As the popularity of do-it-yourself projects increases, consumers are still challenged by at-home assembly of common items like furniture and appliances. This results in frustration for consumers and potential loss of sales for manufacturers, whose products are less likely to be recommended if the assembly process proves too difficult. To enable manufacturers and empower consumers, today SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) announced the general availability of the BILT mobile app, which provides interactive, 3D, voice-guided assembly, repair and installation instructions in an easy-to-use application for iOS and Android tablets.
Just a few days after announcing a partnership with cloud based storage service Dropbox, Microsoft has finally announced that it is making its Office mobile apps free for all users. Mobile apps on iOS and Android were free to download earlier, but users needed an Office 365 subscription to edit files. Now users won’t need that.
The worldwide tablet market continues to grow, although not at quite the expected rate. The fourth quarter of 2013 saw around 54 million units being shipped worldwide, up around 11.5% from the same quarter last year. The latest numbers are from research firm IDC’s report on tablet shipments for Q2 2013.
Telerik announced the latest Telerik DevCraft release, enhancing the most complete .NET toolbox for web, mobile and desktop development. Telerik has further evolved its mobile development approach with the release of Telerik UI for Windows Universal and Telerik UI for Xamarin.
LG is now going to make its own mobile processors. In this age of smartphones, every manufacturer wants to create its own differentiation factor both in terms of software and hardware. Since LG is dependent on Google’s Android mobile operating system for software, when it comes to hardware it wants to build and use its own chips.
Samsung’s Knox devices received a major boost from the US National Security Agency (NSA) when it approved the devices officially today. The Commercial Solutions for Classified program lists devices that meet the government agency’s security standards. Samsung’s inclusion will give a further boost the company’s existing target audience.
Google recently launched its new Nexus devices — Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 — the former being the company’s flagship smartphone, and the latter a new tablet in the family of Nexus devices. The current Nexus devices line up looks rather interesting to say the least. Google’s premier Nexus devices now include the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and the Nexus 9.
Apple’s highly ambitious payment service Apple Pay starts rolling out today in the United States. Aimed at making wallets a thing of the past, Apple’s highly secure and futuristic payment service is all set to redefine the payments market. Apply Pay would do to payments what the iPhone did to the mobile phone industry.
Apple introduced the new iPads, a new iMac with 5K Retina Display, and the latest desktop operating system OS X Yosemite at an event for the media.The all new iPad Air 2 is a major improvement over last year’s iPad Air. The new iPad Mini 3 is not that big an upgrade since last year’s iPad Mini with Retina Display. The new iMac is a major transformation for the desktop.
Google today announced its latest Android release, and three new devices into the Nexus family. The internet giant didn’t organize a special event to make these announcements, throwing more credibility into reports that the company is still polishing the latest edition of Android.