Study: Industry 4.0 mobile apps not meeting requirements

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Mobile computing is becoming ever more important in manufacturing, but many so-called “Industry 4.0″ apps aren’t meeting the needs of their users. That’s one of the conclusions from a study conducted by management consultants Bestgroup and Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. The study polled both users and developers and found that their priorities differed. Users […]

AT&T offers 6 apps for connectivity platform

AT&T directly addresses the needs of the auto industry at its At&T Drive studio (Photo: ATT)

AT&T is offering carmakers six new voice-enabled apps that will add features such as weather forecasts, parking updates and personalized radio to its its connected-car platform. The US wireless company said the apps were developed by AccuWeather, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Streetling and Tribune Digital Ventures. “Each of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users […]

Poll: Mobile apps put corporate data at risk

Most business travelers use mobile apps (Photo: Wikimedia)

Smartphone apps are endangering corporate data security, according to a poll by the German Travel Association (DRV). The association, which represents the German travel sector, interviewed 100 CEOs and 250 employees who regularly take business trips. The poll found that 65 pc of the companies didn’t provide any guidelines for the use of smartphone apps […]

German app downloads jump 80 pc in 2012

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App downloads soared in Germany last year as consumers bought more smartphones and tablets. Bitkom, the country’s high-tech industry association, said app downloads jumped 80 pc to more than 1.7 billion in 2012. “The megatrend toward mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is unbroken,” said Tobias Arns, a mobile expert at Bitkom. “Smartphone programs […]

Ford strengthens commitment to open-source development

Ford's AppLink connects a smartphone to the car's infotainment (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor will work with the open-source GENIVI alliance to speed up independent app development for its in-car infotainment systems. The news follows an announcement earlier this year that independent app developers would get access to Ford’s systems. Ford said in a press release that it has learnt from the smartphone market that a “vibrant […]

New travel apps for Europe planned

Europe wants to make transport more intelligent (Photo: Ertico)

A European-Union sponsored project will provide travelers with a new set of smartphone apps to make traveling within the 27-nation bloc easier. The Mobinet service platform will offer online access to new types of mobile services such as real-time multimodal travel assistance, parking guidance and Europe-wide ticketing for transit services. The platform’s features will include […]

CES: Developers gain access to GM’s infotainment

GM infotainment will soon feature customized apps (Photo: GM)

LAS VEGAS – Developers will be able to create in-vehicle apps for General Motors infotainment systems, after the US carmaker announced a software development kit for programmers. The kit will allow drivers to add apps and features to their cars after the initial purchase, which will mean infotainment systems can continuously be improved and upgraded. […]

CES: Ford opens SYNC to mobile app developers

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LAS VEGAS – Mobile app developers will gain easier access to Ford’s in-car telematics system, SYNC. The US carmaker announced at the CES here that it is launching  an open mobile app developer program that provides a software development kit and technical support to programmers. Information on the program can be found at http://developer.ford.com. The […]

BMW invests in Embark mobility apps maker

Embark will help BMW develop multi-modal urban transportation solutions (Photo: Embark)

BMW is investing in Embark, a US based maker of new-mobility iPhone and Android apps, as the German premium car maker gears up for the launch of its new i brand vehicles. Embark apps are designed to help travelers navigate mass transit in major cities. BMW’s investment shows car companies realize that personal mobility is […]

Survey finds more licensing issues as Cloud and App use grows

Licensing issues are on the rise as business use of smartphones increases (Photo: LG)

Many companies aren’t fully prepared to deal effectively with licensing issues related to Cloud computing and mobile smartphone apps, according to a management survey. The poll, carried out in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by IT consultancy firm Detecon, found that most companies deal with software licensing effectively. The active management of licenses is most often […]