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Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

Telecom New Zealand invests in app startup

App La Carte builds apps for businesses

Telecom New Zealand’s startup incubator, Telecom Digital Ventures, on Monday made a strategic investment in mobile application developer App La Carte. App La Carte was launched in November 2012 when its founders spotted a gap in the market for businesses and organisations prepared to pay a monthly subscription to use an easy-to-use app builder to put together their own app.

Amazon beefs up mobile offering with cloud notifications

Application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices

Amazon has built up its presence in the mobile space this week with the launch of a cloud-based, cross platform push notification service, making large scale notifications more accessible to developers.

Using the Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) API, application developers can send notifications to Apple iOS, Google Android and Kindle Fire devices.

WAC folded into GSMA as Apigee buys tech assets

The WAC is being absorbed into GSMA, and its technical assets sold off

The Wholesale Applications Community, a mobile operator alliance focused on the creation of a web runtime environment for device and OS agnostic mobile apps and the wide scale provision of network APIs to developers, has sold its technical assets to specialist firm Apigee. Meanwhile the GSMA has announced that it will absorb what remains of WAC, just two years after it was created.

Polish operators open core to combat OTT threat

OTT services are seen a a big headache for carriers

Polish carriers Orange, T-Mobile and Polkomtel have banded together with local developers and academic institutions to create an ecosystem designed to address the growing competition posed by Over The Top (OTT) providers.

VimpelCom intros carrier billing for Google apps

Carrier billing is becoming popular in Russia

Russia’s second largest mobile operator, VimpelCom, has implemented a carrier billing model with Google, allowing users to purchase app store content via their mobile phone bill.

App payments crucial for operators as OTT services erode revenues

App payments will shore up mobile carriers’ falling content market share

Operators are set to see their share of mobile content and commerce revenue drop from 44 per cent in 2011 to 31 per cent in 2016 globally, according to the latest forecasts from Informa Telecoms & Media. This is due to services such as mobile messaging, music, TV and video streaming, location-based services and social-networking increasingly going over-the-top in the next five years.

Carrier billing proving popular in Europe

Convenience and speed of use are the top reasons behind the popularity of one-click billing

More than a third of smartphone users in Europe are thought to pay for applications via operator billing, according to research released on Wednesday.

‘Me too’ thinking endemic at E3 as vendors eye up each other’s turf

The distinction between games consoles and connected TVs is becoming even more blurred

The distinction between games consoles and connected TVs became even more blurred at the recent E3 computer and video-games trade show in Los Angeles. Even Nintendo has given up on the notion of a traditional games-only machine. Its soon-to-be-released console, the WiiU, might principally be about playing games, but it can also be used as a media hub.

Nokia, Microsoft to invest in mobile start-ups in Finland

The initiative will focus on self-sustaining mobile startups

Handset partners Microsoft and Nokia will each invest up to €9m in a development program to drive training, support and startup business opportunities through the AppCampus program at Aalto University, Finland.

Telefonica launches talent incubator

The innovation deficit is an easy problem to fix, according to Telefónica

Spain-based carrier Telefonica on Wednesday launched a European talent incubator, in a move clearly designed to make the brand seem hip and in touch with young people and the start-up community.

Why isn’t the tablet a multi-user device?

Operators will have to fight for tablet retail revenues

Why is it that the tablet – rapidly establishing its position as the fourth screen in the home – isn’t a family friendly, multi-user device? I understand that it’s a personal screen, but it’s not a personal device.

To complete its vision, RIM should go private

2,000 RIM staff will lose their jobs as part of the cost-cutting move

For the last few months, North American business news channels have been buzzing with rumors declaring that an acquisition of Research In Motion is just around the corner. The list of potential suitors allegedly includes such technology heavyweights as Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung, though none of these options offers the prospect of an easy post-acquisition reorganization or integration of product/service portfolios.

RIM pushes BlackBerry software updates

The PlayBook gets some much needed updates

Using Las Vegas gadget-fest CES as a platform to rally some support, Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is showing off the latest versions of its flagship operating systems for both smartphone and tablet devices.

Spoilt for choice

Application stores, now swollen with content, have become daunting, especially for first-time users

Since mid-2008, when Apple first opened the doors of its genre-defining App Store, the concept has swept the mobile industry and become the primary means for consumers to discover content. While there are some who believe the devices space has become a two horse race in terms of platforms, with Apple and Google’s Android as the only runners, the software side of the mobile experience is in a state of flux, and 2012 may still be too early to place confident bets.

Over 10 billion Android apps downloaded

Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest Android OS

Web giant Google this week trumpeted the ten billionth download from its Android app store, having racked up no less than four billion downloads in the past six months.

Swedish players band together in m-payments move

Sweden’s mobile operators are the latest carriers to band together and form a mobile payments joint venture. Investment amounts have not been revealed, but Telia, Tele2, Telenor and 3 will each own 25 per cent.

Vodafone pitches curated app store offering

Vodafone is tackling the problem of too much choice

UK based carrier Vodafone is addressing the problem of swollen app stores, which it sees as a daunting experience for consumers due to the overwhelming numbers of apps. This week the company followed up on its own portal within the Android Market, with an own branded and curated app store that exists in its own right.

Nokia World: Nokia sheds light on its latest smartphones

lumia

Although not among the most super of smartphones currently available, Nokia’s new Windows Phone offerings, branded as Lumia, are sure to provide a much-needed boost to its fortunes in the smartphone market.

Netflix to get UK and Ireland launch, Google in multimedia push

Netflix and Google's movie services are coming to the UK

Internet film subscription service Netflix has announced that it will launch in the UK and Ireland in early 2012. The service offers unlimited TV shows and films that can be streamed instantly to PCs, consoles, TVs and a range of mobile devices, for a monthly subscription. Meanwhile, Google has also launched a new film rental service for its Android mobile operating system, and is preparing to launch a music service too.

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