Applications & Apps Business

Google Buys Into BYOD

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Google strides further into enterprise as it buys Divide, a software maker with a focus on bring your own device (BYOD) technologies, for an unspecified sum.

DivideFollowing acquisition the Divide team will join the Google Android division.

Formerly known as Enterproid, Divide sells an iOS and Android app built around an own BYOD platform. It integrates professional and personal apps on a single device, with FIPS 140-2 validated 256-bit encryption taking care of the business side of things.

It also provides an enterprise utility suite complete with email, calendar, contacts, files, browser and cloud storage apps.

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Mobile War Moves to Games

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The Apple vs Google mobile device war spreads beyond hardware the Wall Street Journal reports-- an "arms race" to convince app developers to work on Android/iOS-exclusive games is also taking place. 

Game apps According to "people familiar with the situation" Apple and Google repay developer dedication with premium placement on app store home pages and features list. Prominent display in an app marketplace is a big deal, as it can lead to massive daily download spikes as per ad banner placement and promotion length.

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Microsoft Ups Mobile Game With EMS, iPad Office

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Microsoft confirms the "mobile first, cloud first" ethos of CEO Saya Nadella with two mobile- and cloud-related announcements-- the iPad version Office and a BYOD bundle in the shape of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

Satya Nadella Cloud“Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device," Nadella says. "It’s a unique approach that centers on people-— enabling the devices you love, work with the services you love, and in a way that works for IT and developers.”

Office for iPad has been a long time coming, and sees launch before the Surface-tailored version. It includes Word, PowerPoint and Excel as redesigned with a touch-first UI and OneDrive cloud storage integration. Users can create regular Office documents and edit files created in other versions of the software, and Microsoft insists the app wholly preserves document formatting and visual fidelity (something the current OneDrive app fails at with distressing regularity).

The app requires an Office 365 subscription, and one subcription cover allows installation on up to 5 tablets and 5 PCs/Macs.

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NuVo iOS App Adds Streaming

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NuVo adds a new feature to version 1.8.1 of its iOS Player Portfolio App-- the streaming of content stored on any iDevice running iOS 6 or later directly to the NuVo system.

NuVo streamAudio files stored on the iDevice are accessible provided both device and NuVo Player Portfolio system are on the same network. Once connected, each iPhone or iPad becomes an audio source available as a library within the app.

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iControl Connects With Autos

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Smart home provider iControl Networks gets a first OpenHome Partner Program member with connected auto experience-- connected-car service developer Zubie.

Zubie AutoThe two companies say the partnership will bring about "connected lifestyle" solutions unifying home automation, cars and phones into a single customer experience-- such as switching thermostats off as customers leave the house in their vehicles, or doors unlocked and lights turned on upon return.

Another example is a home dashboard providing the real-time locations of family members on the road and emergency alerts.

Zubie sells a hardware device users plug into auto On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port. It connects with a companion smartphone app and provides safety alerts, real-time location data and vehicle diagnostics, even when the car is not running.

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