With plans to better connect research technology into user workflow, Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, announced its certified status as a Google for Education Partner, and the integration of Google tools into Gale products. Users are now able to login to their school or library's Gale In Context resource using Google Account credentials and to download, save, and share articles using Google Apps for Education including Drive and Docs.
Posted Jul 02, 2015
Through an exclusive partnership, Recorded Books and iVerse Media will offer libraries and their patrons access to a selection of more than 10,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga titles both inside the library and remotely.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
Discovery U.S. Hispanic, a division of Discovery Communications, and mitú, a technology-driven media brand comprised of a large group of Latino digital content creators and social media influencers, announced a multiplatform development agreement to produce a slate of original digital and television series around mitú's most successful social influencers. Programming will premiere on Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia, with complementing content across mitú's digital properties.
Posted Jun 25, 2015
In the publishing world, you want as many sets of eyes on your content as possible. Whether you're selling books or trying to get hits on your blog, you need eyeballs. Traditionally, you would prefer to "own" those eyeballs. This has been at the heart of tensions between content creators and companies such as Google for years. Publishers complain that Google is making money off of content it didn't create. Meanwhile, Google argues that without its search engine, no one would ever find the content that publishers are putting online. With the addition of social media to the mix, things have become even more complicated.
Posted Jun 23, 2015
Ebooks by Sainsbury's has relaunched its website. The new site, built in-house, features the complete catalogue alongside a redesigned user experience. The new site also offers new features.
Posted Jun 11, 2015
Boopsie, Inc., a mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries, announced the addition of Ratings and Reviews to its mobile platform. Users can now leave a 1-5 star rating and review for any title in their library's catalog. Reviews can be posted anonymously or through an alias.
Posted Jun 11, 2015
Brainshark, Inc., which delivers SaaS-based sales enablement solutions, announced Brainshark Live, bringing live presentation capabilities to the Brainshark Sales Accelerator. Based on Brainshark's SlideShark technology, Brainshark Live helps sales reps find and deliver the best presentation for every selling situation - right within Salesforce from their desktops and mobile devices.
Posted Jun 11, 2015
WD, a Western Digital company, and a world leader in storage solutions is expanding its apps offerings by introducing Plex, an entertainment app that can now be downloaded to and deployed on the My Cloud NAS series. Plex organizes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices.
Posted May 19, 2015
Content is everywhere. It's the lifeblood of business. But creating, managing, and delivering it are much bigger challenges than need be. That's because the most widely used content production methods are centered on a paper-based publishing paradigm that doesn't serve us as well today. Although we've made incremental changes during the past several decades, those improvements weren't optimized to address the rapid growth in customer touchpoints, distribution channels, devices, platforms, and constantly changing customer expectations.
Posted May 12, 2015
But the concept of "Europe" is so frequently bandied about that it bears closer scrutiny. In an age when companies and brands are promoting themselves globally, it's a significant issue. Is there such a thing as "Europe?" Of course, European countries are united by many ?cultural norms and practices. At the same time, there are clear, practical distinctions that challenge cross-European campaigns. Content that works in one national market will not necessarily have the same impact in a different country.
Posted May 05, 2015
Content is at the heart of every business. We spend a lot of time talking about content strategy, but very little talking about the reality of creating and managing it. When you have content being created by different people, at multiple locations chaos can ensue. Throw freelancers into the mix, and the picture gets even more confusing. A solid strategy must be in place for tracking assignments, billings, draft work, hours, and final product.
Posted Apr 24, 2015
Freelancer.com, a freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace, announced the release of Showcase -- a cross-platform design gallery of millions of portfolio items in a browsable format, allowing freelancers to show off their work to employers.
Posted Apr 23, 2015
On the fast-paced information superhighway--where speed rules and web wannabes drool--the spinning hourglass is as lethal a symbol as the skull and crossbones. Luckily for big and small content providers alike, the open and unfettered internet--where all data is theoretically treated equally and neutrally and consumers can access content quickly without fear of a site being deliberately blocked or choked off by broadband providers--has prevailed, thanks to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voting to preserve Net Neutrality in late February.
Posted Apr 20, 2015
The third annual "Following the Trends -Is Your Content Ready" survey found content developers have increased the range of tools they use to deliver technical content, and while they recognize the need to manage digital content across platforms and outputs, they struggle with resource constraints in meeting customer demands. The survey was jointly conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and the Center for Information Development Management (CIDM).
Posted Apr 14, 2015
Just as the elephant is grasped differently by each of the monks in "The Blind Men and the Elephant," you'll hear a different take on the Internet of Things (IoT) based on whom you ask. That's not surprising because it is really such a wide-ranging subject. Here is an attempt to distill the essence, providing you with a summary and a current snapshot of this behemoth.
Posted Apr 08, 2015
Creating addictive and engaging, original, digital content is challenging. Hone, a content marketing and native advertising technology company, launched with the aim of meeting that challenge. Hone provides content creators, publishers, and brands the tools to produce interactive visual quizzes, surveys and polls that have social value, while creating a monetization channel. Dozens are creating content through Hone, including Teen Vogue, Shelborne Wyndham Grand, and Nativo.
Posted Apr 07, 2015
Absio Corporation (Absio), a cybersecurity and data control software development company, announced the release of a secure email application called Absio Dispatch. Absio Dispatch is an easy-to-use application, or plug-in to Microsoft Outlook, that automatically encrypts every email message and attachment, and maintains that encryption everywhere without changing the way people use email.
Posted Apr 07, 2015
eClerx, a specialist Knowledge and Business Process Outsourcing (KPO/BPO) company, announced the acquisition of CLX Europe, a media content creation, and delivery solution company with over 40 years of experience working with retailers, publishers and luxury brands, for a total purchase consideration of up to EUR 25 million.
Posted Apr 02, 2015
Back in the 1980s, George Carlin had a famous bit in which he said, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff." One can only imagine what comedic inspiration the late performer would've mined from connected homes in 2015, which have the ability to direct us when to go get more "stuff" or, alternatively, fetch "stuff." As household connectivity increases due to consumer adoption of broadband and wireless networks, homes (and the objects in them) are getting smarter. Products available in the Internet of Things (IoT)-defined as a state in which everyday objects are networked wirelessly and imbued with the ability to communicate without human intervention-now include an egg carton that alerts a homeowner when it's down to the last two eggs and learning thermostats that moderate temperatures in part by sensing when the home is empty.
Posted Apr 01, 2015
It seems that Hollywood is starting to catch on to what many viewers already know: Some of the best shows on TV are not on a network; they're streaming over your internet connection. Shows such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black from Netflix have been capturing people's imagination for years, although major awards have often eluded them. But in the first months of 2015, one announcement after another pointed toward a sort of streaming content renaissance.
Posted Mar 30, 2015
Lyris announced the release of Lyris Predictive Personalization, an intelligent content engine for publishers to combine machine learning with digital messaging automation to deliver contextually personalized content to each individual subscriber. By combining content with audience demographic and behavioral data, Lyris Predictive Personalization says it increases conversions and advertising revenue by maximizing engagement.
Posted Mar 26, 2015
CoreMedia, digital experience (DX) company, announced CoreMedia 8, the latest release of its innovative, omni-channel digital experience platform. CoreMedia 8 is designed for companies to deliver differentiating online digital experiences across all channels. CoreMedia 8 empowers digital marketing and editorial teams to collaborate in real-time, create personalized online experiences, localize the experience for different regional markets, and deliver them across any digital channel or device.
Posted Mar 24, 2015
Amy Ruell has been blind since birth, but software programs called screen readers help her read web content-that is, if websites are created in a way that makes their information accessible and usable for her, which is not always the case. Sometimes, sites that constantly refresh aren't coded right, and every page refresh causes her screen reader to start going through the page all over again. Some sites don't have properly tagged headings or descriptive links to help her find what she needs quickly; others are too cluttered with ads.
Posted Mar 23, 2015
Author Rich James wanted to use existing technology to write fiction in a way that he hadn't seen done before-with hyperlinks embedded in the story, directing readers to external sites that enhance the story being told. "From the perspective of an author, I wanted to show that by using new technology interactively/innovatively an author could publish their work and stand out-and continue to stand out-in an overcrowded marketplace," James says.
Posted Mar 16, 2015
Smartphones, tablets, and other devices have made it easier than ever to tap into on-demand digital music and online radio. But more convenient consumer access to streaming audio causes a conundrum for artists, content creators, and publishers seeking to be fairly compensated for their efforts.
Posted Mar 09, 2015