Author: MobileVillage

What’s next for VR: Great paid content

VR content is one of the next big things in mobile, gaming, video, and all kinds of entertainment and enterprise applications. Current VR trends show ever more investment, lower costs, better user experiences, and more users. To help us better understand these trends, Futuresource VR expert Carl Hibbert gives us some important numbers, news analysis, and strategies. Here’s what he has to say about VR content and related VR trends: VR trends show steady growth, huge potential (By Carl Hibbert, Assoc. Director, Media & Entertainment, Futuresource) When taking stock of the VR ecosystem, it is clear that the commitment to driving...

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Kika Emoji Keyboard for Android hits top-seller ranking

2017 Mobile Star Awards Sponsor / Entrant: Mobile Keyboard or Text Input App — Kika Emoji Keyboard Mobile Entertainment Innovator — Kika Tech Company Profile:  Kika Tech 8 N. San Pedro Street San Jose, CA 95110 kikatech.com Contacts: Arlene Go, PR & Corporate Communications: arlene [at] kikatech.com Marc Richardson, Business Development: marc [at] kikatech.com Structure:  Private company, established in 2011 No. of Employees:  Approx. 200 OS Supported:  Android . Gaga for Kika: The Kika Emoji Keyboard Story Millions Love Kika At the forefront of where users, brands, content, and emotions interact with each other on mobile devices is Kika Tech. Kika is leading the market to provide users with...

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WPS Office mobile – desktop suite challenges MS Office

2017 Mobile Star Awards Entrant: Mobile Office Documents App — WPS Office Suite ….Company Profile:  WPS 530 Lytton Ave., 2nd Floor Palo Alto, CA 94301 Tel: (+1) 650-352-7552 Email: mktg [at] wps.com wps.com Structure:  Private company, established in 1989 OS Supported:  Android, Apple iOS, Linux, Windows Phone, Windows . Why 100s of millions of people love WPS Office WPS Office is a leading office productivity suite, available for Android and for iOS, as well as Windows and Linux-based PCs. With more than 1.2 billion installs, the software is a high performing, yet considerably more affordable solution that is recognized as a preferred alternative to Microsoft Office. As...

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SMS updates help priority boarding train passengers beat crowds

Priority boarding SMS updates = happier customers.  With over 40,000 passengers using Virgin Trains’ services every day at London’s Euston station, running a busy train schedule and seamlessly managing a high passenger volume are challenging tasks — in fact, Euston station’s daily passenger volumes rival those of Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. As a result, Euston is prone to overcrowded concourses and spikes in passenger surges as hordes of passengers notice their platform numbers have been displayed on departure boards. This all leads to increased customer frustration. Virgin Trains is committed to delivering a high speed,...

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WilsonPro outs first FCC-approved, dual-power cellular amplifier

WilsonPro this week released the WilsonPro 1050, which it says is the first Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and wireless carrier-approved “inline” cellular booster system. That means the Pro 1050 is the only passive distributed antenna system (DAS) with a dual-amplifier design to compensate for cell signal that is lost over long lengths of cable. The Pro 1050 amplifies weak cell signal to provide reliable voice and data coverage, including 4G LTE, in any large commercial space such as hotels, hospitals, retail spaces, residential buildings and event venues. The Pro 1050 works with all North American cellular networks, simultaneously boosting...

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2017 Mobile Tech Events Calendar

Bookmark this page for the most extensive listing of major mobile tech events! Events below include technology expos, trade shows and conferences for mobile software or application developers, wireless service providers, device makers, IT professionals, business executives, and consumers. New mobile tech events are added regularly. Add your event!  We list your mobile tech events at no cost if they take place within 18 weeks. Want to promote an event further in advance? It’s just US$1 per week beyond four months, at a $10 minimum. A Featured Events listing is an additional $2 per week. Please email your event name, dates, city...

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WilsonPro signal booster solves wireless coverage woes

2017 Mobile Star Awards Entrant: Enterprise Wireless Coverage — WilsonPro 1000 / 1000R signal booster Company Profile: Wilson Electronics 3301 East Deseret Dr, St. George, Utah 84790 Tel: 1-888-503-5329 support [at] wilsonelectronics.com wilsonpro.com Contacts: Cassandra Shaffer, Corporate Marketing Specialist: cshaffer [at] wilsonelectronics.com Structure:  Private company, established in 2000 No. of Employees:  Approx. 500 OS Supported:  All Platforms How WilsonPro Boosts Coverage: The WilsonPro 1000/1000R is Wilson Electronics’ newest, most-powerful single output enterprise cellular signal booster, and is now FCC and IC approved and ready for purchase. The WilsonPro 1000/1000R is designed to increase cell signal coverage in large commercial spaces, and provide reliable voice and data...

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MobileVillage®: Mobile technology market pioneers & experts

MobileVillage®: Mobile Market Development Pioneers & Experts . Promoting Mobile Market Development Innovators since ’93 For the end-users and marketers of any developing technology, true business success requires a high level of communication and cooperation between the providers and the market. This often-overlooked truth has driven MobileVillage® / PDA Inc. since we launched in 1993 as one of the top mobile market development pioneers and events producers for mobile enterprise products. Today MobileVillage continues to drive mobile market development by promoting industry innovators and advancing top-tier applications. We foster tech education and alliances through “Best of Breed” mobile consulting, event partnerships, an online...

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Stringify app lets you control your home from anywhere

2017 Mobile Star Awards Entrant: Mobile Smart Home App — Stringify app Company Profile:  Stringify 140 W. Main St., 2nd Floor Los Gatos, CA 95030 Tel: 1-408-888-1796 stringify.com Contacts: Mike Yurochko, CEO & Co-Founder: Mike [at] stringify.com Structure:  Private company, established in 2014 No. of Employees:  Approx. 12 OS Supported:  Android, Apple iOS How Stringify Connects You to Your Home: Stringify is a thoughtful automation service for the Internet of Things (IoT) with award winning apps in both iOS and Android. We allow people to connect all their physical products and digital services in one place so they can take better care of...

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YouMail: Instantly stop robocalls & auto-manage calls

2017 Mobile Star Awards Entrant: Mobile Productivity Innovator — YouMail 2016 Mobile Star Awards Winner: Mobile Call Screening & Customer Service — YouMail Company Profile: YouMail 43 Corporate Park, Suite 200 Irvine, CA 92606 Tel: 1-800-374-0013 sales [at] youmail.com youmail.com Structure:  Private company, established in 2006 No. of Employees:  Approx. 40 OS Supported:  All browsers, Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone YouMail Features & Benefits: Pundits claim phone calls are dead, but time-starved entrepreneurs and consumers would disagree. These folks live and die by phone calls from clients, colleagues, and prospects, but their time is extremely limited. The innovative YouMail app serves as an automated virtual receptionist, letting...

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Apple, IBM go back to school with Watson Element for iPads

Feature photo: Carla Mendoza Lopez uses IBM’s new Watson Element for Educators app, with students Mason Mulkey & Amrutha Mantha at Richard Lee Elementary School in Coppell, Texas by Ben Davis Futuresource Education Technology Analyst IBM, in partnership with Apple, has positioned its Watson analytics platform for the K-12 education market with the launch of the Watson Element for Educators app. The app, designed exclusively for school iPads, collates information covering students likes and dislikes, learning activities, interests and academic achievements to provide a holistic view of a student’s school career. Based on this rounded perspective, Watson Element offers...

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Wearable AR helps workers get jobs done faster

(From the Harvard Business Review) Upskilling technologies, a partnership between humans and smart machines, can augment workers’ abilities, resulting in dramatically improved performance, greater safety, and higher worker satisfaction. Wearable AR devices are now being used in manufacturing and industrial settings—and can boost workers’ productivity on an array of tasks the first time they’re used, even without prior training. These technologies increase productivity by making workers more skilled and efficient, and thus have the potential to yield both more economic growth and better jobs. The video below, for example, shows a side-by-side time-lapse comparison of a GE technician wiring a...

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Why a mobile PDF app or service is a no-brainer

Portable document format (PDF) files such as those provided by Adobe or Soda PDF Software were designed from the start to be highly portable and device independent. Since the PDF format was first released back in 1993, it has evolved a lot. PDFs are now such an important part of our lives, we can’t even think of a world without them. These days, it makes even more sense to use a mobile PDF app or cloud-based PDF service. General & mobile PDF app benefits Whether you use PDFs for work or personal projects, they deliver lots of benefits over other formats. These files are universally accepted and can be shared across the world without any problems. No matter where a PDF file is sent, it can always be opened. Nobody has to worry about details such as graphic standards or foreign character sets. There are a lot of specific advantages to using PDF as the primary means of storing and sending information. Here are the major advantages: Access Control: When it comes to security, PDF files are a tough nut to crack. They can be created to be password protected in such a way that those who have no authorization to use them will not be able to open them. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also encrypt the information when creating a PDF, in order to make the file extra secure. Content Control: Content control is perhaps one of the most...

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Even mobile sites & apps need a good web copywriter

Fielding an eCommerce site or mobile app rife with spelling and grammar errors for lack of a web copywriter is the digital equivalent of hanging a sign out in front of a brick-and-mortar business reading: “We don’t sweat the details because we aren’t concerned about the quality of your experience.” When shoppers check out your eCommerce site or mobile app for the first time, in addition to shopping for a product, they’re also looking for clues to give them an idea of how trustworthy your business is likely to be. Spelling and grammar mistakes will greatly undermine their confidence and negatively...

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Messaging app marketing survey: Users happy to chat with brands

We all hate being stuck on a long customer service call, trying to start a chat session, or waiting a whole day or more for a company to email us back about a complaint. But what if you could quickly chat with a company via Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, or other messaging app? Believe it or not, over half (53%) of all people in the UK and France who use mobile messaging apps have interacted with a company via mobile messaging, or are open to doing so if they can choose to block brands, according to a new survey on...

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Fama:
Hands-on mobile & high tech PR experts

Fama enterprise and telecom high tech PR services & company info:  2016 Mobile Star Awards Winner: Public Relations: Mobile Enterprise Expertise Public Relations: Mobile Telecom Expertise . Company Profile: Fama PR 250 Northern Ave., Suite 300 Boston, MA 02210 Tel: (+1) 866-326-2552 info [at] famapr.com famapr.com Company Structure:  Private, year established not provided Approx. Employee Count:  not provided Contacts: Contacts will be added here if provided by the company. . Fama Enterprise & Telecom High Tech PR Services: Services and select achievements will be added here if provided by the company. . Recent Company News: News links will be added here if provided by the company. ## End...

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March:
Winning enterprise tech communications

March PR mobile enterprise tech communications summary & company info:  2016 Mobile Star Awards Winner: Public Relations: Mobile Enterprise Expertise . Company Profile: March Communications Boston, Chicago, San Francisco (see company website) Tel: (+1) 617-960-9875 or 415-593-3585 info [at] marchcomms.com marchpr.com Company Structure:  Private, established in 2005 Approx. Employee Count:  not provided Contacts: Contacts will be added here if provided by the company. . March Enterprise Tech Communications Services: Services and select achievements will be added here if provided by the company. . Recent Company News: News links will be added here if provided by the company. ## End March Communications mobile tech...

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Fidelity app is a powerhouse mobile investing app

Fidelity app mobile investing app summary & company info:   2016 Mobile Star Awards Winner: Mobile Investing or Trading App — Fidelity Investments app . Company Profile: Fidelity Investments 82 Devonshire Street Boston, MA 02109 Tel: (+1) 800-835-5093 Email: none provided Fidelity.com Company Structure:  Public (NYSE: FNFV), established in 1946 Approx. Employee Count:  45,000 Mobile OS Supported:  Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Contacts: Contacts will be added here if provided by the company. . Fidelity App Features & Benefits: App details will be added here if provided by the company. . Recent Fidelity Mobile News: News links will be added here if provided by the company. ##...

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Yahoo Finance is a winning stock tracking app

  Yahoo Finance stock tracking app summary & company info:   2016 Mobile Star Awards Winner: Mobile Investing or Trading App — Yahoo Finance app . Company Profile: Yahoo! Finance 229 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036 Tel: (+1) 800-318-0612 Email: not provided mobile.yahoo.com/finance Structure:  Public (NASDAQ: YHOO), Yahoo! Finance division est. in 2007 Approx. Employee Count:  not provided Mobile OS Supported:  Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Contacts: Contacts will be added here if provided by the company. . Yahoo Finance Stock Tracking App Features: App details will be added here if provided by the company. . Recent Yahoo Mobile News: News links will be added here if provided...

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Duolingo:
Globally popular language learning app

Duolingo language learning app summary & company info:  2016 Mobile Star Awards Winner: Educational or Knowledge Reference Mobile App — Duolingo . Company Profile: Duolingo 5900 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Tel: (+1) 412-721-5921 advertise [at] duolingo.com Duolingo.com Company Structure:  Private, established in 2011 Approx. Employee Count:  >100 Mobile OS Supported:  Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) Contacts: Contacts will be added here if provided by the company. . Duolingo Language Learning App Features: App details will be added here if provided by the company. . Recent Company News: News links will be added here if provided by the company. ## End Duolingo mobile...

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