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Deltatre Powers Carlsberg Live Match Centre for Barclays Premier League »

Deltatre has announced the launch of the Carlsberg Live Match Centre, a multi-platform website that brings together stats and facts from Barclays Premier League match days. Deltatre was brought in by the Premier League because of its expertise capturing live sporting events for fans and has developed a unique live match day product for the world’s most supported football league.

The match day portal, available at live.premierleague.com, creates a digital destination for the Premier League’s global fan base. The site aggregates live informational and editorial content from across the League as well as personalised elements unique to individual users.

Components of the site include:

  • Live scores and statistics plus as it stands/live league tables.
  • Live blog, text commentary and social media content.
  • Individual user Fantasy Premier League scores.
  • Pre and post match manager interviews and other non-match video content.
  • Information for all 2013/14 matches.
  • Exclusive live photos.

Complemented by Opta’s official Premier League data feed and LiveWire Sport’s editorial services, the Live Match Centre’s architecture ensures the content reaches audiences everywhere, on every device within seconds of a major match event.

Martin Axford, Head of Digital Operations at the Premier League, said, “Deltatre’s reputation for delivering complex, integrated digital solutions around live sports was a key factor in our decision to partner with them on this project. We believe the Carlsberg Live Match Centre will raise the bar on what fans expect from multi-platform coverage and change the way audiences follow the Barclays Premier League.”

Director of Deltatre North, Hugo Sharman, elaborated, “Sports fans today are demanding ever more sophisticated and engaging content either as a companion to watching the live match on a big screen, or in isolation.  This live match solution meets that demand by blending live statistics, strong editorial and social content in one place, therefore providing a great experience for fans as well as adding value to Premier League’s brand partners.”

Visit http://www.deltatre.com

Social Media Dominates Asia-Pacific »

Few regions on the planet are more diverse than the Asia Pacific area, but when it comes to surfing habits, most of the countries share common traits – as shown by this month’s State of the Mobile Web report by web browser company Opera Software.

In the surfing statistics from their Opera Mini mobile web browser, a trifecta of websites dominate the list of most-visited websites:

  • Facebook is the undisputed #1 domain for most countries surveyed, including Australia and New Zealand, with top placement in 16 of 25 countries.
  • The most popular sites are Facebook, Google and Youtube. In fact, this exact combination and order is repeated in most of the countries’ top three list of domains, including Australia and New Zealand.
  • Only two countries, China and Japan, had a different site other than the above mentioned three in the top spot of domains.

There is also a noticeable shift in the usage of devices in the Asia Pacific region, where more and more users are smartening up their mobiles. In Indonesia, for example, the number of smartphones using Opera Mini or Opera Mobile has increased more than 460% since July 2011.

Visit http://www.opera.com

GSA Confirms Commercial Networks Quadrupled in 12 Months »

The GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) this week published an update to its Evolution to LTE report which confirms 327 operators in 99 countries have committed to commercial LTE network deployments or are engaged in trials, technology testing or studies. The report covers LTE FDD and LTE TDD system modes.

267 firm commercial LTE network deployments are in deployment, commercially launched, or planned in 86 countries. Another 60 operators in 13 additional countries are engaged in LTE technology trials, tests or studies. 80 LTE operators have launched commercial services. This figure includes 7 commercial LTE TDD systems which are launched in Brazil, India, Japan, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. GSA previously confirmed LTE as the fastest developing mobile system technology ever.

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said, “The number of commercial LTE networks has quadrupled in just over a year. Commercial LTE services are available in 38 countries. The pace of introduction of LTE is happening faster than most people predicted a year ago.”

Visit http://www.gsacom.com

AliCloud and Haier Launch Aliyun OS-Powered Smartphone »

Alibaba Cloud Computing (AliCloud), developer of advanced distributed cloud computing services, and Haier Group, a leading home appliance brand, unveiled the Haier Zing, the newest mobile device to be powered by Aliyun OS. The Zing will be introduced to market mid-June.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Haier Group to bring the Aliyun OS to a broader smartphone user population,” said Wang Jian, president of AliCloud. “We believe that users are entitled to a more open and convenient mobile operating system, and are confident that the Aliyun OS can create the improved mobile Internet experience that users demand.”

The Haier Zing will feature a 1 GHz MTK6575 processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM and a 4 inch LCD touch screen at 800×480 screen pixel resolution. It comes equipped with a 5.0 megapixel camera and 2000 mAh battery. The companies plan to explore further cooperation in the future to integrate cloud computing into a range of other appliances such as television sets.

“The innovation, usability and stability of the Aliyun OS makes it the obvious choice to power our new smartphone,” said Yu Zida, vice president of Haier Group. “We look forward to long-term cooperation with AliCloud and believe the launch of the Zing will pave the way for the execution of Haier Group’s mobile Internet strategy.”

The Haier Zing is the fifth in a series of smartphones powered by Aliyun OS. The first phone, the K-Touch Cloud-Smart Phone W700 manufactured by Tianyu, hit the shelves in July 2011 and sold 200,000 units in the first 3 months. Sales of Aliyun OS-powered smartphones topped 1 million handsets at the end of May 2012. According to iResearch, sales of smartphones in China reached 72.1 million in 2011 and is expected to reach 113 million in 2012, up 56% year-on-year.

Visit http://www.alibaba.com and http://www.haierappliances.com

Smarter Mobile Internet Boosting Consumer Experience »

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) ConsumerLab have studied whether smarter traffic charging and management of mobile internet could improve the consumer experience, at the same time as securing operator revenue. The ‘Smarter Mobile Broadband’ study is based on interviews with 2,300 mobile internet users aged between 16-59 years old in the US, UK, Indonesia and Brazil.

The study found that the most important reasons for a mobile internet user to choose a specific plan are: the network quality and coverage, the price for using data service, and how easy it is to understand the data plan. It also reveals differences in how respondents react about traffic management and charging concepts. Some elements were deemed attractive in all markets, while some had appeal only in certain markets showing that offers and plans attractiveness vary among all countries in the world. 40-45% of respondents said they would use internet on their mobile phones more if they had access to better speed.

Visit http://www.ericsson.com

InMobi Buys Sprout for Mobile Ad Creation »

Independent mobile ad network InMobi has announced the acquisition of US-based Sprout, a leading platform for creating HTML5 rich media mobile advertising. This acquisition enables InMobi to address the complexity of planning, creating, distributing, and measuring of rich media mobile ads for brands and agencies globally.
InMobi’s mobile ad network reaches 314 million consumers, in over 165 countries, through more than 36.2 billion mobile ad impressions monthly. With the Sprout acquisition, InMobi enables the mobile advertising industry to easily build and distribute engaging rich media ads to consumers everywhere.
Known for simplifying the complex process of HTML5 mobile ad creation, Sprout works with the world’s leading brands, including Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sega, Chevrolet, Nokia and HTC, to bring interactive mobile ads to devices supporting HTML5, including Apple iOS and Google Android devices. Its cloud-based platform brings efficiency and scale, helping advertisers “build once and deliver everywhere”.
Naveen Tewari, CEO of InMobi, says “Sprout’s technology solves a critical need for the industry by helping bring engaging mobile ad experiences to consumers all around the globe. The acquisition fits perfectly with our vision to enable the mobile ecosystem with best of breed technology and services. The entire industry will benefit from the combination of our technology and operational footprint on five continents and Sprout’s platform.”
Commenting on the acquisition, Ajit Nazre, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, said, “The mobile industry is yet to fully capitalise on the engaging advertising experiences now possible through smart devices. This acquisition will help scale the use of rich media advertising globally – a critical next step in helping the industry realise its full potential.”
Sprout will operate as a fully independent company working with the entire mobile advertising industry to solve the HTML5 creation and delivery problem, and will continue to expand its product in the coming months by adding workflow enhancements, analytics, and innovative new ad units.
Carnet Williams, CEO and co-founder of Sprout added, “InMobi’s commitment to an open and independent Sprout made them the clear choice for us. We will continue to work with all existing partners, including competitive ad networks, globally.”
Visit http://www.InMobi.com and http://www.sproutinc.com

CineXPlayer Brings 3D, Social Movie Viewing to the iPad »

At E3 Expo in Los Angeles, NXP Software launched the 2nd generation CineXPlayer, so iPad users can now enjoy the 3D movie experience. CineXPlayer R2 introduces social movie viewing by allowing users to instantly post a favourite scene on Facebook with just one button. It also raises the experience of managing movies to a new level with folders, playlists and a password protection option. These new social media and management capabilities are also available for the formats natively supported by the iPad, making CineXPlayer a central place to manage and enjoy personal video content.
For social movie watching, people can now instantly show what they’re viewing – and their likes and dislikes. CineXPlayer features a “Share ‘n’ Tell” button that lets users capture a screen image and post it on their Facebook wall, all the while continuing to watch the movie in the CineXPlayer app.
CinexPlayer R2 also offers enhanced file organisation accessible via a redesigned, intuitive user interface with video thumbnails. The new UI gives users an easy overview of all playlists and provides access to a folder structure, making it easy to organise content such as TV series by genre, actor, etc. In addition, users can password-protect folders for restricted viewing.
Furthermore, CineXPlayer now lets users watch videos in 3D on their iPad, even without special glasses. The software supports viewing with anaglyph (red/blue) glasses, and through a partnership with GRilli3D(TM), users can also watch “glasses-free”. This is enabled by the unique combination of CineXPlayer with the GRilli3D protective film on the device’s screen that delivers a glasses-free 3D experience on any iPad device. Video content can be original 3D Side-by-Side or 2D content. For 2D content, CineXPlayer includes a real-time 2D-to-3D conversion generating a 3D effect for any Xvid video.
Visit the CineXPlayer 3D demonstration on the Grilli3D stand 4762 at the E3 Expo.
CineXPlayer is available via iTunes for iPad. Some options including 3D are offered as in-app purchase upgrade. Visit http://www.cinexplayer.com

Dutch Startup ‘twoppy’ For Mobile Event Guides »

Twoppy has released a free platform where an event organiser can create a smartphone event app – say a digital event guide on a mobile phone – and provide it to visitors. Organisers of an event can add their event information to twoppy, after which attendees can interactively access via their mobile phone for free.
Until recently an event app was solely affordable for large events with a corresponding budget. The advent of twoppy makes this available for everyone. The system requires no technical knowledge and the basic functionality is completely free. Some premium optional features are available (e.g. ‘branding’ of the dashboard, sponsor representation and analytics).
The twoppy platform is suitable for any type of events: conferences, fairs, festivals and sports events but also zoos, theme parks, museums, etc. A number of well-known events such as TEDx Amsterdam conference, A State of Trance (by Armin van Buuren), Rotterdam Zoo, National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome and Amusement Park Bobbejaanland already offer their visitors program information through twoppy. After three months of operating in the domestic Dutch and Belgium market, twoppy is expanding globally. The Dutch entrepreneurs are aiming to become the global communication standard while organising and visiting events.
The organiser can easily publish the information on an event through a content management interface. General information, program items, interactive map(s), and depending on the type of event: performers, speakers, exhibitors, artists, attractions, etc. Organisers can adjust the event information at all times so visitors are always up-to-date. Besides the program information it is possible for visitors to rate program components, see who else is present at the event and even send messages to each other within the app. And twoppy empowers visitors to actively promote the event by sharing information through social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
Visit http://m.twoppy.com on a smartphone.

Internet Media Device Alliance Moves on Metadata »

At NAB 2011, the Internet Media Device Alliance (IMDA) highlighted its standardization and certification efforts on service metadata for Internet radio services.
The IMDA – a worldwide coalition of device manufacturers, broadcasters and aggregators – is seeking to make Internet station metadata more accurate and accessible for listeners across the globe. Among many other benefits, standardization will simplify the search for detailed information and eliminate the need for extensive scrolling in long listings. High-profile European public broadcasters – including the BBC, major German broadcasters and Radio Netherlands are among early adopters of the latest IMDA service identification specification.
Latest Internet Radio Service efforts include:

  • Harmonized metadata: Descriptions of shows/programs and stations/brands are usually investigated and updated by the Internet radio aggregators. This is an expensive process that can make the aggregator focus on the bare minimum. To address this situation, the IMDA has defined the ‘IMDA Service Identification (SI) for broadcasters and aggregators’. Using the IMDA SI, broadcasters can update their descriptive metadata themselves. Benefits include comprehensive metadata control for broadcasters, easy access to reliable information for aggregators, and additional program information for consumers. Examples include station logos, genres, content descriptions and, in the near-future, Electronic Program Guides (EPGs), live text services and image slideshows.
  • CDS: To simplify the exchange of harmonized metadata, IMDA has defined a ‘Central Discovery Service’ (CDS). By using the CDS, broadcasters can automatically update changes in their ‘IMDA Service Identification’ and send a single notification to all aggregators, who can remain up-to-date at all times by downloading the latest information directly from the broadcaster’s server.
  • Profiling and certification: There is no shortage of choice for consumers when it comes to selecting Internet radio services, but they can sometimes encounter difficulties in locating and playing their favorite stations on the variety of devices. Part of the IMDA’s remit focuses on encouraging harmonization in the device market through Profile 1 certification, which offers consumers a guarantee that devices can ‘Play Internet Radio’. IMDA is currently working with the receiver industry on Version 2 of the device profile, which will offer an even more exciting Internet radio experience.

Visit http://www.imdaalliance.com.

Cinema Smartphone App »

US cinema chain National Amusements, Inc., has unveiled a new mobile application for iPhone and Blackberry which allows users to instantly locate their nearest theater using GPS and securely purchase tickets to any National Amusements theater in the United States at all Showcase, Multiplex, and Cinema de Lux locations, as well as view trailers and movie synopses, check show times and get insider access to special deals.
“We are living in a mobile age where smartphones are the access point to virtually everything,” said Scott Bernstein, Vice President of Global Marketing, National Amusements. “The Showcase app will give our customers the ability to get their show times and purchase tickets instantly. It’s a convenient, must-have tool for all movie fans.”
The Showcase Cinemas smartphone application, one of the few dedicated cinema apps in the U.S., also lets users age 21 and older book tickets to Lux Level showings, which feature access to a private, full-service restaurant and lounge before, during, and after the movie, and also offers high-end amenities such as oversized leather rocking auditorium seating with service call buttons in the arm rests.
The Showcase Cinemas app is currently available for download free of charge from iTunes and the Blackberry App World.
Visit http://www.nationalamusements.com.