Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.
Cloud-based communications provider Nexmo has launched a new set of cloud-based voice services.
Now that it has adopted Android, Nokia hopes that developers will come running to create apps for its new smartphones. Nokia claims that for app creators to adjust their existing apps to work on the Nokia X, X+, and XL will be no big deal. Nokia has a strong developer-outreach program, but enticing developers to change their apps might be more of a challenge than Nokia thinks.
One of the challenges with testing applications in the cloud is that it’s difficult to replicate the production environment where those applications will ultimately run. No matter how big the cloud is, the data center where those applications are tested usually bears little resemblance to the data center where the applications will actually end up running.
Social Data has become critical to developing business strategies, marketing brands and products, and gaining insights into consumers’ thought processes and buying patterns. The availability of real-time social data, along with the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS), has led to the development of platforms that provide business-critical social data on demand. Many platforms not only provide access to streams of social data, but incorporate business intelligence (BI) technologies and analytics capabilities as well.
Connected cars are one of the primary use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) that capture the imagination of the general public and developers alike. At the Machine-2-Machine (M2M) Evolution Conference that was held this week at part of a larger ITEXPO event, PubNub announced that it is making available a Connected Car Solution Kit that developers can employ to access a range back-end cloud services that will enable to them to more easily build and deliver connected car applications.
As a concept, quantum computing is one of those topics that generates far more debate than actual usage. Not only are there quarrels about the applicability of different types of approaches to quantum computing; there’s still a fair amount of debate over whether quantum computing applications will prove to be all that much faster than conventional computing applications.
ProgrammableWeb recently caught up with Matt Sundquist, founder and COO of Plot.ly, a graphing and analytics startup. The Plotly API enables users to analyze and visualize data in one place, and forms an important step in building the infrastructure for data science to be further democratized. Sundquist spoke about the Plot.ly API, comparing it with existing visual solutions, and how visual data science solutions can evolve.
Hard on the heels of a recent move to make its Watson supercomputer a service that developers can invoke via RESTful APIs, IBM is now making $100 million available to help developers build cognitive computing applications that can run on top of Watson.
Given the rabid nature of most of their fan base, professional football teams were among the first organizations to see the value of developing mobile applications to get closer to those fans. The problem for most teams now is the stadium WiFi experience they provide to their most loyal fans leaves much to be desired.