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Image recognition startup joins Google in France

Googlers having fun

Google has continued its charge on the artificial intelligence market through purchasing French image recognition startup Moodstocks.

Google unveils cloud-based testing lab to combat Android fragmentation

The scale of Android fragmentation as visualised by OpenSignal

Google unveiled a cloud-based testing service for Android apps it hopes will help combat fragmentation in the growing Android ecosystem.

Apple, IBM announce second round of co-developed mobile apps

Apple and IBM have released another batch of apps targeting the enterprise

IBM and Apple announced the second batch of enterprise-focused iOS apps, co-developed and supported by Bluemix and IBM’s cloud infrastructure, as the once-bitter rivals continue to target iOS device users in the enterprise.

Google challenges Apple, reveals Android for Work in big enterprise push

Android is looking to bolster its enterprise cred and one-up Apple as iOS devices continue to dominate enterprise activations

Google has announced the Android for Work programme, an effort to integrate and secure mobile and cloud-based apps on the Android platform. The initiative, which includes some big names in the enterprise space like HP, Dell, SAP, VMware and Citrix, is aimed at bolstering Android as an enterprise mobile platform – and combatting iOS’s dominance there.

Microsoft buys HockeyApp to bolster mobile app monitoring

Microsoft wants to expand its support for non-Windows mobile devices

Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a provider of mobile app crash analytics and app distribution services. The company said it plans to integrate HockeyApp’s technology into its Application Insights offering in a bid to expand support for iOS and Android devices.

Microsoft targets smart email with Acompli acquisition

Microsoft has acquired Acompli to bolster its mobile strategy

Microsoft has acquired Acompli, a mobile email application provider for iOS and Android devices. The company hasn’t disclosed the final sale price but numerous reports suggest Acompli fetched north of $200m.

XML guru Tim Bray joins AWS

Tim Bray is joining Amazon as an engineer, but he's keeping tight-lipped about exactly what he's working on with the cloud giant

Former Google engineer and one of the original co-authors for the XML specification Tim Bray has joined Amazon to work on the company’s AWS platform.

Juniper: In-vehicle app growth will see telcos, cloud service providers win out

Cox: 'telcos and cloud service providers stand to gain a lot from the connected car'

The number of in-vehicle apps in use is expected to reach 269 million by 2018 according to a report published this week by Juniper Research, representing a more than fivefold increase on last year’s figure. Anthony Cox, associate analyst at Juniper Research and author of the report told Business Cloud News that while the business model leaves much to be developed, those that stand to gain most are telcos and cloud service providers.

Alibaba to launch own mobile OS?

Chinese e-Commerce behemoth Alibaba is reported to be building its own mobile operating system for launch in the third quarter of this year. The OS is likely to be cloud-based – the group has had a dedicated “Alibaba Cloud Computing” unit since 2009, which is now reported to be working on the project.

Google’s Chromebook arrives

Google’s move into the desktop operating system environment was completed Wednesday with the launch of its much anticipated Chromebook device, which is to be manufactured by Acer and Samsung. In a throwback to the days of the dumb terminal, the device is essentially a portal to cloud-based applications and services, all accessed through the Chrome browser.

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