Mobile Content, Tablets, Apps

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 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

Kalio Inc., formerly D.M.insite, will introduce an application for mobile ecommerce. The KalioMobile application will unify mobile and online retail sites, because online retailers will not need to create a separate mobile infrastructure. Instead, "customers can manage their mobile site as an extension of their primary website," according to Kalio co-founder and chief executive officer Larry Kavanagh.

Posted Mar 01, 2011

By now, as the saying goes, "there's an app for that," no matter what "that" might be. Although these on-the-go applications might have captured the imagination of an increasing number of U.S. mobile users, digital content creators are now looking to redefine, fortify, and even replace the app with more comprehensive mobile content delivery strategies that pack in additional relevance, context, real-time information, and functionality, without needing to rely on one OS or handset.

Posted Feb 23, 2011

According to figures released by DisplaySearch, Apple is now the dominant seller of mobile computers based on units sold, thanks in large part to sales of its popular iPad tablet. The company sold a total of 10.2 million mobile computers (which includes both laptops and tablets) during the fourth quarter of 2010, seizing 17.2% of the total market. Its nearest competitors were HP and Acer, which held shares of 15.6% and 14% respectively.

Posted Feb 17, 2011

Netbiscuits, a cloud software service for cross-platform development, publishing, and monetization of mobile sites and apps, today announces the "HTML5+" extension of its Rich UI Development Framework. A set of new rich user interface components allows Netbiscuits' developers to create the most advanced user experiences for mobile web applications using the latest in HTML5 technology.

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is completing its line of AccessMyLibrary apps with the release of the College and School editions of its Android applications. The apps join the AccessMyLibrary School Edition application for the iPad, which became available in early January. These most recent additions make Gale library resources accessible from all the major mobile device platforms.

Posted Feb 10, 2011

Mobile workforce data protection leader attracts funding to fuel growth after signing multiple new channel partnership agreements.Datacastle, a provider of mobile workforce data protection solutions, announced completion of a $2 million financing. The company's latest funding round is led by CM Capital and Haag Ltd., both of Australia. The financing comes on the heels of several recently-announced agreements including relationships with Seagate i365, Systemax MISCO Germany, and Computerlinks to distribute Datacastle's endpoint backup and data protection solution - Datacastle RED.

Posted Feb 08, 2011

Consider the value if you could learn about the world around you based on where you are using the GPS capability in your smartphone. Imagine for a minute holding up your phone and having relevant content delivered to you based on your physical location at any given moment. There are complex and useful applications of the location dynamic beyond simply communicating "I'm here."

Posted Feb 03, 2011

inMotion, a provider of B2B approval management solutions, launched its first iPhone application. inMotion's app lets decision-makers review and approve content and creative proofs from their smartphones.

Posted Feb 03, 2011

Mobile Apps for Law is a comprehensive database on the web covering legal research and utility apps for all types of mobile devices. Law apps are available for iPhones, iPod touches, iPads, BlackBerries, Android devices, or Palm PCs.

Posted Feb 01, 2011

e-Spirit will present its AppCenter for its CMS, FirstSpirit, at CeBIT 2011 in Germany from March 1 to 5. The AppCenter supports interface integration of virtually all web applications whether from cloud and SaaS (software as a service) environments or from the desktop directly into the CMS.

Posted Feb 01, 2011

GigaSpaces Technologies, provider of virtualized application platforms, announced the launch of eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) 8.0, featuring openness and continuous scaling. XAP 8.0 leverages features of existing technologies, keeping access to future technologies in mind while ensuring applications can be updated and can scale with no interruption.

Posted Feb 01, 2011

Accumulate UK Limited announced that it has rebranded as Flexion. The move comes in response to the huge success of the Flexion product. Through its wrapper technology Flexion enables a range of additional services, especially billing and DRM, to be applied to mobile content without changing the original source code.

Posted Jan 27, 2011

IBM announced the Virtual Desktop for Smart Business, a new work-force mobility offering that provides anytime, anywhere access to personal desktops from mobile devices—including tablets, netbooks, laptops, and thin clients.

Posted Jan 25, 2011

FatWire Software announced the next generation of its FatWire Mobility Server, giving organizations the ability to enable their mobile web presence. With the server, organizations can incorporate a mobile channel as a key component of their marketing and customer experience initiatives.

Posted Jan 18, 2011

The NPD Group, Inc. signed an agreement to acquire In-Stat, LLC, an analyst-based research company focused on the mobile and digital entertainment industries. The acquisition will expand NPD's global coverage of analyst businesses in these markets. NPD also owns DisplaySearch, an electronics market research and consulting firm.

Posted Jan 06, 2011

VIZIO is expanding into the mobile market with the VIZIO smartphone and tablet. The two devices are part of the VIA Plus ecosystem, a system of apps and technology from VIZIO that features a unified user experience across multiple devices, including HDTVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and tablets.

Posted Jan 04, 2011

According to a report released by ABI Research, mobile devices might turn out to be the best delivery method for bringing 3D technology into the mainstream market. The company contends that 3D mobile devices will comprise over 11% of the total mobile devices market by 2015.

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Amazon delivered an update to its Kindle for Android app that enables users to buy, read, and sync over 100 Kindle-based newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Atlantic. Users can choose to buy a single issue or subscribe to newspapers and magazines, which will then be automatically delivered to an Android-powered device.

Posted Dec 21, 2010

Springer announced the Springer API Challenge 1.0, a competition for original, noncommercial applications using Springer metadata and content APIs. The challenge is a bid to offer users new ways to find data from Springer's content database. Springer created the API Challenge in the interest of product development.

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Copia book clubs have gone virtual, allowing members to read each others thoughts in the margins of their ebooks and to create discussions online about the books they are reading. Readers can share thoughts, highlight important or moving passages, recommend books, and engage with their peers and community in a digital manner.

Posted Dec 09, 2010

HighWire Press launched the HighWire Mobile Web Interface for six American Heart Association journals. The Mobile Web Interface is a publication website optimized for smartphone devices and is the first of a suite of mobile products from HighWire, which includes full text apps for iPhone and iPad, as well as an RSS-driven iPhone app and support for the Kindle reader.

Posted Dec 02, 2010