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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
Amazon announced that customers can pre-order the first 10 titles discovered through Kindle Scout, Amazon's reader-powered publishing platform. The books, which will be released on March 3, are the first to be published under the digital publishing banner Kindle Press. To date, there have been 21 titles selected for publication by Kindle Press, with more books submitted and selected daily.
Posted Feb 24, 2015
Independent eBookstore OpenBooks.com revealed its online destination where readers read first, then decide how much they want to pay based on what they feel a book is worth and how much they can afford. The majority of payment proceeds is being passed directly to the author.
Posted Feb 19, 2015
MetaMoJi launched Share for ClassRoom which provides an interactive teaching environment for individual study, group study, and collaborative learning. As a social learning platform, Share for Classroom allows teachers to digitally guide students' work progress through real-time online interaction.
Posted Feb 19, 2015
Technical communicators, tools vendors, consultants, and even client organizations and end users all feel the rapid changes coming to content preparation, delivery and consumption. To better understand these changes over time Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) are now conducting their third annual survey of practitioners, Following the Trends - Is Your Content Ready?, which is open now until March 16, 2015.
Posted Feb 10, 2015
Ex Libris Group, a provider of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce a development partnership with the libraries of the University of Oklahoma (OU) in the US, Imperial College and Kingston University in the UK, KU Leuven in Belgium, and UNSW Australia. The partners will participate in the development of a new reading-list solution that is now in the works at Ex Libris.
Posted Jan 29, 2015
As a digital publishing company specializing in mobile apps, Exact Editions wanted to better understand the function of mobile technology in libraries and their place in the future. A survey was conducted in January 2015. It quickly became evident that librarians are already recognizing the sudden increase in students adopting mobile devices for academic purposes. According to the study, 68% of librarians revealed that students frequently used mobile devices to access e-resources in their libraries currently, while all of them answered that this will most definitely increase in the future.
Posted Jan 29, 2015
Read an old-style, no-batteries-required, turn-too-fast-and-get-a-paper-cut kind of book lately? Chances are many of the teenage bookworms you know have as well. Teens are showing a preference for good ole printed books as industry watchers consider the roots of the connection and the impact on publishing. Recent figures from the measurement firm Nielsen tell the tale: 54% of teens ages 13 to 17 strongly or generally prefer print, with 28% having no preference, and 18% strongly or generally preferring ebooks, according to Nielsen's "Understanding the Children's Book Consumer in the Digital Age: Fall 2014 report."
Posted Jan 14, 2015
Up until now, only two of the "big 5" publishers were working with ebook subscription services Oyster and Scribd. However, Macmillan joined Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins in experimenting with the "Netflix of books" model, by adding about 1,000 titles to the services.
Posted Jan 13, 2015
eBooks in Motion released its online platform to produce multilingual, multimedia-enhanced e-publications across multiple devices. The United States Distance Learning Association will be among the first customers, in collaboration with the New York chapter of USDLA.
Posted Jan 08, 2015
Cloudwords, a cloud-based platform accelerating content globalization at scale, announced extended translation automation capabilities for customers using Marketo and Oracle Eloqua. Cloudwords' new dynamic content feature builds upon the company's integrations with leading marketing automation platforms.
Posted Jan 08, 2015
Managing localization in a time and cost effective way is critical for the definition and execution of digital globalization plans. It is therefore no surprise that product leaders and content owners need process enhancements while making the most of localization budgets according to clear requirements and indicators. This is where automation comes in to play. However, it may turn out to be a great efficiency enabler as well as a dangerous pitfall if it is not used at the right time and within the right framework.
Posted Jan 07, 2015
I was once fortunate enough to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong while on a business trip. Checking in after a 13-hour flight from London, I was too tired to fully appreciate the stunning, tree-filled atrium; the amazing view from my room; or the impeccable service as a procession of hotel employees appeared unbidden, bringing tea, fruit, and hot towels. I haven't had the good fortune to revisit that particular haven of luxury again, but I was interested to learn that, starting in spring 2015, all 85 Shangri-La hotels and resorts will no longer provide guests with complimentary print newspapers. Instead, the hotels will offer online access to more than 2,000 local, regional, and international publications from 100 countries in 60 languages, which can be downloaded to guests' own devices, via an app that is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows.
Posted Dec 23, 2014