Monthly Archive for March, 2011Page 5 of 13

The Next Wave in the Mobile App Economy: Distribution, Sophistication, Payments and Identity

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The Next Wave in Mobile App Commerce
Moving from rivers of monetization to lakes of commerce exchange [click to enlarge]

EDITOR’S NOTE: Terry Hughes, former President of Widality, is Wmode’s as Head of Market Development. Be sure to check out his past editorials too.

The mobile app market is maturing nicely; apps are becoming more sophisticated, routes to market are broader, development times have been greatly reduced, there is a plethora of billing options available, and perhaps most valuable, apps have moved from being the domain of a few niche players to being a critical part of the branding and engagement strategy of most companies. In this sense, the mobile software market has started to resemble the PC software market with a few key platforms to worry about, standardized development tools, and open APIs to enable the many parties in the value chain to connect together.
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Fixmo Launches Fixmo Extend Tethering Solution in Free Beta

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Fixmo has launched a tethering product called Fixmo Extend that is currently in free beta. Just like other tethering solutions, all you have to do is download the app on your device and the executable on your PC and you’re good to go. Features of Fixmo Extend include:

  • A brilliantly intuitive user interface
  • Handy charts and metrics help you monitor your data usage
  • A simple download of mobile and desktop applications gets you connected quickly
  • Beta includes 1000MBs of free data each month

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Top 5 Mobile Lessons from Charlie Sheen’s Fans

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Whether you are sick of hearing about Charlie Sheen or you cannot turn away from the biggest pop-media train wreck this side of Britney Spears, the fact is that he has invaded the digital world in force. The (former) highest paid sitcom actor has leapt headlong into Twitter, Facebook, his online website, live streaming video (Ustream.tv) and beyond. And with a record-breaking ascension to 3 Million Twitter followers, it would seem that the masses are all for it.
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App Stalker by S4BB Helps You Keep Track of App Prices and Deals

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App Stalker is one of those apps that is so obvious and awesome it makes you wonder how someone didn’t think of it before. The app is a free app by S4BB that helps you keep track of apps that recently have become available for free or have dropped in price. The app runs in the background and while there are several apps like this for iOS and Android, App Stalker is the first of its kind for BlackBerry.

Grab your free copy of App Stalker in App World.

Coming Soon: Yuilop Communication Platform with Multiple Chat Features

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The Spanish startup Yuilop is getting a lot of coverage lately as they’ve secured 1 million euros in seed funding from Nauta Capital and they’re entering a pretty hot market. Yuilop sounds like it takes a lot of elements from both group messaging apps, SocialScope and even Skype. The platform, while very much in stealth mode, seems to aggregate traditional and social messaging systems into a single app. The company also plans on offering a Skype-style yuilop-to-yuilop free voice chat feature.

The company supports or plans to support Android, iOS, Symbian and BlackBerry. Any German BlackBerry users have access to this app? Let us know.

Head over to yuilop.com and sign up to be notified when this app launches.

Opera Mini 6 Now Available for BlackBerry with Pinch to Zoom and More

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Today, Opera announced that the Opera Mini 6 browser is available for BlackBerry. The new browser sports a much improved skin, a new share button and pinch-to-zoom feature. Other updates include improved scrolling, panning and zooming.

The Opera browser is a great example of what a 3rd party can do with all that’s available to them with the APIs but the company still needs some deeper access. For example, downloading apps through the Opera browser isn’t as smooth as with the native browser, and the integration isn’t as tight. Ideally, RIM would open this up to Opera and let users have as much choice as they want.
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