New Watson-Powered Cloud Apps and Dev Tools Coming From IBM IBM announced some new Watson-powered cloud apps for the financial services, healthcare, IT services, non-profit, retail, security, and travel industries. This comes as the company opens its new IBM Watson global headquarters in New York.
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How to Drive Growth with Mobile Performance [Free eBook] From entertainment to the enterprise, today mobile performance is more important than ever. With over 1.2 billion people using apps all over the world, the global app economy is growing and mobile software performance has never been more crucial to your business success.
Are Facebook's App Links Something You'll Use? Back in April, Facebook unveiled App Links, its effort to enable mobile apps to deep link to one another, effectively making the mobile app ecosystem more like the world wide web that we've all come to know and love. Your app could, for example, link to specific Wikipedia articles or IMDb pages within those actual apps rather than just web versions, making the user experience more fluid (at least for those with said apps installed on their devices).
Dynamic Perspective and Firefly Release Official SDKs Amazon unveiled the Fire Phone on Wednesday, and two of the most talked-about features are Dynamic Perspective and Firefly. The former enables the device to track where your head is with a system of cameras and sensors so your perspective when looking at and interacting with the device becomes "dynamic". The latter enables you to take pictures of physical items to bring up information about them, and/or links to buy or otherwise interact with them.
Facebook Announces App Links at f8 Conference At Facebook's f8 conference today, product manager Ilya Sukhar unveiled App Links, a new open, cross-platform standard for app-to-app linking. It enables developers to expose deep links in their own apps, and link to other apps.
Apple Announces Dates For WWDC Apple has just announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and the long-running event will take place this year from June 2nd to the 6th. It'll take place in San Francisco's Moscone West, per usual.
Firefox Metro Development Ended In March 2012, Mozilla announced that it was developing a version of Firefox for Windows 8′s Metro UI. The non-profit included Firefox for Metro in its Nightly distribution starting February of last year. If you became a fan of Mozilla’s touch friendly Firefox in that time, you’ll want to make your peace now.
DBaaS Provider Cloudant Acquired By IBM Cloudant, which IBM will use to expand its big data/analytics, cloud computing and mobile offerings, lets developers create next-gen mobile and web apps “easily and quickly.” It’s already in use by various companies in gaming, financial services, online learning, retail, healthcare, and mobile device manufacturing.
Geek Reading For February 2014 I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process. Formatting, and the information presented, is likely to change a bit as I develop my new process.
Android's Google Play Services Upgraded To Version 4.1 New Android versions are always a cause for celebration as Google works some interesting new features into its mobile OS. Similarly, updates to Google Play Service should be met with the same kind of enthusiasm as Android app developers get more features to play around with.