Lisa Hoover

Articles by Lisa Hoover

News Scan: Analyst to BlackBerry: 'Be Hyundai'; Smart companies will embrace mobile BI in 2014; more

Quick takes on mobile IT news for Friday, 12/20 including: a Wedge Partners analyst's advice to BlackBerry on adjusting "tiers," another analyst's predictions for the fate of companies that strive to develop mobile BI, developers' change of focus from HTML5 to social media, U.K. plans for a universal charger and the growing trend of investments in mobile app vendors.

Dismal percentage of companies with strong mobile strategy

 A survey released by Information Week shows that only 73 percent of medium to large businesses have a digital and mobile strategy, while 27 percent of those that do have a strategy in place say its weak or ineffectual. Given the impact mobile devices have on the way enterprises connect with consumers, these numbers are pretty dismal.

Everything you know about mobile app user engagement may be wrong

Pre- and post-release data collection is a routine part of mobile app development but some companies want deeper analysis than traditional methods can provide. Plastic Mobile released an extensive report detailing how neuroscience research methods are being used to explore the relationship between mobile design and user experience.

CORRECTION: Cyanogen secures $23 million in funding

Cyanogen announced today it secured another round of funding from a variety of sources, including Andreessen Horowitz and Chinese internet company Tencent. Cyanogen is most widely known for its development of its CyanogenMod (CM) operating system.

News Scan: What makes tech enterprise-grade?; Another crowdsourced transit app scores big; more

Quick takes on mobile IT news for Thurs, 12/19 including: a seven point checklist for things a product needs to be considered "enterprise-grade," Moovit (a crowdsourced transit apps) new multi-million dollar acquisition, CTO Udi Nir of ModCloth offers advice on what it means to be a 'mobile-first' business, the ins and outs of creating an enterprise mobile app according to Wired and a U.K-based company's example of an Android smartphone BYOD policy.

Amazon, eBay grab a piece of mobile payment pie

GigaOm reports that the transaction volume of payments processor Braintree jumped 164 percent from the previous year. Right now eBay execs are probably pretty happy they snapped up the company for $800 million earlier this year.

Don't google your corporate MDM policy

Renato Sogueco, CIO of the Society of American Florists, built his company's MDM policy from the ground up. His motivation was rooted in, among other things, the constant frustration of security holes across all mobile platforms.

Private mobile browser Dolphin Zero hits the shelves

Mobile tech company MoboTap released a new version of its popular third-party browser, Dolphin. MoboTap likens the Android-only browser, Dolphin Zero, to Snapchat and claims to "make surfing the mobile web the most private experience ever."

News Scan: Google looks in rear-view mirror; Crafty cybercriminals favor social media now; more

Quick takes on mobile IT news for Wednesday, 12/18 including: Google's very own year-end review and general back patting, ReadWriteWeb's interview with Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf declaring mobile to be the ultimate, predictions for cybercriminal activity on social networks in 2014 and the new collaboration between Sprint and Dish concerning LTE offerings.

Corporate mobile messaging may get makeover

BYOD is a favorite topic of anyone involved in mobile IT, especially discussions about whether it's a passing fad, here to stay or already DOA. Jim Patterson, formerly of Yammer, believes BYOD is so vital to the way we work that he's built an entire business around it.