted Apr 11, 2011

Bitrix released Site Manager version 10.0, which features a variety of updates and improvements. Among other features, the new version of Bitrix Site Manager includes BitrixMobile, a platform for mobile websites and apps that supports iOS, iPhone, and BlackBerry. The company also held a free webinar on April 7 to promote the product.

Posted Apr 07, 2011

Atex announced its new Tablet Publishing solution, which is designed to help media companies produce tablet editions without the need to add staff or upgrade skillsets or systems. Atex Tablet Publishing combines app-like navigation with support for scrolling and tapping gestures with a user experience built around HTML5. This combination allows media companies to quickly design editions with hyperlinks, videos, and social media sharing, without the need for PDF files or other specialized formats.

Posted Apr 07, 2011

Brainshark, Inc., announced enhancements that provide mobile viewers with a more interactive experience, featuring a new module called "Brainshark Enhanced Mobile," a Flash-based mobile player, and updates to its iOS apps. Brainshark allows users to add their voice, video clips, interactivity, and attachments to slide decks and other documents, in order to create online video presentations.

Posted Apr 05, 2011

Snowbound is demonstrating its latest Android and tablet viewer applications at the AIIM OnDemand Expo 2011 in Washington DC on March 22-24. The document viewing and conversion software company is introducing a mobile viewing application for Android smartphones and tablets, which was created using its RasterMaster Java SDK app development software.

Posted Mar 22, 2011

AT&T agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion of combined cash and stock. According to AT&T, the acquisition provides the network assets necessary to add capacity, and it will offer the carrier an opportunity to improve network quality for customers of both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Posted Mar 22, 2011

Vizibility also chose this year's SXSW event to announce the addition of QR codes to its Vizibility SearchMe links, which can be added to resumes, presentations, business cards, or other printed or online materials. QR codes are a form of specialized barcode, and when used in conjunction with Vizibility they allow job-seekers to present additional information on themselves outside the context of a formal resume or other identifying document.

Posted Mar 17, 2011

AT&T and One Economy-a global nonprofit that works towards bringing broadband opportunity to underserved communities-chose this week's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival to announce a contest for developers to design mobile applications that help low-income users improve their lives. AT&T and One Economy are offering $50,000 in prizes to software developers who can design applications that help families with tasks such as finding jobs, improving health and well being, improving education, and building financial security.

Posted Mar 17, 2011

XS2TheWorld, a mobile marketing and application building company, launched 360-Degree Video, an immersive moving video app for iPhone 4 and iPad. Working in a similar way to online 360 degree image viewers like Google StreetView, the mobile app places consumers at the center of continuously moving footage and uses the accelerometer on the iPhone 4 and iPad so that they can look around the recreated environment.

Posted Mar 15, 2011

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., a full-service B2B Internet service provider that helps small and medium-sized enterprises expand their sales networks in China, announced the launch of a mobile platform that includes SMS text functionality to drive increased traffic to its 28.com portal. ChinaNet's mobile platform is formatted to display franchise information for all wireless phones, including smartphones. Initial testing of the platform began in December 2010 and was formally rolled out to customers on March 1.

Posted Mar 10, 2011

Vringo, Inc., a provider of video ringtones and personalization software for mobile devices, announced that it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the assets of m-Wise, Inc. m-Wise provides a platform for content owners and service providers to manage, deliver, and monetize mobile entertainment, content, and applications. The m-Wise mobile software as a service platform is used to power over three million daily mobile service transactions world-wide.

Posted Mar 10, 2011

The avalanche of new connected devices, including tablets, smartphones, and applications that blur the lines between the two, are paving the way for 2011 to be the year of multiplatform content creation and delivery. he advance of hardware and software products by providers including Google and Apple to leverage the three screens--mobile, TV, and internet--has whet consumers' appetites for new and connected experiences that deliver us content across time, place, and platforms.

Posted Mar 08, 2011

Giesecke & Devrient and Vodafone are developing mobile security applications that employ the SIM card as a key for authentication and encryption, including an application that involves SIM card-based authentication for access to a company network. The pilot projects for these applications were presented at CeBIT 2011, the international information and communications technology trade show hosted in Hannover, Germany, March 1-5 this year.

Posted Mar 08, 2011

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