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The rise of the mobile editor

Digiday

CNN readers following the news of [the] explosion in Harlem via their phones owe a lot to Etan Horowitz, CNN’s mobile editor.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Horowitz and CNN sent out four push alerts to app users with the latest developments about the blast. They also updated mobile headlines, added new photos and linked to video streams of aerial views of the scene.

“The building collapse in Harlem is a story that works well on mobile,” Horowtiz said. 

This is the new — and growing — job of mobile editor. As publishers see up to half their traffic arriving on mobile, many of them — including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post — are staffing their newsrooms with editors who know how to tweak and create content specifically for mobile devices. That can mean making sure an image is smartphone-friendly. Or it could mean sending out push alerts in breaking-news situations. One thing it is not: a settled job.

Take David Ho, the editor for mobile, tablets and emerging technology at The Wall Street Journal. Ho started as the Journal’s mobile editor in 2009 and is, in relative terms, a veteran in the space. Five years ago he helped develop the Journal’s BlackBerry app, its early iPhone app and its basic mobile site. Today, he’s thinking about the best strategies for new platforms, tablets, and more recently, wearable devices like Google Glass. This might sound like more of a tech job, but it’s actually central to the future of journalism since how content is presented can be just as important as reporting and editing.

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Mobile’s next great leap will happen in the cloud

InfoWorld

The fact that mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming cloud devices is nothing new. What is new is that we seem to be nearing the point of feature saturation on those devices. When that happens, the use of the cloud by mobile applications and providers will accelerate.

Smartphones and tablets are getting about as fast as we need them to get, the platforms are more capable, and the apps more sophisticated. My smartphone can download faster than most DSL services can, the user interfaces are easy to deal with now, and the applications equal or exceed those that we can find on a PC. Indeed, were it not for the fact that my smartphone has a 4-inch screen, I would have written this post on it.

[ Get the no-nonsense explanations and advice you need to take real advantage of cloud computing in InfoWorld editors' 21-page Cloud Computing Deep Dive PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]

This is not to say that mobile devices are now as good as they can ever get. Smartphone providers will keep finding new ways to enhance them. But I am saying that the mobile devices will be more difficult to improve, so the push will be on cloud-delivered systems to enhance their use.

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World Tech Update- 2/14/14

IDG News Service

Coming up on WTU this week we prep for Mobile World Congress, Virgin Atlantic tries out Google Glass at London’s Heathrow and TV sales slump.

Tablet demand slows during mobile device boom

USA Today

The smartphone market’s been kind of a mess lately.

Between Apple’s big iPhone shortfall, the slowdown at Samsung and the financial messes at HTC, BlackBerry and Motorola, there just hasn’t been much good news out there.

If that sounds depressing, then stop reading now because the tablet market looks like it just hit the skids, too.

Before we go further, let’s remember that we’re dealing with a single data point here, so take any associated doom-and-gloom forecasts you may hear with a grain of salt.

Let’s get to it.

So Wednesday morning, our friends at IDC reported that the tablet market grew by just 28.2 percent in Q4.

IDC filled us in on the problems:

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the US are reaching high levels of consumer saturation, and while emerging markets continue to show strong growth, this has not been enough to sustain the dramatic worldwide growth rates of years past,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets, at IDC. “We expect commercial purchases of tablets to continue to accelerate in mature markets, but softness in the consumer segment — brought about by high penetration rates and increased competition for the consumer dollar — point to a more challenging environment for tablets in 2014 and beyond.”

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Emerging Markets Slowdown Continues to Inhibit IT Spending, According to IDC Worldwide Black Book

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Pent-up demand for infrastructure upgrades, capacity and bandwidth investments, and overdue replacement cycles drive IT spending priorities in 2014

Framingham, MA – February 5, 2014 – According to the new International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book (Doc #246614), IT spending will be inhibited by the economic slowdown in emerging markets in 2014, in addition to an inevitable deceleration in the growth of smartphones and tablets. IDC has lowered its forecasts for IT market growth in Asia Pacific (including China), Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, driving down its forecast for Worldwide IT spending growth to 4.6% this year in constant currency terms (down from the previous forecast of 5%). With currency devaluation and inflation likely to inhibit business confidence in many emerging economies in the first half of this year, and with the explosive growth of mobile devices having begun to inevitably cool from the breakneck pace of the past 2-3 years, overall industry growth will dip slightly from last year’s pace of 4.8%.

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Infrastructure, Software and IT Services are Hot Spots

While overall industry growth has cooled, some areas of tech spending are heating up as businesses in mature economies including the US and Western Europe, begin to invest in overdue infrastructure upgrades and replacements. Spending on servers will increase by 3%, after last year’s decline of 4%, and storage spending will also grow by 3% this year (following a 0.5% decline in 2013). The PC market is showing tentative signs of stabilization, with improving commercial shipments in mature markets. The increased pace of hardware investment will have a positive effect on IT services revenue, which is forecasted to post growth of 4% this year (up from 3% in 2013). Enterprise software spending remains broadly strong, with growth still expected in the range of 6-7%. Excluding mobile phones, IT spending growth will actually accelerate in 2014 from 2.9% last year (excluding phones) to 3.4% this year.

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CES 2014: a look back at what mattered

TechHive

Innovation certainly was on display at CES 2014—4K HDTV hardware reached affordable prices, there was a tsunami of wearable fitness and health tech, 3D printers popped up everywhere, and smart cars made their mark, just to name a few of the major trends we spotted.

Our team patrolled the International CES show floor all week at searching for the devices and services you need to know about. In the process, we chose 10 winners for our Best of CES awards.

We also had our usual fun selecting other gear, trends, and innovations that caught our interest, which we showed you in our Picks slideshow. And we poked some gentle fun at some of the weird items displayed at this giant trade show in our Pans slideshow.

Here are some of our comprehensive slideshows about International CES 2014…

World Tech Update – 11/1/13

IDG News Service
Coming up on WTU this week the FAA changes the rules on powering off gadgets, Lenovo hopes long battery life will sell its tablets and NASA plans to send 3D printers into space.

 

Twitter Outshines Facebook With Earlier Focus on Mobile

Bloomberg

Twitter Inc., the microblogging service that plans an initial public offering, is outpacing its bigger competitors Facebook Inc. (FB) and Google Inc. (GOOG) in a crucial growth area: mobile advertising. Ads on smartphones and tablets will make up more than half of Twitter’s ad revenue this year, according to EMarketer Inc. That puts it ahead of Facebook, which generated 41 percent of its ad revenue from mobile promotions in the latest quarter. Google, the largest search engine, is estimated to get slightly less than one quarter of its revenue this year from mobile ads, EMarketer said.

While Twitter makes up just a tiny slice of the $16.7 billion projected mobile-ad market this year, it has the advantage of concentrating on mobile from an earlier stage and from a smaller base. That may help assuage investor concerns going into the company’s IPO, as mobile has been an area that has bedeviled other Internet companies. Facebook and Google, which initially focused on online ads for personal computers, have more recently had to reshape their massive ad businesses as users spend more time on the Web via smartphones and tablets.

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Economic Slowdown in China Drives IDC to Lower Forecast for IT Spending

IDC PMS4colorversion  Economic Slowdown in China Drives IDC to Lower Forecast for IT Spending

IDC Press Release

Shipments of smart phones and tablets buoy overall market

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., August 5, 2013 – According to the new International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Black Book Query Tool, Version 2, 2013 (Doc #242462), the economic slowdown in China has driven IDC to lower its expectations for worldwide IT spending growth this year. IDC now forecasts IT spending growth of 4.6% in constant currency for 2013, down from the previous forecast of 4.9% growth and a sharp deceleration from last year’s growth of almost 6%. Despite the lower forecast, IDC expects IT spending will reach $2 trillion for the first time ever in 2013. Meanwhile, total ICT spending, including telecommunications services, will increase by 3.8% at constant currency to $3.6 trillion.

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Smart Connected Devices in Emerging Markets to Surpass 1 Billion Unit Shipments by 2014 with More Than 60% Going to BRIC Countries

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 10, 2013 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker, global shipments of smart connected devices (PCs, tablets, and smartphones) are expected to surpass 1.7 billion units by 2014 with roughly 1 billion units delivered to emerging markets. Within the emerging markets, the BRIC countries — China, India, Brazil, and Russia — are expected to generate shipments of 662 million units with a shipment value of more than $206 billion. More than 650 million units are forecast to be shipped to developed markets, with the United States, UK, and Japan capturing more than 400 million units with a shipment value of $204 billion.

With the BRIC countries expected to surpass the total shipments to developed markets by 2014, it is clear that demand for smart connected devices is quickly shifting from developed to emerging markets. The emerging markets are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% over the 2012-2017 forecast period, compared to the 7% CAGR expected in developed markets.

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