Adobe on Monday announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, providing
publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create,
publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through
content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces. Built on the foundation of
Adobe Creative Suite® and Adobe InDesign® CS5 software, the Digital
Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative
publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models
and support for deep analytics reporting.
Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers
will be able to efficiently author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively
build new levels of interactivity directly in InDesign, distribute and
monetize their digital editions, and optimize their editorial and advertising
content for a complete end-t... (more)
For location-based services, the open frameworks of J2ME and J2EE create
interesting opportunities in the fields of software development and applied
statistics. Traditionally, the software industry in these services has been
closed and, as a result, the industry has suffered stagnation, particularly
in the area of distributed systems and integration.
Just look at this most recent example – U.S. cell phone carriers didn’t
meet the FCC October 2001 mandate for automatic location-based tracking for
911 calls over their networks. The most common reasons the carriers gave for
missing the deadline were high costs and an inability to install the network
infrastructure. With J2ME, XML, J2EE, and GPS, you can use the existing
infrastructure (the Internet and your computer) to build and run such
services from your garage, all for a very low cost (free).
With Java’s open archi... (more)
Sun has poured a lot of resources into the Java 2 Micro Edition platform,
recognizing that the next battleground will be the ubiquitous consumer
device. Whether J2ME can make the huge impact that Sun (and the developer
community) hopes for is still an open question, as the current rate of
adoption has been underwhelming thus far.
All the major OEMs have announced big plans for J2ME, and although the
sluggish economy of late can be factored in as one reason for J2ME's slow
growth, there are several other contributing factors. I'd like to offer some
suggestions about what's wrong and how to fix it.
1. Supply and demand disconnect
It's been noted that although most of the major financial firms have rolled
out wireless products to allow their customers to trade using their PDAs or
other consumer devices, demand from customers has been almost nonexistent.
Vendors' atte... (more)
(January 21, 2003) - Sponsors, participants, and invited guests joined the
Open GIS Consortium (OGC) at Lockheed Martin recently to view the results of
the OGC Web Services 1.2 Testbed initiative. The demonstration focused on
emergency response situations in a mock Department of Homeland Security
Emergency Operations Center, showing how recent advances in OGC's
interoperability architecture enable integration of geospatial information
and geoprocessing software via the World Wide Web.
Attendees saw the use of live sensors, the tasking of an unmanned aerial
vehicle (UAV), and the integration of data, services, and other elements
hosted on servers worldwide. While the demonstration employed a variety of
software products and geospatial data drawn from local, state, and federal
agencies and the private sector, OGC Interoperability Program executive
director Jeff Harris... (more)
It's not a question of whether wireless advertising is coming to the U.S.
market, but whether consumers will be too unhappy with privacy issues to see
Yogi Berra once said "You got to be very careful if you don't know where
you're going, because you might not get there." This is a good quote to
describe the initiatives being undertaken by the proponents of wireless
advertising around the world. They're beginning the task of bringing wireless
advertising to your mobile phone or other wireless device. If they do their
jobs right, within a couple of years wireless ads will be part of our daily
lives - even here in the U.S.
Who is doing this? Well, we in the U.S. can thank, in part, a number of
organizations ranging from the Wireless Advertising Association (WAA) to the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Let's hope that, in getting us down the road
to ads pu... (more)
(June 12, 2002) - With Openwave Systems, Inc., on a recent buying binge in
which it snapped up SignalSoft for $59 million and acquired mobile data
downloading technology from Ellipsus Systems for over $17 million, and with
Extended Systems acquiring mobile data vendor ViaFone for $11.4 million, it
would seem that the mobile data world is due for a (much-needed) renaissance
In buying SignalSoft, Openwave clearly hopes to expand its line of wireless
data services, and the Ellipsus deal will ensure that these services include
the delivery of J2ME-enabled apps like games and other multimedia content.
The location-based service developed by Boulder, Colorado-based SignalSoft
allows wireless consumers to receive such information as the location of the
nearest ATM or movie theater. So this will nicely complement Openwave's
existing mobile IM and Web browsing s... (more)
Now that I've got my satellite uplink working, it's time for some luxuries
here in Scotland, the first of which will be central heating. Coal is not the
fuel of the future, and going out every morning to fill the scuttle isn't
something I'll miss. First to arrive is an oil tank - our fuel still had to
be stored on-site - and with it, what appears to be an electricity plug with
an aerial on top. Closer inspection reveals this is our oil-level indicator,
which picks up a wireless transmission from the tank in the garden and alerts
us when we need to get another delivery. It may not be the latest radio
technology, or utilize industry standard communications protocols, but it's
through devices like this that we'll see wireless coming into our homes,
changing every part of our lives.
At least this is one application where security isn't an issue. I have no
objection to ... (more)
Kivera, a provider of wireless mobile applications and business, has
developed a BREW and Java-based core application framework that enables the
rapid development of a new class of mobile applications using real-time
mapping display and the delivery of dynamic content.
The Kivera Mobility Framework provides client components that facilitate the
creation of high-performance, location-enabled applications on mobile
devices, such as wireless handsets, smart phones and PDAs. This client
architecture includes map controls, user interface objects, integrated
messaging and alert services, cache management, and real-time tracking
The Kivera map control supports layered raster and vector data to optimize
low bandwidth connections on mobile devices. With the Kivera Framework,
data-intensive, real-time mapping applications run more efficiently in mobile
Location-based technologies are coming, but without applications they'll be
going nowhere. We take a look at JSR 179, the Java API for location services,
and see what it has to offer.
It's Saturday afternoon and Melanie is shopping. She's wondering if any of
her friends are in the mall. Melanie pulls out her Java-enabled phone and
starts up her friend finder application. The application detects that Marcia
and Bill are in the same area. Melanie sends them each a text message asking
if they want to meet for coffee. They end up getting together for a
cappuccino and having a lot of fun.
These types of innovative location-aware applications are available today.
They are simple to use but extremely complex to implement. There are many
considerations, including privacy, security, handset features, network
capabilities, and coverage. Standards help to facilitate these appl... (more)
LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/31/06 -- The WiMAX partnership between Airspan
Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN) and Yozan was featured last night in a BBC
Newsnight investigation into the future of mobile communication devices.
This nationwide TV broadcast highlighted how WiMAX and Wi-Fi have the
potential to disrupt and change the Mobile Service Provider's business case,
by giving end-users new devices that allow them to pick and choose the
networks and services they use.
Today, Wi-Fi radio interfaces are already available in next-generation phones
and handheld computing devices to enable them to connect via Wi-Fi to the
Internet. In the near future, WiMAX radio interfaces will be added to these
devices. These interfaces will enable users to connect freely to
broadband-centric IP networks without having to use existing mobile networks,
to access new services, and to find... (more)
As we have seen from previous posts in this "Mobile 2.0 blog," Mobile AJAX
has a lot of potential. However, many questions still remain about the
details of how Mobile AJAX could be implemented and exploited. Specifically,
this post discusses the problems that occurred in the evolution of Java ME
(formerly called J2ME) and how Mobile AJAX and other browser technologies can
learn from them – both in terms of the browser platform itself, and
the associated developer ecosystem.
We’d welcome discussion on how to resolve the issues that are raised.
Mobile Apps Aren’t Just About Interactivity
Many inherent advantages of browser-based solutions have been articulated
clearly in the preceding posts, and AJAX gives a dramatically superior level
of interactivity than was possible with conventional XHTML; but the truth is
that AJAX has only just improved intera... (more)