Monthly Archives: September 2011

Priceline targets Hotel Tonight with day-of hotel engagement service

Travel bookings hulk Priceline.com is updating a iPhone app with a use that lets business book hotels during a final minute. The association pronounced Thursday that a Tonight-Only Deals use is now accessible for a iPhone and iPod touch. It’s partial of a company’s existent Hotel Rental Car Negotiator that lets business bid on bedrooms and cars.

The underline usually works for ignored three- and four-star hotels, and usually for bedrooms accessible that night. It’s in 34 vital cities to start with, with guarantee to enhance further.

Sound familiar? It’s radically a same judgment as mobile last-minute hotel engagement app Hotel Tonight, whose latest enlargement into vacations I lonesome Thursday. Of march Priceline.com is outrageous compared to Hotel Tonight, with hundreds of thousands of hotel listings. Hotel Tonight is quite mobile, with no desktop or web equivalent, and in usually a integrate dozen cities. Are a 750,000 app downloads in 9 months creation a most incomparable competitors nervous, or is this marketplace for anticipating deals on peculiarity hotel bedrooms during a final notation only now developed for tapping?

Perhaps both. Priceline says 70 percent of a bookings around a existent mobile app are already for bedrooms a same day a chairman skeleton to stay. we talked with Priceline orator Brian Ek:

We only saw that with a perfect series of people engagement of a same night, apparently there’s a marketplace need. In ubiquitous we’re anticipating that mobile apps we put out there are being used by a opposite set of travelers; we a call them ‘the untethered traveler.’ They tend to reason off engagement their transport reservations until a final minute…many of them wait until they’re indeed in town.

Ek pronounced that’s really opposite from “what we typically design of a desktop consumer.”

It’s easier to aim travelers toting smartphones with aloft quality, and infrequently pricier rooms, too. Hotel Tonight has a hand-picked preference of “hip, elegant, or basic” bedrooms to select from. Priceline says it’s adhering to only three- and four-star bedrooms for a new use since a statistics of a engagement habits of mobile travelers uncover “they provide themselves well” when on a road. Eighty-two percent of mobile business chose three-star hotels or higher, contra 75 percent of those who book transport from a desktop computer, according to Priceline’s findings.

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Amazon Kindle Fire is prohibited according to amicable media

In a months heading adult to a press conference progressing this week, conjecture about a prospects for Amazon’s new inscription reached a crescendo.  Would a new inscription be a estimable competitor?  Might it even unseat a iPad?

Even before sum were leaked to a press, Forrester likely that Amazon would sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4.  Following an exclusive hands-on preview, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler reported that “it’s going to be a vast deal… potentially huge.”

Since Monday, when CEO Jeff Bezos took a theatre to betray Amazon’s new tablet, named a Kindle Fire, people have posted some 11k+ comments in sources tracked by SocialNuggets, a heading amicable media analytics firm.  Mining these information gives us an early denote of how a marketplace views and might conflict to a Kindle Fire when it is introduced mid-November.

Will a Kindle Fire clear direct for tablets?

While not accessible for another 6 weeks, roughly 10% of people posting comments progressing this week categorically indicated either they intend to squeeze a Kindle Fire or not. These early formula bode good for Amazon – among those expressing intent, a series intending to squeeze a Kindle Fire outnumber those “rejecting” by 2:1.

Of course, that leaves a vast series with vigilant “unstated,” so we (and competitors) will be examination these numbers closely.  As some-more people demonstrate views about a Kindle Fire, a information will assent us to news not usually a Intent to Purchase Ratio though also mangle out users’ reasons for (intending to) squeeze a Kindle Fire or not.

Reactions to Kindle Fire’s pricing and features

At $199, a Kindle Fire is labelled during reduction than half a prevalent prices for an iPad and many other tablets on a market.  Not surprisingly, Amazon’s confidant pricing generates substantial unrestrained among impending buyers. Almost 10% of a comments contained a auspicious discuss of Fire’s pricing – previous research from immr has shown that inscription prices contingency dump next $300 to open adult a inscription marketplace over early adopters,  so Amazon has clearly strike a symbol with honour to pricing.

Although overshadowed by cost and other features, Amazon also introduced a new browser named Silk that is constituent to a altogether user experience.  Touted by Amazon for a “optimized calm delivery,” a browser generated utterly a bit of contention among early posters.  While a “cloud” was many frequently mentioned in tie with a browser, a poignant commission of people commenting on Silk – 1 in 3 – voiced concerns about privacy.

In a days following Amazon’s announcement, tech writers have also begun to try a privacy implications of Silk.  Clearly, Amazon will need to guard views closely and residence concerns during it brings a Kindle Fire and a “split, cloud-based” browser to market.

Is a Kindle Fire hobbled by blank features?

Surprisingly, a really tiny commission of individuals’ comments discuss Fire’s “missing features” – for example, usually about 1% commented on a fact that Fire will not offer 3G, while even fewer commented on a fact that a initial indication due out in Nov lacks a camera.

While Amazon is holding a distributed risk by withdrawal these facilities out, justification from other sources supports their preference – formed on immr research with impending buyers, during a low-end of a marketplace usually 1 in 3 select tablets with 3G (the infancy select lower-priced models with Wi-fi only).  immr’s investigate also shows that many impending buyers design to use a inscription “primarily during home,” so 3G, generally given a incremental cost and monthly repeated cost, is not a rarely sought inscription underline at present.

In addition, out of some 15 inscription facilities that immr examined regulating Choice Modeling, cameras arrange #12 in terms of impact.  Apparently, consumers are calm carrying cameras on their intelligent phones and are not overly endangered that tablets and a Kindle Fire in sold lacks a camera. However, given a comparatively low cost to supplement a camera and a flourishing recognition of video discuss on Skype and other services, we think that Amazon will offer this underline on destiny models of a Kindle Fire.

Has Amazon strike a honeyed spot?

While these formula are really rough and should be interpreted accordingly, these “early votes” advise that Amazon has strike a honeyed spot with a Kindle Fire.  Pricing is a vast and and a blank facilities don’t seem to be vital deficits.  While remoteness with a Silk browser could be a poignant issue, we think many users will accept a trade-offs and “trust” Amazon with this information – nonetheless, Amazon will need to closely guard and delicately residence users’ concerns.

Of course, view could change as some-more information turn accessible and users get some-more informed with a Kindle Fire.  As SocialNuggets ceaselessly tracks these and associated sentiments, additional commentary will be reported via a weeks forward and of march after Amazon launches a Kindle Fire in November.  Stay tuned!

Dr. Phil Hendrix is a owner and executive of immr, a heading investigate and consulting organisation focused on markets for “very new products” and an researcher with GigaOm Pro.

R. Paul Singh is a CEO and co-founder of SocialNuggets, that delivers real-time information and marketplace comprehension to a consumer wiring attention by examining millions of amicable media conversations about products.

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Untether.tv on Mobilize 2011: tip themes and trends

Earlier this week, we hold a 2-day Mobilize 2011 event, that was jam packaged with interviews, contention panels and fireside chats all revolving around a mobile industry. We have archived video footage from all of a sessions, that we suggest if we missed out on a show.

After a Mobilize concluded, we had a event to accommodate with Rob Woodbridge. Rob creates a vast volume of digital calm on Untether.tv and he asked if we could do a video outline of Mobilize once we flew behind home to a easterly coast. We did a video event this morning; Rob from California, while we was in my home bureau in Pennsylvania.

Chatting with and assembly Rob in chairman was a treat. As you’ll see in a video, he and we collectively indicate out a vast series of critical themes and trends that were unclosed during Mobilize, trimming from a consumerization of I.T. to a slowness of mobile remuneration adoption and a significance of meditative mobile initial for apps and services.

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Report: Amazon eyeballs HP’s WebOS

If Amazon ends adult shopping a orphaned webOS from Hewlett-Packard, it shouldn’t come as a finish surprise. Last night, VentureBeat, citing a good placed source reported that a dual companies are in “serious negotiations” about shopping HP’s Palm business.

It’s been transparent for a month that HP was looking into options for a handling system. HP bought Palm and a OS know-how for $1.2 billion in Apr 2010.

People who have followed HP over a past year could see a essay on a wall. Here’s a discerning summation of WebOS-related news.

Earlier this week, Michael Abbott, who led webOS development during Palm before fasten Twitter as VP of engineering final year, said he hoped WebOS creation will live on, either it is bought by another tech association or not.

“There were novel things we were doing around notifications, and how we could capacitate a presentation to not confuse what we were now doing,” Abbott told Mobilize 2011 attendees.

Amazon dominated headlines this week with a entrance of its Amazon Kindle Fire and a possess Amazon Silk browser, optimized for use with Amazon Web Services.

Amazon could not be reached for comment. An HP orator pronounced a association does not criticism on rumors.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus boasts Honeycomb, dual-core CPU

Samsung strictly announced a Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus on Friday, observant a 7-inch Android inscription will primarily launch in Austria and Indonesia, though after enhance to a U.S. and many other regions around a world. The line-up is an ascent from a strange 7-inch Galaxy Tab that launched around this time final year. The new chronicle runs a tablet-focused Honeycomb chronicle of Android.

Among a softened hardware are a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 720p high-definition video recording, 1080p video playback and support for 21 Mbps HSPA+ networks. Here in a U.S., a Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus will run on ATT’s mobile broadband network unless Samsung after builds a GSM chronicle privately for T-Mobile or a CDMA indication for Verizon and Sprint. Samsung’s new line-up is somewhat thinner than a prototype during 9.96 millimeters. It also supports Wi-Fi channel fastening for faster wireless connectivity.

Some specifications are unvaried from final year’s Galaxy Tab, so this isn’t a finish renovate of a device. The inscription still uses a 3-megapixel sensor for a back camera, nonetheless a front camera is increased to 2 megapixels. The 7-inch arrangement is an IPS LCD, so don’t demeanour for Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus record that brings brighter, some-more clear colors. And a shade fortitude stays during 1024×600 pixels, unlike a 1280×800 shade fortitude on a somewhat incomparable Galaxy Tab 7.7 slate.

 

As a stream Samsung Galaxy Tab owners who has used a inscription daily given Dec of final year, we see small reason to upgrade. There are some nice, new hardware facilities that I’d like, though I’m some-more tender by a Galaxy 7.7 with a aloft fortitude and improved display. Additionally, my Tab was bought with a two-year information devise contract. I’d possibly have to compensate an early stop cost or compensate full cost for a new tablet, as a result.

This conditions is partial of a problem for scarcely all tablets other than Apple’s iPad, that is sole though a contract. Instead, a iPad is purchased during full cost with a choice of monthly information skeleton as needed. Samsung, Acer, Asus, Motorola, LG and others who build Android tablets would do good to work out identical deals with carriers. In not doing so, their tablets with mobile broadband are tied to extensive contracts that might hoard a few some-more sales adult front due to subsidized hardware prices, though extent upgrades and sales of new models down a road.

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Does a universe need another mobile OS?

The foe in mobile has defaulted to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android handling systems, though that hasn’t stopped Samsung from meditative about open sourcing Bada, or Microsoft from pulling forward with Windows Phone 7 and a partnership with Nokia. So while Meego, Symbian and webOS have strike a rocks, there’s still copiousness of foe gunning for a possibility to quarrel it out with Apple and Google.

At a new Mobilize conference, we accosted a speakers and attendees, such as Stephen Bye a CTO of Sprint and Ville Vesterinen, a CEO of a prohibited diversion association that combined Shadow Cities, to ask them either or not a universe indispensable another mobile OS. For a many partial folks were doubtful, though one developer surprisingly didn’t mind a thought of a third, and it’s transparent a carriers wish one to moderate a energy that Google and Apple reason over a ecosystem. Check it out.

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iPhone 5 cases strike AT&T stores, advise design changes

Case Mate’s iPhone 5 designs were live on their site quickly in Sep before a association pulled them.

ATT sell stores are reportedly holding smoothness of iPhone 5 cases a small early, according to a new report. Photos performed by MacRumors uncover boxes of new cases allegedly delivered to one ATT store late Thursday. The cases underline a slim behind design and what appears to be a tongue-tied switch opening on a conflicting side of a phone comparatively to where it’s now located.

A slim behind redesign is in gripping with some other early box leaks we’ve seen from Chinese appendage makers and other vendors, nonetheless apart rumors have suggested we’ll see a new iPhone that closely resembles a prior generation. One speculation is that Apple will betray dual new models of iPhone on Tuesday during a special media event, one of that is a medium evolutionary ascent of a iPhone 4 as a low-cost option, and a other a finish redesign.

The cases could be feign or formed on an uninformed, just-in-case grouping preference on interest of ATT or this store in particular. Some have forked out that a wrapping seems unrealistic, though ATT sell is famous to repackage products from accessory-makers in general packaging. And deliberation how tighten we are to a iPhone 5′s exhibit — Apple is holding an iPhone launch eventuality on Oct. 4 – it’s some-more expected that critical partners like ATT would be privy to some believe of a subsequent iPhone’s tangible design.

Personally, we consider we’ll see redesigned hardware, and a slim demeanour seems to be garnering a many support. For Apple to wait 16 months only to deliver a teenager modernise would not go over good with consumers, as we’ve seen from new consult results.

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Why Shazam’s giveaway iOS app has total song tags

Shazam, a renouned song tagging mobile app, announced on Thursday that it would mislay a five-song extent from a giveaway chronicle of a iOS software. The change is a outcome of quick expansion in Apple iOS inclination total with income opportunities from mobile promotion and sales partnerships.

Shazam’s giveaway Google Android app removed boundary in Apr of this year, and we consternation if a association schooled something from that action. It supposing Shazam with several months of information on user behavior, that we design showed that a some-more song tags users share by a app, a incomparable a altogether Shazam audience, that eventually leads to some-more altogether income by ads and calm sales.

In a press statement, Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher alluded to this multiple of income event by indicating out how a program generates song purchases from partners, and of that Shazam receives a cut:

Shazamers already brand over 1 billion songs any year and go on to squeeze over $100 million in digital song around a service. Now, with no limits, people can Shazam even some-more songs they don’t know — or they already know — to conveniently squeeze them, see a lyrics, watch a central song video, share on Facebook, Twitter or email, get recommendations and squeeze unison tickets instantly. Unlimited giveaway entrance means people can use Shazam even some-more as partial of their daily lives.

By tying a giveaway program to only 5 tags then, Shazam was radically tying a possibility for additional song pity and, therefore, tying intensity song purchases. This same judgment relates to final week’s Facebook news with song applications such as Spotify’s, Rdio’s and MOG’s carrying hooks into Facebook for “frictionless sharing”: As Facebook-connected apps are used, some-more people are unprotected to calm and intensity purchases.

The news is also a splendid mark for Apple’s iAd platform, which debuted final April. Earlier this year, Apple cut the minimum ad spend in half, from $1 million to $500,000, amid suggestions that a mobile advertising platform wasn’t assembly expectations. It also illustrates that mobile promotion in ubiquitous continues to grow though can be supplemented with additional income streams, even for giveaway or freemium applications.

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The new Kindle: Hands-on and initial impressions

Amazon unveiled a new Kindle lineup Wednesday, and a initial one available, a basic, simply named “Kindle,” reached my doorstep Thursday morning. Here’s what we consider about Amazon’s latest reader, and how it stacks adult so distant to prior Kindles and other identical devices.

This entry-level Kindle will cost we $79 with Amazon’s ad-supported pricing, or $109 without. It comes with Wi-Fi, though no 3G connection, has a 6-inch e-Ink display, and lacks a orator or audio outlay of any kind. It comes with 2 GB of onboard storage, compared to 4 GB for all other Kindle e-ink models, and offers one month of battery life, vs. dual months for a Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard.

This Kindle doesn’t support touch, and a hardware keyboard is gone, so for calm submit we have to use a practical keyboard, and it usually ships with a USB cable, not a plug-in energy adapter. It’s a Kindle strong to a many simple hint — an e-book reader — and that’s a large reason since it’s certain to spin my Kindle of choice.

Amazon competence have cut facilities to get a new Kindle down to that $79 starting cost point, though it kept total and even softened on a things that are many critical in a dedicated e-reader: The 6-inch arrangement is large adequate to be simply readable; it’s tiny adequate to fit in a pocket; and it weighs scarcely 3 ounces reduction than a prior era Kindle, and roughly dual ounces reduction than a Touch edition. Plus, ubiquitous speed is improved than on a last-gen Kindle, as is arrangement contrariety and quality.

 

I’ve had a Kindle given a second-generation device, and have also owned a last-gen Kindle with 3G (now called a Kindle Keyboard) as good as a Kindle DX. I’ve also owned a 5-inch Sony Reader (PRS-300) and used a Kobo Touch extensively. The peculiarity of Amazon’s altogether knowledge always keeps me entrance back, and a new Kindle is a plain delay of that legacy. It looks good, keeps a accessible page spin buttons on possibly side of a device, and facilities a somewhat rubberized behind that helps we hold though picking adult smudges, mud or dirt.

The distance and weight immediately strike me as outrageous improvements over a final generation. Both are pivotal factors for a successful e-reader, given you’ll be holding a device in several positions when we puncture in for prolonged reading sessions. And in box you’re endangered about rotation, it’s also benefaction in a simple Kindle; there’s no accelerometer to auto-detect your orientation, though we can change it manually from a settings screen.

One parasite opposite a Kindle: I’d rather Amazon had repositioned a energy symbol from a bottom core to a tip right dilemma of a device, though that competence only be since we design to find it there as an iPhone user. The miss of an enclosed energy adapter doesn’t worry me, since frankly, with iPhone, iPads and prior Kindles, I’ve got too many to start with. If we need one, Amazon will assign we $10 additional for one boxed individually.

This Kindle is light, feels durable, and performs improved than prior generations. If you’re looking for frills, wait for a Kindle Touch or Kindle Fire, both of that arrive in November, though if what we wish it pristine e-reading pleasure for a lowest cost around, this is a big, clear winner. And one that I’d contend should have each Kindle aspirant scrambling to come adult with an adequate response strategy.

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Why Shazam’s giveaway iOS app now has total song tags

Shazam, a renouned song tagging mobile app, announced on Thursday that it would mislay a five-song extent from a giveaway chronicle of a iOS software. The change is a outcome of quick expansion in Apple iOS inclination total with income opportunities from mobile promotion and sales partnerships.

Shazam’s giveaway Google Android app removed boundary in Apr of this year, and we consternation if a association schooled something from that action. It supposing Shazam with several months of information on user behavior, that we design showed that a some-more song tags users share by a app, a incomparable a altogether Shazam audience, that eventually leads to some-more altogether income by ads and calm sales.

In a press statement, Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher alluded to this multiple of income event by indicating out how a program generates song purchases from partners, and of that Shazam receives a cut:

Shazamers already brand over 1 billion songs any year and go on to squeeze over $100 million in digital song around a service. Now, with no limits, people can Shazam even some-more songs they don’t know — or they already know — to conveniently squeeze them, see a lyrics, watch a central song video, share on Facebook, Twitter or email, get recommendations and squeeze unison tickets instantly. Unlimited giveaway entrance means people can use Shazam even some-more as partial of their daily lives.

By tying a giveaway program to only 5 tags then, Shazam was radically tying a possibility for additional song pity and, therefore, tying intensity song purchases. This same judgment relates to final week’s Facebook news with song applications such as Spotify’s, Rdio’s and MOG’s carrying hooks into Facebook for “frictionless sharing”: As Facebook-connected apps are used, some-more people are unprotected to calm and intensity purchases.

The news is also a splendid mark for Apple’s iAd platform, which debuted final April. Earlier this year, Apple cut the minimum ad spend in half, from $1 million to $500,000, amid suggestions that a mobile advertising platform wasn’t assembly expectations. It also illustrates that mobile promotion in ubiquitous continues to grow though can be supplemented with additional income streams, even for giveaway or freemium applications.

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