Considering the staggering results reported by Apple last night, this should come as little surprise: the company’s iPhone is back on top as the bestselling smartphone in the U.S. Android has managed to hold on to its position in the UK but there, too, Apple massively increased its share of sales, according to data out today from WPP’s Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
If 2011 was the year where a rising tide lifted all the smartphone boats, 2012 could be a year of choppy waters.
It’s likely a make-or-break year for troubled RIM, and a time when a growing armada of Android-based ships must prove they can sail on their own. Meanwhile, after several years in dry dock, Facebook must finally launch a mobile vessel or risk being left on shore permanently.
Ziff Davis' decision to stop publishing print editions may have grabbed headlines, but the company's forward-looking plans to strengthen its brands in the digital media space may have a more far-reaching impact.
Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died, Apple said. Jobs was 56. "We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today," read a statement by Apple's board of directors. "Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives."
Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117 percent increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010.
Ignoring Harold Ramis’ (playing Dr. Egon Spengler) dire warning: "Don't cross the streams," advertisers are daily crossing the streams of media experience, combining Internet and mobile interaction with more traditional fare―most notably television. Whether our brains can really handle the cascade is an unanswered question, but there is no turning back; consuming one media while interacting with another is “in.”
"All an e-book is—it's a PDF with rights assigned," said James Alexander, director of e-books at Adobe. Alexander, along with fellow e-publishing experts—Texterity CEO Martin Hensel and Director of Acquisitions for Burnham, Munger & Root, Richard Nash— addressed the fate of e-book publishing at BookTech this week in New York City. "e-Book is the poster child for networking publishing," continued Alexander. "By mid-September, there were books about September 11 that were only available by e-books. Nothing can work so quickly." He explained that by using the immediacy of the publishing tool, users and manufacturers of e-content have the opportunity to harness the benefits of