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Facebook Steps Into the Mobile Waters Again with Paper

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After several attempts to make up for its late arrival in mobile, Facebook may have a standout mobile hit on its hands. On Thursday, the social networking powerhouse introduced a new app for finding and sharing stories -- Paper.

The Salvation for Snack Attacks: Smart Vending Machines

The Salvation for Snack Attacks: Smart Vending MachinesI don’t know about you, but when I walk by a vending machine and see one of my favorite snacks, I immediately have a snack attack. Often times these attacks go unanswered because I typically don’t carry cash in my pocket, or for the times when I do, the machine is broken.

Well, enter smart vending -- and the answer to my vending machine woes!

Social Media Addiction and Other Mobile Marketing Trends [Infographic]

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With Lenovo buying Motorola and a new generation of devices on the way, there's rumblings of change in the mobile marketplace. But none of the hardware and network juggling will stem the tide of mobile marketing.

Marketing campaigns are focusing on apps and social media. But as the dollars continue to flow, are marketers who are following the money risky their creativity and niche opportunities? A new infographic highlights the trends.

Is Huddle Still a SharePoint Alternative?

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Huddle talks a lot about being the "alternative to SharePoint." The company used the phrase today to launch a new offering. And it used it in December when it released Huddle Note, an iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside of a company firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from mobile devices.

So is it a viable alternative to SharePoint? "Sure, Huddle is legitimate competition to SharePoint," says Rob Koplowitz, SharePoint analyst for Forrester Research. "It doesn't do everything SharePoint does, but in the areas where there is overlap, Huddle is very robust." 

E-Commerce, Content and Closing the Gaps: A Look at Sitecore

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Over the past two days, we have looked at different approaches to bridging the gap between content management and e-commerce. In the first part, we saw that e-Spirit has adopted a best-of-breed approach. Yesterday we saw how Elastic Path is using e-commerce APIs to integrate content.

In the final piece today, we look at Sitecore, which has put customers at the heart of the retail process by providing personalized content and user experiences.

Siteworx Report: Retailers Missing Opportunity in Mobile Point-of-Sale

More than half of US shoppers used their tablets to research holiday purchases, but desktops and laptops are still the top choice for actual shopping. Those are among the takeaways in the annual State of Mobile Features and Functionality 2014 report by digital experience agency Siteworx.

E-Commerce, Content and Closing the Gaps: A Look at Elastic Path

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Yesterday we saw how e-Spirit has developed a best-of-breed approach to bridge the gap between content management and e-commerce.  But there are other approaches to this problem. Today we'll look at how Elastic Path tackles the problem with  API-centric commerce. This gives enterprises a single, unified customer experience no matter what device is being used to access the site.

Apple, Android and Windows Phones Set For Enterprise Mobility Battle

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Ahead of today's Apple earnings announcement whatever the sales for last year's models all the gossip is about company's "plans" for larger iPhone and iPad devices, as its enterprise and worker battle with Android and Windows Phones heats up. Are competitors poised to take a bite from Apple?

Or will Apple's expected larger-screens satisfy an insatiable mobile marker and even help improve productivity? What more can Apple do to drive its presence in the enterprise as Intel's Android Device Protection Technology drive starts up, with CIOs becoming increasingly concerned about mobile security? And, with Microsoft's wide-ranging enterprise play, can the revamping of iWorks help it become an enterprise winner?

E-Commerce, Content and Closing the Gaps: A Look at e-Spirit

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With more and more people shopping online, e-commerce vendors are constantly searching for new ways to find, engage and keep customers. One of the best strategies is the use of engaging content. Even so, many online stores struggle to provide optimal retail experiences.

A number of vendors are responding with solutions, including Elastic Path, e-Spirit and Sitecore. We'll take a look at what they are offering in a three-part mini-series starting today.

Some Early Lessons Learned from the Internet of Things

earlylessons.jpgEverything goes better with Internet. Deep down, that’s probably what’s allowed the Internet of Things to transform from being a visionary concept to an integral part in the product plans of major manufacturers and service providers in less than three years. Over the last 20 years, we've all experienced the benefits of being able to shop online or obtain formerly difficult-to-obtain information with a few keystrokes.

With that experience in mind, it didn't take much of a conceptual jump to understand how connectivity and intelligence would enhance consumer products or commercial equipment. Companies aren't questioning why they need to integrate Internet capabilities, the question is how. 

So what works? 

SAP Working to Engage Mobile Shoppers

SAP App could Show us How Easy Mobile Shopping Really is

Do mobile devices really make our lives easier? It depends. Some things, like sending email, isn't necessarily as easy as it could be. But online shopping is another story. It's one of the things mobile devices do pretty well.

However, given that mobile commerce is still a relatively new phenomenon, companies like SAP are working to create even more engaging shopping experiences to combat things like showrooming.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Google Improves Drive, Box Rebuilds iOS App

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A busy week in the document management space with the  relaunch of the rebuilt iOS app from Box and the addition of a new activity stream to Google Drive,. There is also a new mobile capture platform from Kofax and more SharePoint migration expertise from Metalogix. 

What Else Could Hatch from the Google Nest?

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Google put down a big marker for the Internet of Things with its Nest acquisition, having previously invested in the company via Google Ventures. We take a look at what the other companies Google is backing and what its portfolio could bring to the race to be the next big thing. 

From Bitcoins to office temperature control, global food prices to web testing and mobile apps, Google has its fingers in many pies ... or nests, as the case may be.

Forrester: Project Design Lessons from Ally Bank, PwC Australia

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Can the successful development of a B2C mobile app and a B2B intranet provide best practices for interactive projects? A report from industry research firm Forrester claims they can.

The two projects described in “Design Lessons from Forrester’s 2013 Outside In Award Winners” took the top prizes in the customer experience design category at the company’s first annual Outside In Awards.

  • Ally Bank used a rapid iterative process over nine-weeks to design and test a mobile app.
  • PwC Australia, a B2B professional services company offering assurance, tax and advisory services, redesigned and rebuilt its employee intranet.

Does the End of Net Neutrality Threaten Your Business?

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Net neutrality has been one of the original and enshrining tenets of the Internet: All content is created equal. But a US federal appeals court has struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling meant to prevent ISPs from prioritizing some website traffic over others.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today that the FCC cannot mandate net neutrality on the likes of Verizon and other broadband providers. This opens the way for multiple tiers of Internet access, with preferred content services potentially getting faster service, depending on the Internet provider.

We take a look at reaction to the news and what it could mean for businesses and users.

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