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Apple’s iBeacon – Where Are We Now?

July 14th, 2015 Posted by Blog          

In mid-2013, Apple’s iBeacon technology took the center stage at the Cupertino companies’ annual developer’s conference, branded as an extension to the much-anticipated indoor location capabilities of iOS7. But what was the fall out? Since premiering, thousands of iBeacons have found homes in retail stores, airports, and even America’s Major League Baseball stadiums.   iBeacon […]

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Google Brillo – Will It Show It’s Brilliance?

May 26th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Google is rumored to release a new operating system (OS) called “Google Brillo” specifically developed for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The first version of Google Brillo is expected to be announced in a just a few days. With IoT devices becoming a hot market, many major vendors such as Microsoft and Samsung are already jumping into […]

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Google and Microsoft Push Mobile Search to the Front

May 21st, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

You may have heard that last month Google updated its search algorithm to prioritize mobile optimized websites, an act that earned the ominous “Mobilegeddon” moniker. Earlier this month, Microsoft did something similar with Bing, although the company pledged that, while its new algorithm would place an emphasis on mobile sites, it would not (unlike Google) […]

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Enabling Frictionless Cloud Sales and Service

May 14th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

What’s the main reason SMBs are moving to cloud-based business services? It’s faster, easier, and *cheaper – i.e., frictionless cloud sales and service. Let’s roll back about 10 years ago. The only option for business communication services was to call up your incumbent service provider or possibly a CLEC. Your provider of choice would have to come […]

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Giving Cable Providers a Little Love

May 11th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Okay, you’re probably NOT in love with your local cable providers. You think they block free market competition, jack up the prices, provide poor customer service and keep your Internet service slow on purpose. These are the complaints that litter the Internet. I’m not here to debate the complaints – some are valid while others […]

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4 Strategies for Creating a Great Mobile User Experience

May 6th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

At Google I/O 2014, Google launched its most aggressive mobile strategy to date with the introduction of Android 5.0 (or Lollipop) and their new “material design” language. This new user interface emphasized a “paper and ink” feel along with new animations and a different layout. It was a clear shot across the bow to that […]

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Three Steps to Overcoming App Fatigue

April 21st, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Have you downloaded fewer new mobile apps over the past year or so? If so, you’re not alone. Gartner just released the results of a survey of mobile app users in the U.S. and Germany showing that mobile app adoption might be reaching maturity. According to the report, “user interest in apps has mellowed now […]

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Live From Your Phone – Video Streaming Apps!

April 14th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Recently I’ve been discussing the rise of video streaming apps and solutions such as Apple TV – but even as I write these posts, a new phenomenon has begun to take hold. Live video streaming apps such as Twitter’s Periscope and South By Southwest darling Meerkat have attracted large numbers of users and an even […]

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Choosing the Best Enterprise Mobile App Provider

April 6th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Last week I wrote about the growing demand for enterprise mobile apps, and touched on how challenging it can be for organizations to develop those apps in-house. This week, I’m going to share some insights that can help you get around those in-house challenges by providing a few tips on selecting the best enterprise mobile […]

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“Must Have’s” for Enterprise Mobile App Development

March 31st, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

The demand for enterprise mobile application services continues to grow. However, most companies are vastly under-prepared for successful enterprise mobile app development. Designing, developing and maintaining a truly robust enterprise mobile app requires specific skills that are not often found in-house. Here’s a short list of three “must-haves!” (For more info, take a quick look mPortal’s mobile […]

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Will Apple Streaming TV be a Cable-killer?

March 24th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Don’t look now, but Apple’s about to upset the streaming TV apple cart. The company is apparently getting ready to launch its own subscription-based Internet TV service. According to rumors, Apple will strike deals with several major broadcast outlets, including CBS, ABC, and Fox, to add 25 new channels to Apple TV. Business Insider estimates […]

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Five Things That will Impact Mobile Payments

March 18th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Looks like mobile payments are finally getting their due. In just the past couple of months, we’ve seen the introduction of Samsung Pay and Android Pay, and PayPal’s acquisition of Paydiant, not to mention the continued growth of Apple Pay. It’s quite a change from when Google Wallet first launched in 2011. At that time, […]

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Mobile Video Streaming – The Love Affair Continues

March 13th, 2015 Posted by 2015, Blog          

Our video viewing habits have definitely changed. Mobile video streaming is now the fastest-growing category of data-consuming activities on the Internet. Last year online TV viewed from a connected device grew at 246% year over year (!) and roughly 30% of this was from mobile. And no, its not just the millennials. Digital video viewing for people aged […]

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