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January 8, 2013
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  • Forrester: Build an app, or risk losing customers
    A Forrester report warns that those companies failing to develop mobile applications are in danger of losing their customers to those that do. Unique and functional mobile apps can "increase loyalty or pull customers away from their incumbent banks, retailers and media companies," the report says. Forrester cites mobile payments, mapping, identity and telecommunications as areas ripe for disruption. PCWorld (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Download surge shows enduring marketing promise of apps
    Even with other inviting options in mobile, applications remain a fertile field for marketers if consumer downloads are any indicator. Apple reports that, even excluding re-downloads and updates, downloads from its App Store last year totaled nearly 20 billion, bringing the grand total to 40 billion to date and pointing to an accelerating trend. Mobile Marketer (1/8), TechCrunch (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ford, General Motors want apps to become king of the road
    Ford and General Motors made simultaneous pleas Monday for developers to deliver innovative applications. Ford will open up AppLink to all comers and GM is offering a software development kit co-developed with Panasonic that will move beyond OnStar apps. "There will be a category of apps that will be unique to our cars and very different from what people use today on their smartphones or tablets. It's not just taking phone apps and making them functional in a car," GM Chief Infotainment Officer Phil Abram says. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T offers new APIs, awards brain-reading app
    AT&T's new developer tools include a beta Call Management application programming interface that allows phone numbers to be used across devices, as well as an Alpha API program to encourage third-party developers to submit ideas. At AT&T's developer conference, Ruggero Scorcioni won a hackathon for an app that reads brainwaves to determine if a person talking on a cellphone would mind being interrupted by another call and handles it accordingly. (1/7), Computerworld (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Privacy, security lead concerns in CES panel discussions
    Panelists focused on a wide variety of issues in mobile electronics in two discussions held Monday at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "I think consumers maybe feel like there is a very significant level of encroachment on their privacy to the benefit of these large companies," Chia Chen of Digitas said. Mozilla privacy engineer Sid Stamm added that "if we introduce transparency, we can make people feel safer about where their data is being stored." Network World (1/7), CNET (1/7)
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Coldwell Banker app helps house hunters via YouTube, Yelp
    A revised Coldwell Banker mobile application connects house hunters to YouTube clips, enables them to view properties on the road, and uses Yelp for community information, writes Lauren Johnson. A Map Sketch feature "lets users find home listings by tracing their finger across a map to help narrow down their search," she writes. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist

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