Mobile Industry on the Move January 4

— January 04, 2014

BlackBerry is trying to come back as the leading platform in enterprise mobility, but wants “Seacrest out.” The company filed a lawsuit, in the Northern District of California, against Typo Products LLC. Typo, founded by entrepreneur Laurence Hallier and TV host and media personality Ryan Seacrest, announced the Typo Keyboard would be available for pre-order this month. The complaint against Typo alleges patent infringement and that Typo has blatantly copied BlackBerry’s keyboard with its iPhone keyboard case designed to slip on to iPhone devices.

“This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our intellectual property against any company that attempts to copy our unique design. From the beginning, BlackBerry has always focused on offering an exceptional typing experience that combines a great design with ergonomic excellence. We are flattered by the desire to graft our keyboard onto other smartphones, but we will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation for using our intellectual property and our technological innovations,” said Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer in an official statement.

Perhaps in response to the recent “uncarrier” initiatives, for a limited time, AT&T is offering T-Mobile customers the opportunity to “upgrade their mobile lifestyle” with value of up to $450 per line when they switch to AT&T and trade in an eligible smartphone.

T-Mobile customers who switch can trade-in their current smartphone for a promotion card of up to $250, which can be used toward AT&T products and services. The company stated that trade-in values will vary based on make, model and age of the smartphone, but that “many of the latest and most popular smartphones will qualify for a value of $250.”  T-Mobile customers will also receive an additional $200 credit per line when they transfer their service to AT&T and choose an AT&T NextSM plan, buy a device at full retail price or activate a device they currently own.

As Big Data becomes increasingly important in business, IBM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Emeryville, CA-based Aspera, Inc. Aspera’s technology helps companies securely speed the movement of massive data files around the world.

Licensed to clients and partners either in the cloud or on premise, Aspera's high-speed transfer technology reduces transmission times for large files or data sets by up to 99.9%  – potentially cutting a 26 hour transfer of a 24 gigabyte file, sent halfway around the world, down to just 30 seconds.  

Aspera’s patented “fasp” technology overcomes inherent bottlenecks in broadband wide area networks that slow the transfer of extremely large files, such as high-definition video or scientific research files, over distance.

Companies today are struggling to manage increasing volumes of structured and unstructured data created by everything from sensors to social media. They must accelerate the velocity of sending and receiving this data to improve competitiveness in a variety of ways – including the ability to more quickly uncover valuable business insights, bring products to market faster and improve employee productivity.

This becomes even more critical with the growing adoption of cloud computing, where companies need a more effective way to transport extremely large files to and from cloud platforms.

Aspera moves Big Data to, from and within the cloud faster than traditional methods while providing security, bandwidth control and predictability. The solutions solve data transfer problems across numerous industries and scenarios such as: Life sciences organizations sharing genomic data in the quest to find the next medical breakthrough; media companies shortening production cycles or uploading hit television shows and blockbuster movies to popular consumer streaming services; gaming companies receiving the latest software build from third party developers to enable rapid game development; and  any individual within an enterprise trying to share and synchronize large files over distance between multiple devices such as a laptop, mobile phone or tablet.

Aspera advances the transfer of large files where traditional network protocols limit speed and reliability. Typical data transfers over TCP/IP are hampered by network delays or packet loss, even over the fastest broadband networks. Aspera’s fasp protocol delivers the industry’s fastest transmission speeds over any network link regardless of file size, transfer distance or network conditions. Aspera ensures secure encryption of the files in transit or at rest.

By combining Aspera with the power of cloud computing, customers have a practical way to transport big data files to and from the cloud. Aspera makes cloud computing even faster, more predictable and more cost effective for big data transfers such as enterprise storage backup, sharing virtual images or bursting to the cloud for increased computing capacity. Its fasp technology is licensed to many leading cloud computing services and will be integrated with IBM’s recently acquired SoftLayer cloud infrastructure later next year.

Infomedia Services
Vringo, a company engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of intellectual property and mobile technologies, has entered into a definitive agreement with Infomedia Services Ltd. pursuant to which Infomedia will acquire Vringo's mobile partnerships, application business, and a portfolio of internally developed patents related to those technologies.

Infomedia is a leading provider of customer relationship management and monetization technologies to mobile carriers and device manufacturers. By combining Vringo's research and development center with its existing operations, Infomedia will be positioned to create a more integrated global product offering for delivery into carriers, OEMs, and enterprise partnerships.
Under the terms of the agreement, Infomedia will acquire Vringo's mobile technology business in exchange for an equity stake equal to approximately 8% of Infomedia.

Vringo will license certain intellectual property assets and support Infomedia to identify and protect new intellectual property.  In addition, Andrew D. Perlman, Chief Executive Officer of Vringo, will join Infomedia's Board of Directors.  The transaction is expected to close upon the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions which are anticipated to be completed by March 31, 2014.

Infomedia generated revenues of approximately US $20 million in 2013.   Infomedia's 35 member team is located in the United Kingdom and currently has partnerships with content publishers including Gameloft and EA Games; mobile carriers including EE, Orange, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile; and embedded products on major mobile device manufactures including Samsung, HTC, Sony and Alcatel. In the last year, Infomedia has managed over 750 million mobile engagements, 300 million portal sessions, 75 million billing transactions and over 5 million downloads.

Applexus Technologies
Applexus Technologies has been chosen as a Silver Partner of Samsung for the development of applications for the Android platform. The partnership under the Samsung Enterprise Alliance Program (SEAP) will provide a powerful forum to develop competent solutions for the B2B mobility market.

This collaboration will provide Applexus the opportunity to develop mobile solutions for Samsung with Samsung’s state-of-the-art technical support and access to the Samsung Enterprise SDK, which enables enhanced security features. Being a Silver Partner, Applexus owned mobility products will also be published as partner solutions in Samsung's B2B SalesBook and website.

Applexus, headquartered in Seattle, WA is an ISO 9001:2008 certified SAP Professional Services & Solutions organization with offices in North America, Middle East and India.


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