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The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! According to a new TNS report, approximately 32 percent of mobile consumers in the United Kingdom participate in mobile commerce on a monthly basis. Comparatively, only eight percent of mobile consumers in France do so.  Read Origin... (more)

iPad on Ulitzer - How To Jump On the iPad Buzz

iPad on Ulitzer There were two kinds of technology companies issuing press releases today. Goofball ones that were somehow oblivious to Apple's planned announcement, and thought it was just another day and their stuff would get the usual attention. And those who watched the announcement of the iPad and realized there was excitement to leverage, and put together their own announcement. Now just about anyone in digital signage making an announcement that somehow tied in to the iPad would be regarded with giggles, but Nanonation is one of only a few companies in the space that actually have some genuine Apple ties, history and chops, so to speak. In the hours after the celebrated tablet was announced, Nanonation issued a release saying its propellerheads were all over this thing. Software developer Nanonation announced plans to support and develop new customer-facing applica... (more)

Open Source Champions Shoot Down Microsoft FAT Patent

At the behest of the open source-loving Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has rejected all of the claims made in one of the four patents that Microsoft holds on the Windows file system. PUBPAT brought the agency evidence of prior art, and nailed Microsoft for making "obvious" extensions to pre-existing ideas. Microsoft's patent is still valid, but it is now on the proverbial slippery slope, and Microsoft is going to have to defend it against PUBPAT's alleged prior art and the patent re-examiner's findings, a back-and-forth process consisting of claim and counterclaim that Microsoft director of business development for intellectual property and licensing David Kaefer estimates could take eight months. PUBPAT executive director Daniel Ravicher claims the PTO won't "cave easily," suggesting that the patent is doomed and that at ... (more)

White Paper Confirms Potential of In-Store Digital Media Networks to Transform Consumer Retail Experience

DALLAS, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In an age of shrinking and fragmented mass media, retailers have a big opportunity to reclaim their historic role as the leading mass consumer medium. A new white paper issued today, titled In-Store Digital Media: How to Reestablish Retail's Role as a Mass Consumer Medium, explains how retailers can leverage shopper-friendly digital media technologies that deliver marketing and branding messages to consumers inside the store, at or near the point of sale. The white paper was developed jointly by Reflect Systems, a leading provider of Digital Signage software and services for retailers; TracyLocke, an integrated marketing agency with a specialty in shopper marketing; and DecisionPoint Media Insights, a market research and consulting firm with expertise in digital media at retail and out of home. The paper concludes that in-store digit... (more)

Google, APEX and Others Discover the Fast-Growing Digital Signage Market

Digital Signage is the fastest-growing marketing and communications medium in the world second only to the Internet and branded entertainment.  It replaces conventional paper signs and posters with electronic signs using liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasma screens.  Google has pursued a patent on digital signage and has recently launched a Google TV ads platform, which will likely revolutionize out-of-home and TV advertising in the coming years.  APEX Digital Imaging is providing a total suite of digital signage services through a collaboration with the largest companies in the space.  And there are countless ways in which organizations are using digital signage today: Dental clinics and medical centers.  Reduce patient perception of waiting time; Lower marketing and communications costs; Generate third party advertising revenue Mid size businesses and large c... (more)

A Dumb $119 Device that MAY Be All You Need

I do NOT advocate building out DS networks with dumb devices that have no connectivity and therefore can`t be monitored and remedied remotely, particularly in situations in which the content needs to get regularly updated. However. there have been times during my technology sales life (now past) in which I was pitching, but thinking, my pots and pans bordered on overkill for the client, given the requirements. We`re seeing boxes come on the market, like Western Digital`s and this new one from MediaGate that really are all some businesses may ever need for digital signage. They`re tiny, probably quite reliable, capable of smooth 1080P HD, support lotsa formats and cost not a lot more than $100. They get updated by USB or flash memory cards.  The down side, as mentioned, is they don`t have ethernet, and therfore can`t be updated remotely and sent playback scripts. B... (more)

Pixamba.com Beta Opens to the Public

Stock Photography I am very excited to show you up some initial results of our hard work for quite a long time. Pixamba.com opens it doors for the contributors and image buyers. You are warmly welcome to join us and start selling your photos and illustrations with Pixamba. We offer high resolution stock images at very affordable prices and we are here, online and offline for any question or suggestion you may have. Original post blogged on Pixamba Blog. ... (more)

Cisco Hops on AR bandwagon with Retail Demo

A Cisco online video is drifting around sites like Wired and Digital Signage Today that shows how augmented reality, blended with digital signage, could change shopping experiences. It shows a young woman going all Tom Cruise-y, like in that Spielberg movie I refuse to mention, flapping her arms and waving her hand to move things around a a screen/change-room mirror as she tries on clothes and even changes their colors virtually. It is pretty cool, but some of the sites that are posting this video are referencing this as being in the here and now. It's not, unless Cisco is months or years ahead of anybody else applying AR technology right now. That very slick, high production value Cisco video with the sound effects and acting talent is where it all might go, but the will be nowhere near as seamless as is shown. At least not yet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxQZ... (more)

Artisan Pulls Plug on Digital Signage Content Group

Toronto-based point of purchase printing specialist Artisan Complete, which for the last few years has been building a business and reputation as one of the leaders in content strategy and production for digital signage, has pulled the plug on its Artisan Live group. Mike Brown had been leading the group and left recently, and then on Thursday the well-known face of the Live group, Stephen Ghigliotty and creative director Kris Steeves were shown the door. The group had at least a half-dozen people in it going back two or three years, and had won awards and a lot of recognition for its work. Both Stephen and Kris are great, talented guys and will be good picks for anyone who wants to grab them, Stephen on strategy and Kris on creative. It's too bad, as good, innovative work was getting done. But this has been a tough year for the printing industry and the people hooke... (more)

Clever and Useful Move with iPhone App

I am at a bit of a disadvantage here because (oh, the horror) I don't have an iPhone and I am not all that conversant in Stratacache's software. But, that stated, I am nonetheless thinking that developing an iPhone app for its ActiVia software is a pretty clever move. Yes, if you have a wireless phone and a browser, and your platform is Web-based, you kinda sorta have an app anyway. But from what I know of many browser-based platforms - including one I had a demo on yesterday - they'd all be a pain in the butt to use on a small handset screen. This is a special-purpose app that uses the iPhone UI and allows users to bang around and manage their network and players from pretty much anywhere. Apart from the pure utility of that, I also think it is a clever marketing move. There are fewer and fewer ways in which all the DS software guys can differentiate themselves and... (more)

Is a Smartphone a Digital Signage Player Too?

Spotted this on Engadget, which was picking up on an iSuppli analysis of the build cost of the new Google Nexus One smartphone. iSuppli reports a preliminary estimate of $174.15 for the cost of materials needed to build each handset. The research firm also congratulates Google on keeping a bill of materials comparable to most recent smartphones while having "the most advanced features of any smart phone ever dissected by iSuppli's Teardown Analysis Service." Costliest of all things was the 1GHz Snapdragon ($30.50), followed by the AMOLED display ($23.50) and memory ($20.40) from Samsung. The Bluetooth and 802.11n WiFi transceiver cost $8.20, and perhaps the most egregious spend was $12.50 on a 5-megapixel camera that many of us might never use. Like many people in the industry I have been watching the evolution of these phones and thinking they will pretty quickl... (more)