News

Just what IoT needs: A new OS and communications layer, this time from Google

This morning Google announced that it will introduce a stripped down version of Android designed to run Internet of Things devices. It also said it will offer a communications layer so that devices can communicate with each other, the Internet and phones.

Moleskine unveils TimePage calendar iOS app that syncs multiple calendars, contacts

Moleskine unveiled Thursday its TimePage calendar app for iPhone and Apple Watch, which combines weather, maps and contacts with native calendar syncing across iCloud, Google and Exchange.

Spotlight: SwiftKey publishes Android keyboard app on Google Play

Third-party keyboard app SwiftKey on Thursday made its SwiftKey for Android available on Google Play.

MobileIron releases toolkit for enterprises to test Android for Work

MobileIron released a new toolkit Wednesday for organizations interested in whether the revamped Android for Work will fit their mobile device management needs.

Xamarin integrates app development software with IBM MobileFirst Protect platform

Mobile app development firm Xamarin is making its app development software interoperable with IBM MobileFirst Protect, Big Blue's enterprise mobility management platform, to enable enterprises to develop, deploy and manage apps in a secure environment, the company announced this week.

BYOD concerns behind Fortinet's $44M purchase of Meru Networks, new mobile security service

To address enterprise BYOD concerns, network security firm Fortinet announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Wi-Fi networking provider Meru Networks for $44 million and launching its FortiGuard mobile security subscription service that includes mobile app control and mobile malware protection for iOS and Android devices.

IoT will beat big data as innovation generator, says Gartner

I came across an interesting blog post by Andrew White, research vice president at Gartner. He predicted that the Internet of Things will dwarf big data in terms of its innovative impact.

Spotlight: Ginger partners with Any.do to streamline note-taking for Android users

Android keyboard maker Ginger and note-taking app startup Any.do are partnering to enable Android users to take notes, dictate tasks and make to-do lists directly from the Ginger Keyboard's "smart bar."

Commercial Drone Fund supports startups working on commercial drone tech

Airware has launched the Commercial Drone Fund, a program that will invest $250,000 to $1 million into startups working on commercial drone technology. 

Microsoft adds LG, Sony to list of Android tablet makers pre-installing Office, Skype

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it signed up 20 more manufacturers to its program to pre-stall Office, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android tablets, including big names LG and Sony.

Virtual reality check: When will VR enter the enterprise?

Over the next decade, virtual reality technology has the chance to change the fundamental way that hands-on professionals operate in the field, office or classroom, according to an industry expert.

Disney's MagicBands program has lessons for other businesses

Disney said that it's MagicBands program is so successful that the company plans to expand it, according to a Reuters story. 

Spotlight: Next iPad Pro to include stylus support, split-screen mode

The next Apple iPad Pro, expected to be a 12.9-inch version, could include stylus support and split-screen mode, according to a report by the Irish Examiner, citing a patent application it tracked down.

Cortana to go head-to-head with Siri, Google Now

Microsoft is pitting its virtual assistant, Cortana, directly against Siri and Google Now with new apps for iPhone and Android. The new capabilities may prove useful for the many mobile workers who use Windows computers but carry iPhones or Android devices. 

Acronis renames Mac-Windows file-sharing platform, adds support for mobile devices

Acronis is changing the name of its Mac-Windows file sharing product from ExtremeZ- IP to Acronis Access Connect and adding support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone mobile devices.

Google removes Android's stock email app, unifies behind Gmail

Google has killed its baked-in email app in Lollipop, the latest iteration of the Android OS, which could upset enterprise users. The stock Android email app filled a niche for many professionals who used it for their work accounts, while using Gmail for personal accounts.

Takeover rumors swirl as BlackBerry plans to cut workforce at device unit

As rumors swirl that Microsoft is looking to buy BlackBerry, the Canadian mobility firm reportedly plans to cut employees from its mobile device unit.

Report: Google working on IoT operating system under Android brand

Google is working on an operating system to run Internet of Things devices under the Android brand, according to a report by The Information, citing people familiar with the project.

Spotlight: Don't worry, OneClip is not the resurrection of Clippy

Many of us remember the annoying Windows "Clippy" assistant. Well, the latest app from Microsoft resembles Clippy in name only. Microsoft's OneClip app synchronizes a user's clipboard across iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows PC, reported The Next Web.

Wearables to be part of everyday workflow by 2020

Wearables will become a main staple for enterprises and industrial work settings by 2020, according to a report by research firm Tractica.