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Facebook Unites Mobile Web Development Efforts using WURFL and HTML5 | RealtyGo_blog

Facebook has launched a new version of its mobile Web site that it says is much simpler and should work with the capabilities of thousands of different phones.

The leading social network has 250 million monthly active mobile users, and the majority of them access the site through the mobile Web, said Erick Tseng, Facebook’s head of mobile.

The new site, at m.facebook.com, replaces an existing site at that address for feature phones and a separate site at touch.facebook.com for smartphones (where development had recently lagged behind other versions). The new version uses an extended implementation of WURFL, a database that helps map the way the site is displayed to the capabilities of each device. Also known as browser identification look up.

Facebook said it should be able to “delete thousands of lines of old mobile site code” after the release, which is set to roll out to all users over the next couple weeks.

 

From Android to Facebook

 

The company has said that in order to be maximally accessible it will favor mobile Web development over native app development. “We are internalizing our own strategies around HTML5 to prove out that this emphasis on the mobile Web can actually work,” Tseng said.

“Yes, there is going to be a day when the majority of folks have something that looks more like an Android,” Tseng said, “but I don’t believe that’s going to happen in the next year, probably not the next two years.”

Tseng was previously lead product manager for Android before he joined Facebook last May.

RealtyGo uses the same type of browser ID check to efficiently push the proper dedicated page view to the correct mobile device. You will notice when you Scan a QR Code or Text in to receive more information about a real estate listings, your mobile device, wether it be a Smartphone, iPad, Tablet or even on a desk top, the images and data wil reconfigure auto fitting your device.

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Trulia and Zillow offer House-Hunting Applications for Mobile | RealtyGo_blog

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Trulia and Zillow, two of the biggest competitors in the online real estate space, are continuing to push into mobile with the addition of more smartphone applications.

Trulia.com said it is now supporting iPad and Android in addition to iPhone. Zillow has released a BlackBerry application, adding to a portfolio that supports iPad, Windows Phone, Android and iPhone.

Both are trying to offer access to information to home buyers wherever they want it, and not necessarily when they are in front of computers.

Being accessible to users whenever they want the information will be critical as both companies may jockey for an initial public offering in the not too distant future.

San Francisco-based Trulia recently said it was prepping for an IPO as it continued to build out its management team, and Zillow was reportedly in talks with investment bankers to discuss the prospects of going public.

Trulia said the addition of iPad and Android applications builds off a base of more than two million mobile users, who visited Trulia.com from their phones last month. That represents a more than 300 percent increase compared to the year earlier, it said.

Both the iPad and Android apps will be slightly different from what was being offered on the iPhone. The iPad app will use the larger screen real estate to display a color-coded heat map that examines the differences in average listing price and sold price within a city or county. The Android app will allow users to add open houses to their calendars and scan QR codes.

Zillow said with the addition of its BlackBerry app, it will now cover more than 90 percent of smartphone users. The Seattle-based company said its services are used on mobile devices more than 6.5 million times each month with 23 million visits to home detail pages.

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In addition to being able to search the BlackBerry app for homes based on a user’s location, they will also be able to filter searches by price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and other information. Homes will be viewable in satellite or street view, and will feature color photos.

Get your Mobile TAG from RealtyGo on all your real estate advertising and signage, enable consumers to get photos and all your listing and contact information while in front of your listing(s). End users can auto schedule an appointment right from the listings, saving you time and offering an immediate action for lead generation by the potential buyer.

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Special thanks to Tricia Duryee for reporting.

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QR Codes in the big city. How New York may start offering QR Codes for Public Transit… Smart!

QR Codes on Public Transit routes, Schedules updated internally, with a qr code delivering current and up to date information, scheduling, even detours or problems with a route or pickup. Very smart and a sense of security for the end user. If an end user saves the contact info to their phone they can check the information even when the qr code is not present.

Here is an interesting image of a sign in New York City!

The emergence of QR codes on city building permits Wednesday — and, before that, garbage trucks — raises a question: Where else might New York place these odd digital ciphers?

Fortunately, the city’s new chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne,  posed just that question on Twitter. The responses, some of which are collected below, are enlightening.

QR codes are square barcodes that resemble a scrambled cable channel and are meant to be scanned by your cellphone. In 2011, you’re likely to see more QR codes on billboardsprint publicationsmuseum placards — anywhere with limited space and lots of information to convey. On city building permits, scanning the QR code will direct you to a website with more information about the construction project, if you’re into that.

But the New Yorkers who responded to Sterne are more excited about the prospect of applying QR codes to the city’s public-transit system. One  common suggestion: place them at bus stops, where schedules aren’t always displayed and are often out of date. (See one vision of what that might look like in the photo illustration above.) The most obvious place however is your mean of communication, like a business card or social networking area.

Another frequent request: QR codes in parks and near public art projects, Large advertisement areas and almost anywhere an ad company can think to grab the consumers attention.

 

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Your music, Scan a code receive a promotional offer for some type of download or playlist… interesting!

QR Codes on the sides of 2,200 New York City Department of Sanitation trucks. Scanning the codes will take users to a video from NYC Media’s show The Green Apple: Recycling. In 6 – 8 weeks the QR code will link to a Howcast recycling video an example of which can be seen here.

The main reason for our post, is to show you how technology behind the QR Codes is equally important as the method of extracting the message, QR code or Text messaging being those methods.  RealtyGo has created a very unique type of QR code Application, attaching a MobileURL or Unique “Name” to a QR Code for more relevant SEO and better organization of your important information for end users. Not to mention the fact that a Unique Name “mobileURL” is much easier to remember then the web address of some random QR Code you may have noticed, and forgot to save to address book after scanning, etc.. . Often consumers will remember a name as it relates to something important they saw or interacted with, hence the MobileURL. See a MobileURL in the image below, as the header of a QR Code. Thanks for reading, follow us on Twitter for some extra goodies and free stuff.

 

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New era of connected computing, Apple loses Senior VP of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet | RealtyGo_blog

Apple goes mobile and looses Bertrand Serlet

Apple announced today that Bertrand Serlet, Senior Vice President of Mac Software Engineering, would be leaving the company.

Since joining the company in 1997, Serlet has played a critical role in developing Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X. Although not as well known by the general public as Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Serlet was considered a key figure inside of Apple.

Sertlet’s departure may indicate a diminishing role for Apple’s desktop operating system as the iOS, the operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, becomes a larger focus.

Says Serlet, “I’ve worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing products at both NeXT and Apple, but at this point, I want to focus less on products and more on science.”

It appears a mutual withdrawal, with android gaining market share in the mobile arena, you would think Apple would be pulling all its resources to stay ahead of the curve. We are very interested to see what Bertrand Serlet creates in the near future. Science almost always leads back to more efficient technology and different ways of using it.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s Vice President of Mac Software Engineering, will take on Serlet’s responsibilities and will report to Steve Jobs. Federighi has been managing the Mac OS software engineering team for the past two years.

Before joining Apple, Serlet spent a number of years at Xerox PARC and NeXT. He earned his doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Orsay, France.

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Mobile Pay | Mobile Commerce; Will greed in the space hinder the progress of mobile payments?

 

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Over the past six months there has been lots of buzz about mobile payments. High-profile companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Visa have all indicated they are exploring ways to make money from mobile payments. And at last month’s Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, the momentum around mobile commerce and Near Field Communications seemed to grow even stronger. In fact, several firms including Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Deutsche Telekom and Orange all talked about how they were incorporating mobile commerce and/or Near Field Communications technology into their future plans.  Some companies even went so far as to designate 2011 as the year for NFC payments.

 

We are under the impression that cellphone manufactures will be offering a secure mobile payment method – Near Field Communication

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(NFC) short-range wireless technology and includes real-time anti-fraud alerts and other features designed to protect consumers from fraud.

Fine-tuning the business model for this nascent service is challenging. Wireless carriers, platform providers, device makers and financial institutions all want a piece of the revenue pie. It’s not surprising, considering that many analysts estimate that the market potential for these services is enormous. According to Portio Research, mobile payments volumes worldwide were $68.7 billion in 2009 and are forecast to reach $633.4 billon by year-end 2014. The biggest potential markets for mobile payments are Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Portio says.

But for mobile payments to reach the potential predicted by Portio, a lot of diverse players will have to fit together to make a compelling and lucrative solution. How that will happen is unclear. All we know for sure is that there is a lot of experimentation in the market today.

To help spur the market, the GSMA is heading up a NFC-related initiative with several of the world’s biggest operators including America Móvil, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corp., MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor and Vodafone. The operators have said they intend to launch commercial NFC services in select markets by 2012.


In the U.S., mobile payments have made headlines lately because of the new initiative Isis, which is a joint venture from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA. The carriers plan to leverage Discover Financial Services’ network to process payments; Barclaycard U.S. will be the first issuer. Isis has inked deals with merchants but so far has not revealed the names of those merchants or more details about when it will launch.

Meanwhile, Sprint has decided to go it alone with its mobile wallet initiative, called Sprint Mobile Wallet. Unlike the Isis project, Sprint’s wallet will let customers make purchases using their existing Visa, MasterCard and Amazon accounts. Sprint is going to eventually hit the big one, you have to admit they always have their hat in the rink, and sooner or later they are going to hit one out of the park.

Clearly for mobile payments to become a success, merchants, financial services, operators and device makers need to come together to make a viable solution. Perhaps all this experimentation in the market will result in less fragmentation and more cohesiveness. We are exploring those issues and more in “Cashing in on Mobile Commerce,” a new eBook from FierceWireless. In this eBook, we take an in-depth look at the overall potential for the mobile commerce market, profile some successful mobile payment implementations and explore some of the latest initiatives in barcodes, mobile coupons and more.

 

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QR Codes arn’t going away anytime soon.., LG CES, MDTV_RealtyGo_blog

QR Codes are here to stay! Take advantage of RealtyGo and start promoting your Professional business and real estate listings using modern technology.

LG Electronics demonstrates first ‘Glasses-Free’ 3D ATSC Mobile DTV

Company Also Shows Prototype Mobile DTV Smartphone

That Eliminates Coupon Clipping – Look for Qpon by RealtyGo

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 – The first mobile digital TV that displays three-dimensional (3D) images broadcast via the ATSC Mobile Digital Television Standard is being demonstrated by LG Electronics at the 2010 International CES® here this week. The prototype 7-inch receiver is designed with auto-stereoscopic capability that eliminates the need for special viewing glasses to see stunning 3D TV images.

In addition, to show how local TV broadcasters can now offer more than just linear TV channels, LG Electronics is showing its first Android-enabled smartphone prototype equipped with Mobile Digital TV (MDTV) reception, which offers conditional access functionality for future subscription broadcasts and the capability of receiving “non-real time” data such as electronic coupons.

The demonstrations are made possible through a cooperative effort with Harris Corporation, which has developed the necessary MDTV transmission equipment, and local DTV broadcasters KLAS-TV, 8 News NOW in Las Vegas, and Vegas PBS Channel 10.  Roundbox, a leading mobile software provider, is providing non-real time data services that power the Smartphone coupon application, as well as the Electronic Services Guide (ESG) for both innovative applications for ATSC MDTV.

“The ATSC Mobile DTV standard offers broadcasters remarkable flexibility to address the changing demands of consumers and advertisers,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, president and chief technology officer, LG Electronics, Inc. “As broadcasters continue their national rollout of Mobile DTV, LG is proud to lead the transition with the latest innovations in mobile DTV services like 3D and non-real-time applications.”

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Glasses-Free 3D Mobile DTV
In the Las Vegas demonstration, PBS Channel 10 (RF channel 11) is the first U.S. broadcast station to transmit 3D images via the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard. Receiving the signal is LG’s prototype receiver built around the LG2161 demodulator chip and LG-exclusive 3D formatting circuitry that combines the side-by-side left and right images for seamless viewing without the need for 3D eyewear commonly used for 3D TVs.

The seven-inch barrier-type LCD display shows lifelike 3D images that appear to jump right off the screen.  With its built-in antenna, the device also receives conventional 2D 416×240 resolution MDTV broadcasts and scales images up to 800×480 resolution. It also functions as an attractive digital photo frame when not being used as a Mobile DTV receiver.
“Broadcasting 3D mobile DTV shows television stations how flexible the ATSC Mobile DTV standard is and, perhaps more importantly, shows retailers and consumers a cool new application for mobile DTV,” said Jay Adrick, vice president of broadcast technology, Harris Corporation, which co-developed the ATSC MDTV standard with LG Electronics and Zenith.

Electronic Coupons from your Smartphone
Non-real time services such as electronic couponing and video-on-demand are made possible by the versatile ATSC Mobile Digital TV standard now being deployed by broadcasters throughout the U.S.  KLAS-TV 8 (RF channel 7) is transmitting digital coupons for electronics stores and restaurants during CES.

“Software advances are helping to drive exciting new applications like non-real-time mobile DTV broadcasts,” said Peter Mataga, chief technology officer at Roundbox. “LG’s latest smartphone mobile DTV prototype is the first to show how electronic coupons can be delivered by local broadcasters. It’s especially significant that Roundbox and LG have achieved interoperability in a way that conforms to the new ATSC Non-Real-Time Content Delivery Candidate Standard.”

The smartphone prototype is LG’s first full-touch CDMA device with built-in Mobile DTV circuitry.  Running the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system and LG’s second-generation MDTV chip, the fully-featured Smartphone includes a 3.2” HVGA screen, 3 megapixel camera, GPS and Wi-Fi capability, and other features such as an accelerometer, digital compass, and ability to play back a variety of audio and video codecs.

Chips Available for Portable Device Manufacturers
Co-developer of the technology at the heart of the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard, LG Electronics is producing the critical component for Mobile DTV reception – the LG2161R single chip design that includes both the tuner and demodulator in a tiny seven-by-seven millimeter square package.  This key component of mobile DTV receivers already can be found in a variety of new products being introduced by various manufacturers this year for mobile DTV, from laptop USB accessory receivers to prototype netbooks with integrated mobile DTV tuners.

Standardized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee and formally adopted as the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard, the new technology allows broadcasters to use a portion of the existing 19.4 Megabit-per-second DTV channel capacity to transmit data with extremely robust characteristics suitable for mobile, pedestrian and handheld applications.  The mobile DTV signal is also compatible with 8-VSB DTV, which was also developed by Zenith, LG’s U.S. research and development lab.

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True Mobile Digital TV (MDTV) means watching live Digital TV (DTV) on mobile devices_RealtyGo_blog

What mobile DTV (MDTV) is?

Which networks can deliver true DTV experience to mobile devices?

True Mobile Digital TV (MDTV) means watching live Digital TV (DTV) on mobile devices,

with a user experience similar to the one the consumers are used to on their home TV. This

means having a big variety of shows to watch, with high quality high frame rate video and

quick response time for channel switching. While there are elements in the market that try to

confuse true MDTV with other forms of TV/media distribution that offer poor quality video

and a poor offering of channels, true MDTV is distributed through a dedicated broadcast

MDTV network.

Soon real estate professionals will be able to stream their live events and seminars through MDTV channel outlets, keeping consumers up to date on current events within their general areas. Imagine getting updates from destination places around the world, Vacation rentals for lease and a tour performed by the actual owner or representative. Choosing you vacation destination in the near future may become more real than ever before. Rest assure, RealtyGo will be looking into this futuristic type channeling to deliver real estate listings and information as efficiently as possible for everyone using Mobile devices.  Keep a look out for MDTV and a new technology boom; does Youtube ring a bell… .

The most common alternatives of DTV distribution to mobile devices are to get the DTV

content through the WiFi network or through the cellular network.

This article explains the different available methods, why the true MDTV experience can be

achieved only by a dedicated broadcast MDTV network and how the MDTV offering can be

broadened by wise usage of all the methods for distribution of DTV, which can provide the

best value and best user experience to the consumer.

1 Methods for Mobile DTV distribution

1.1 Distribution of Mobile DTV through the cellular network

The cellular network is conceptually a unicast network, meaning that the content is

transmitted to each receiver individually, even if several receivers are consuming the same

content simultaneously. Thus with the current deployed and used technologies, distribution

of mobile DTV content through the cellular network is no different than the distribution of any

other data through the cellular network.

There are some technologies for broadcasting content over cellular networks, including

Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS), Integrated Mobile Broadcast (IMB), and

Evolved MBMS (e-MBMS) for LTE networks. These technologies are currently either not

mature yet or not widely used (i.e. deployed). Nevertheless, though currently cellular

networks use unicast transmission for distributing DTV content, this article refers also to

optional future usage of these broadcast technologies.

The main concern that is related to mobile DTV distribution is its relatively high bandwidth

requirement. Watching live DTV content at good quality on mobile devices requires

continuous reception of streaming audio/video (A/V) content at a rate of about 500Kbps.

This reception rate enables the display of good quality video at QVGA resolution and at a

frame rate of 30 frames-per-second (FPS).

In developed countries, current cellular networks are already congested with the increase of

video consumption (YouTube, etc.), live gaming, web surfing and other data-consuming

applications over mobile devices. These networks do not have the bandwidth to provide live

DTV services with a similar user experience to stationary DTV in terms of video quality and

content variety. Recent testimonials to this problem were made public by AT&T, which is

now setting a cap for its subscribers’ data usage, since they need to “ease the congestion”

(http://blog.taragana.com/index.php/archive/theres-a-cap-for-that-att-will-limit-data-

consumption-for-new-smart-phone-users /).

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