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Microsoft announced that phones running on its new Windows Phone 7 operating system are to be officially unveiled on October 11, The Telegraph reported today. The phones are said to focus on social networking and device integration and were expected to go on sale on October 21.

The Guardian noted that the list of manufacturers includes Asus, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Dell, HTC, LG and Toshiba. The companies are all considered to have a camera, a GPS system, a compass, a proximity sensor that switches off the touch-screen when users make calls, a touch screen and an accelerometer.

According to a company blog post, apps available for Windows Phone 7 include Twitter, Netflix as well as Travelocity, a booking service for flights and hotels.

In the United States, telecommunications providers AT&T as well as T-Mobile would be powering the phones, TechTree said. Meanwhile, in the UK, it would be Vodafone, O2 and also T-Mobile, the Guardian mentioned.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-04 13:08

Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) will be announcing an upcoming tablet device next week at a developer's conference in San Francisco, said people familiar with the company's plans, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. According to PC World, industry expects Jack Gould and Gartner Research's Carolina Milanesi both outlined that the tech firm should back away from the consumer market and instead focus on enterprises, adding that security and productivity should be of greater concern than consumption and entertainment.

"If you're a smartphone vendor today the natural way to continue to growing your business would be to introduce a tablet," said Tech Analyst Tim Bajarin from Creative Strategies, USA Today reported. "In that context I believe it's quite necessary for RIM to deliver (one) as a competitor to Apple, and for that matter Microsoft."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-23 21:25

Microsoft announced that its Windows Phone 7 was ready and began shipping the software to handset manufacturers as well as networks, Telegraph.co.uk wrote on Friday. Until now, the device existed in "technical preview" mode and had undergone lengthy testing.

Techtree said that now that the Operating System has reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) stage, the official releases may be ready in a month's time. Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering Terry Myerson confirmed that the device will be on the market "later this year."

Information Week's Ed Hansenberry pointed out that Microsoft has been putting effort into boosting the speed and responsiveness of the software. He added that since the iPhone was launched in 2007, the smartphone world had adopted "new standards for performance, navigation and web browsing."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-06 16:08

The Washington Post plans to launch its iPad app "in the coming weeks," following The New York Times' and Wall Street Journal's efforts on the Apple device, The Upshot reported.

"Mobile continues to be a key distribution platform for our content, utility for our readers, and, a core enabler of our growing digital business," Ken Babby, chief revenue officer and general manager for Washington Post Digital stated in a staff e-mail Wednesday.

Photo: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

"The usage of the Post's iPhone app continues to accelerate," Babby added. He also announced the new mobile leadership team, including former AOL executive Beth Jacobs as general manager for mobile, as well as the Post's Neil Quinn as director for mobile commercial products.

There is no firm date yet on the iPad app release but it's expected some time in the fall, according to a Post spokeswoman, The Upshot reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-09-02 19:08

The American Audit Bureau of Circulations announced yesterday it will launch an auditing report for mobile content providers, Editor & Publisher revealed.

The service, named m.Audit Report, will provide monthly statistics about number of app downloads, page views, unique visitors, audience access points, type of mobiles used by readers and visits per day to each mobile content site, the Bureau explained on its NewsBulletin Blog.

Photo Source: The New York Times via Johnny Holland Magazine

ABC's senior vice president of communications and strategic planning Neal Lulofs said the new report is aimed to help publishers "demonstrate the reach of their product to advertisers," Journalism.co.uk quoted.

However, the ABC noted on its website that members can still report the results of their mobile audits with their multimedia publishers statements or on consolidated media reports.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-08-26 23:08

In the United Kingdom, the average person spends 45 percent of their waking hours watching television, listening to the radio, or using mobile phones, computers or other gadgets, media regulator Ofcom has found in its first study to track how long consumers spend with various media. Increasing use of both smartphones and social networking sites are partly responsible for the high number, Telegraph.co.uk reported today.

For example, two years ago 5.7 million people said they accessed the Internet on their mobile phone, while 13.5 million people said so this year, Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report found. The most popular mobile site was Facebook, at 45 percent; Google came in with 8 percent.

Image: Micht Licht, NotionsCapital.com's flickr photostream

But consumers aren't spending all their time with new media and new digital devices. Traditional media, especially television, are still a "central part" of everyday life, the Telegraph explained. However, multitasking is also increasing, with a growing number of people saying that watch TV or listen to the radio while using the Internet.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-20 00:43

"Defying classic economic models, the demand for communication (cell phones) leads traditional media growth, signifying a global, disruptive phenomenon," states a new report by Nielsen Wire, with research from The Cambridge Group, Media Post reported.

The Internet will continue to grow, but "at more predictable patterns," the report added.

Photograph: Alamy

Mobile growth will be significantly strong in BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China, which have a rising financially strong middle class.

BRIC countries, according to Nielsen, are expected to grow on average by four or five percentage more than established economics during 2010 to 2015, especially over G-7 nations, which are the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, Media Post reported.

Those BRIC economics, along with other countries, are forecasted to have around a 7 percent growth rate in mobile, compared to developed countries' 2 percent increase.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-18 23:57

The London Evening Standard today announced the availability of its mobile phone news application in association with mobile apps developer and distributor Handmark, a press release posted on BusinessWire.com announced today.

As newspapers continue to go behind paywalls, the move by the London free daily is aimed at bringing back its lost readership and increasing its subscriptions, by making the news app available on Java and Windows Mobile-compatible versions, ITProPortal.com reported.

The mobile news application is sponsored by British Airways London City service, and can be downloaded for free across a wide range of mobile platforms that include iPhone, Nokia S60, BlackBerry and Google Android smartphones, MediaWeek.co.uk reported.

"We are excited to introduce our new mobile application so our readers can now enjoy the convenience of having instant access to our trusted news and information on the go," Tim Smith, General Manager Digital of the London Evening Standard stated in the press release. "The mobile application provides an extremely intuitive, personalized experience and supports a great sharing experience."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-05-24 22:54

The Financial Times has revealed details about its soon-to-launch iPad app with a video demo, which on approval from Apple will go live, MediaWeek.co.uk reported. The iPad app is currently in its beta phase.

Following its launch, access to content will remain open and free initially until 31 July, after which users will have to buy a subscription, just as with its Web site and iPhone application. However, installation of the app will continue to be free, being sponsored exclusively by luxury watch manufacturer Hublot, according to MediaWeek. No advertising will appear on the app, except that of its exclusive sponsor after its launch.

Registered users can read up to 10 articles for free each month, after which they can subscribe for a two-tier subscription offer that includes a premium package for £260 per year or a standard package for £171 per year.

The iPad app follows a cautious approach towards advertising by offering limited advertising opportunities for advertisers, MediaWeek noted. The newspaper commenced development of the iPad app prior to the launch of the device, with the help of a development team based at Colorado. The development team plans to make necessary changes in the future with video advertising offerings as a part of its agenda.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-05-12 23:56

In 2004, the percentage of 3G as a proportion of total mobile subscriptions in countries surveyed were less than 5 percent, except for 13 percent in Japan, SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2009 reported.

In 2007, the figures were up across the countries, according to IDATE and Ofcom. Japan still led with 83 percent, while in Italy and Ireland about 27 percent and 26 percent of the mobile subscriptions were 3G, respectively.

In Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, the share was more than 20 percent. In Poland and Canada, the figures were still low, at less than 5 percent, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2009, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-05-10 17:12

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