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UK company, Bardowl, announced a new service which will allow users to stream audiobooks directly to their iPhones. The company says that by allowing users to stream books, it will eliminate lengthy download times and also allows users to sample a book without having to make a full purchase.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Amazon announced that app developers are now able to submit apps for distribution this summer to European markets. App developers have been reporting strong monetization, according to Amazon, so the natural next step is to expand the market and broaden Amazon's customer base. The company believes opening up the portal is the way to do that.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Looking to "simplify the purchase experience," Facebook has decided to get rid of the Credit system of payment on the site, according to The BBC. Users with a Credit balance will have the remaining amount converted into local currency. As a result of getting rid of Credits, game publishers will now be able to charge a subscription fee for playing games starting in July. Subscriptions are currently being tested by game companies Zynga and KIXEYE.
Posted Jun 20, 2012
Seth Godin made waves today when, he launched a Kickstarter Campaign for his new book, The Icarus Deception. The goal was to raise $40,000 over the next month or so -- which basically amounts to pre-ordering the book, since backers will get copies of it for their support -- and Godin was able to meet that goal within a few hours. As I write, he's raised nearly $200,000.
By - Posted Jun 19, 2012
Cambridge Journals Online announced a new feature which will allow users to send articles on the website to their Kindle or Kindle app. By allowing articles to be sent to mobile devices, it will give users more of an option as to how they would like to read the content Cambridge Journals produces.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
Online video marketing company Alloy Digital announced the acquisition of Clevver Media. Clevver Media is one of YouTube's largest content providers and says it has more subscribers than any other channel on the video site. This is the latest acquisition for Alloy which acquired a number of other media and talent companies over the past year.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
Looking to capitalize on a perceived weakness of Apple's iPad, Microsoft has unveiled a new tablet, called Surface, which the company says will be good for creating content, not just consuming it. According to the Seattle PI, the Surface tablet will look to capture the productivity of a PC while giving customers the flexibility of a tablet.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
Amazon Prime customers can now borrow all seven Harry Potter books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. The Lending Library is a benefit to those that belong to Amazon's Prime membership group, which gives those members access to 145,000 books to borrow in addition to 18,000 movies and TV episodes for streaming. Members are allowed to borrow one book at a time with no return dates.
Posted Jun 19, 2012
ebrary, a ProQuest business, announced Extended Access for titles purchased under a single-user license. Extended Access is intended to reduce up-front costs to the library, eliminate speculative purchases of multiple copies, and prevent turn-aways when titles are in use.
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Doo has announced the beta launch of a cloud-based service which the company says can collect data from multiple sources while it organizes and stores the date in a single secure place. By storing data in one location, the company believes companies will have less clutter to look through while searching for documents. The app is now available for download for OS X while the iOS and Android apps will be ready for download in a few weeks. Once the apps are available for Android, Doo's app can be fully integrated with Google Docs.
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Credo Reference has announced plans to serve public libraries with a new suite of digital and information literacy solutions called Literati Public. This suite was developed with partnership of public libraries and is designed to give libraries tools needed to increase digital literacy skills in users. In addition, Literati Public can help librarians promote their brand and events.
Posted Jun 18, 2012
The largest blogging platform in the UK, OverBlog, has announced a new platform which the company says will bring together the various social media postings of bloggers into one live stream. By bringing together the aggregated posts from a variety of social platforms, including blogs, the platform will enable bloggers to assemble their postings in one location.
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Twitter has long been known for its 140 character limit for status updates, but the company recently announced that Tweets will now be more than just 140 characters. Yes, Twitter is introducing expanded tweets.
Posted Jun 14, 2012
In an effort to promote English literacy around the world, the State Department is considering purchasing up to 35,000 Kindle e-readers as well as selected content, according to Nextgov. The Kindles would be distributed to US-friendly educational centers around the world and would be available to those looking to study English and learn about America.
Posted Jun 14, 2012
Apple has announced significant changes to its upcoming iOS6, according to Inquisitr. iPhone users who've come to rely on Google Maps are in for a big change. In its place will be software developed by Apple. This new map system will have voice navigation, real-time traffic and a 3-D map feature. Google Map loyalists will still be able to install the app.
Posted Jun 14, 2012
UK online press release distribution company, RealWire, has announced the launch of a new app, Lissted. The company believes Lissted will make it easier for PR, marketing and media professionals to find, listen to and monitor the media on Twitter. Lissted is based on a database of over 10,000 journalists, media professionals and outlets on Twitter. The app will have the ability to stream and index approximately 100,000 tweets per day as well as monitor conversations in real time for subject, content, and links.
Posted Jun 13, 2012
Both KnowledgeLake and Kiefer Consulting are very much involved in working with SharePoint users and the two companies have announced a partnership to give SharePoint customers enhanced document management. KnowledgeLake provides electronic capture and workflow solutions to SharePoint users while Kiefer provides business solutions to users. This joint venture will enable Kiefer customers to extend their SharePoint capabilities to include full document imaging, records management and web content management capabilities.
Posted Jun 13, 2012
Digital marketing company Webtrends and Ensighten, tag management and privacy solutions company, have partnered up in an effort to create a real-time mobile analytics tag management solution for both iOS and Android apps. With this tag management system, digital marketers can update in-app analytic tags immediately without having to re-compile and wait for app store approval.
Posted Jun 13, 2012
In an effort to help small businesses gain a web presence on Facebook, Likable has launched a comprehensive Facebook platform called Likable Local. The company says this new platform will help small businesses build their brand and engage with customers.
Posted Jun 13, 2012
Interactive marketing provider ExactTarget has launched a new app, MobileConnect. The company says this new app will provide marketers with a cloud based application to power SMS alerts and mobile marketing messages worldwide. The company believes this app will provide a new approach to mobile marketing by making it more accessible across email, social media, and the Web.
Posted Jun 13, 2012
In an effort to help scientists go global with their research, Edanz has launched Journal Selector as a part of its Journal Advisor platform. By using Journal Selector, researchers will be able to match an author's non-English research to journals that publish articles on similar topics and can convert the research conducted into English. By converting research into English, Edanz feels researchers will have a much greater chance of getting published.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Asia Pacific media technology platform company Komli has announced it has raised $39 million dollars. The large part of the funding came from Norwest Venture Partners while several other companies also contributed to the funding. All together, Komli has now raised $62 million.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Shout! Factory, a multi-platform entertainment company, has announced it has acquired iOS applications Video Time Machine, Political Time Machine and Holiday Time Machine from Original Victories, Inc. Shout! Factory sees these acquisitions as a way to broaden its footprint in the area of entertainment apps.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Social media agency Affinitive has been acquired by global marketing company Project: WorldWide. Affinitive had run over 200 online marketing campaigns, were a Preferred Marketing Developer for Facebook and were a founding member of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Relevvant has announced a new platform, called Amass, designed to use the influence of mobile and social technologies for marketers looking to drive business. Using this new technology, Relevvant can track social media trends, buyer's locations, purchasing data and other big data information to power advanced psychographic targeting for companies looking to market products or services.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
GigaOM announced it is diving into the world of ebooks with the launch of GigaOM Books. According to the website, this venture will publish the writings of staff members as well as other writers it has discovered since the site was founded.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Online and mobile presentation app maker Brainshark has announced new features and enhancements for its Slideshark Team Edition, which is used to share PowerPoint presentations on the iPad. The company says the most significant of the changes will be multi-user access to team content and storage through a folder system which will allow team members to manage, organize, track, and delete content as needed.
Posted Jun 11, 2012
Cloud-based security company, Digital Defense, has announced a new high impact security awareness program called SecurED, which the company believes will reduce the risk of security breaches within organizations. Digital Defense will be using the SecurED program to create more awareness and educate companies of security gaps involved with data protection.
Posted Jun 11, 2012
By using the thousands of photos uploaded every day on photo-sharing websites like Facebook and Flickr, two researchers are using those pictures to develop algorithms to build 3D representations of a specific place. According to ReadWriteWeb, researchers David Crandall of Indiana University and Noah Snavely of Cornell University believe these algorithms can statistically analyze how people travel around a city, and who visits certain sites.
Posted Jun 11, 2012
Google has announced what it calls, "the first modern ad platform built for the modern digital world" with its new DoubleClick Digital Marketing. With this new platform, Google believes it will integrate multiple systems for online advertisers facilitating communication. Some of the new features for the upgraded DoubleClick include more responsive campaigns that can learn the channels where consumers interact, enabling a better understanding across channels and formats and a smarter creative that works with your media buy which responds in real time.
Posted Jun 11, 2012
Cloud business content management company SpringCM has announced that SpringCM Mobile for Android devices is now available for download on Google Play and Amazon AppStore. This app allows business people to securely share content and work together from any mobile device. SpringCM says this will allow businesses to efficiently complete tasks while addressing IT requirements to keep content safe.
Posted Jun 07, 2012
Ebook company ebrary has announced their new app for Android devices which the company says will allow users greater access to scholarly ebooks. Among the features of this app will be early check-in of ebrary's ebooks, copy and paste with automatic citation for offline documents, simple and advanced search and seamless downloading of full titles.
Posted Jun 07, 2012
Online marketing company MonetizeDigital has announced a partnership with digital newsstand Zinio. MonetizeDigital and Zinio say this pairing will provide payment alternatives for digital magazines and Zinio Facebook fans will be able to earn credits towards magazine purchases to their smart phone or tablet.
Posted Jun 07, 2012
According to a new survey from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, search ads are out spending display ads by a significant margin in the US and around the world in 2011, according to paidContent. In the report it says that the discrepancy between spending from advertisers is $811 million on search ads and $572 million on display ads in the United States. When it comes to advertisers in Europe and Asia, the difference is much greater.
Posted Jun 07, 2012
Social network site Everyme has put a high priority on its user's privacy and has announced a new policy to reflect that. In a statement from the company, Everyme says users own their own data, including photos or stories posted, the company will not share user's information with advertisers or third parties, the company does not track its users and there will be no public sharing.
Posted Jun 07, 2012
Gladson, a provider of syndicated consumer packaged goods, product images and content, has announced the availability of a new service offering called "e-Content Made Easy." The company says this will provide manufacturers with solutions for managing the creation, hosting and deliver of econtent.
Posted Jun 06, 2012
In an effort to boost its local search engine optimization for retailers, SEO automation company Rio SEO has announced the acquisition of Top Local Search. Rio SEO sees this as an opportunity for businesses and franchises with multiple locations to customize web information by giving the software business unit five hyper-local SEO software offerings.
Posted Jun 06, 2012
In a move that could potentially change the way Netflix operates, shareholders voted to change the way the company's board is structured, according to paidContent. In a landslide vote of 26 million to 9 million, shareholders decided they wanted to repeal the company's classified board, meaning they no longer wanted board members to serve staggered terms and instead wanting all board members to go up for a vote at the same time.
Posted Jun 06, 2012
Library automation solutions company Ex Libris has announced the release of Primo 4.0, which the company says will allow users to personalize discovery when conducting library searches. Primo 4.0 will also benefit library staff members to benefit from the enhanced administration tools.
Posted Jun 05, 2012
Semantic software company Expert System has announced the release of its newest version of Cogito, a semantic technology designed to support big data management. The company says this new technology has the ability to understand words in context and will be able to process unstructured information which often goes unanalyzed.
Posted Jun 05, 2012
Amazon has announced the acquisition of Avalon Books and the publication rights of Avalon's 3,000 backlist titles. Under the terms of agreement, Avalon books will be published under the West Coast imprints of Amazon Publishing and Avalon books will continue to be available in print for booksellers and libraries. None of Avalon's books have been digitized and Amazon will work to make these works available to Kindle customers.
Posted Jun 05, 2012
Library technology solution provider Innovative Interfaces has announced the company's new institutional repository module, Content Pro IRX, has been completed and several libraries will begin beta testing it this month. The company says this add-on module to its Content Pro will greatly simplify the management of an institution's digital collection by providing users with a central store for documents, academic research, special collections and archival materials.
Posted Jun 04, 2012
Impelsys has announced that its latest digital publishing software platform, iPublishCentral 4.0, is now available. The company says this platform will allow publishers to warehouse, deliver, distribute, market and sell their ebooks without making significant capital or engineering investments on their own.
Posted Jun 04, 2012
Vital Source Technology, an Ingram Content company, has announced a new support for EPUB3, which the company says will deliver support for this latest version of EPUB. This new installment of EPUB supports rich media, interactivity, global languages and includes enhanced accessibility features. The company says these new features will greatly improve the quality of ebooks that require rich media.
Posted Jun 04, 2012
Netflix has overtaken Apple as the largest supplier of movies online, according to paidContent. After jumping into the business of online video distribution in 2010, numbers show that Netflix now has 44% of the market share of revenue from online movies, as compared to Apple's 32.2%.
Posted Jun 04, 2012
Things aren't going so well at Groupon today. During early trading, stocks fell 8.7% -- to $9.72. According to CNET, the stock plunge was precipitated by "the insider lockup agreement, or the period after an initial public offering when insiders are unable to sell their stock."
Posted Jun 01, 2012
Research publisher Gale has announced the launch of Classroom in Context, a curriculum-based collection of resources designed to supplement textbooks while enhancing learning. This new product is designed to be used in conjunction with Gale's In Context product suite. Classroom in Context will also provide teachers with current digital content while assisting schools in making the transition to digital curriculum.
Posted Jun 01, 2012
Library customers will now have access to millions of Associated Press images thanks to a new distribution agreement with EBSCO Publishing. This will give users the ability to look at millions of images which date back to more than 100 years ago.
Posted Jun 01, 2012
Android users are now able to enjoy what their iPhone counterparts have been able to use for quite some time: the popular magazine reading app Flipboard. According to Gigaom, once users sign up on the Android site, they will receive a link to join the beta version of Flipboard. While impatient users found ways to get around waiting for this beta test, which is the official launch of Flipboard for the Android format.
Posted May 31, 2012
Medallion Media Group has announced a new ebook format called TREEbook which includes a time-triggered reading experience which allows the book to generate different story lines based on readers pace and other triggers. The time sensitive story changes will not be made by the reader but by the book itself. This new technology can also give ebooks the options inserting hidden extras and different narratives.
Posted May 31, 2012
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