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January 22, 2013
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  • Forrester: Mobile-app developers should think "omnichannel"
    Marketers should think "omnichannel" rather than mobile-only or multichannel when building mobile applications, a Forrester Research report says. Developers should use elastic infrastructures and open sources and be mindful of connecting mobile apps to "Big Data, predictive analytics and complex event processing," Forrester's Jeffrey Hammond says. Mobile Marketer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • AppSurfer demos now include tablet apps
    The AppSurfer app-demo site, once limited to Android-based smartphones, is adding tablet applications to its consideration list. "To enable this technically, AppSurfer runs a customized version of Android that is optimized for cloud. ... It runs multiple instances as needed and streams graphics to users via HTML5 or Flash," John Koetsier writes. Developers can submit their work in the Android app file format, co-founder Amit Yadav says. VentureBeat (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BlackBerry Z10 sneak peek shows Siri-beating voice control
    The German site Telekom Presse has released a sneak preview video comparing the form factor and features of the BlackBerry Z10 to the Apple iPhone 5, finding the devices similar in many respects. "Notably, the video shows a Siri-like voice control functionality in BlackBerry 10, that we haven't seen previously. ... [I]t beats Siri for speed," writes Emily Price. Mashable (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RIM drops the "app" from store name to stress multimedia: Research In Motion is changing the name "BlackBerry App World" to "BlackBerry World" to signal an array of multimedia products not classified as applications. The company has also increased the discoverability of its offerings by encouraging social sharing and enabling a smartphone feature wherein information can be transferred by tapping two phones together. GigaOm (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon says its Eclipse Plugin speeds Kindle development
    Amazon is beta testing its Mobile App SDK Eclipse Plugin, which creates a cross-platform tool for integrating Amazon APIs into Android applications. The plugin "generates the appropriate config entries for the APIs you select, copies over the relevant API jar files, and if you want, it can also undo API integration without affecting the original state of your Eclipse project," Emil Protalinski writes. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • NLRB rules that "concerted activity" via social is protected speech
    The National Labor Relations Board has come out with a series of rulings pulling back the blanket social media policies of corporations such as GM, Target and Costco. The companies had been telling employees not to use social media as a forum for expressing grievances against the company and co-workers. The NLRB ruled that such policies violate the First Amendment rights of workers, crafting a distinction between "concerted activity" to improve wages and working conditions and simple offensive venting, which could be grounds for firing. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Cleveland Museum of Art presents an app masterpiece
    The Cleveland Museum of Art's ArtLens application provides audio and video information to museum patrons. The app, distributed via loaner Apple iPads for rent, also integrates with a 40-foot, interactive "Collection Wall" that shows a steady stream of art images that can be manipulated by patrons. "The marriage of ArtLens and the Collection Wall is being hailed by experts as the most advanced and comprehensive use of digital technology as an educational tool in any art museum in the country," writes James F. McCarty. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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