As certain as death and taxes, the browser wars will continue so long as the Internet continues to exist. MoboTap was founded in March 2010 and is throwing their hat in the ring as another browser developer, although interestingly they develop their browser exclusively for mobile users.
MoboTap boasts that over 10 million users use their Dolphin browser on their mobile devices. It can be downloaded from the App Store and from Android Market. It is the first and only gesture-based mobile browser, making it easy to use by communicating with the browser through gestures like swipes, taps, and even physically moving the device.
The browser is add-on ready and the Dolphin developer network has created over 60 add-ons. The browser can be run on Android or Apple mobile devices and works on both phones and tablets.
The browser features all that you would expect from a modern browser including bookmarking, tabbed browsing, a “smart” address bar, and the ability to switch between the browser version of a page and the full version that you’d find on a desktop or laptop.
MoboTap was founded in March 2010 and in July 2011 received $10 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners. MoboTap has a self-reported 100 employees and is based out of downtown San Francisco in the SOMA district.
Hosting Java applications has long been a reasonably elusive goal. Oftentimes when searching for a Java hosting provider the option is to have something unreliable but inexpensively acquired, or to develop a large, reliable infrastructure but at great cost. Hosting vendors often use just a single implementation of Java that may or may not work the way you need it to.
Enter: cloudbased Java. The concept is pretty simple: host Java on a cloud, make it as flexible as possible, and reduce hosting costs. As a PaaS (Platform as a Service) Cloudbees enables the end user to develop and host their Java application on a reliable always-up platform designed explicitly for Java hosting. You can develop your Java on the same environment that you use for production, helping eliminate any problems with the transition from in-house development to outsourced hosting.
Like many other cloud hosting vendors, CloudBees implements a payment system based on what resources you actually use. Because CloudBees uses this payment method, their customers can be sure that they are not overpaying for their Java hosting.
CloudBees also boasts an impressive resume of customers including Alcatel-Lucent, Digg, Intuit, Cisco, Yale University, and Netflix.
CloudBees Inc. was founded in early 2010 and with 14.5 million in funding it maintains a presence in the United States, Europe, and Australia.
Sixty years ago when Diner’s Club introduced a card to allow customers to pay their restaurant bills on credit, credit cards, which had been around for decades, came into popular use. Since then, the use of hard currency has further declined as debit cards and online shopping have continued to change the way that consumers transact business. In 2008, Zong, the brainchild of founder David Marcus, was launched and consumer commerce is once again being revolutionized.
The concept behind Zong is simple – instead of needing to provide your credit card to make a purchase, why not have a system that enables you to use your mobile phone number? As cell phones are now ubiquitous and just about anyone with a credit or debit card, also has a cell phone, wouldn’t it be easier to seamlessly link your credit card or bank accounts to your mobile phone number? Instead of having to enter 80 characters of information in order to use a credit card, using Zong is as simple as clicking a button, entering your mobile phone number, receiving a secure PIN and then entering that online to verify your transaction.
This year Zong became part of the PayPal family of services so look for more online retailers to begin offering Zong as a payment option.
The concept of “augmented reality” has become popular in the past five years as companies such as Metaio, Total Immersion and Layar have launched platforms designed to provide consumers of digital technology with an “augmented” interactive experience. Augmented reality is, essentially, the successor to virtual reality, which became part of the technological lexicon in the early 1990s. While virtual reality effectively replaces the material world with a digitally-created world, augmented reality is designed to take our sensory perceptions of the material world and enhance them with computer-generated input.
ARNav, a Polish startup that was chosen as one of the sixteen finalists in LeWeb’s 2011 Startup Competition, uses augmented reality technology along with OpenStreetMap data to simplify navigation. The ARNav app for Android, which is now in its beta-testing phase, provides users with a lighted path to their final destination. The confusion that often goes along with using two-dimensional maps is eliminated as users experience the space around them with a guided interface. Imagine visiting a city for the first time and having arrows and laser-like virtual gates plotting your course step-by-step to a museum, park, café or other nearby point of interest. What GPS technology did for drivers, ARNav does for pedestrians.
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