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App market could be worth $100B by 2020; developers need to leverage big data to get a piece

The app market could be worth $100 billion by 2020, and developers will need help from big data to find ways to get a piece of the pie, according to an article at TechRepublic.

New federal electronic logging device mandate could put financial pressure on smaller firms, says ABI

The federal regulators are requiring commercial fleet managers, operators, and drivers to transition from using paper to log hours of service to using electronic logging devices. While the use of ELDs is designed to improve the HOS process, it could be a financial strain on smaller carriers and individual track drivers, warned ABI Research.

Developers can embed Skype for Business capabilities into any iOS, Android apps with new SDK Preview

Skype for Business App SDK Preview is now available for developers, and that means Skype's instant messaging, audio and video capabilities can be embedded into any iOS and Android app using the software development kit.

Spotlight: Apple releases new iOS 9.3.3 Developer Beta 1

Apple has released a new iOS 9.3.3 Developer Beta 1 for developer testing on iOS devices, reported 9to5Mac on Monday.

Google, Levi's team on connected denim jacket that controls your phone from your sleeve

Google and Levi's unveiled Friday at Google's I/O conference a connected Levi's denim jacket that will enable users to answer phone calls, control music, access naviation and other actions by touch the jacket's sleeve.

Swiss-based startup Gamaya raises over $3.2M to develop agricultural drones

Gamaya, a Switzerland-based agricultural drone provider, has raised 3.2 million Swiss francs (US $3.23 million) in a Series A funding round. The company uses hyperspectral imaging, drones and artificial intelligence to aid the agriculture industry.

What Google's jump into mobile messaging encryption means for user privacy and the FBI

Add Google to the list of tech companies that are challenging the FBI's efforts to restrict encryption in mobile devices and messaging apps.

Spotlight: AT&T is offering unlimited data for connected cars – just $40 per month

AT&T announced Thursday that it is offering unlimited data for connected cars for $40 per month to AT&T Unlimited Plan customers.

Microsoft is working on an answer to Google Assistant called 'Bing Concierge Bot'

Microsoft is working on a "Bing Concierge Bot," a digital assistant similar to the newly announced Google Assistant, according to a job posting flagged by Mary Jo Foley with ZDNet.

Leading smartphone vendors Samsung, Apple see their market share shrink

Both smartphone market leader Samsung and Apple lost market share in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest stats from market research firm Gartner.

SAP introduces service that lets retailers gather mobile data from customers physically in stores

Software giant SAP announced Thursday its SAP Digital Consumer Insight service that allows retailers to use customers' mobile data within the store to find out age and gender information and even where the shopper is coming from.

Google reveals 2 messaging apps, mobile VR platform and more at I/O 2016

Google's kickoff to its 2016 I/O conference Wednesday proved an undeniable truth: Mobile is king.

Spotlight: Samsung smartwatch tech would project display on back of your hand

Samsung's recent patent application details how a tiny projector in a smartwatch would be able to project a device display image on the back of your hand (or anything else), reported eWEEK.

Google could be focusing on a better mobile messaging app, chat bots during I/O 2016

Google may be ready to seriously upgrade its mobile messaging platform at its 2016 I/O conference, if rumors prove true.

Microsoft is selling its Nokia feature phone unit to Apple supplier Foxconn, HMD Global for $350M

Microsoft announced Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Nokia feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Apple supplier Foxconn, and HMD Global, a newly formed company set up by former Nokia executives, for $350 million.

Intelligent systems market to reach $2.2 trillion in revenue by 2020, says IDC

The market for intelligent systems, a subset of the Internet of Things, will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.2 percent through 2020, with revenues exceeding $2.2 trillion by then, market research firm IDC predicts.

Kinvey unveils Mobile Data Connect for SAP solution for better enterprise mobile apps

Mobile backend as a service platform Kinvey just made the pot sweeter in terms of its offerings for enterprise customers with its Mobile Data Connect for SAP.

Global commercial-drone market expected to soar, but it could be held back in the US by the FAA

Commercial drone use in the United States is advancing at a snail's pace, while other countries are far ahead. Global predictions see the commercial drone market booming in the future, but whether or not that will be the case in the U.S. is dependent to an extent on the Federal Aviation Administration releasing comprehensive regulations.

Spotlight: YouTube tests mobile messaging feature with smartphone app

Google's YouTube has begun tests of a mobile messaging feature in its smartphone app to enable users to share and discuss videos without have to use a third-party messaging service, the AP reported.

Google starts rolling out update for easier app beta testing

Google just made it easier to beta test Android apps with its new Google Play store update, according to a recent report by Android Police.