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Google Cloud chief: Yes, we're really serious about the enterprise

Google Cloud chief: Yes, we're really serious about the enterprise

Google Inc. is unifying all its enterprise and cloud services under a new moniker, Google Cloud, in a move that it hopes will signal to potential customers that it's all-in on cloud computing for large enterprises. Google Cloud now will include not only the current Google Cloud Platform public cloud infrastructure, but also Google Apps for Work, Chromebooks, Android devices and application programming interfaces (APIs) for machine learning and other enterprise services. Taken together, the cloud services now have 1 billion users, the eighth service of Alphabet Inc.'s main subsidiary to reach that level of users. There's also another new name for the former... more »
Operationalizing Hadoop: Evolving modern application architecture | #BigDataNYC

Operationalizing Hadoop: Evolving modern application architecture | #BigDataNYC

SAP's recent acquisition of Altiscale, Inc., a company that offers a cloud-based version of the Hadoop open-source software for storing, processing and analyzing many different data styles, gives SAP one of the best-known providers in the category of Hadoop as a Service. This will be useful for SAP, as competitors, such as IBM and Microsoft, continue to put a higher priority on cloud. Ken Tsai, VP of Data Management and Cloud Platform at SAP, joined Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during BigDataNYC 2016, held at the Mercantile Annex in New York,... more »
Skype for iOS 10 updated with Siri integration, new features coming soon for business users

Skype for iOS 10 updated with Siri integration, new features coming soon for business users

Microsoft Corp. has updated the iOS Skype app to now include Siri integration and CallKit features that are available with Apple’s latest operating system for iPhone and iPad: iOS 10. In addition to these new features, there are also new updates coming for business users on Skype, including better messaging and VOIP features, a version of Skype for Business for Mac users, as well as real-time translation. Skype for iOS 10 features You can download the latest version of Skype from the App Store. Make Skype calls with Siri Thanks to SiriKit, which Apple introduced at WWDC in June, making Skype calls... more »
End of an era as Blackberry to stop developing and making its own phones

End of an era as Blackberry to stop developing and making its own phones

Marking an end of an era, Blackberry Ltd. has announced that it will stop developing and making its own phones. The once famous phone maker's decision to abandon the phone business follows a strategic move by the company to shift its business model towards software and security development, a strategy that had already started to deliver results for it in 2015. Blackberry as a name on phones though is not going to disappear completely, with the company instead allowing partners to design, build and sell branded devices to save on capital, although at this stage only one partner has signed on, Indonesia's... more »
Report: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire Soundcloud

Report: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire Soundcloud

Music streaming service Spotify AB is in advanced talks to acquire audio distribution platform provider Soundcloud Ltd., according to a report published Wednesday. The Financial Times notes that their sources are unclear on how much Spotify would pay for Soundcloud, and that the discussions could still collapse. Soundcloud raised $100 million Series E in June on a valuation of $700 million, meaning that the company, along with its investors, would be looking for a premium on top of that valuation, perhaps as high as $1 billion. The acquisition of Soundcloud would add around 175 million unique visitors on top of the over 100... more »
Apple partners with Deloitte to push further into the enterprise

Apple partners with Deloitte to push further into the enterprise

In an attempt to push further into the enterprise market, Apple had announced a partnership with consultancy firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. (Deloitte). The partnership will see the creation of a “first-of-its-kind” practice that will involve 5,000 strategic Deloitte advisors who will help enterprises make the best use of Apple products and services. The advisors will assist customer-facing businesses, including retail, field services and recruiting, as well as R&D, inventory management and back-office systems. “As the leader in digital transformation strategy, Deloitte is an ideal partner that brings a team of Apple-dedicated strategic advisors to help clients truly revolutionize how they... more »
Mastercard gives e-commerce developers an API playground

Mastercard gives e-commerce developers an API playground

The application program interface (API) economy continues to surge the Mastercard Inc.'s introduction of a new developers platform that provides a single gateway for commerce partners to access a range of APIs in areas such as payments, data and security. Mastercard also announced a "New and Experimental" API category platform that enables partners to try out new technologies and interfaces. The new platform features more than 25 APIs, along with documentation, developer tools and sample code for the top six programming languages. Among them are: Masterpass, a digital payment service that enables consumers to pay with any payment card or device; Mastercard Digital Enablement Services, which provides... more »
Microsoft OneDrive updates: How to get started with SharePoint sync, more

Microsoft OneDrive updates: How to get started with SharePoint sync, more

At the company’s Ignite conference this week, Microsoft Corp. announced a variety of new features for its cloud storage service OneDrive. In addition to the ability to sync between SharePoint and OneDrive, which is now available in preview, there are also a variety of changes for mobile iOS and Android users. While IT administrators also get the ability to secure and manage OneDrive content. Here’s a look at the new OneDrive features, together with how you can get started with SharePoint sync. Sync between SharePoint and OneDrive The OneDrive desktop sync client already offers support for both OneDrive for Business and... more »
Google says it has almost cracked language translation

Google says it has almost cracked language translation

When Google launched its Translate service a decade ago, the Internet was pretty much devoid of digital language translation tools. Google Translate became more useful over time, but it could also be catastrophic if one had serious work to do, leading many people to doubt these tools would ever work well. That was then. On Tuesday, Google announced that it has created an AI translation tool, called the Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT), that is 60 percent more accurate than the Google Translate we all know. The new tool, which uses a so-called Phrase-Based Machine Translation algorithm, is embarrassing its former Google... more »
Messaging mayhem: Slack rival Facebook at Work coming soon

Messaging mayhem: Slack rival Facebook at Work coming soon

In yet another addition to a growing roster of business-oriented social networks, Facebook at Work will launch next month, according to several reports. Facebook has been testing its enterprise messaging competitor to the likes of Slack Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s Yammer and Skype since early 2015 with some 400 or so customers. A Facebook executive told The Information that the company will charge companies per monthly user rather than offering it free but charging for additional services such as connections to other apps. That puts the service in line with the pricing method of enterprise messaging phenom Slack, which charges about $6.67... more »
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