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smarterplanet:

People Are Spending More Time In Mobile Apps Than On The Web | Social Media Today

People are spending more time inside mobile applications on average than they are on the web, according to an analysis from Flurry, a mobile analytics firm.

Flurry measures the time people spend in apps through its own direct analytics. It got numbers for the web using public data from comScore and Alexa. The analysis is somewhat imperfect, but even if you judge it solely on a directional basis you can see mobile apps are consuming more and more time.

So what are people doing in those apps? Gaming and social networking, which absorb 79% of people’s time, according to Flurry. The rest is news, entertainment, and other apps.

Posted at 5:06pm and tagged with: mobile, apps, social business, trends, Web, culture, it infrastructure, commerce,.

smarterplanet:

People Are Spending More Time In Mobile Apps Than On The Web | Social Media Today
People are spending more time inside mobile applications on average than they are on the web, according to an analysis from Flurry, a mobile analytics firm. Flurry measures the time people spend in apps through its own direct  analytics. It got numbers for the web using public data from comScore  and Alexa. The analysis is somewhat imperfect, but even if you judge it  solely on a directional basis you can see mobile apps are consuming more  and more time. So what are people doing in those apps? Gaming  and social networking, which absorb 79% of people’s time, according to  Flurry. The rest is news, entertainment, and other apps.

stoweboyd:

thenextweb:

Irvine, CA-based startup Drumbi is today launching its new iPhone and Android app that wants to revolutionize the phone call. With Drumbi you’re now able to specify the topic of a phone call, as well as the location from which you’re calling before you place it. You can also designate the urgency of your call, so that when the recipient answers they’re well aware of the context and other relevant information you would have had to explain anyway. (via Drumbi: Reinventing phone calls by giving them a subject line - TNW Apps)

I like the notion of contextualizing phone calls with metadata, and tying that to the life stream.

Posted at 7:53pm and tagged with: Android, apps, calls, iPhone, mobile, lifestream, drumbi, xs,.

thenextweb:

If you happen to be in London or New York, and looking for a good place to settle down and work for a while, this Web app should help you do just that.

Let’s Meet and Work is the brainchild of Alasdair Monk, a user interface designer and app developer.

 (via Let’s meet and work: Places to work in London & New York - TNW Apps)

Posted at 4:10am and tagged with: apps, productivity, tips, work, coworking, the future of work,.

thenextweb:

 
If you happen to be in London or New York, and looking for a good place to settle down and work for a while, this Web app should help you do just that.
Let’s Meet and Work is the brainchild of Alasdair Monk, a user interface designer and app developer.
 (via Let’s meet and work: Places to work in London & New York - TNW Apps)

smarterplanet:

The press release tells a broader story, highlighting Cummins ability to use Notes Traveler to improve productivity for their 40,000 employee workforce.

Cummins Inc (NYSE: CMI) is a global leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel engines, power generation systems and related products and technologies. A Fortune 500 company with 2010 revenues of $13.2 billion, Cummins has approximately 40,000 employees in 353 locations in 190 countries. Cummins is the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world. 

The ability to collaborate from a smart, mobile device enables Cummins employees to be more productive in more places because they can access mail, calendar, contacts, and to do lists anywhere in the world.  In the future, the promise of mobile computing expands “true” business capability enabling new business paradigms ranging from performing diagnostic tests while working on top of large engines to taking parts inventory and finalizing parts distribution logistics to having instant access to comprehensive business analytics that reflect a business unit’s growth in a key market segment. 

“Cummins’ workers have benefited from the use of IBM Lotus Notes Traveler and its functions have been well integrated into our model of how we work and help to increase the productivity of our workforce overall.  We look forward to expanding our use of IBM mobile collaboration applications in order to enhance the flexibility and on demand features that allow workers to work where they want to work,” said Eric Christian, Director, Global Architecture and Security, Cummins.

Posted at 10:38am and tagged with: mobile, apps, social business, Connectiions, Traveler, Sametime, Cummins, productibity, commerce,.

futuramb:

The UK’s Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has launched a competition inviting developers, doctors and patients to submit ideas for health apps that could help patients make informed decisions about their care.

This seems to be a good initiative. I wonder if anyone have thought about how to deal with the responsibility issues… 

Posted at 2:12pm and tagged with: apps, crowdsourcing, health care, tech, comeptition, innovation,.

There’s a huge group of mobile users that you may be overlooking as you develop your hospital’s mobile strategy. They’re “information seekers,” and they will be the largest cohort of mobile healthcare consumers in the future, according to a new report by IBM, “The Future of Connected Health Devices.” Traditional mHealth users are a small percentage of highly motivated individuals with significant fitness goals or debilitating chronic conditions. Both groups are willing to put in the time to learn and use smartphone apps, remote monitoring devices and other mobile health products, IBM’s researchers found in their study of more than 1,300 mobile health device users.

smarterplanet:

Knocking Down Apple’s Walled Garden: HTML5 vs. iOS Apps | ReadWriteWeb

Today Amazon launched an HTML5 browser version of its market leading eReader application, Kindle. Called Kindle Cloud Reader, it’s a direct response to the 30% cut of sales that Apple now takes from in-app purchases and subscriptions via iOS apps. The 30% Apple toll hits businesses like Amazon hard, because the margins on book sales are slim enough as it is.

The HTML5 Kindle site appears to be optimized for the iPad. It’s accessed from the Safari browser in the iPad, so it routes around Apple’s App Store. That means Amazon doesn’t need to give Apple 30% of an eBook sale. Because the HTML5 site is very close to the functionality of the iPad Kindle app, this is going to have huge ramifications for Apple. Yes, Apple’s walled garden has just been structurally weakened. I’d go as far as to say that it’s a matter of months, not years, before Amazon pulls its iOS Kindle app from the App Store.

Posted at 3:40pm and tagged with: Amazon, HTML5, Kindle, apps, commerce, products, competition, tech, technology,.

smarterplanet:

Knocking Down Apple’s Walled Garden: HTML5 vs. iOS Apps | ReadWriteWeb
Today Amazon launched an HTML5 browser version of its market leading eReader application, Kindle. Called Kindle Cloud Reader, it’s a direct response to the 30% cut of sales that Apple now takes from in-app purchases and subscriptions via iOS  apps. The 30% Apple toll hits businesses like Amazon hard, because the  margins on book sales are slim enough as it is.
The HTML5 Kindle site appears to be optimized for the iPad. It’s  accessed from the Safari browser in the iPad, so it routes around  Apple’s App Store. That means Amazon doesn’t need to give Apple 30% of  an eBook sale. Because the HTML5 site is very close to the functionality  of the iPad Kindle app, this is going to have huge ramifications for  Apple. Yes, Apple’s walled garden has just been structurally weakened. I’d go as far as to say that it’s a matter of months, not years, before Amazon pulls its iOS Kindle app from the App Store.

In Digital Era, Music Spotters Feed a Machine

Mr. Slomovitz, a music industry veteran, spends his days tracking down hot new artists — but not for a big record label. Instead, he works for Shazam, maker of the application of the same name that can figure out what song is playing in a bar, a clothing boutique or a TV commercial.

Full story: New York Times

Posted at 8:51am and tagged with: apps, music,.

In Digital Era, Music Spotters Feed a Machine

Mr. Slomovitz, a music industry veteran, spends his days tracking down  hot new artists — but not for a big record label. Instead, he works for  Shazam, maker of the application of the same name that can figure out  what song is playing in a bar, a clothing boutique or a TV commercial.
Full story: New York Times

A startup is offering free encrypted voice and text communications to protesters in Egypt.

via @Competia

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 7:18am and tagged with: apps, collaboration, organisation, dissidents,.