[ATTACH=RIGHT]16281[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.unwiredview.com/2010/07/30/apple-starts-patenting-mobile-app-ideas/"]Apple's filed three patent applications[/URL] that mobile app developers are raising eyebrows at. The three patents involve design ideas rather than hardware, and cover high end fashion, hotel, and travel shopping via mobile device. Here's what each application is designed to do. The [URL="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220100191578%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20100191578&RS=DN/20100191578"]high-end fashion app[/URL] is aimed at luxury shoppers, providing them with promotions and information about fashion events as well as chance to buy clothing via the device based on recommendations made according to the user's preferences. It will also provide ratings and reviews of stores as well as of the items they offer. The [URL="http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220100191551%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20100191551&RS=DN/20100191551"]hotel services application[/URL], …

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We seem to have reached one of those pivotal moments that come along every so often where the big three--Google, Microsoft and Apple-are fighting particularly hard to gain a dominant position. Of course, this is a constant battle, but for some reason it feels more acute to me lately. Maybe that's because the mobile space has taken on a new sense of urgency for all three companies. For the time being, it appears that Microsoft is a step or two behind, while Google and Apple battle for the spoils, but as we know, Microsoft has the resources to catch up …

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Business intelligence (BI) software vendor [URL="http://www.actuate.com/home/index.asp"]Actuate[/URL] announced plans recently to make BI data available to its customers right on their mobile phones. While most companies are scrambling to jump on the iPhone bandwagon, Actuate hasn't forgotten that plenty of businesspeople still use BlackBerrys and, yes, even Palm devices. Actuate has partnered with [URL="http://www.webalo.com/"]Webalo[/URL] to deliver [URL="http://www.actuate.com/products/rich-internet-applications/birt-reports/index.asp"]e.spreadsheet and BIRT data[/URL] to mobile devices via the Webalo Mobile Dashboard. Actuate customers who previously have been able to only access data in-house can now use their BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, or any Java-enabled smartphone to find out what they need to know …

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