Posts Tagged ‘mobile search’

Mobile Search is Taking Over: What’s Your Strategy?

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Dave Lloyd of ClickZ recently wrote, “Mobile purchases are expected to outpace desktop purchases in the near future. Juniper Research estimated that annual retail payments on mobile handsets and tablets should reach $707 billion by 2018. Yet, according to Uberflip, only 25 percent of brands have a mobile strategy. If mobile marketing is the coming supernova it’s expected to be, why aren’t more enterprises first-movers in the mobile space? Fifty-five percent of all time spent with online retail in June 2013 occurred on a mobile device. Add to that comScore’s assertion that just more than 50 percent of time spent engaging with websites is being done on a mobile device, and you can see that paid, organic, and site optimization for mobile are paramount to global search success.” Read more

Introducing Sherpa Next: Easier, More Efficient Mobile Search

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Elaine Fiolet of Ubergizmo.com reports that mobile search company Sherpa has “launched its new software, Sherpa Next, which adds search and predictive capabilities to the smart personal assistant feature that its one million users already know. With Sherpa Next, CEO Xabier Uribe-Etxberria wants to ‘reinvent search’ and provide a more compelling user experience than the list of blue links that we all know from Google. Going head to head against is a bold move, but I have to admit, from the demo I saw during my meeting with Xabier, I was pretty impressed by the efficiency and the visual experience delivered by Sherpa Next.” Read more

Alibaba Invests in Video and Mobile Search Leading Up to IPO

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Jon Russell of The Next Web reports, “Alibaba is gearing up for one of the largest technology IPOs in history with more significant strategy and investment moves. The latest, this week, saw the company lead a $1.2 billion investment in Chinese online video service Youku Tudou and link up with browser-make UC Web to launch a mobile search joint venture. Youku Tudou, which is comparable to a Chinese version of YouTube, is taking on investment from Alibaba and Yunfeng Capital, which will hold 16.5 percent and 2 percent shares respectively. The deal values Youku Tudou — which is listed on the NYSE and was created following a billion dollar merger in 2012 — at over $6.5 billion, but moreover it is a sign of Alibaba’s ambition to move into entertainment and mobile. Jack Ma, the iconic founder and now executive chairman of Alibaba, said that the deal would ‘accelerate our digital entertainment and video content strategy… and bring new products and services to Alibaba’s customers’.” Read more

Studio Ousia Envisions A World Of Semantic Augmented Reality

Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Image courtesy: Flickr/by Filter Forge

Ikuya Yamada, co-founder and CTO of Studio Ousia, the company behind Linkify – the technology to automatically extract certain keywords and add intelligent hyperlinks to them to accelerate mobile search – recently sat down with The Semantic Web Blog to discuss the company’s work, including its vision of Semantic AR (augmented reality).

The Semantic Web Blog: You spoke at last year’s SEEDS Conference on the subject of linking things and information and the vision of Semantic AR, which includes the idea of delivering additional information to users before they even launch a search for it. Explain your technology’s relation to that vision of finding and delivering the information users need while they are consuming content – even just looking at a word.

Yamada: The main focus of our technology is extracting accurately only a small amount of interesting keywords from text [around people, places, or things]. …We also develop a content matching system that matches those keywords with other content on the web – like a singer [keyword] with a song or a location [keyword] with a map. By combining keyword extraction and the content matching engine, we can augment text using information on the web.

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Linkify Announces General Availability for Cutting-Edge SDK

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Tokyo (PRWEB) February 20, 2014– Linkify, an innovative startup aiming to change the way people search for information, announced the general availability of its SDK for mobile application developers to download and use. Available immediately, the new SDK supports both the Android and iOS platforms. Linkify offers developers a different approach to mobile search that delivers users relevant results faster. Instead of submitting a traditional word-based query via a search engine, Linkify’s technology is able to recognize, extract and convert “things of interest” to a user and connect them with relevant information from the web. With its new SDK, Linkify is the first to reach an important milestone that the young startup has coined “Semantic AR” (augmented reality). Read more

Sprylogics Announces Release of Next Generation Poynt Product with Built-In Sharing

sprylogicsTORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Sprylogics International Corp. (“Sprylogics”) (TSXV: SPY), a technology provider of local mobile search and messaging solutions for consumers and businesses announces the availability of its next generation Poynt mobile app, combining the power of local search with sharing, via a single app.

This new product is the result of integrating the power of Poynt’s local search content technology with Sprylogics’ semantic data aggregation and natural language processing capabilities, resulting in a unique consumer App that offers the richness of web content, coupled with the convenience of sharing with friends when there is intent to search or plan. Read more

Sprylogics Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Poynt Inc.

TORONTO, July 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Sprylogics International, (“Sprylogics” or “the Company”) the international provider of innovative mobile search and messaging monetization services announces that, further to the Company’s press release of May 31, 2013, it has signed a definitive share purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire Poynt Inc (“Poynt”).  Closing of the acquisition is scheduled to occur on or before July 15, 2013. Closing of the acquisition of Poynt by Sprylogics remains subject to satisfactory completion of all closing conditions as set out in the Agreement, including receipt of all third-party and regulatory approvals. Read more

Search Engines Focus on Mobile Devices, Get Local

Laurie Sullivan of SearchBlog reports, “Local search continues to be the focus of engines looking to capture market share. Blekko and Yandex launched mobile browsing features Tuesday that serve up information on nearby businesses. Blekko released izik (pronounced Isaac) for smartphones, bringing search to iOS and Android users. The company’s first app for smartphones features a new ‘What’s Nearby’ option to serve up information on gas stations, restaurants, movie theaters and other places of interest.” Read more

Sprylogics Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Poynt Inc.

TORONTO, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Sprylogics International, the international provider of innovative mobile search and messaging monetization services announces that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Poynt Inc. (“Poynt”).

Under the terms of the deal, Sprylogics will provide the following consideration to the owners of Poynt: (i) issue a two (2) year note in the amount of $2.5 Million (CDN) with an annual interest rate of 6.5% payable quarterly in cash and / or stock, which will be secured against the assets of Poynt; and (ii) issue up to $500,000 in Sprylogics shares.  Additionally, the current owners of Poynt will retain a 10% interest in the exploitation of Poynt patents. Sprylogics will assume liabilities and fees associated with the purchase transaction as well as costs associated with management of the assets.  The parties have further agreed that under certain circumstances within the deal structure, payment of the$2.5 Million (CDN) may be accelerated. Read more

Edamam Food Knowledge Site Takes To The iPad, Improves Desktop Experience

Edamam, which has built a food ontology for its food knowledge site (which The Semantic Web Blog initially covered here), is adding an iPad version of its app to its existing iPhone and Android versions. The company also did a full relaunch of its web site to optimize the experience for desktop users, as well, with improved browsing and search.

Originally, the web site app mirrored the mobile versions. But, says co-founder and CEO Victor Penev, “We realized that people wanted to be able to access recipes and search on the desktop, and they should have a holistic experience from anywhere.” While the company had been more focused on the mobile arena, Penev says building traffic for the website is going to be a priority too. Among the capabilities users should see in the near future are functions like one that will let people save recipes on their iPhone or Android mobile devices and then access them on their iPads or desktops, or vice verse.

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