• Mobile Video Will Pass Desktop In 2016
    Mobile's share of total online video viewing is set to soar from 26% last year to 40% this year and just over 50% by the end of 2016, surpassing desktop viewing, according to a new report and forecast from Adobe Systems. Turning to specific device categories, smartphones accounted for 14% of all online video viewing in 2014, while tablets accounted for 12%.
  • Rook, Raggy....Rizza!: Warner Bros. Builds The Mobile Scooby Snack
    With "My Friend Scooby-Doo," Warner Bros. Entertainment Group is using apps for the long game of connecting an old brand with a new audience.
  • Cars, The New Mobile Wallets
    The future has arrived, and it is a very weird place. Yesterday I learned that drones are putting dogs out of work (really). And now I just came across another headline that wouldn't even have made sense 10 years ago: Cars are becoming wallets, as credit cards, mobile payments services, and connected dashboards get all mashed up together.
  • New Battery Will Charge In One Minute
    War, starvation, pollution -- I think we can all agree these take a back seat to the real issue facing humanity, which is how long it takes to charge mobile devices. Fortunately technology is rushing to the rescue, developing a new (but not yet market-ready) battery that should take just a minute to charge -- although it's a safe bet that soon a minute will start to seem like a really long time.
  • In Mobile Video, Screens Match Immediate Need
    Mobile video is exploding. But most users prefer most of their content on bigger screens. The trick is knowing when content type and situation drive users to handhelds. And please give them the tools to control where, when and how they view video.
  • WhatsApp Adds Voice-Calling
    With Internet-based video services already threatening cable operators, another front in the war on exorbitant fees emerged this week with WhatsApp's launch of a voice-calling feature for its Android app. This feature allows mobile device users with Internet access on their smartphones to make calls without having to use their allotted minutes, courtesy of WhatsApp -- which previously allowed users to skirt text limits.
  • Study Finds Ad-Supported Apps Drain Batteries Faster
    In the ideal media world, ad-supported products are able to compete with paid rivals because people are willing to put up with a little inconvenience in return for getting something for free -- as long as the products are otherwise functionally equivalent. But if the ad-supported version actually ends up limiting your ability to consume other kinds of content, or even just use of the device itself -- well, that could be a problem.
  • Mobile App Sales To Reach $99 Billion In 2019
    No, this is not an April Fool's joke. Total revenues from mobile apps are on track to reach $99 billion by 2019, according to a new forecast from Juniper Research.
  • Wearables Off To Strong Start
    With fitness tracking devices already common and Apple Watch raising the profile of smart watches, wearable devices are poised to take off this year, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). Smart watches in particular will grow fast in proportional terms, although their overall penetration will remain low.
  • Up Periscope, Down Vessel: Mobile Video Growing Pains
    It is an invigorating time in mobile video, as innovators test new ways to reimagine TV. Periscope and Vessel are recent, very different, entrants that demonstrate how far we are from cracking this code.
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