Collen Kriel

Collen Kriel is a beat writer for SiliconANGLE covering consumer technology with a focus on mobile. He has a passion for words, the Internet, the Web and all things tech. He endures a minor fascination with people who define themselves by the brand of smartphone they own. Prior to writing for SiliconANGLE he worked as an account executive in the IT industry, directly for, or in association with companies like Mimecast, IBM, VMware and Micros. He is an avid traveller currently making his way around South East Asia

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How to get started with Workflow, Apple’s newly acquired automation app

Apple Inc. acquired iOS automation app Workflow for an undisclosed sum, but despite Apple naming its apps “most innovative” of 2015, not everyone knows what it is or how to use it. Workflow allows users to automate certain actions, which they can run within the app, the Today Widget, from their Apple Watch or through other […]

How to get started with Facebook Messenger’s new emoji reactions and mention alerts

Facebook Inc. Thursday announced the global rollout of two new Messenger features to help users organize their group chats. During group chats, Facebook Messenger users will now be able to react to conversations with a variety of emojis. Users will also be able to use the new @mentions feature to call attention to a specific […]

New Google app features: location sharing in Maps, audio-only calling in Duo and more

Google Inc. has announced various updates for a few of its apps, including Duo, Allo, Photos and Maps.  The company made several of the announcements at its Google for Brazil event in São Paulo, many of which are aimed at areas with a poor network connection. Brazil ranks among the top five Internet populations in […]

Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad, upgraded iPhone SE, social video editing app and more

Rumors had been making the rounds that Apple Inc. would be unveiling its new iPad models this month and the company hasn’t disappointed. While rumors suggested the news would coincide with a launch event at the end of the month, Apple simply made the announcements to a few media outlets and placed the updates on […]

Android O developer preview is out, promising better battery life, more control over notifications

Google Inc. unexpectedly announced on Tuesday an early preview of its latest operating system, currently codenamed Android O. Unlike the early previews of the current-generation Android Nougat, which were available for any eager consumers to try out through an over-the-air update, Android O is currently only available for developers. Once developers have tested the latest […]

Watch live: cognitive computing trends at IBM InterConnect 2017

One of IBM Corp.’s showcase annual events, IBM InterConnect 2017, is underway at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, to demonstrate IBM’s latest efforts in cognitive computing for enterprise cloud. Running through March 23, InterConnect will explore a variety of cloud topics, products and services, including Bluemix and SoftLayer. In October, three years after IBM […]

Samsung Galaxy S8 to launch on Mar. 29: latest rumors about this flagship device

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is set to unveil its 2017 flagship in less than two weeks. After a rocky 2016 with the exploding Galaxy Note 7 scandal, Samsung will be looking to impress with the Galaxy S8. As the launch date approaches, the rumor mill is in overdrive with some impressive features. Galaxy S8 rumors […]

New features for IBM’s enterprise social network, Connections

IBM Corp. announced new features for its enterprise social network, Connections, that will be available for users on March 28. IBM Connections, which was first released in 2007, is a collaborative tool that provides enterprise users with a single interface for social networking both inside and outside the company. The platform operates as both an internal workflow […]

How to get started with the latest enterprise chat tool, Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is now generally available in 181 markets and in 19 languages, following a four-month beta. In the enterprise chat tool market, Microsoft Corp. will be taking on Slack, Hipchat, which recently launched an integration with Inc.’s Alexa voice assistant, Google Inc.’s new Hangouts Chat and others. According to a survey conducted in […]

Watch live from BigData SV: Has Hadoop fizzled out?

How is the enterprise monetizing new technology trends in big data? Who’s turning Spark into a service? Kicking off today to answer those and other questions, Big Data Silicon Valley, hosted by theCUBE, will run through March 16 in San Jose, California. SiliconANGLE will provide exclusive interviews from BigData SV from its live streaming mobile […]