Applications & Apps Business

iPhone Control Via Misfit Link

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Misfit Flash devices get further capabilities through Misfit Link, an app turning the activity trackers into a hardware remote for a connected iDevice camera, music player and even control slides in a presentation.

Misfit LinkThe app allows users to snap selfless with the iPhone camera app and control Spotify, Pandora, Soundcloud, iTunes and Apple Music. The company says more features will be added in the future, including integration with Logitech Harmony devices and the IFTTT (If This Than That) home automation services.

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7000 Print Drivers in the Cloud

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ThinPrint claims to have a solution for mobile device users wanting to print documents and photos without need for a PC or Mac-- Cloud Printer, a cloud-based app able to connect to any printer available on a wifi network.

ThinPrintThe app automatically shows the printers available in the current wifi network, and sends the required printout from the smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS). If a wifi printer is not available users can still turn any printer into a cloud-based option via PC or Mac.

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Android Tablets Get Microsoft Apps

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Microsoft announces a strategic agreement with 11 global and regional hardware makers in the pre-installation of mobile versions of Microsoft software on Android-powered tablets.

Microsoft AndroidThe apps in question are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. The companies signing the agreement are Samsung, Dell, TrekStor (Germany), JP Sa Couto (Portugal), Datamatic (Italy), DEXP (Russia), Casper (Turkey), Tecno (Africa), Hipstreet (Canada), QMobile (Pakistan) and Taiwanese ODM Pegatron.

"For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people’s experiences on Android devices," the Microsoft announcement reads. "ODMs are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem… they help to reach a greater number of other device manufacturers, resulting in even more choice for customers around the world."

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Android Goes to Work

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Google launches its long brewing enterprise smartphone program-- Android for Work, a collection of applications, online services and industry services involving use of the mobile operating system on the workplace.

Android for WorkAs Google puts it, Android for Work essentially provides a dedicated work profile on the user's device. Building on the built-in multi-user support and SELinux security in Android 5.0, Android for Work allows IT to deploy work apps alongside personal apps, without employees worrying employers are snooping on personal data.

The technology comes from Divide, a BYOD software startup Google swallowed back in May 2014.

An enterprise-managed version of the Google app store, the imaginatively titled Google Play for Work, handles app distribution. Android for Work also includes a built-in productivity tool suite with email, contacts and calendar complete with Exchange and Notes suite.

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BlackBerry Takes on Wearables, IoT

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BlackBerry announces an Android Wear version of the BBM application at CES 2015-- allowing users of a wide range of Google-powered smartwatches to access the popular communications software.

BBM AppIn other words, BlackBerry expects its (mostly) business customers to start buying smartwatches to quickly access notifications without need for digging into their pockets or purses. As well as alerts and message navigations, the Android Wear BBM app also allows users to respond to messages either hands-free via Google Now or pre-defined messages, as well as accept BBM invites from their wrists.

Devices compatible with the app include the Moto 360 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear S.

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