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Going Mobile

Magazine article Information Today

Going Mobile

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When industry executives gathered in New York City for The Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA's) Summit, mobile was the word on everyone's lips. But some people pointed out that it's really not about Kindles or iPads or smartphones or even old laptops. It's all about mobility.

Industry veteran Clare Hart summed up the work-force mobility trend when she reported that "60% of workers do not believe an office is necessary to get their jobs done."

But no one dazzled the audience with data more than Ted Shelton, CEO of Open-First, who projected that by year-end, 50% of U.S. mobile subscribers will have a smartphone (twice the number in 2010), 75 million tablet computers will be in use worldwide, and billions of dollars will be spent by consumers on mobile apps.

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The Associated Press demonstrated its news app but also noted it was bucking the $9.95-an-app trend by successfully selling its famous AP Stylebook as a mobile app at $24.99. LexisNexis also noted that its new legal news app had a free version as well as a premium version offered at "a high price point."

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However, not everyone was totally enthused about the mobile landscape; some had reservations. …

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