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Enterprises set to embrace apps in 2011

Sybase said that 90 percent of IT managers are planning to implement new mobile apps in 2011, with nearly half stating that successfully managing mobile applications will top their priority list for the year.

Report: first NFC apps available for Android

NFC World says that the first Android apps including NFC features have started to appear on Android Market, weeks after Google announced the launch of Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which adds support for the technology.

Concur acquires TripIt for mobile play

Travel and expense management solutions company Concur is to acquire mobile travel software company TripIt for $82 million in cash and stock, with an “earn-out” that could take the total value to $120 million.

RIM releases beta of web-based SDK for PlayBook; more services and tools for developers

RIM has used its BlackBerry Devcon Asia event to further seed developer interest in its PlayBook tablet with the launch of the beta version of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS, as well as announcing new developer services tools for BlackBerry smartphones.

Applico looks beyond the mobile phone for new markets

US mobile developer Applico created a “Connected Services Division” specialising in the development of apps for “devices beyond smartphones such as tablets, Internet-connected televisions, cars and other electronic devices.”

Publishers planning Android app store launch

Next Issue Media, the digital publishing joint venture of Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp and Time, is reported to be set to launch its own store to distribute products for Android devices, in order to take control of their distribution of content to users.

DeNA planning Chinese market debut

Japanese mobile social gaming company DeNA is set to launch its platform in China, according to a Marbridge Daily report, with Chinese developers able to offer games and products for DeNA users worldwide.

Gamers active across platforms

Gaming network itsmy said that 45 percent of gamers in the US and Europe use two different devices for playing the same mobile web games, with 10 percent using four or more terminals, across categories including mobile phones, PC, gaming console, tablets and televisions.

Bharti Airtel Q&A: serving the demanding Indian consumer market

Bharti Airtel is the biggest mobile operator in India, serving more than 150 million subscribers in the competitive, and price-sensitive, market. Its app store has picked-up significant momentum; before the end of last year it had already passed the 30 million download mark, with more than 200,000 downloads taking place per day.

Analyst: Amazon to overtake Android Market

Amazon’s anticipated Android application store will become more popular than Google’s Android Market, according to Wireless Intelligence analyst Will Croft (pictured). He claims the new entrant will benefit from the company’s “vast experience in selling digital goods, its more robust worldwide commerce agreements and optional-DRM requirements (satisfying open source developers).”