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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)

Targeting GPS - Integrating J2ME, GPS, and the Wireless Web

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)

Does J2ME Have Its Legs Yet?

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)

OGC Demonstrates the Future of Interoperable Web Services

(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)

The Impact of Privacy on the Future of Wireless Advertising

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 the value... 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)

Mobile 'Mergermania' to Drive Mobile Data Adoption?

(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 of activity. 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)

Over-the-Rainbow Promises of Mobile Entertainment - Security remains an issue

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)

BREW/J2ME Mobility Framework Enables New Mobile Applications

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 services. 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 environmen... (more)

The Java Location API

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)

Airspan and Yozan WiMAX Partnership Featured on BBC Newsnight's Investigation Into "The Future of Mobile Devices"

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)

What Can Mobile AJAX Learn From the Fragmentation of Java ME?

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)