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Spotlight: Jolla unveils handset for developers to test latest Sailfish OS

Troubled Finnish mobile operating system maker Jolla has unveiled a handset called Jolla C for developers to test the latest releases of its Sailfish OS, reported TechCrunch.

Intel to aquire Itseez, a startup providing computer vision tech for IoT applications

Chip behemoth Intel has agreed to acquire Itseez, a San Francisco-based startup that is developing computer vision and machine learning technology for self-driving cars and other Internet of Things applications, for an undisclosed consideration.

A tale of 2 troubled mobile phone units

This has been a tough week for high-tech giants who spent billions of dollars to buy their way into the mobile handset market.

Sensors will fuel growth of AI spending in manufacturing, says Tractica

Training and calibration of sensors in Internet of Things systems is expected to drive enterprise pending on artificial intelligence software in the manufacturing sector, which Tractica forecasts will increase from $13.5 million last year to over $1 billion by 2024.

Mobile users are willing to pay more for in-app features than mobile apps

Mobile users are more likely to spend more on in-app purchases than pay outright for a mobile app, according to a new online survey by Gartner.

MobileIron unveils conference space reservation app Rooms, hints at shift away from email reliance

MobileIron announced Thursday the availability of its first productivity app Rooms, which hopes to eliminate any annoyances caused by the conference room booking process. FierceMobileIT spoke with MobileIron's director of product management, David Barkovic, on how the app is a shift away from the email-dominated enterprise of the past.

Spotlight: Twilio teams with T-Mobile to launch Programmable Wireless

Twilio teamed with T-Mobile to launch Programmable Wireless, a SIM-based service that eanbles developers to build full-featured cellular services, reported TechCrunch.

Microsoft to cut another 1,850 jobs at Nokia unit, takes $950M impairment charge

Microsoft said Wednesday that it plans to cut another 1,850 jobs at its troubled Nokia phone making unit and take an impairment and restructuring charge of $950 million.

Aftermarket mobile accessories revenue to top $110B in 2021, says ABI

The aftermarket mobile accessories market is forecast by ABI Research to top $110 billion in revenue by 2021, with Bluetooth headsets for smartphones growing the fastest.

What businesses need to consider when pushing mobile messages to customers

Customers have no hesitation in opting out of useless mobile messages from companies, and most do. Digital business professionals need to reevaluate their mobile messaging efforts if they want to engage customers, according to a new report by Forrester Research.

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.