Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mobile Medical News Weekly - Week of November 28, 2011


The Mobile Medical News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to medical mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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A new study from ABI Research predicts the overall mobile health app market will nearly quadruple to $400 million by the year 2016, up from $120 million in 2010. Read Original Content

Manhattan Research recently reported that three out of every four U.S. physicians own some type of Apple device. Smartphone use among physicians is forecast to reach 81 percent by the end of 2011, compared to 50 percent for U.S. consumers. Read Original Content

Equitable Life of Canada announced the launch of its EZClaim app for BlackBerry devices. The mobile app enables users to submit health and dental claims and receipts electronically from their mobile device. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

Ottawa Hospital is being praised for purchasing 3,000 iPad devices and hiring 70 app developers to create mobile applications that focus on both patient service and administrative functions. Read Original Content

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Enjoy!  Thank you for being a reader!  Happy Holidays!!!

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Insider's Insight into NFC - Near Field Communications


Over the past few years, we have seen significant changes across all the major smartphone platforms led by companies such as Apple, Google, BlackBerry and Microsoft.  Each vendor is trying to add unique values in order to differentiate themselves from the crowd.  This competition is helping smartphones evolve as a platform for software applications rather than just being a messaging platform.  Given these developments, technologies such as Near Field Communications (NFC) are getting renewed attention.

NFC has the potential to impact the way we shop, travel and transfer data. It can make our lives easier and transactions more convenient. It can make accessing new media and content services more instinctive; it can make it easier to pay for things; easier to discover, synchronize and share information; and easier to use public transportation and other public services.  NFC is creating new opportunities for MNOs (mobile network operators), device manufacturers, service provider, enterprises and consumers.

Endeavour and BlackBerry are presenting a webinar on “Insider’s Insight into NFC” where they will discuss NFC device and application capabilities.  This webinar will be presented on December 8th, 2011, at 10:30 AM CDT.  Register here!

Webinar Outline:
  • Introduction to Near Field Communication
  • NFC Ecosystem with focus on NFC Enabled Smartphone Devices
  • NFC Use Cases
  • Guidelines & Considerations
  • Future of NFC

Participants and Highlights:
  • NFC Application Demo
  • Tom Parish - Mobile Strategy Thought Leader
  • Pradeep Rao - Alliances Solutions Manager at Research In Motion
  • Dwarak LN – Sr. Consultant – Technology Consulting Group, Endeavour
  • Basavraj Birajdar – Technical Architect, Endeavour

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Marketing News Weekly - Week of November 28, 2011

The Mobile Marketing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile marketing that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
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Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

Sears has prepared a mobile marketing strategy for holiday shopping that includes mobile payment options and QR codes advertisements in magazines and newspapers. Read Original Content

Best Buy is running geotargeted ads that let consumers save money on products sold at locations closest to them. The ad, which is targeted within Pandora’s iPhone application, tells users where the nearest Best Buy location is.  Read Original Content

InMobi has found that the Malaysian mobile advertising market has grown 37 percent during the third quarter and is experiencing one billion ad impressions each quarter. Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

Pandora, the online radio company, is now providing radio service to 70 percent of its customers through mobile devices. Read Original Content

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mobile Expert Video Series: K2 Partnering's Fabio Paradiso

A couple of weeks ago while I was in Singapore teaching enterprise mobility and mobile strategy workshops, I was able to spend a humid equatorial afternoon with an Italian, Fabio Paradiso from K2 Partnering discussing enterprise mobility and mobile commerce with local businesses.  In this video Fabio shares some of his insights on mobility in Asia.




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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility Charts Weekly - Week of November 28, 2011

The Mobility Charts Weekly is a weekly publication of charts depicting the current and future status of the enterprise mobility market.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.


According to information gathered by Internet security service provider Zscaler, over 40 percent of mobile device users are using Android handsets, 37 percent are BlackBerry users and, iOS iPhones account for 22 percent. Read Original Content



Global advanced water meter shipments accounted for over $500 million in revenue in 2010, with over 70 percent of this in the North American market, according to IMS Research.  Advanced water meters (M2M enabled) can be read by technologies including handhelds, mobile and network technologies based on telephony platforms (wired and wireless) and radio frequency (RF).  Read Original Content



Flurry Analytics recently conducted a study on the amount of time users spent on mobile apps based on categories. Flurry found that the top two most used apps were games at 47 percent and social networking at 32 percent. News and entertainment were the third and fourth most used applications. Read Original Content


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HTML5 - What's New the Week of November 28, 2011


Adobe Drops Flash Player for Mobile Devices

This month Adobe announced that it will no longer develop the Flash Player for mobile devices.  Wow!  Steve Jobs said it was not a worthy technology for the iOS platform and that Apple would not support it.  Now it goes away completely.  Add another correct check mark for the late Steve Jobs.

Adobe did state it will release one final version of the Flash Player for Android and the BlackBerry Playbook.
  Danny Winokur, Vice President and General Manager of Interactive Development at Adobe stated on the Adobe Flash Platform blog:  “HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.  This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms.”  He also indicated that “These changes will allow us to increase investment in HTML5 and innovate with Flash where it can have most impact for the industry, including advanced gaming and premium video.”

PC Magazine, in a November 10, 2011 article (Why Adobe is Deflating Flash: HTML5), states “Adobe's decision yesterday to stop development of its Flash Player for mobile devices  and instead focus on creating tools for HTML5 seemed inevitable, given the near-universal support that HTML5 has garnered from the makers of mobile operating systems.”

Wedge Networks Announces Protection Against Security Threats in HTML5

Wedge Networks’ patented WedgeOS platform will support, protect, and mitigate against malware found in HTML5 specific content threats.  According to the November 15, 2011 press release, “HTML5 provides a rich, responsive and standardized web application environment, enabling trends like mobile access and cloud-based applications. It is rapidly being adopted by organizations as web designers leverage the new protocols to create dynamic content to improve the overall end user experience."

Safer than previous versions, HTML5 however, does continue to have security challenges.   To take advantage of the benefits of HTML5 while maintaining security, organizations require solutions that first support the protocol, then utilize techniques to understand and secure the content transferred through it.  The WedgeOS platform from Wedge Networks is the first platform to support and secure HTML5 content and protocols.”

Read the complete press release here.

The Wall Street Journal on HTML5

The Wall Street Journal published an article on HTML5 on November 11, 2011 titled “HTML5: A Look Behind the Technology Changing the Web”.  The article’s author, Don Clark, states that according to binvisions.com, a blog that tracks Web technologies, 34% of the 100 most popular websites used HTML5 in the quarter ending in September.  Mr. Clark goes on to say that despite the fact the HTML5 is missing some key features, the HTML5 excitement has spread, and many users won’t notice striking differences from websites that use Flash.
  Also in the article, Dean Hachamovitch of Microsoft is quoted as saying “When you show people HTML5 applications, they say that doesn’t feel at all like a website.”

Read the complete article here.



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of November 28, 2011

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

PayPal has announced that on November 24, the company saw a 538 percent increase in mobile payments compared to the same day last year. Read Original Content

Following its success in the United States, Starbucks is planning to install a payment system in its iPhone app for 700 of its stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

The European Union is deciding whether to regulate mobile payments as NFC technology is driving the rapid advancement of paying through smartphones. Read Original Content

Monday, November 28, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of November 28, 2011

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

SAP and Sybase, a provider of enterprise and mobile software, have unveiled new mobile apps designed for a wide range of industries and mobile workers, from executives to knowledge and task workers. Read Original Content

The U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency is installing more than 6,500 active radio frequency identification tags as part of its Next Generation Wireless Communications program for logistics applications, to track military vehicles and other equipment as they are washed at Camp Arifjan, in Kuwait. Read Original Content

The U.S. Army is currently developing a tablet computer for battlefield use. The tablet is expected to use Android operating systems, and be smaller than Apple’s iPad with a ruggedized a protective case. Read Original Content

Since 1995, Syclo has enabled hundreds of companies in 37 countries and industries supercharge their businesses with mobility.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Syclo. http://www.syclo.com/.

In recent years rugged tablet computers have found practical uses in work settings that include dairy farms, beverage distributors, and auto-part companies as they find that tablet computers allow for more efficient business practices. Read Original Content

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Motorola's RhoElements is this Strategy a Trend?

In October of 2011, Motorola Solutions (MSI), the segment of Motorola that split off to focus on business solutions, acquired RhoMobile.   Rhomobile is a software company that develops mobile business and government solutions, and MEAPs (mobile enterprise application platforms).  The day that Motorola announced this acquisition, they also announced a new solution from RhoMobile called RhoElements, a hybrid HTML5 platform for Windows Mobile, Windows CE and Android based Motorola devices.

This is an interesting strategy for a traditional manufacturer of Windows Mobile and Windows CE based barcode scanners, ruggedized smartphones, handheld and tablet computers.  It appears that MSI is no longer willing to wait for Microsoft based OS answers and upgrade paths.  

Over the past few years, Microsoft has severely damaged the ruggedized hardware market through neglect and a refusal to provide an upgrade path for their Windows Mobile and Windows CE mobile operating systems.  This has forced the ruggedized hardware manufacturers to try to compete and sell expensive mobile hardware, with outdated operating systems, against a tsunami of innovative, inexpensive, new consumer-oriented smartphones and tablets.  The ruggedized handheld manufacturers have seen their markets shrink as a result.

This Microsoft engineered disadvantage is motivating the manufacturers of industrial grade mobile devices to look for alternative solutions and upgrade paths.  It appears that MSI has acquired theirs with RhoMobile.  Rather than wait for Microsoft, MSI released RhoElement which appears to enable HTML5 based mobile applications to run on the old Windows CE and Windows Mobile browsers as this excerpt from DevProConnect states, "RhoElements is designed to allow businesses to quickly and cost-effectively develop and deploy web-based applications on existing Motorola Windows Embedded Handheld (formerly known as Windows Mobile) and Windows Embedded Compact (Win-CE) mobile computers as well as Motorola's recently announced ET1 Android-based enterprise tablet."

MSI bought a MEAP with RhoMobile that they hope to make a "universal" standard.  RhoElement already supports Windows Mobile 6.5 and Android, and they have promised to soon support all of the other popular OSs.

Let's now take a closer look at some of the motivations that MSI has given for the acquisition of RhoMobile:
  • We (MSI and RhoMobile) have a shared focus on the enterprise with a strong commitment to partners.
  • MSI will provide the scale, resources, and industry knowledge to accelerate universal adoption of Rho technology.
  • MSI is strategically committed to the Rhomobile suite of products.
  • MSI is committed to supporting the Rhomobile community and continuing the open source heritage of Rhodes.
My analysis is that given the lack of answers and no Microsoft provided upgrade path, MSI is strategically changing paths.  They have seen the negative impact on their business caused by a dependence on Microsoft and have sought and found a non-operating system dependent path to innovation which is a RhoElement,  HTML5 hybrid approach to enterprise mobility solutions.

It will be very interesting to see if others like Intermec, PSION, Honeywell, Trimble and others also decide to acquire a non-Microsoft path.







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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mobile Medical News Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

The Mobile Medical News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to medical mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read M2M News Weekly

London-based market research firm Datamonitor estimates the market for telehealth services in the U.S. and Europe will grow from $3 billion in 2009 to nearly $8 billion by 2012. Read Original Content

According to ABI Research by 2016 the mobile health app market will be worth $400 million. Read Original Content

The Asia Pacific region will generate more than $7 billion in revenues from mHealth services in 2017, according to a new study by the GSM Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

One out of four healthcare providers are now using tablets in their practice, with another 21 percent expecting to do so in the next 12 months, and more than half are using a smartphone at work, according to CompTIA. Read Original Content

M2M News Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
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Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
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Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

Ford Motor Company has announced that it will accelerate plans to develop and deliver best-in-world in-car technology to customers across Asia, as it is establishing its connected services group in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Read Original Content

Asia-Pacific is forecast to become the largest market for M2M subscriptions in volume terms in 2013, and in 2016 is expected to account for 37 percent of the total market, according to a new report from Pyramid Research. Read Original Content

The global market for M2M communication is slated to grow to $1.5 billion by 2014 from around $842 million in 2010. Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.

According to analyst house Infonetics Research, the global M2M market will be worth $3.8 billion by 2015. Read Original Content

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

China overtook the U.S. as the world's largest smartphone market in the third quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Deliveries of smartphones to operators and retailers in China grew 58 percent in the third quarter from the previous quarter to 24 million units. That surpassed 23 million units delivered to the U.S. market. Read Original Content

China has begun to see a price drop in the mobile terminal market in the third quarter of 2011, especially for smartphones, according to statistics released by Analysys International.  Read Original Content

The sports and health mobile application market will grow to over $400 million in 2016, up from just $120 million in 2010 says ABI Research.  Read Original Content

ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.

In comparison to the Swedish, Dutch or German markets, the United States underperforms in app downloads per user. Nevertheless, the U.S. is still the largest market in total app downloads, holding more than 50 percent of the total market share.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mobile Marketing Innovations - Guest Blogger

As marketplaces becomes more competitive, companies look for new ways to engage their customers.  An increasingly popular method for doing this is through the use of creative mobile marketing campaigns.

People nearly always have their phones and tablets on hand, so it should come as no surprise that these campaigns are doing well.  By taking advantage of the smartphone technology to create branded apps and promotions, many companies are seeing success at bringing customers to their store and visitors to their website. Here’s a look at five of the most innovative mobile marketing campaigns:

Starbucks – Starbucks recently launched an app for both the iOS and Android operating systems that allows customers to pay with their smartphones. The app, called Starbucks Card Mobile, is a virtual gift card, of sorts, and is reloadable. With money loaded on this “card” customers can simply scan their smartphones to pay for gourmet coffee and other drinks. More than 3 million customers have already used the app.

Dell – Combining mobile apps with mobile promotions, Dell is offering its customers special promotions when they text the word “OFFER” to 335548. Currently, Dell is offering a coupon good for $100 off either a Dell XPS 15 or 17 which they can then use with the new Dell Mobile app. By combining the power of a mobile app with SMS messaging, Dell shortens the shopping process for many customers.

Domino’s – Domino’s pizza lovers can experience the thrill of making their own pizzas with the Pizza Hero app for iPad. With this app, customers get to experience what it is really like to work in a Domino’s restaurant as they go through all the steps of making a pizza, from spreading the dough, to slicing it at the end. They can even play with a time limit and get “feedback” on their pizza making skills. After making the perfect pie, pizza “heroes” can then order it directly from the app.

Nike – Nike created a unique way to interact with its customers in real time when it launched a 23-story billboard in Time Square to promote their Nike iD footwear. Customers could call the number listed on the billboard from any phone—smart or not—in order to customize the on-screen shoe. The customers then received a text message with a link to buy their design.

Macy’s – Macy’s launched a campaign earlier this year called Backstage Pass that took advantage of QR codes to give customers behind-the-scenes looks at their products as well as celebrity tips for fashion and design. Because the company knew that not all of their customers would be completely tech-savvy, Macy’s also began running a series of ads to explain the QR codes and what they were for.
Mobile marking has helped these companies breathe new life into their customer base. It’s likely that this type of mobile marketing will continue to increase in popularity and importance as both companies and customers find new ways to take advantage of the technology.

I want to thank our guest author David Malmborg for sharing with us.  David works with Dell and enjoys writing about technology, computers and saving money.


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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Marketing News Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

The Mobile Marketing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile marketing that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

According to Juniper Research the mobile retail sector is set to grow up to $15 billion worldwide by 2012. This is an increase of 50 percent over and above the figures for 2011.  An earlier report had predicted that revenue from the mobile NFC market would reach $50 billion by 2014. Read Original Content

Mobile QR codes in magazines have risen 228 percent since last January according to research firm Nellymoser. Read Original Content

For the second quarter of 2011, Pandora reported revenue that was up 117 percent year over year to $67 million, and mobile advertising accounted for half of that total revenue.  Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

As retailers battle to draw customers into their stores on Black Friday, online merchants are plotting a cunning ambush — offering an arsenal of mobile-only deals intended to pick off shoppers as they wait in line.  Read Original Content

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mobility Charts Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

The Mobility Charts Weekly is a weekly publication of charts depicting the current and future status of the enterprise mobility market.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.



According to Canaccord Genuity analysts T. Michael Walkley and Mattew Ramsay, Apple controls only four percent of the total phone market, but captures 52 percent of its profits. Read Original Content



In the IDTechEx research report "RFID for Animals, Food and Farming 2011-2021", IDTechEx suggests that by 2021 the market for livestock tracking via RFID will have increased from $1.17 billion in 2011 to $4.09 billion in 2021. Read Original Content



Asymco.com has published a collection of mobility graphs recently, emphasizing the surge in Android smartphone shipments since the second quarter of 2007. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Medical News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

The latest installment of the Twilight movies, Breaking Dawn broke the all time mobile ticket sales record.  Twenty-two percent of all tickets sold through Fandango.com were purchased with a mobile device. Read Original Content

A recent survey of shoppers by the National Retail Federation found that 50 percent of smartphone owners plan to use their device to research products or make a purchase this holiday. Read Original Content

Toys ‘R’ Us Inc. has expanded its mobile offerings for the holiday season, updating its iPhone and Android apps and adding technology from eBay Inc., Google Inc., Foursquare and shopkick. Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

Of the 502 U.S. credit card users Auriemma Consulting Group surveyed online in June, 37 percent said the most likely place they would expect to use mobile payments would be in person at a large retailer; 29 percent said they would use mobile payments at a large online retailer; and 29 percent said they would use mobile payments at a large restaurant. Read Original Content

Monday, November 21, 2011

HTML5 Week - Thanksgiving Special


This week we are going to catch up on some of the recent news around HTML5.  Stay tuned all week for articles on HTML5.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Facebook launched a new “HTML5 Resource Center” to assist developers with building, testing, and distributing HTML5 apps.  The Resource Center is available to all HTML5 developers.  According to the Facebook Developers website, “Web technologies today enable you to build the kind of experience that until recently could only be built with proprietary technologies, like Flash and native mobile platforms.  With the latest improvements in HTML5 and HTML5-capable browsers ubiquitous on desktops, smartphones and tablets, you can now build similar experiences using web standards.

In years past, users primarily used their apps on desktop.  These days, users have multiple devices, and expect their experiences to be seamless and interchangeable across all their devices – desktop, mobile and tablets.  Web enables you to build a seamless experience.”

To learn more about the Facebook HTML5 Resource Center visit: https://developers.facebook.com/html5/

Facebook has also created an HTML5 blog, which can be found at: https://developers.facebook.com/html5/blog/

Amazon is adding HTML5 to its updated Kindle E-book format.  The new generation file format for Kindle books, KF8, will include new features and enhancements, including HTML5 support.  The new format will soon replace Mobi 7.  Amazon states in the announcement that the KF8 format “adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will love.”  

The Amazon announcement can be found at:

Appcelerator will add HTML5 expertise with acquisition of Particle Code.  Appcelerator announced on October 25, 2011, that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Particle Code.  Appcelerator is an integrated mobile platform for rapidly developing native and mobile web applications using open web technologies.  According to the press release, “The acquisition enables Appcelerator to expand its platform used by over 1.6 million developers to become the first mobile platform to offer an integrated native, hybrid, and HTML5 web application solution.”




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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Enterprise Mobility Workshop in Irvine, California - Next Week

Next week on Wednesday, November 30th from 4:35 PM to 8 PM, I will be presenting a workshop on Enterprise Mobility and Mobile Strategies at the beautiful Winery Restaurant in Tustin, California (right next to Irvine).  This will be held in an intimate setting with dinner, fine wine and good conversation (and an iPad 2 will be given away).  There are still 10 seats left for executives and IT decision makers that are interested in learning more about enterprise mobility and mobile strategies.  The event is sponsored by Preludesys.  This is a condensed version of the workshops that I presented in Tokyo and Singapore last week.

If you are an enterprise executive or IT decision maker interested in learning more about enterprise mobility, then please contact Vince Burns, Preludesys' VP of IT Business Solutions at (310) 766-3079 for reservations.

I will be providing an overview of enterprise mobility, my latest mobility research, mobile priorities, expected ROIs, and reviewing new enterprise mobility strategies.

If you are in Southern California, I would love to meet you!

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of November 21, 2011

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Panasonic has officially announced its Toughpad lineup of rugged tablets.  The 10-inch A1 and 7-inch B1, are built for heavy-duty usage scenarios like military deployment, construction sites, and unruly kindergarten classrooms. Read Original Content

Mobile apps geared to enterprises will generate more than $150 billion globally for solution providers over next six years, according to Insight Research Corp. Read Original Content

Korean pharmaceutical companies are beginning to use RFID tracking technology to maintain more secure inventories and to prevent illegal production and sale of counterfeit and substandard drugs. Read Original Content

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Xplore Technologies, a manufacturer of rugged tablet PCs, has recently received purchase orders from one of the world’s largest utility companies for the purchase of more than 4,000 of the Company’s newly launched iX104C5 rugged tablet PCs, representing over $14 million in aggregate sales orders. Read Original Content

Mobile Expert Video Series: K2 Partnering's Patrick Caroll

Patrick Caroll is an industry veteran and mobility expert that has spent time in his career at SAP, Vivido Labs and other large high tech product and services companies.  This last week he was my Asia travel partner, event manager and "minder" (A person assigned to guide or escort a visitor, or to provide protection to somebody, or to otherwise assist or take care of something. ~ Wikipedia). 

We conducted a series of workshops on enterprise mobility, and mobile strategies in Japan and in Singapore.  We met with folks from SAP, IBM, Danone, FujiFilm, Cognizant, Novartis, GAP Japan, Accenture, British Telecom, Spansion Appio Labs, NEC and many other companies.


Patrick does not normally wear the beginnings of a mustache, although with 6 or 7 months I am sure it would look good.  He is participating in the Movember campaign during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for male cancer initiatives such as prostate cancer.   

In this video Patrick Caroll discusses these workshops and our experiences in Tokyo.






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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer


Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mobile Expert Video Series: K2 Partnering's Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson with K2 Partnering is a great sport and a pleasure to interview.  He first showed me around some of the best food stands in Singapore, and then was nice enough to allow me to interview him about his versatile Samsung Galaxy.





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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.