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The Tipping Point

Posted by Rosa_Sow
Jun 27, 2011

  "The name given to that one dramatic moment in an epidemic when everything can change all at once is the tipping point" --Malcolm Gladwell   We've all seen it, a table full of friends chatting merrily, suddenly, one pulls out a smartphone, then another, then another, and within moments the entire group is fully sucked into what I like to refer to as 'iPhoneland' (it's right next to 'Androidville'). The mobility of the devices means we spend more time on them. Mobile analytics firm Flurry reports that users now spend 9% more time using apps than they do using the internet on both desktop computers and mobile devices The graph below shows that...

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Newsy Raises $1.5 Million for Mobile Video News

Posted by alexwharton
Mar 28, 2011

Award-winning mobile apps attract viewers and investment 
 Columbia, MO (PRWEB) - March 28, 2011 – Newsy, a mobile video news service, announced today it has closed a $1.5 million dollar round of funding. The investment comes on the heels of the explosion of its mobile apps. Newsy recently won the Appy Award for ‘Best News App’ and its apps are consistently among the highest rated news apps on the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android devices. The Newsy iPad, iPhone and iPod apps are now fully Airplay-enabled – allowing users to stream Newsy content to their Apple TV and view next generation news on their television in stunning quality. Apple just added Newsy’s iPad app to its...

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The Center Cannot Hold

Posted by Rosa_Sow
Feb 16, 2011

The WIRED iPad app defines magazine apps in the marketplace. It is unquestionably the best magazine app I've ever seen. Completely interactive and 100% unique, it's built specifically for the iPad in a way that other magazine apps aren't even trying to be. Infographics replace traditional articles, moving graphics supplant still design, the content is amazing and overall it's a high concept effort that is executed perfectly. And along with The New Yorker , another Conde Nast product, it's coming to the Android Market. Android, the tortoise to Apple's hare. According to research firm Canalys, Android's smartphone market share grew 615% between 2009 and 2010. But iPad still dominates with approximately 75% of the...

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The Tablet Wars

Posted by Kyle_Luke
Jan 17, 2011

Last week at CES in Las Vegas, the talk was all about tablets. Specifically, what can really challenge the iPad and its dominance in the tablet market?' That competition is poised to come from none other than Google. According to ReadWriteWeb, the best new tablet, belongs to Android and its Motorola Xoom. "The Motorola Xoom, an Android tablet that will run Google's new tablet-only version of Android called "Honeycomb" already bests the current iPad in terms of technical specifications." With its two cameras, high resolution screen, ability to upgrade to 4G, and support of Adobe flash, the Xoom introduces new features such as video chat via Google Talk, access to Google E-books, tabbed Web browsing...

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Manifest Destiny

Posted by Rosa_Sow
Jan 10, 2011

The invitation reads: "Join us as we share the latest news from Verizon Wireless" - ten words that many consider to be a harbinger of a huge shift in the mobile market. Scuttlebutt is that Verizon will announce the debut of the iPhone on the Verizon network on Tuesday. As CNET points out, a Verizon iPhone isn't just about expanding carriers. In addition to the network, the underlying technology of the Verizon iPhone is fundamentally different from that of AT&T. After a Consumer Reports survey from late last year called AT&T the 'worst carrier' in the market, the tech community has been focusing on the fact that Verizon has a more expansive network - but often ignores that...

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Hoi Polloi

Posted by Rosa_Sow
Oct 18, 2010

For a long time, BlackBerry dominated the mobile space - its secure network and business friendly utilities made it hugely popular. But recently, Google's Android has outpaced RIM's BlackBerry, forcing RIM and Apple to battle for second best . Tech writer Jason Hiner offers five reasons for Android's success. At the heart of these reasons is the fact that Android, an open source platform, has been able to adapt to the market. Borrowing the best from both BlackBerry and Apple, Android appeals to the non-brand loyal smartphone crowd. Unlike Apple, which has limited itself to one service provider and a few devices, Android is accessible through a number of service providers and on a wide array of...

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