| Accellion, Inc., the award-winning pioneer in providing enterprise-class, secure mobile file sharing solutions, today announced the availability of the first secure mobile printing solution for mobile users. This lets mobile-enabled employees print the content they want, from the device they choose, whenever they need, further improving the productivity of a company's workforce and optimizing the mobile workflow.|
With this new solution, Accellion Mobile Apps for iOS and Android now feature embedded printing technology. As a result, organizations with Ricoh HotSpot Enterprise software and the Accellion secure mobile file sharing solution can print securely from any mobile device to any corporate printer without using a VPN. The integration provides a secure and easy way to print enterprise content from mobile devices, further enhancing any enterprise's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
"Advances in mobile productivity due to increased use of smartphones and tablets among workers have led to a surge in content creation and consumption, but most enterprises are missing an integral part of the ecosystem -- secure mobile printing," said Yorgen Edholm, CEO at Accellion, Inc. "Limited connectivity and the risks associated with inadvertent data leakage from unsecure printing have left IT and end-users without many options. This new solution provides the missing link, a secure mobile printing solution for enterprises."
| In the second half of 2012 existing smartphone owners were most likely to be interested in devices with a screen size between 4.2-inches and 4.7-inches. The Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Lab report, "Smartphone Size Preference on the Rise: 4.5" Most Preferred Size" found an increase in the most preferred smartphone screen size from the same period in 2011, where a 4.3-inch device was most preferred.|
Smartphone intenders show greater interest in slightly smaller devices than existing smartphone owners. Males preferred smartphones with larger screens than females, while current brand of smartphone also impacts future screen size preferences. Nearly all respondents showed a preference for their next phone to have a larger screen size than their existing handset.
"As consumer acceptance of smartphone sizes increases, many smartphone manufacturers are making larger and larger products," commented Paul Brown, a Director in the Strategy Analytics User Experience Practice (UEP). "The intention of many manufacturers to drive screen size up has been very clear over recent months, and there is the potential for 'phablets' at the lower end of the size scale to become more mainstream - especially as manufacturers work to maximize the ratio of screen to overall size, therefore providing a larger screen on a smaller form factor."
|Seventy-five percent of enterprise IT managers rank security as their main concern when it comes to mobile hotspot device usage among employees. These results are in stark contrast to consumer-focused survey data issued earlier this year that found only one-third of consumers are concerned with security of smartphone and other personal hotspots. Additionally, while 93 percent of companies surveyed are responsible for all or part of employee data plans, almost half of IT managers feel they do not have adequate control over employee hotspot devices. These results are from a new survey of 250 IT managers commissioned in April by Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI).|
"While a growing number of consumers are embracing mobile hotspots and the advantages of multi-device connectivity, when these devices are introduced into the workplace, enterprise IT inherits the responsibility to make them secure," said Doug Louie, senior director of product marketing at Smith Micro. "In addition to security risks, more than one-third of IT managers were concerned about the lack of control over hotspot policy management, which is needed to provide protection against data leakage and device misuse, as well as reducing the burden on technical support and training, saving companies a lot of time and money."
Other results of the survey include:
| In March 2013 iGR questioned over 1,000 wireless subscribers about their current use of mobile phones and wireless technologies. iGR specifically inquired about their mobile phone and tablet brands, the activities for which they use their smartphones, how they typically use their tablets, as well as how likely they would be to recommend their particular device.|
One of iGR's questions regarded the respondents' preferred smartphone screen size. The respondents were asked to indicate the size of screen they would like on their next smartphone, as compared to their current smartphone. Forty percent of all respondents indicated that they would like the same size that they have now, while 21 percent of respondents want a screen that is much bigger. Very few respondents wanted a smaller screen.
"When iGR analyzed these screen size preferences further, we found that the users who perform all of the activities from our list of possible activities were more likely to want a much bigger screen," said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry. "These users, in addition to users who use their smartphone for both work and personal use, were more likely to desire a larger screen on their next smartphone."
|Mojiva, the premium mobile ad network that reaches more monthly mobile devices than any other network, today released its "Tablets Rule" research report, an in-depth study of U.S. consumers' behaviors and interactions with advertising on tablet devices. The report showcases how brand advertisers are increasingly centering all of their other forms of advertising around tablets, thus increasing metrics related to consumer engagement, click-through rates, video plays, social influence and mobile commerce.|
A major finding consistent throughout the report is that consumers are becoming more comfortable using tablet devices to perform tasks previously conducted on their desktop and laptop computers, including sensitive financial information. This trend is in line with a recent report from Gartner Research, revealing the traditional PC market of notebooks and desktops is expected to see a 7.6 percent sales decline in 2013 to 315 million units.
"Tablet device growth and time spent with these devices have been on a rapid incline worldwide for several quarters," said David Gwozdz, CEO, Mojiva Inc. "It was only a matter of time before the consumer base reached a critical mass point, where they are now relying on tablets to perform necessary utility functions previously conducted on their desktop/laptop computers, in addition to enjoying the amazing entertainment qualities afforded by these lightweight, interactive devices. As a result, tablet advertising is fast moving away from being perceived as an optional medium, and instead proving to be a valuable tool in delivering ROI and revenue to brand advertisers."
The major findings of the "Tablets Rule" report include:
Smartphone ownership among tablet owners occurs at a much higher rate than the national average for U.S. adults. 85 percent of all surveyed respondents indicated ownership of a smartphone.
|Worldwide devices (the combined shipments of PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are on pace to total 2.4 billion units in 2013, a 9 percent increase from 2012, according to Gartner, Inc. Device shipments are forecast to continue to grow, reaching more than 2.9 billion units in 2017, but the mix of these devices will significantly change over the forecast period.|
The proliferation of lower-priced tablets and their growing capability is accelerating the shift from PCs to tablets. "While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet, especially those who use either or both for work and play, most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. "As consumers shift their time away from their PC to tablets and smartphones, they will no longer see their PC as a device that they need to replace on a regular basis."
As a result, the traditional PC market of notebooks and desk-based units is expected to decline 7.6 percent in 2013 (see Table 1). This is not a temporary trend induced by a more austere economic environment; it is a reflection of a long-term change in user behavior. Beginning in 2013, ultramobiles will help offset this decline, so that sales of traditional PCs and ultramobiles combined show a 3.5 percent decline in 2013.
|Mobile devices with HTML5-compatible browsers will total 1.4 billion at end-2013, following an annual increase of 87%, according to new forecasts from ABI Research. Although the installed base of this size represents a very potent market for mobile application developers, in practice the vast majority of them continue to choose the native model over the web for their releases.|
Senior analyst Aapo Markkanen sums up: “While some two years ago it still looked like 2013 could be the Year of Web App, it’s now looking like that this will prove more like the Year of Hybrid. HTML5 is making strides, but mainly through developers that take advantage of increasingly capable cross-platform development tools. Meanwhile, there aren’t many signs of full-blown web apps effectively challenging the native way.”
However, ABI Research’s view is that two parallel trends will help the web to catch up further. First, it’s expected that the support for HTML5 features and browsers will be gradually baked deeper into operating systems, making the web apps speedier and more responsive. This will be partially driven by the upcoming wave of open-source platforms – Firefox OS, Sailfish, Tizen, and Ubuntu – but at the end of the day the most significant factor may turn out to be Android’s eventual convergence with Chrome.
| comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for the three month average period ending February 2013.|
This most recent data release represents the 100th month of data collection for MobiLens, a leading mobile measurement product that was first delivered to clients in November 2004 as the flagship product of M:Metrics (later acquired by comScore). Since then, MobiLens has delivered the market with important mobile marketing insights and trends, including market share information, user demographics, device usage and characteristics, and mobile media behavior.
comScore MobiLens currently boasts the following:
- 8 countries of reporting (U.S., UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, and Japan)
- 100 monthly data collection cycles dating back to 2004
- 1,176 surveys fielded
- 3.124 million total survey respondents
- Smartphone OEM Market Share
FreeWave Technologies, manufacturer of the most reliable, high-performance spread spectrum and licensed radios for critical data transmission, has added a lower price point option to its award-winning MM2 family of radios. The new suite of radios gives OEM partners a more affordable option with the same reliability and performance that FreeWave's customers have trusted for 20 years. Additions to the MM2 family include the MM2 LT, GXM-LT14 and GXM-LT24.
The new radios are ideal for applications in the electric power, precision agriculture, water/wastewater and automated vehicle location markets.
"Our product development team has worked hard to refine the engineering of our MM2 solutions so that we can offer the option of a lower price point," said Ashish Sharma, chief marketing officer at FreeWave. "The new suite of MM2 solutions features the same small footprint and lightweight framework as our existing MM2 family making it ideal for applications requiring compact and modular design. The tiny form factor is perfect for installations where small size and weight are required and dependable performance is vital."
| Rogers Communications, Canada's leading diversified communications company, announced it will bring its LTE network, Canada's fastest wireless internet, to more Canadians across the country. Rogers will introduce LTE in 44 markets this spring and intends to reach a total of 95 markets in 2013, offering more wireless customers access to the world's fastest wireless network technology from coast to coast.|
Rogers will also be making its blazing fast 2600 MHz LTE spectrum band available in all markets, and 34 of the 44 new LTE markets will be capable of maximum theoretical network speeds of up to 150 Mbps. This means Rogers LTE customers using a 2600-enabled device can do even more and have access to the fastest speeds available. Rogers has more LTE network deployed in the 2600 MHz spectrum band than any other carrier in Canada.
"We're thrilled to offer the country's fastest wireless internet to more Canadians over the coming months," said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "Today, Canadians are more connected than ever and are using their wireless devices in a number of ways - for live streaming HD programming, downloading large files, streaming YouTube clips and music, or enjoying the latest game from their app store of choice," added Boynton. "The power of the network is critical to enabling these digital experiences, and with Rogers LTE, Canadians are getting more use out of their devices, at the fastest speeds available."
|MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today mailed a letter to stockholders in connection with its proposed combination with T-Mobile USA, Inc. ("T-Mobile"). The letter describes the significant benefits to MetroPCS' stockholders of the value maximizing proposed combination and corrects inaccurate and misleading statements that have been made regarding the proposed combination.|
The full text of the letter follows:
March 25, 2013
Dear Fellow Stockholder:
The MetroPCS Communications, Inc. ("MetroPCS") Special Meeting of Stockholders to vote on the proposed combination with T-Mobile USA, Inc. ("T-Mobile") will be held on April 12, 2013. With the meeting fast approaching, we want to reiterate the compelling strategic and financial benefits of the proposed combination to MetroPCS stockholders and urge you to vote FOR the proposed combination on the GREEN proxy card TODAY.
As you cast your vote at the upcoming meeting, please consider these important – and indisputable – facts that support voting FOR the proposed combination:
The combined company will be nationwide, will be larger and stronger, and have greater scale and deeper spectrum resources, allowing it to participate in future industry growth and consolidation.
MetroPCS stockholders will benefit from the financial strength of the combined company, which S&P has already recognized by issuing a two notch upgrade in credit rating compared to MetroPCS' current standalone S&P rating.
MetroPCS stockholders will receive an immediate and significant $1.5 billion aggregate cash payment, or approximately $4.06 per share (prior to the reverse stock split that will occur in connection with the closing of the proposed combination).
MetroPCS stockholders' 26% aggregate equity ownership in the combined company is fair and appropriate and falls above or at the upper end of the implied percentage ownership and contribution analyses performed by the MetroPCS board of directors' special committee's financial advisor.
| As the 31 March deadline looms for meeting legislation requiring financial institutions to record and archive all relevant mobile communications, Truphone today offers its Truphone Mobile Recording (TMR) service in the United States. The company has already secured two significant contracts with tier one US financial institutions, and has successfully delivered highly secure mobile recording to major financial services firms in the UK since July 2011.|
Unlike application-based solutions, Truphone's solution is network based, so users have a completely normal mobile phone user experience – even when operating internationally. This enables financial institutions to be compliant with the recording regulations, without impeding their operations. Financial Institutions' communications are archived in either their own existing recording architecture or Truphone's redundant managed service environment.
"Truphone Mobile Recording is used by a number of the tier one investment banks both here in the US and in the UK," said Paul Liesching, CEO of TruObsidian, Truphone's mobile recording subsidiary. He continued, "Our extensive experience in the UK market has taught us that degrading a trader's mobile experience has disastrous consequences – Truphone Mobile Recording is designed to work discretely and invisibly, empowering traders to perform unencumbered by the burden of regulation. "
| Technological advances, coupled with promises of lowered costs and improved customer care, are increasingly getting hospitals interested in wireless patient monitoring devices. According to ABI Research, 5.7 million patients will be monitored with a wireless medical device by 2014, compared with 320,000 today. This represents a $950 million market and a 770% compound annual growth rate|
American Diversified Holdings Corporation (ADHC) has refocused its corporate direction and is in the processing of creating a secure mobile application platform in the mHealth arena specifically designed for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and other mobile platforms including the Android platform developed by Google.
Management has been working with leading developers and expects to unveil products capable of generating significant revenue in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Remote Health Monitoring Systems, Electronic Medical Records and Personalized Medicine are the areas of the Health Care sector that ADHC's team is currently addressing for the mobile applications market.
The latest report from market research firm Gartner indicated the Mobile Apps Markets is poised for continued growth for 2014 predicting 185 billion downloaded, for a total of $58 billion in revenue.
The healthcare industry is among the fastest growing handheld device markets. The total market for handheld devices in healthcare reached $8.8 billion in 2010, a 7% increase from 2009. The estimated market in the mobile health care sector are estimated to grow in line with the general market estimates.
|Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.|
These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:
78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011. 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population. 95% of teens use the internet. 93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home. Seven in ten (71%) teens with home computer access say the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.
“The nature of teens’ internet use has transformed dramatically — from stationary connections tied to shared desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report. “In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population.”
| A new report from Juniper Research finds that a growing user acceptance of ‘push' mobile banking and a sharp rise in tablet adoption will drive users of transactional tablet banking services to almost 200 million in 2017. This will represent approximately 19% of total mobile banking customers in 2017, compared to 9% this year, as consumers engage in increasingly mobile lifestyles.|
The report finds that, adoption of bill presentment and payment (MBPP) transactional banking by tablet users will be higher than mobile handset users, especially in developed areas where there is a higher adoption of tablet devices.
Migration of Online Payment Services to Tablets
The new Juniper report, Mobile Banking: Handset & Tablet Market Strategies 2013-2017, found that as consumer tablet adoption continues to rise, there will be significant migration of purchasing and transaction activity from laptops and desktops to tablet devices. Indeed, the development of the ‘couch commerce’ trend within the payments industry will be increasingly replicated within the banking industry.
“With online payments accounting for a significant proportion of all bill payments, especially in developed markets, BPP (Bill Presentment and Payment) transactions will indeed migrate from the desktop towards tablet devices. Consumers often prefer managing bill payment and transactions via tablet devices compared to smartphones”, added report author Nitin Bhas.
| comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending January 2013. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 37.8 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the #1 smartphone platform with 52.3 percent platform market share.|
Smartphone OEM Market Share
129.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (55 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in January, up 7 percent since October. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 37.8 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 3.5 percentage points from October). Samsung ranked second with 21.4 percent market share (up 1.9 percentage points), followed by HTC with 9.7 percent share, Motorola with 8.6 percent and LG with 7 percent (up 0.3 percentage points).