Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its intent to acquire Nuance for $19.7 billion in its second-largest acquisition after LinkedIn. For the past 15 years, Nuance has been the largest independent speech recognition vendor servicing healthcare and enterprise customer service markets. With this acquisition, Microsoft gets serious healthcare chops, an arsenal of conversational AI assets (including voice biometrics), digital customer service technologies, and other assets like vehicle telematics and dictation. .
Link: Microsoft doubles down on healthcare and conversational AI with purchase of Nuance
BOSTON — The sprawling hacking campaign deemed a grave threat to U.national security came to be known as SolarWinds, for the company whose software update was seeded by Russian intelligence agents with malware to penetrate sensitive government and private networks. Yet it was Microsoft whose code the cyber spies persistently abused in the campaign’s second stage, rifling through emails and other files of such high-value targets as then-acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf — and hopping undetected among victim networks.
Link: SolarWinds hacking campaign puts Microsoft in the hot seat
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone.
Link: This Week in Apps: A surprising report on App Tracking, Apple event predictions, Instagram for kids
Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16. Register fo the AI event of the year. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), commonly pronounced “sassy,” is less than two years old and is already moving the needle when it comes to forging a new market. SASE brings network and security capabilities to the edge, making it possible for distributed workforces to access corporate applications and resources with the same ease and security as they would have at a central office.
Link: The SASE wave: Why cloud-native edge security is gathering huge momentum
Africa is one of the most diverse continents on the planet, with a multitude of different countries, cultures and economies – all at various stages of economic development. This provides a great backdrop for fintech, with the financial technology ecosystem in Africa always being one to watch. The…
Link: Top African Challenger Banks Helping the Unbanked Through Mobile Services
In this week’s top stories: Play Movies & TV app to be shut down on Roku and other smart TVs, Android Auto gains a manual day/night toggle, we offer first impressions of the OnePlus Watch, and more. This week, Google announced that the long-standing Play Movies & TV app is shutting down on June 15 for non-Android smart TV platforms including those from Roku, LG, Samsung, and Vizio.
Link: Top Stories: Play Movies Roku shutdown, Android Auto night
Instagram is launching a small global test on Wednesday where users can choose whether to hide like counts on their own posts or other people’s posts, a Facebook spokeswoman said. News #Reuters #Instagram #Facebook Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe.
Link: Apps News: 5 fantastic free coloring apps
Codeup, the San Antonio-based, boot-camp style technology training program, purchased the Rackspace Cloud Academy from Rackspace Technology Friday.The purchase increases Codeup’s size in the city, the number of students it can graduate each year, and the variety of training programs and…
Link: San Antonio-Based Codeup Buys Rackspace Cloud Academy
Coloring apps — which let you color images as if on a coloring book page while using your phone or tablet’s touchscreen — are great fun for younger children, giving them a chance to get creative without any mess. For older kids and adults, coloring apps offer an alternative to casual gaming and a…
Link: 5 fantastic free coloring apps
If you’re looking for a solid web-based Linux admin GUI, look no further than the tried and true Webmin. Jack Wallen shows you how to install it on both Ubuntu Server and CentOS If you’ve been around Linux long enough, you know about Webmin. If not, let me introduce you to one of the first open source, web-based admin GUIs created for the Linux platform.
Link: How to install the Webmin web-based Linux admin GUI
With over 2.5 billion active users, Android is the most widely used operating system worldwide. While the OS itself has been localized to dozens of different languages, that’s not the case for many third-party apps. Larger companies can localize their apps in-house or hire professional translation services, but these options aren’t economically feasible for smaller teams or independent app devs.
Link: Android 12 may automatically translate apps to your native language
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app Dreamscope and it’s not all favourable. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away…
Link: Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Dreamscope: A Dream Delayed