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Bing Admits Google AMP Speeds Mobile Page App Load Times By 80%

Microsoft Bing has rolled out support for Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in its search app to gain speed on page load times for mobile on devices running iOS and Android.

As the pages load, the Bing App detects in the background whether the news articles have corresponding AMP pages associated with them. Bing will give preference to downloading the AMP page from serversclosest to the end user, preferably via an AMP cache for a faster experience. When an AMP page isn’t detected by Bing’s technology the non-AMP page will serve up to the individual.

“AMP does not impact our ranking algorithms in any way,” Marcelo De Barros, group engineering manager in charge of the AMP integration at Bing, wrote in a blog post. “Users will be able to detect the articlesthat have corresponding AMP pages whenever they see the AMP icon in our iOS app.

“De Barros wrote that Bing began experimenting with AMP in the app last May. Since then the group notices thatAMP pages load 80% faster than non-AMP pages.

Google says during the fourth quarter in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 it will work on providing offline and geo-variation support, and moreassistance on validation, conditional behaviors, and grouping, as well as providing greater interactivity support by introducing a mechanism to bind element behavior to user actions.

Source: Bing Admits


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Press Release: Rakuten in Partnership with Aquafadas Launching a Mobile App with More Than 200 Digital Magazines – Publishing Executive

Montpellier, France — September 6, 2016 — Rakuten, a leading global Internet company in partnership with a digital software pioneer Aquafadas entered the interactive magazine apps market with its new product: Rakuten Magazine app launched on the 9th of August 2016. When there are multiple digital catalogues for the EMEA and American readers, e-magazines are less present in this part of the globe. An opportunity that cannot be given a miss!

Imagine 200 magazines, 11 genres, available via an easy-to-use mobile app, all accessible thanks to a very appealing “all you can eat” subscription plan? Combine it with the Rakuten clients base of 100 million existing active customers. The opportunities are endless.

The app is available in Japan and accessible on both iOS and Android devices. Aquafadas has provided a technological frame including: the cloud based app infrastructure and digital enrichment and conversion tools. Their technical solutions have been optimised and adapted in order to meet the needs of the audience and provide stable and highly secure backend as well as a highly flexible user interface.

Matthieu Kopp, CTO, Aquafadas : “It’s the first time when our Aquafadas software enabled to transform and contain so much content in one single app. We’re talking about 200 magazines and this is a wonderful number of titles and also for us – tech experts – this is a powerful amount of data needed to be processed. We’re expecting an impressive adoption rate aiming at millions of readers in the next few years. And whilst we’re waiting impatiently for users reactions and feedback, we’re already working on next features. We have lots of great enhancements in the pipeline that will no doubt bring digital magazines experience in Japan to the next level.

”About Aquafadas: A highly successful French Tech start up, a part of the internet giant Rakuten group. In 2016 they have celebrated its 10 years anniversary. The company started as a leader in Mac software designed to create personal photos and videos animations. Following iPhone touch launch, they became key players in digitisation of comics afterwards moving towards a partnership with well known publishers helping them in transition from glossy magazines to stunning mobile content and apps. Today, they are one of the key enterprise mobility enablers with their creative publishing tools for the business world. Amongst their clients they list: Adecco, Deloitte, VW, Audi, Turkish Airlines, Audi, Havas, Shuiesha, Prêt à Manger and many more.

Source: Press Release: Rakuten in Partnership with Aquafadas Launching a Mobile App with More Than 200 Digital Magazines – Publishing Executive

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Why an eye scan could soon unlock Samsung and Apple phones

Iris scanning may be coming to a smartphone near you as early as next month. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone—to be released August 2—will very likely include iris recognition technology to unlock your phone. Apple may also roll out new iPhones with iris sensors in 2018, according to DigiTimes—delivering on user demand for biometric security checks over numeric passwords, but raising new practical and privacy concerns.

Iris scanning works by recognizing the flat, colored, ring-shaped membrane of the user’s eye. Like a fingerprint, each person’s iris is unique. While a retinal scan requires close proximity to an eyepiece, iris capture is more like taking a photograph.

“Smartphones have been improving camera quality, so it’s natural and easy to add the iris scan,” said Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner Research. “There is a lot of interest in iris scans and other biometrics among both consumers and employers, because the other security methods are being circumvented.”

Source: Why an eye scan could soon unlock Samsung and Apple phones – TechRepublic

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Which browser is most popular on each major operating system? | ZDNet

Collectively, five browsers dominate the web, accounting for 98 percent of all traffic as measured by the latest U.S. Government Digital Analytics Program. (For a discussion of where that data comes from, see the note at the end of this earlier post.)

The trouble with those aggregate numbers is they mash together visits from sites running mobile and desktop operating systems, where the choice of browsers varies greatly. That’s why I was thrilled to see that the good folks at DAP released some new crosstab options this week.

Those new data formats now make it possible to measure browser usage in detail on individual platforms.

For this analysis, I used traffic from May 1, 2016 through June 17, 2016, breaking the results out across Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X. The results are eye-opening. Two overall conclusions are worth highlighting before diving into the details.

First, as open platforms, desktop operating systems have historically encouraged the development of alternative browsers and made it easy to switch. As a result, somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of all PC and Mac users choose a browser other than the default option. Among mobile operating systems, however, changing defaults is much more difficult (and nearly impossible on iOS). That explains the dominance of Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari.

Second, independent browsers are rapidly nearing extinction. A mere seven years ago, Mozilla’s Firefox was a force to be reckoned with. In 2016, its usage is approaching single-digit percentages, with Chrome now crushing it as the preferred non-default browser on desktop platforms. In addition, Firefox Mobile has had little or no success and is a statistical blip on mobile devices.

Source: Which browser is most popular on each major operating system? | ZDNet

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Google Scans Billions Of Android Apps, Too Many In High-Risk Security Category 04/20/2016

googlelogo_color_272x92dpGoogle’smotivation to keep app users safe as they search for information and explore new ways to make their life easier through mobile devices points to helping consumers feel secure and free from malware andhackers. The safer consumers feel, the more they will use the apps and mobile Web and interact with branded content and paid-search ads.

In Google’s second annual report on the state of Android security, thecompany says it now scans six billion Android apps daily on smartphones around the world to look for potentially harmful apps (PHAs), but another report suggests Android apps still fall into ahigher-risk category. Too many are at risk of leaking consumer data.


It means Google now scans 400 million devices daily using automated systems to support Google Mobile Services, with theautomated system protecting users who install apps from sources other than Google Play. In 2015, PHAs were installed on less than 0.15% of devices that only get apps from Google Play.

Includeall devices in the Android ecosystem using Google’s services, such as apps from third-party app stores, and this rises to 0.5%, up from 1% from the prior year.

Source: Google Scans Billions Of Android Apps, Too Many In High-Risk Security Category 04/20/2016

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Phones And Tablets Are Go-To For Downloading 04/15/2016

According to a new study by Limelight Networks, the State of Digital Downloads report, 45% of consumers are more likely to download digital content of all types than they were a year ago.And, in just the past few months the smartphone has displaced the PC as the dominant device for the download and consumption of content. 62% of users downloaded content onto Android-based smartphones,while 43% of Apple’s iPad and 45% Android tablets led the way as the prevalent destination for content downloads.

Beyond OS updates, consumers are leaning mostly toward entertainment fordownloading on these mobile devices:

  • New apps (33%)
  • Video games (18%)
  • And movies and tv shows (13%)

The bulk of downloading occurs at night, as thehours of 6 p.m.-midnight are “prime time” for acquiring and consuming entertainment, says the report. More than 40% download movies and TV shows during these hours, with 35% similarlydownloading video games and music.

A number of interesting insights were uncovered in the study, says the report:

  • The mobile phone is the most dominant device for downloadingcontent. Beyond OS updates, Movies/TV Shows, Music, and Apps are the most popular downloads
  • Consumers tend to download most often at night
  • Download speed is critical to providing agreat experience
  • When things go wrong with downloading, ISPs are blamed
  • Google is winning the content war but Apple isn’t far behind
  • When it comes to downloadingcontent, consumers want control.
  • Android is the most dominant smartphone for downloading content but comes in second with tablets

Source: Phones And Tablets Are Go-To For Downloading 04/15/2016

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Minnesota Vikings kick off a new app and stadium beacons

The NFL’s Minnesota Vikings will offer its fans a way to navigate its new stadium, order beer and buy tickets in its relaunched app.

The Minnesota Vikings are tackling opening a new stadium and launching a new app this coming season.

The National Football League team will relaunch its app at a party during the NFL Draft 2016 on Thursday, April 28, says John Penhollow, vice president of corporate and technology partnerships for Minnesota Vikings Football LLC. The new app will work in conjunction with the team’s new indoor stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, which will open this summer.

The new app will allow fans to purchase tickets, enter the stadium via a mobile ticket, purchase food and drinks, watch video replays, earn points in a loyalty program, buy merchandise and navigate the stadium with turn-by-turn directions, Penhollow says. The team’s current app has none of this functionality and only provides content, such as news and information about the team, he says.

Without any of these features, the Vikings’ current app has amassed 450,000 downloads since its launch in 2012, Penhollow says. Once the new app launches fans with the current iteration of the Viking’s app will receive an alert to update their apps. Assuming this large base of fans updates the app, Penhollow hopes the app can reach more than a million downloads.

Source: Minnesota Vikings kick off a new app and stadium beacons

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PageSuite App

New Product Launch… Live Apps from PageSuite

Designed-for-device editions…
Live Apps stream publishers’ content into pre-designed templates, transforming news, image and video feeds into engaging editions. PageSuite’s back office system offers publishers a powerful yet simple and efficient way to create, customise and manage their app – from adding branding, feeds and share options to specifying article sections and page layouts.

Feed-Driven Apps
Live app editions are powered by XML and JSON feeds which means publishers’ existing online content can be output into beautiful and stylish editions, optimised for reading on iOS tablet devices.

Customise and Enhance
Tailor your app to fit your brand by adding logos, colours, fonts, background images and more. You can also control how your content is categorised by choosing which sections appear in your app.

Multiple Template Options
Choose from a library of templates and a range of options to meet your internal resource and content. You can also create your own custom front covers and article layouts using PageSuite’s unique tools.

Deliver 24/7
Publishers have complete control over the scheduling of their Live editions and all past editions are automatically sent to the archive so subscribers can catch up on any news that they’ve missed via the edition timeline.

Drive Revenue
Live Apps feature Newsstand integration and offer full integration with existing subscriber databases. There are also multiple advertising and sponsorship opportunities with interactive full-page interstitial adverts and MPU slots.

Personalised Content
Readers can instantly access articles they want to read about by choosing which feeds populate their app. Publishers also have the opportunity to further monetise content by offering additional feeds made available through in-app payments.

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Tablet vs eReader

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This lens offers objective information that compares tablet computers (like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy) with dedicated e- reader devices (like the Kindle or Nook).


This lens offers objective information that compares tablet computers (like the Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy) with dedicated e-reader devices (like the Kindle or Nook). Each type of device has its own pros and cons, and the type of device that is better for you will depend on what you want from your personal electronics.

Below you will find an explanation of the basic (but important) differences between tables and ereaders, and then more detailed information about the most popular current devices. Mobile computing and reading is really an exiting new type of technology

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BII REPORT: How Content Is Being Consumed On Mobile Devices

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Here’s a breakdown of how mobile is impacting content consumption:

Tablets have fueled the continued rise of ebooks: Digital consumers read more books a year on average than their print-only counterparts, and 41% of tablet owners have use their device to access books.Tablets are a natural reading device, and ebooks are easier to browse and buy.

One of the primary attractions of smartphones is their dual capacity as MP3 players: The percentage of all U.S. mobile users listening to music on their phones increased from 12% in September 2009 to 27% in May. Mobile digital music has not made up for the stagnant record sales, but it has helped fueled the rise of mobile-focused music companies. Mobile now accounts for 70% of Pandor’as traffic.

News consumption is growing enormously: The news media still has an enormous audience in the U.S. Digital news audiences grew 17% last year. Mobile readers go to news sites more often, spent more time per visit, and read more articles per visit than desktop readers.

And mobile has helped drive an enormous amount of video consumption: Mobile users are increasingly watching longer content, not just YouTube videos. Tablets offer a better video experience, but consumers watch video on their smartphones too. Mobile video is not displacing television, but rather consumers are using their mobile devices as second (or third) screens.

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