Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vincent van Gogh The Starry Night -The App

Vincent van Gogh is one of modern art’s most celebrated figures, and his painting The Starry Night is one of the touchstones of the modern period.

Painted at the tumultuous end of the artist's life, Van Gogh's imagined firmament, executed in deep blues and brilliant yellows, continues to capture the imaginations of all who view it. Its mystery, its evocation of the infinite, and its ability to inspire wonder have long made it one of the most beloved works in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.


An essay by art historian Richard Thomson looks in depth at the artist's career—from Van Gogh's turn to art at a relatively late age to the complex and difficult days at the end of his life—and at the making of this luminous painting.

Source And App

[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vincent-van-gogh-the-starry/id365369353]

See Also

The MoMA-Museum Of Modern Art App

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2010/09/moma-mseum-of-modern-art-app.html]

The MoMA-Museum Of Modern Art App

Carry MoMA with you wherever you go. Use the MoMA App to find out what’s on at the Museum, plan a visit, browse or search tens of thousands of works in the collection, take multimedia tours, or learn about artists and art terms. Take a picture of a work of art and send it to a friend, or put together a playlist to create a soundtrack for your MoMA visit.

The MoMA iPhone application features include:

> A Calendar of current and upcoming exhibitions, daily events and screening, with the ability to share via Facebook or Twitter.

> Tours, which include the MoMA Audio programs, with five distinct tour options, as well as the ability to browse by floor or stop number.

> An Art index of all works and artists featured in the collection as well as a database of art terms.

> Information about the museum, including hours, admissions and directions.

> MoMA Snaps offers the option to take a picture and send it as a Museum postcard.

> MoMA Tracks allows visitors to select tracks from their own music library to listen to while exploring the Museum or the MoMA App.

The MoMA App requires an internet connection and incorporates MoMA's new mobile site, which will be available shortly for the iPhone/iPod Touch and Android.

Source

[http://moma.org/explore/mobile/iphoneapp]

MoMA App Available At

[http://www.itunes.com/app/moma]

A/V

[http://moma.org/explore/mobile/iphoneapp]

See Also

MoMA Mobile

[http://moma.org/explore/mobile/index]

MoMA Mobile FAQ

[http://moma.org/explore/mobile/faq]

PR> New Mobile Guide Program Premieres at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

New Platform Allows Visitors to Use Smartphones or Museum’s iPod Touch Players

Kansas City, MO Sept. 29, 2010 – Using their own smartphones or one of the Museum’s iPod Touch players, visitors can now easily listen to information about more than 250 works of art at
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson-Atkins Mobile Guide premieres Friday, Oct. 1, offering the Museum’s excellent audio content on a new technology platform.


The Mobile Guide is actually a mobile-optimized website — http://www.nelson-atkins.org/mobileguide/. The entire Museum and Sculpture Park are now equipped with Wi-Fi, so visitors can access the guide anywhere on the Museum campus from their smartphones or laptops.

[snip]

Headsets also will be available for visitors to plug into their own devices. In the gallery, certain works of art are identified with a label and a number. Pressing that number on the phone’s pad will pull up an audio entry, a transcript for hard-of-hearing visitors and additional object information.

[snip]

The program highlights works in every collection of the Nelson-Atkins. Later this fall, 24 new stops featuring the American Indian collection will be added. Visitors also can take part in two special Mobile Guide tours: one is the family-friendly Kansas City Sculpture Park, and the other is the architecturally focused Stone and Feather: A Tour of Two Buildings.

[snip]

Funded through the generosity of George K. Baum & Company and Ann & Kenneth Baum


The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, new American Indian and Egyptian galleries, photography and modern sculpture. [snip].

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO.

Source

Infotrieve Releases Mobile Library(TM) iPad App

[On September 28 2010, Infotrieve] ... announced the release of the Mobile Library™ iPad app, the newest addition to [its] ... award winning suite of software for accessing and organizing enterprise content.


With the Mobile Library, users have secure access from anywhere to all corporate licensed electronic content and document repositories, as well as access to the world's largest collection of [science, technology and medical] STM content.

The Mobile Library is fully integrated with Infotrieve's Content SCM® content and rights management platform, and users can seamlessly switch from the iPad to their PC or Mac ... , as workspace is automatically synchronized across platforms. [snip]

To facilitate fast and intuitive access to content, users of the Mobile Library can organize personal collections containing virtually any type of content including PDFs, videos, images and audio. The Mobile Library automatically organizes and cross references files based on user defined tags, and allows users to search against these personalized tags to quickly locate content of interest.

To ensure up-to-the-minute awareness of newly published research, the Mobile Library offers a variety of automatic alerts using Infotrieve's collection of more than 50 million citations, along with unlimited RSS feeds for monitoring other key content sources. Users can also capture, tag and organize citations, abstracts and other items of interest for future research, review or purchase.

[snip]

About Infotrieve, Inc.

Infotrieve is the global leader in business service solutions for information centers in large and middle-market corporations with substantial resources dedicated to research and development. Infotrieve’s expertise includes people, process and technology solutions for all elements of information center management, content licensing, document delivery, copyright compliance, reprints and eprints, usage analysis and collection management. [snip]

Source

[http://www.corporate.infotrieve.com/files/Mobile_Library_Release_vFINAL_2010-09-28.pdf ]

See Also

Outsell Insights Report > "There's a "Path" for that - Infotrieve's New iPad Offering Redefines the Application Game"

[http://www.corporate.infotrieve.com/files/Outsell%20Insights%2028sep10%20Infotrieve%20iPad.pdf]

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pew Internet & American Life > The Rise of Apps Culture

Overview > Main Findings

Cell phone use in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past decade. Fully eight in ten adults today (82%) are cell phone users, and about one-quarter of adults (23%) now live in a household that has a cell phone but no landline phone.

Along with the widespread embrace of mobile technology has come the development of an “apps culture.” As the mobile phone has morphed from a voice device to a multi-channel device to an internet-accessing mini-computer, a large market of mobile software applications, or “apps,” has arisen.

Among the most popular are apps that provide some form of entertainment (games, music, food, travel and sports) as well as those that help people find information they need and accomplish tasks (maps and navigation, weather, news, banking). [snip]

The most recent Pew Internet Project survey asked a national sample of 1,917 cell phone-using adults if they use apps and how they use them. Broadly, the results indicate that while apps are popular among a segment of the adult cell phone using population, a notable number of cell owners are not yet part of the emerging apps culture.

35% of adults have cell phones with apps, but only two-thirds of those who have apps actually use them

[snip]

Yet having apps and using apps are not synonymous. Of those who have apps on their phones, only about two-thirds of this group (68%) actually use that software. [snip]

Apps users are younger, more educated, and more affluent than other cell phone users

When compared with other cell phone using adults, and the entire U.S. adult population, the apps user population skews male, and is much younger, more affluent, and more educated than other adults. Overall, the apps-using population also skews slightly Hispanic when compared with other adult cell phone users.

App use still ranks relatively low when compared with other uses of cell phones

[snip] Taking pictures and texting are far and away the most popular non-voice cell phone data applications, with more than seven in ten adult cell phone users embracing these features of their phones.

29% of adult cell phone users have downloaded an app to their phone

As with the apps-using population as a whole, downloaders are younger, more educated, and disproportionately male when compared with the total U.S. adult population. [snip]

[snip]

Those who download apps do so fairly frequently. Among apps downloaders, roughly half (53%) say their most recent download was in the past 30 days, including one third (33%) who say their last download was within the past week. [snip]

One in eight adult cell phone users (13%) has paid to download an app

Among the 29% of adult cell phone users who download apps, just under half (47%) have paid for an app, with the remainder saying they only download apps that are free. [snip]

[snip]

Nielsen data indicate that games are the most popular apps, followed by news/weather, maps/navigation, social networking, and music.


In the Nielsen survey, most recent apps downloaders said they used their apps daily but for short periods of time, and used them in a variety of situations.

Some 57% of the recent apps downloaders in the Nielsen study said they use their apps daily. While one quarter of these recent apps downloaders (24%) said they use their apps for more than 30 minutes a day, the vast majority said they spend less time using their apps each day.

[snip]

The Nielsen survey indicates that different people may use apps in different ways

There were several notable differences among the Nielsen recent-downloader sample in terms of which apps they favored and how frequently they used them. For instance:

Women in the sample were more likely than men to have used a social networking app in the past 30 days (53% v. 42%), and women who used the Facebook app were also more likely to use that app everyday (64% v. 55%)

Women in the sample were more likely than men to have a used a game app in the past 30 days (63% v. 58%), while men were more likely to have used a productivity app (29% v. 21%) or a banking/finance app (31% v. 25%)

Among the Nielsen sample of recent downloaders, whites (53%) and Hispanics (47%) were more likely than African-Americans (36%) to have used a map/navigation/search app in the month prior to the survey

[snip]

In the Nielsen sample, 75% of 18-24 year-old Twitter app users reported using that app every day, compared with 52% of the 25-34 year-olds and 48% of the Twitter users age 35 and older

In contrast, among Nielsen’s Facebook app users, 25-34 year-olds were more likely than both younger and older Facebook app users to report using their Facebook app daily.

The African-Americans and Hispanics in the Nielsen sample were significantly more likely than whites to be daily users of their Youtube apps (33% of African-Americans v. 24% of Hispanics v. 12% of whites) and their Pandora music apps (33% of African-Americans v. 27% of Hispanics v. 14% of whites)

[snip]

Source And Links To PDF Version Available At

Report: Seven Significant Trends in Mobile Usage

With mobile penetration in the US estimated by eMarketer at nearly 80% this year, and the increasing sophistication of handsets, there is a mature mobile market with a critical mass of users increasingly receptive to marketing and content. As the space becomes more important for marketers’ efforts, they must keep pace with the changing scene.

[snip]

One of the biggest keys to these new marketing opportunities is the rise of smartphones. The percentage of US consumers thinking about buying a smartphone has doubled since the beginning of 2008, according to ChangeWave Research, and Nielsen expects smartphones to be in the hands of half of US mobile users by the end of Q3 2011.

As handsets change, so do mobile consumption and usage patterns. Voice is becoming less relevant, and carriers and their marketing and content partners have transitioned to a focus on data.

Social networks are fast becoming the primary way mobile users exchange information. According to comScore, use of social networking applications increased by 240% between April 2009 and April 2010.


The full report, “Seven Key Trends in Mobile Usage,” also includes information on these important developments:
  • The smartphone race is increasingly competitive.
  • The increased ownership of smart devices is driving growth in mobile web penetration.
  • The mobile-social nexus is all about location, location, location.
  • Content revenues will rise—and ad revenues will climb even faster.
  • The iPad and other devices are changing the face of mobility.
Links To Source / Select Content / Full Report (Total Access Clients Only) Available At 

[http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1007927]

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Connect Pro Mobile for iPhone

[snip] With Connect Pro, Adobe has combined its multimedia features to allow businesses and individuals an opportunity to present, demonstrate, teach, train and collaborate in a secure, real-time virtual environment ... .

Source

[http://web-conferencing-services.toptenreviews.com/adobe-connect-pro-review.html]

[On] ... February 24, 2010, the Adobe® Connect Pro® Mobile for iPhone® app ... [became]  available for download from the Apple® iTunes® App StoreSM. The free application enables iPhone users to join and participate in live meetings running in Adobe Connect Pro, Adobe’s Web conferencing software.


Using Adobe Connect Pro Mobile, participants can watch and listen to live presentations offered through Connect Pro, including real-time meeting Webcam video and screen sharing demonstrations. [snip] Mobile users collaborate with others using live text chat or VoIP over WiFi or 3G connection. Host and Presenter capabilities are not included in Connect Pro Mobile 1.0  .

[snip]

A video of the app, along with links to the Getting Started Guide and the Known Issues document are available on the Connect Users site.

[http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/424/adobe-releases-connect-pro-mobile-for-iphone]

Source

[http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/424/adobe-releases-connect-pro-mobile-for-iphone]

See Also

Connect Pro Mobile for iPhone / Alistair Lee, Adobe Systems

http://www.connectusers.com/tutorials/2010/02/connectpromobile/

App Description

Attend Adobe® Connect™ meetings using your iPhone™ or iPod™ touch.

FREE Adobe® Connect™ Mobile application Available At

[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-connect-mobile/id338279127]

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PR > Wilson Launches New WilsonWeb Mobile Interface for Smart Phones and Other Mobile Devices

Leading Reference Databases Now Accessible Anywhere, Anytime > New York, NY / September 2, 2010

Library users can now bring an important part of their library with them wherever they go, with the new WilsonWeb Mobile interface for smart phones and other mobile devices. A free service for WilsonWeb subscribers, WilsonWeb Mobile provides “anytime, anywhere” access to WilsonWeb reference databases, marrying the versatile searching, trusted information, and practical tools for which WilsonWeb is renowned with smart-phone convenience.

[snip]

For users whose libraries subscribe to Wilson full text databases, for example, articles from thousands of publications are now available whenever, wherever—filling those free moments with quality research or pleasure reading. …And with WilsonWeb Mobile’s ReadSpeaker text-to-speech converter, they can listen to the articles as well, making the small screen of the typical hand-held device a moot point. Thousands of articles on any research or personal interest—ready for listening while in line at the post office, relaxing in the park, commuting or doing housework—are just a WilsonWeb Mobile search away.

Planned features such as “My WilsonWeb” accounts for storing search results will allow users to effectively compile custom “playlists” of articles on any subject (or from favorite magazines or authors), making WilsonWeb Mobile an attractive source of recreational listening as well as time-saving research.

For librarians, WilsonWeb Mobile customization options represent an excellent way to promote awareness of the library. WilsonWeb Mobile “co-branding” allows the placement of two logos on the interface (and future innovations will allow custom hotlinks).[snip]

Other WilsonWeb Mobile features include:

Full text article translations into any of 13 languages
• Images (on Wilson biography and art image databases)
Basic and advanced searching
• Multiple database searching
WilsonWeb All-Smart searching
• Relevancy ranked results
E-Mailing of search results
• Referring page authentication, and more...

WilsonWeb Mobile functions seamlessly with all of today’s most popular mobile devices and browsers, including Android, Blackberry, IPhone, IPad, Internet Explorer mobile, Opera mobile, and FireFox browsers.

[snip]

An FAQ detailing the capabilities of WilsonWeb Mobile is available

[http://www.hwwilson.com/Documentation/WilsonWeb/ww_mobile_faq.cfm]

[http://www.hwwilson.com/pdf/wwebMobileFaq.pdf]

Enabling WilsonWeb Mobile and Setting Up Automatic Login Procedure

[http://www.hwwilson.com/Documentation/WilsonWeb/ww_mobile_login.cfm]

Source

[http://www.hwwilson.com/news/newsPressDetails.cfm?pressID=147]

Related

New Round of Enhancements for WilsonWeb

[http://www.hwwilson.com/news/newsPressDetails.cfm?pressID=148]

See Also

WilsonWeb > Mobile / ReadSpeaker

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2010/08/wilsonweb-mobile-coming-soon.html]

Thursday, September 9, 2010

ELI White Papers / EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative > Mobile Learning: Context and Prospects

Author(s) Malcolm B. Brown (EDUCAUSE) and Veronica Diaz (EDUCAUSE)


On March 3 and 4, 2010, the ELI community gathered for an online focus session on mobile learning. This white paper is a synthesis of the key ideas, themes, and concepts that emerged from those sessions. The white paper also includes links to relevant focus session materials, recordings, and archives. It represents a harvesting of the key elements that we as a teaching and learning community need to keep in mind as we work to integrate mobile technology into teaching and learning in higher education. It is clear that while the application of mobile technology to learning is just now getting under way, the potential is enormous and we can expect that the rate of development will be very rapid indeed.

Topics: E-Learning, Handheld and Mobile Computing, Hybrid or Blended Learning, Interaction and Engagement, IT Integration, Learning Environments, Mobile Learning, Pervasive or Ubiquitous Computing, Support for Teaching and Learning

Source And Link To Full Document Available At

[http://www.educause.edu/Resources/MobileLearningContextandProspe/204894]