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Google Releases Brand New App For iPhone: Photo Sphere Camera [Download]

Google Releases Brand New App For iPhone: Photo Sphere Camera [Download] | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Google has just released Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhone, allowing users to capture panoramic, 360 degree snaps and share them with others.
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Why you must master mobile ecommerce

Why you must master mobile ecommerce | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Since 2011, many in the design community have been pushing responsive design to our clients as a “nice-to-have” feature. But in 2014, reality has set in: a responsive website has become an essential part of any company’s online presence.



One area of the Web that is way behind in terms of providing a modern, easy-to-use interface for customers is online retail. Many retailers, even large ones, have not invested the resources to build a responsive estore that works across all device sizes and forms.


But is a full-blown responsive estore really necessary? I mean who actually puchases something on their phone these days? Everybody knows people just use phones for music, photos and social media – right?


Well, keep reading to see what Amazon has to say about that…

 

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Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates

Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Amazon has launched a Square and PayPal Here competitor called Local Register, which provides users with a free app and a $10 card reader, and charges merchants and anyone selling services who use it just 1.75 percent per swipe on both credit and debit transactions, so long as users sign up before October 31. That’s a special rate, and is a full percentage point lower than Square’s 2.75 percent per swiped transaction (3.5 percent plus 15 cents for manual entry), and will last until January 1, 2016, at which point it will return to the standard 2.5 percent per transaction Amazon is charging (or 2.75 percent for manually entered transactions).

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Mobile-Payments Firms Order Up New Strategy: Restaurants - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Mobile-Payments Firms Order Up New Strategy: Restaurants - Wall Street Journal (blog) | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal (blog) Mobile-Payments Firms Order Up New Strategy: Restaurants Wall Street Journal (blog) “For merchants and for consumers, there really hasn't been a compelling reason yet to adopt mobile payments,” said Denee Carrington, a...

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Mobile Coupon Predictions: Coming To Grips With What Is Unknowable

Mobile Coupon Predictions: Coming To Grips With What Is Unknowable | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Executives always want to know where a particular trend—especially a payment type—will be many years in the future.

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Use These 2 Social Networks to Tackle the World's Largest eCommerce Market

Use These 2 Social Networks to Tackle the World's Largest eCommerce Market | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
China has recently surpassed the US to become the world’s largest eCommerce market and will maintain this leadership position for the next while. You can use two most popular Chinese social networks, WeChat and Weibo, to penetrate this market.
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Retailers Must Gear Up for Mobile Influenced Cross-Channel Sales

Retailers Must Gear Up for Mobile Influenced Cross-Channel Sales | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Cross-channel sales, also known as web-influenced sales, are purchases that are touched by a digital channel but are not completed online.  According to US data from Forrester, cross-channel sales are becoming increasingly important and are worth four times more in total than online sales alone. In fact, the analyst estimates that cross-channel sales will reach $1.8 trillion by 2018.


A big part of this new trend involves people using mobile devices at the pre-shop phase to gather more information about products and comparing different options before they buy. Often this is while they are actually in-store ahead of making an online purchase.


That’s not to say that mobile sales conversions are not rising also. According to UK figuresfrom IMRG, much of the £91bn shoppers spent online in 2013 was driven by mobile commerce, with over a quarter (27%) of internet sales coming directly from tablets and smartphones.

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LinkedIn’s mobile profile revamp is a milestone. Now it’s really serious about mobile

LinkedIn’s mobile profile revamp is a milestone. Now it’s really serious about mobile | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

With 43 percent of Web traffic coming from mobile devices, LinkedIn is a fan of mobile. A new look for mobile profiles is the latest proof that LinkedIn wants to look its best on mobile phones and tablets.


“It’s actually the first time that we are launching something on phone and tablet simultaneously and on mobile specifically first for our entire company, instead of desktop,” Kiran Prasad, LinkedIn’s senior director of engineering, said in an interview with VentureBeat.


A few major companies have been becoming mobile first, or saying so, anyway. Facebook’s mobile advertising provides  62 percent of the company’s $2.68 billion ad revenue. Microsoft is getting a lot more serious about mobile, and it finally introduced the Office software package for Apple’s iPad in March this year. And Twitter’s latest earnings statement shows that Twitter has been enjoying a huge increase in mobile users and mobile ad revenue. LinkedIn seems to want to follow suit.

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Medialets’ tools mean mobile advertisers can track campaigns in real time

Medialets’ tools mean mobile advertisers can track campaigns in real time | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Mobile ad publishers looking to maximize campaigns — and dollars — may have a new friend in town.


Mobile-attribution play Medialets, headquartered in Manhattan, unveiled a new set of tools today that enables publishers and advertisers to track how their ad campaigns are fairing across multiple mobile devices. This isn’t analytics per se; it’s about real-time attribution. Medialets, a software provider, is calling its new suite of tools Servo Total Attribution.


“This is about every place that saw the ad and then the placement of that ad. We can tell the advertisers where people saw the ads,” said Medialets founder and chief executive Eric Litman. “The question is: How is that ad performing?”


The mobile ad attribution sector — where advertisers can see where their campaigns are receiving clicks and downloads — is getting crowded. Brands want to see how their ads are fairing, and attribution software is one of the primary ways they are able to do this.

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Gone app helps you sell your belongings without a yard sale

Gone app helps you sell your belongings without a yard sale | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Today, Gone launched its app for iOS in Austin and San Francisco to help people get rid of their unwanted belongings.


If you have an iOS device, you can download Gone to begin adding photos and a brief product description of the item you want to sell. Once the app has your information, Gone pricing experts reply with a message that includes the best price possible for the item.

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Mobile internet revenue to hit $700B in 4 years, growing more than 300% (report)

Mobile internet revenue to hit $700B in 4 years, growing more than 300% (report) | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Mobile revenue will jump more than 300 percent in the next four years, hitting $700 billion in revenue by 2017, according to a new report by Digi-Capital.


No, that’s not all gems in Clash of Clans.


In fact, most of the growth will be in mobile commerce, which Digi-Capital says will hit $516 billion. Consumer apps will account for another $74 billion, while enterprise mobility will hit $53 billion. Mobile ads, at $42 billion, and wearables, at $11 billion, will round out the $700 billion total.

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Report: Apple Will Launch iPhone 6 on October 14th

Report: Apple Will Launch iPhone 6 on October 14th | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
According to a report from MacRumors, Apple could be set to launch the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, October 14th. The report also states that Apple is planning media event set for Tuesday, September 16th.
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Google Now tops Siri at accuracy, says analyst - CNET

Google Now tops Siri at accuracy, says analyst - CNET | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Both voice assistants have improved since last year, says analyst Gene Munster. But in a new contest, Google Now scores slightly higher than its rival from Apple.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Starbucks pushing ahead with mobile commerce plans

Starbucks pushing ahead with mobile commerce plans | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Company continues to find success in the mobile field

Starbucks has found a significant degree of success in its mobile commerce initiatives, but the company is not yet satisfied and intends to establish a larger presence in the mobile field. Convenience is the key to mobile success, and Starbucks has plans to introduce a new service that will have convenience as its most attractive feature. Starbucks will soon introduce a new feature to its popular mobile application that will allow customers to order products directly from their mobile device. They can use this same device to pay for these products.

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How To Use Your iPhone As A Security Camera For Free

How To Use Your iPhone As A Security Camera For Free | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
There are plenty of different ways that an individual can embrace security to make the home, office - or any other location - a lot more secure.
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Google To Go After Amazon By Stepping Up E-Commerce Offerings

Google To Go After Amazon By Stepping Up E-Commerce Offerings | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Cnet reports that Google wants to challenge Amazon’s dominance in the e-commerce market by expanding the resources of its Google Shopping Express service.


Shopping Express is a service that lets users buy products from local retailers, and delivers them to their doors the same day or next day. It was first announced in March 2013.


Recode was first to release a report detailing Google’s plans to beef up the Shopping Express service by investing as much as $500 million into it. However, Cnet says that number is “quite exaggerated”, according to sources close to Google.

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SnapUp Lets You Go Shopping, Track Prices Just By Taking Screenshots On Your iPhone

SnapUp Lets You Go Shopping, Track Prices Just By Taking Screenshots On Your iPhone | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

A new application launching today on the iTunes App Store wants to make mobile shopping – including organizing products you like from multiple stores and receiving price drop notifications – as simple as taking a screenshot on your phone. SnapUp, as the app is called, is able to automatically identify and recognize the products you save as screenshots in your iPhone’s Camera Roll, allowing you to then move those products into lists, keep track of sales and other deals, and then finally buy when the price is right.


“The biggest problem in mobile – from a consumer standpoint – is that there’s no way to bookmark anything,” explains Mehta of the challenges faced when mobile shopping. “In order to bookmark something you need to have it work inside each app, and each app has a different UX [user experience] for bookmarking something or sharing it,” he says.

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The Mobile Web is Not Dying … It is Shifting

The Mobile Web is Not Dying … It is Shifting | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Over 1 Billion Mobile Devices Shipped in 2013

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 millionsmartphones worldwide in 2013, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012.

In addition to that, tablets will rise to break the 300 million unit mark in 2014 (combining tablet shipments of 263 million and shipments of “other ultramobiles” of 40 million units).

These two numbers are critical for understanding the driving force behind the third important trend: according to ComScore, mobile users will surpass desktop users in 2014.

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Build Your Digital Writing Toolbox: Collaboration Edition

There's more to writing than writing. This is the deck from my 2014 talk at the Web Conference at Penn State. It describes the importance of the "workflow" mindset for approaching your writing, a framework for analyzing your workflows and choosing appropriate tools, and a number of tool recommendations for each section. 


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Links to many of the tools mentioned can be found at http://kubie.co/dwt ;

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Mobile games market to double in size by 2016

Mobile games market to double in size by 2016 | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
Together with mobile games marketing platform AppLift, we have developed an extensive infographic featuring key global and regional mobile games metrics.

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Interesting data on how strong the mobile games market is.

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Wearables At Work Will Reshape The Office

Wearables At Work Will Reshape The Office | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Salesforce, the maker of online tools for tracking customers and helping employees collaborate, is the latest company to try and capture the buzz around wearable devices, following in the Nike-clad footsteps of Samsung and Apple. Earlier this week, it introducedSalesforce Wear, a set of code libraries to help build apps that connect Salesforce's data with smartwatches, activity trackers, computerized glasses, and other sensor-laden gadgets we wear on our bodies.


The obvious thing to do with this software is build simple notification apps. Meetings get more productive if employees aren’t constantly pulling out their smartphones, and can instead stay in touch with a simple glance at the wrist. But I'm more intrigued by the notion of connecting the world of work to the world of fitness.

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Easier to look at your phone than pull out your smartphone. Very interesting article.

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Stickers-as-a-service startup PicoCandy helps apps make money and boost user engagement

Stickers-as-a-service startup PicoCandy helps apps make money and boost user engagement | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
“We’re a startup that creates stickers for mobile messaging apps.” Some people might take that line and use it to fulfill some kind of tech bubble 2.0 vision.
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Geotargeting drives key brand engagements even when stores are closed

Geotargeting drives key brand engagements even when stores are closed | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

While much of the talk around geofencing has focused on driving foot traffic with an ad delivered to a nearby customer, a growing number of retailers are recognizing opportunities with geofencing after stores close or when a location has shut its doors for good.


The trend points to the growing sophistication of mobile marketing, with brands increasingly looking beyond simple location to take into account other factors that can drive more contextually relevant experiences for consumers. For example, by geofencing stores that have recently shut down, retailer Ashley Stewart hopes to retain customers by driving them to another nearby outlet or to its mobile site.

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On your way? Routeshare for iPhone lets you share your real-time ETA with a link

On your way? Routeshare for iPhone lets you share your real-time ETA with a link | MobileWeb | Scoop.it

Location’ is a core part of many mobile services these days. Local news, local weather, local restaurants, local hotels… you name it. But GPS and location-based services are perhaps most useful for finding your way from A to B – and letting others see where you are.


While there are a number of location-sharing services out there such as Glympse, Routeshare has just entered the fray with its own take on the concept.

Routeshare for iPhone is more specifically about sharing with another person where you are and how long it will take you to arrive at a specific destination, rather than what route you’re taking. You simply enter a destination, select how frequently you want to display location updates, and hit ‘Start’.

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Andrew Bastawrous: Get your next eye exam on a smartphone

Thirty-nine million people in the world are blind, and the majority lost their sight due to curable and preventable diseases. But how do you test and treat people who live in remote areas, where expensive, bulky eye equipment is hard to come by?

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My name is Brian Yanish & yes I am a nerd. Now that I got that out of the way, what do I really do? I'm the founder of MarketingHits, a company that helps other businesses find new ways to connect with customers online. http://www.MarketingHits.com

 
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Freaky: iPhone 5s Keeps On Tracking Your Movements Even If The Battery Is Dead

Freaky: iPhone 5s Keeps On Tracking Your Movements Even If The Battery Is Dead | MobileWeb | Scoop.it
The iPhone 5s, as is often the case with new iPhone releases, brought with it a bunch of new and exciting features, including Touch ID, gold color configuration, and a 64-bit processor - the first to be found within a smartphone.
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