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DoD, local governments and private sector team on $171M hybrid electronics innovation hub

The U.S. Department of Defense is teaming with the City of San Jose, high-tech companies, universiities, nonprofit organizations and some states in building a $171 million Silicon-Valley-based hybrid electronic manufacturing innovation hub, the private industry-academia FlexTech Alliance announced on Friday.

Spotlight: Workflow adds widget to trigger automated iOS tasks

Workflow, an app that automates tasks on iOS devices, has added a shortcut to frequent actions in the iOS notification center, reported Tech Crunch.

Struggling Autodesk looks to enterprise IoT for salvation

In an effort to diversify its customer base in face of large losses, Autodesk has decided to go after the Internet of Things market in a big way, acquiring SeeControl, a developer of an enterprise IoT cloud service platform.

Intel makes $60M investment in Chinese drone maker Yuneec

In effort to stay ahead of the drone tech curve, Intel announced this week an investment of more than $60 million in Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec.

Could Facebook's M fill the gap left by dwindling real-life assistants?

Facebook has revealed mobile digital assistant M. One key differentiator between this tech and its predecessors is how M carries out its processes. While competitors solely on software, Facebook will employ a set of "M trainers" in conjunction with its artificial intelligence software to fulfill every request.

Fire phone goes down in flames, says report

Amazon threw its smartphones in the fire Wednesday, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal. Maybe not quite into the fire, but definitely on the back burner.

Mobility is not just about smartphones and tablets anymore

Mobility has moved beyond smartphones and tablets and is now embedded in most business processes, judged Dan Bieler, a business technology futures analyst at Forrester Research.

Spotlight: BlackBerry beefs up security on its WatchDox file sync and sharing product

BlackBerry introduced Wednesday updates to its WatchDox file sync and sharing product that improves content management and security for BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android devices.

Design flaw in Samsung Galaxy Note 5 S Pen could damage phone's sensor

A design flaw in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 stylus could end up damaging the phone, according to a report by David Ruddock of Android Police.

Gmail to automatically add business travel details to Google Calendar

Google is adding a feature to Gmail that automatically adds events to Calendar based on travel information in emails, Google announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft HoloLens could be the new desktop

Augmented reality – or AR – platforms like HoloLens could take the place of desktops in a work environment, according to the latest information from research firm Tractica.

Xirrus offers access point to help enterprises ride Wave 2 Wi-Fi

Enterprises are confronting a proliferation of mobile devices that are stressing their Wi-Fi networks, often to the breaking point.To help enterprises take advantage of higher speeds offered by 802.11 ac Wave 2 speeds, Xirrus introduced Wednesday its Xtreme Density 2 (XD2) Wave 2 Wi-Fi access point.

The Internet of Things: The terms, the tech and what they mean for your business

Navigating the Internet of Things can be a difficult task for the uninitiated. For all the talk about how it will change businesses and enterprises (not to mention the world) over the next couple decades, there are scant introductory materials for those IT managers looking to get their feet wet.

Microsoft pushes Cortana open beta testing to Android, squares up against Google Now on its home turf

Microsoft today released an Android public beta for its virtual assistant Cortana, according to a blog post from the company. The release will pit Cortana squarely against Google's own voice-activated assistance offering Google Now.

Sony shows off Aerosense UAVs, links camera to smartphone

Sony showed off a couple of new drones that will become available from its Aerosense joint venture, including one that comes equipped with a lens-type camera and another that can fly up to 106 mph, according to reports. 

Spotlight: GSMA launches Mobile IoT Initiative

The mobile phone industry association GSMA has launched the Mobile IoT Initiative backed by a number of mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies.

Many Apple devices in the enterprise are poorly secured, unmanaged

The latest news to challenge the security bona fides of Apple devices is a survey of 2,249 U.S. workers by Dimensional Research and released Monday by Centrify. The survey found management and security shortcomings when it comes to Apple device use in the enterprise.

Reserve acquires Set for Service, provider of CRM app for restaurants

Reserve, a startup that developed a mobile app for restaurant reservations and payments, has acquired New York-based Set for Service, which offers an iPhone app that enables restaurants to manage customer details and feedback, Reserve announced in a blog post on Friday.

Swatch plans to expand its smartwatch line, says CEO

Swiss watch maker Swatch is planning add smartwatch models to its Touch Zero One line, CEO Nick Hayek told a Swiss newspaper, Reuters reported Sunday.

Lenovo-based ZUK launches Z1 smartphone running Cyanogen 12.1 OS

Lenovo-backed ZUK launched on Friday the international version of its Z1 smartphone running the Cyanogen 12.1 mobile operating system, an open-sourced version of Android.