Mobile Content, Tablets, Apps

New research from Parks Associates finds preferences for mobile apps over web browsers are growing among younger demographics, impacting the market for mobile content, and accelerating the flow of advertising dollars to app-based content services.

Posted Nov 30, 2010

The app economy has officially arrived. The hard truth: It's not a single market, and one-size-fits-all app schemes won't deliver. Will app stores be on-deck (operator-managed) or off-deck (direct-2-consumer)? Or will the prevailing model be paid apps or ad-supported apps? So many open questions and the answers are "all of the above" and everything in between.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

The United Nations-based World Summit Award announced the winners of its contest to determine the best mobile content and apps. The winners will be called on stage at the Abu Dhabi Gala on December 6th. India and the United States led the field with 4 awards each in the 8 categories of the WSA-mobile. Russia and Germany scored high in content quality with 3 winners each. The contest saw participation from more than 420 products from nearly 100 UN member states.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

Cambridge Journals Online, the online publishing service for journals at Cambridge University Press, has launched a mobile version to help readers browse or carry out research on the move. CJO Mobile (CJOm) offers a streamlined version of the journals platform CJO and allows users to search for journal content, read articles, save favorite articles, and register for journal content alerts on their hand-held devices. Anything saved in mobile can be picked up again when back at a desktop machine, and vice versa.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

On Monday, Facebook revealed the details of its rumored "Project Titan," a communication project that was speculated to be a rival to Google's popular Gmail service. The service, which will exist within Facebook itself and give users the option to acquire a email address, seeks to combine several different forms of communication into one interface, including SMS, email, and instant messaging.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

Atypon, a provider of publishing and media software, announced that Informa Healthcare selected Literatum for Mobile to provide its mobile content delivery strategy. Informa Healthcare, which is a division of Informa plc, publishes authoritative research and analysis, as well as up-to-date news for all sectors of the healthcare and life sciences community.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Adeptol, a developer of document viewing technology, released a new mobile viewer based on HTML5 technology that lets users view documents on iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and other mobile phones and tablet devices. Adeptol's Mobile Viewer is a high-speed mobile and smart phone document viewing program built with HTML5 technology, which lets users send a document link to anyone and let them view the document on their phone or tablet device without the need to download a client or application.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Sony announced that its wireless Reader Daily Edition is now available in select retail outlets and online at The new Reader Daily Edition can take advantage of both wi-fi in addition to AT&T's 3G network and will give users the ability to browse, purchase, and download books, as well as select newspapers and magazines. The Reader Daily Edition also features optical touch screen technology, which improves reading clarity.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

The Washington Post released its iPad app, currently available for download in the App Store. The app combines The Washington Post's articles and other content with social media, sharing capabilities, and multimedia.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

Keynote Systems launched MITE 2, a tool for mobile content testing and verification. Using MITE 2, mobile content developers and operations teams can test and verify mobile web content using a built-in library of 1,800 devices and 11,000 devices profiles.

Posted Nov 09, 2010, a site that combines social networking with an online store to help users find the best apps and other digital content for their mobile devices, has launched. Debuting with a catalogue of more than 10 million apps, songs, books, games, and videos, the site is compatible with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and ebook readers.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

Thomson Reuters released the BoardLink iPad app, a productivity tool for boards of directors and corporate secretaries that will allow these users to make informed decisions while out of the office, in addition to helping the business meet compliance and regulatory obligations. Among the key features of the app are its ability to keep documents organized from one board to the next, the delivery of timely headlines and articles dealing with emerging business and legal trends, and board and company meeting tracking.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

Demandware, Inc. launched Demandware Mobile, a mobile web storefront for companies selling direct-to-consumer. The product integrates with and extends any ecommerce platform, including ATG and IBM WebSphere, and it enables retailers to quickly launch a mobile storefront with enterprise-class features.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

Vizrt Ltd., a provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced an agreement with Informa plc, a UK-based publishing company with over 2,500 subscription-based information services in their portfolio. As a result of the agreement, Informa plc will use Vizrt's new Viz App Framework to publish its magazines to portable devices such as iPads and Android smart phones.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

It's happened to you plenty of times. You're standing in the checkout line at the grocery story, half-heartedly gazing at all the vacuous gossip magazine covers that proclaim the latest reality show stars' divorces or the most recent travails of that Hollywood celebutante who seems to be in constant transit between rehab and jail, when you think longingly to yourself, "If only I had access to the latest issue of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter right now."

Posted Nov 03, 2010

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, launched two new mobile apps: AccessMyLibrary Public Edition for Android, and AccessMyLibrary College Edition for iOS. The AccessMyLibrary (AML) family of apps allows students to more easily find credible library reference sources, rather than manually sift through sources that may or may not be reliable.

Posted Nov 02, 2010

Canto announced new mobile apps, based on its Cumulus service, for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry mobile devices. The suite of apps, named SuduS, allows Cumulus users to access files, production status updates, and catalogs remotely.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

XING released new iPhone and BlackBerry apps, both of which are now available for free download from their respective mobile app stores. The iPhone app, in particular, now sports an upgraded interface and a number of new features.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Brainshark, Inc., a developer of on-demand multimedia for business, announced that myBrainshark is coming to the Google Apps Marketplace, Google's online storefront for Google Apps products and services. myBrainshark is a free web-based service that lets users create, share, and track online video presentations.

Posted Oct 14, 2010, the online bibliography service, is now integrated with Google Apps. The new integration provides seamless login for Google Apps users, making it possible for schools that use Google Apps Education Edition to provide all of their students with access of EasyBib's app.

Posted Oct 14, 2010

The personal nature of the mobile phone, the form factor of the mobile device (small keypad, tiny screen), and the obvious shortcomings of PageRank algorithms play in favor of a new approach to mobile search that puts people back in the equation.

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Outsell, Inc. released new research on mobile devices and their effects on the consumer magazine industry. The study involved 400 consumers who own a smartphone or e-reader and 200 consumer advertisers.

Posted Oct 12, 2010 both announced a new API Development Center and opened its own API to the public. Developers who make use of's API will have access to the site's resources and data, including access to related sites such as and With the API, developers will be able to allow users to access definitions within an app, rather than having to launch a browser to visit the site itself.

Posted Oct 12, 2010

EPiServer, a provider of platforms that drive online engagement, launched the EPiServer MobileCenter app for iPhone and iPad. The app is a mobile version of EPiServer OnlineCenter and is designed to give interactive marketers, content publishers, and web developers more control over their online properties.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

Palo Alto-based Alphonso Labs, maker of the Pulse series of apps for iPhone and iPad, has raised $1M in seed funding from Redpoint Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Mayfield Fund and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Pulse is the fastest growing news reader for iPad and iPhone and got a bump over the Summer when Steve Jobs mentioned the product at the Worldwide developers conference.

Posted Oct 07, 2010