In a move to muscle up in the app dev space, platform services provider Progress Software is in the process of acquiring development software vendor Telerik for US$262.5 million.
Progress plans to fold Telerik?s tools into its developer platform, Progress announced Wednesday.
Telerik will bring to Progress a sizable user base of over 1.4 million developers. The company?s revenue over the past year has been $60 million, and it is currently increasing its business by more than 20 percent.
Governments may need to tighten the regulatory screws on SaaS vendors to make them be more transparent and forthcoming about their security practices.
Until then, it will be hard for health care companies in particular to fully trust cloud software vendors, according to speakers at the EU-U.S. ehealth Marketplace and Conference in Boston on Wednesday.
Depending on customers to audit cloud vendors to ensure that their security and privacy measures comply with U.S. government regulations on protecting sensitive data is inadequate, one of the speakers said.
?The best we can do right now is a checklist,? said Chris Davis, a Verizon senior architect whose job entails ensuring that the company?s cloud services meet the data security regulations of various national governments. Technology, however, changes rapidly and checklists soon become dated, he said.
Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.
On Wednesday, the companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM?s infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure.
?The cloud is an interesting change in the technology landscape. In a lot of ways it opens everybody up to be your partner as well as your competitor, more so than on-premise software did in the past,? said Michael Curry, IBM vice president of WebSphere product management. ?The key element here is about offering choice for our customers?to have the flexibility to deploy software in lots of different places.?
Some Bank of America customers have been double-charged for purchases made with Apple Pay, the payment system Apple launched on Monday.
Roughly 1,000 transactions made with Apple Pay were logged twice in customer accounts, said Tara Burke, a spokeswoman with Bank of America, which is one of the largest U.S. banks and was an Apple Pay launch partner.
?We apologize for the inconvenience and are correcting the problem,? said Burke.
The duplicate transactions should be removed by the end of Wednesday.
Apple Pay utilizes a secure chip inside Apple?s new iPhone 6 that enables the phone to emulate an NFC (near field communications) payment card. When the Apple Pay app is loaded with a customer?s credit or debit card, payments can be made at NFC terminals by bringing the phone close to the terminal.
Drawing inspiration from its Play Store, Google will create a hardware store in which users can buy and sell Lego-like hardware modules for the customizable Project Ara smartphone.
Project Ara is Google?s upcoming build-your-own smartphone that allows users to mix and match features. The $50 configurable smartphone will come with a basic frame, and users can add or remove features by simply snapping on or taking off modular parts.
For example, users will be able to individually swap out screens, cameras, antennas and CPUs, which could be a cheaper way to replace parts than buying new smartphones. Google is pursuing biometric modules, and independent hardware makers have mulled creating temperature, input, gaming, antenna and medical sensors. Modules can be designed with Google?s Module Developers Kit (MDK), which contains reference designs, specifications and guidelines.
Xbox One owners will be able to attach their Kinect motion sensors to Windows PCs and tablets thanks to a new adapter introduced by Microsoft.
The new $49.99 adapter is specific to Kinect sensors built for Xbox One, and it plugs into the USB 3.0 port of Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft already sold a separate $199.99 Kinect for Windows v2 motion sensor, which plugs directly into PCs without the need for an adapter.
There will be no difference in the performance of the Kinect sensors, Microsoft said.
In a move that could show the way forward for many Chinese companies hoping to compete in the worldwide tech market, China's largest smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi, says it will shift its online services to machines running outside the country.
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We had our first hands-on demo of Google's new version of its Android operating system, Lollipop, this week running on a pair of Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. Here's what we thought.
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Folding bikes are a compromise. They’re a breeze to store in a studio apartment or at an office. They’re easy to take on public transportation, and you don’t have to leave them outside and trust your U-lock will deter thieves. For all that versatility, the ride quality typically suffers—tiny wheels and uneven weight distribution make […]
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Since Apple unveiled Apple Pay, the response suggests that it may represent a quantum leap towards the tipping point in the adoption of mobile wallets. The common expectation is that Apple will move the needle in getting a wide swath of consumers to TRY mobile payments. But is it a fool’s errand to expect that […]
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Twitter's new software development kit, Fabric, is the company's foundation for transforming a business based purely on a single product?Tweets!?into a diversified service aimed at every person and company that makes mobile apps.
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Infinite Socket brings modern technology and thoughtful design to bear on a long-ignored pain point.
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