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NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prentice Capital, the Michael Zimmerman fund specializing in retail investments, predicts that retail sales will grow faster than expected during the second half of 2014. This view is supported by the latest National Retail Federation retail sales forecast which calculates that retail sales are expected to grow at least 3.9% during the second half(1). Zimmerman's positive view is despite the fact that US store visits fell by nearly 7% in June and nearly 5% in July, and overall have fallen by 5% or more from a year earlier in every month for the past two years according to ShopperTrak(2). It's not all bad news however - consumers are still buying, they are just increasingly doing it online. Consumer behaviour is changing. Instead of wandering through stores making impulse purchases, shoppers use their mobile phones and computer... (more)

Smartphones, Mobility Software, and M-Commerce

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. According to a new Forrester Research report, mobile banking will reach 108 million users in the U.S. by 2017, approximately 46 percent of all U.S. bank account holders. Read Original Content Smartphones will drive more than $730 billion worth of purchases over the next five years, according to Juniper Research. Read Original Content ABI Research data has shown that over the next five years, the total revenues from mobile apps – including in-app purchases and pay-per-downloads, as well as in-app advertising and subscriptions – will explode. In fact, they are predicted to gro... (more)

Why Apple’s iCloud Matters to Enterprise IT

There has been a great deal of press surrounding Apple's launch of iCloud and the impact of this new service on consumer markets. Very little attention, however, has been given to the impact that this new cloud computing service will have on enterprise IT. If recent history is any indication, this is a big mistake. The consumerization of IT over the last decade has demonstrated that consumer trends establish end-user expectations around IT service delivery, and given the rapid pace of cloud computing technology innovation the window between consumer trends and IT expectations is growing narrower every day. If this isn't enough to convince you, then consider this - Apple's iCloud represents the first real and significant challenge to Google's network-centric cloud computing model. The winner of this titanic struggle will shape consumer, and hence end user, attitudes ... (more)

Apple to Make Macs in America

After "Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in USA" tags were spotted on some new iMacs, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed Thursday that production of one of the company's existing Mac lines is moving to the US. Production will ramp up next year. Apple is investing $100 million to produce the things here and will subcontract the work out. He told Bloomberg BusinessWeek, "We've been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013. We're really proud of it. We could have quickly maybe done just assembly, but it's broader because we wanted to do something more substantial." The company estimates that it's created more than 600,000 jobs in the US - both directly and indirectly. Cook told NBC that he felt it was important to create more jobs in the US, which is struggling with 8% unemployment, but he said he can't move all of A... (more)

Emoji to Be the Keynote Topic for the 38th Internationalization and Unicode Conference

The Unicode Consortium today announced that its president and co-founder, Dr. Mark Davis, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Internationalization & Unicode Conference (IUC) in Santa Clara, CA. The conference will take place November 3rd-5th at the Hyatt Regency hotel. Dr. Davis’s talk will discuss where emoji came from, why they have gotten so popular, where they’ve missed the mark, and what the future will bring. The title is itself in emoji: www.unicodeconference.org/emoji. “Emoji became very popular in Japan right after they were introduced in 1999,” said Dr. Davis. “Once they were added to Unicode in 2010, they became popular worldwide, used in modern mobile phones, texting systems, email, and so on. For example, there were some 6,000 articles on emoji in the month after Unicode 7.0 released, according to Google News.” The presentation will cover som... (more)

Video: FAME Premiere Attendees Get 'FAMEUS' With LG Mobile Phones

LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) partnered with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM) and Lakeshore Entertainment to create a multi-faceted marketing campaign to promote the highly-anticipated film, FAME, which premiered last night in Los Angeles. FAME is the highly anticipated remake of the 80's award winning hit film -- is set at a New York City performing arts school and follows the lives of several aspiring dancers, actors, singers, and artists as they reach for their dreams As presenting sponsor of the Los Angeles premiere and pre-premiere concert, LG Mobile Phones created a fun and unique "LGFameUs" experience for the cast members and attendees. The premiere experience complemented an online micro-site the company created to promote the film. For the premiere, LG created a video "set" -- complete with a New York City Street scene -- so FAME... (more)

Open Source Mobile Cloud Sync and Push Email

Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud. Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich media in the cloud, using any modern browser "With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to access mobile data and content, any... (more)

Danger in the Clouds: Four Lessons from the Sidekick Disaster

Do you own a Sidekick mobile phone (AKA the Danger Hiptop)?  Then please accept my condolences while I describe the pain and suffering you’ve experienced over the past few days. The Sidekick is made by Danger, a company acquired by Microsoft in 2008.  As one of T-Mobile’s flagship mobile phones, the Sidekick was one of the first and most popular consumer smartphones.  Featuring a real keyboard, it offered an instant messaging application at a time when many phones were still figuring out SMS.  For IM and SMS addicts, the Sidekick was THE phone to own. One of the Sidekick’s key features was that it kept all of your important stuff “in the cloud.”  That meant it stored all of your contacts, messages, photos, and just about everything else on a server managed by Danger.  This made it easy to recover your data in case your phone lost power or failed.  What nobody anti... (more)

The Future of Mobile and Route Sales Applications for Smart Phones, Part 1

Wireless Developer's Journal I can see multiple mobile applications and technologies converging rapidly to provide some very interesting scenarios for mobile and route sales people. Consider the following scenario. A mobile sales person or route sales person is driving through an unfamiliar territory. She stops in a parking lot and activates an application on her Smart Phone that identifies her location and requests visibility into the location of all current and past customers, and any known sales prospects. Her application, using Google Maps provides a map with color coded "push pins" showing the exact locations of each. Tapping on any push pin identifies the street address, name, product and account history. The mobile sales person only has 2 hours to spare, so selects a priority filter. The map updates and removes non-selected accounts. She then selects the opt... (more)

Enterprise 2.0 and Mobile Software Applications

The term Enterprise 2.0 is receiving a lot of press these days (see definition of Enterprise 2.0). In this article we are going to discuss possible use cases for Enterprise 2.0 in the context of enterprise mobile applications. Carl Frappaolo and Dan Keldsen defined Enterprise 2.0 in this way, "a system of web based technologies that provide rapid and agile collaboration (kudos for buzz words), information sharing, emergence and integration capabilities in the extended enterprise." The bottom line, unstructured information sharing tools for use by the enterprise. Many of the online references to Enterprise 2.0 are referring to intranet or internal company communications. Since mobility is more interesting, let's focus on how Enterprise 2.0 could be used external to the company in a B2B (business to business) context. OK, an EnterpriseBook instead of a FaceBook. What ... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - iPad Carries Apple Chip

iPad on Ulitzer While the market figures out whether it wants one of those new iHyped Apple iPad tablets when they get here in March, what it would do with it if it got one, whether it will kill the Kindle, threaten netbooks or backfire on Apple, note that it's the first time Apple is using its own chip, supposedly giving purpose to its 2008 PA Semi acquisition. The custom-designed 1GHz high-performance, low-power Apple A4 is reportedly an ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SOC) integrating the ARM central processor, ARM graphics and ARM memory controller on a single die, a direction Intel's Moorestown Atom is going. Apple says it's the reason iPad gets 10-hour battery life. The iPad runs the same software as the 600MHz ARM-based iPhone. Its 9.7-inch screen is special too and is based on IPS LCD technology used in televisions. The $499-$829 device uses Flash memory and can... (more)