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James Walker

Editor-at-Large based in Oxford, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on Mar 30, 2014
Expertise in Video games, Technology, Internet, Social media



Confirmed: Salesforce is acquiring MuleSoft for $6.5 billion

Salesforce has officially announced it's acquiring data integration platform MuleSoft in a deal valued at $6.5 billion. MuleSoft provides tools for companies to connect their data sources with apps and devices in cross-cloud environments.

IBM evolves Watson to create intelligent enterprise assistant

IBM has announced it will transform its Watson computing platform into an intelligent assistant for enterprises. The company said it will deliver conversational interfaces that combine AI and the cloud, helping businesses "transform customer experiences."

Google adds 'Instant Games' streaming support to Android

Google has announced that Android users can now "try" games before they've downloaded the app. The company is expanding its Instant Apps technology to include Play Store games. Compatible titles can be opened just by clicking a link, no install required.

Reports: Google to acquire light-field camera startup Lytro

Google is reportedly set to purchase light-field camera manufacturer Lytro for approximately $40m. The company is primarily interested in Lytro for its innovative technology, which produces cameras capable of refocusing images after they are taken.

eBay uses augmented reality to make online selling simpler

eBay has launched a new feature that uses augmented reality to help sellers package items. Available in the company's official Android app, it uses motion tracking and environmental understanding to assess product dimensions and preview different boxes.

Facebook adds new features to help creators grow businesses

Facebook has announced a set of new tools aimed at content creators. The company is trying to present its platform as a alternative to services such as YouTube, aiming to make Facebook a place to "build a business." The features include a Patreon clone.

Subscribe with Google lets you pay for online news subscriptions

Google has announced an initiative to make it simpler to pay for online subscriptions. The company will allow you to purchase subscriptions to publishers using your Google account. You'll then be able to access paywalled content by signing in with Google.

Google expands YouTube Director Onsite to 170 U.S. cities

Google has announced it is expanding YouTube Director Onsite to more cities across the U.S. The service allows SMBs to work with professional video directors and creators to build their own video ads. The only requirement is they commit to ad spending.

Google Pay adds support for prepaid transit cards

Google has announced that users of its recently launched Google Pay mobile wallet service can now store prepaid transit tickets in the app. The feature is initially compatible with the Las Vegas Monorail network but Google plans to expand it over time.

Google to let retailers sell products through search

Google has announced a new push into online commerce with an initiative that will allow retailers to directly list products inside search. The company is teaming up with major brands to launch "Shopping Actions," available across search and Assistant.

Amazon unveils cross-platform competitive gaming platform

Amazon has announced a new competitive gaming platform that connects players to cloud-based tournaments. Called GameOn, the service provides an API for developers to add to their competitive esports titles. It's Amazon's latest foray into gaming.

Airbus chooses G Suite for its digital transformation strategy

Airbus is to abandon Microsoft Office in favour of Google's G Suite. The decision is a significant win for Google, which is currently competing head-to-head with Microsoft for cloud productivity dominance. The move will affect over 130,000 Airbus workers.

LinkedIn adds new feature to let you 'ask for a referral'

LinkedIn is rolling out a new feature that lets jobseekers ask for referrals before submitting an application. The addition is intended to let users make better use of their network of professional connections by involving them in the application process.

Apple said to be building its own displays in secretive project

Apple is reportedly designing and producing its own displays for next-generation devices. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is creating MicroLED panels in an attempt to reduce its reliance on supply chain partner Samsung.

IBM's Private Cloud for Data simplifies enterprise data science

IBM has announced the launch of a new cloud to help businesses integrate AI into their solutions. The company's new Cloud Private for Data is a dedicated application layer built using containerisation. It hosts microservices for data science and AI.

Intel details plans for Meltdown and Spectre hardware protections

Intel has announced that its upcoming silicon architectures will include hardware fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities. The company has redesigned parts of its processors to add "protective walls" between apps and malicious actors.

Android Wear is now known as 'Wear OS by Google'

Google has renamed Android Wear, confirming that references to the new platform found inside Android P were genuine. The company said the new name, "Wear OS by Google," reflects the platform's aims of providing a wearable ecosystem "for everyone."

Google claims Android security 'leads the industry'

Google has published its fourth Android Security Review in which it details its progress in protecting ecosystem. The company is trying to address the perception that Android is less secure than iOS, claiming the two platforms now have security parity.

Prilex malware clones chip-and-pin payment cards

Cybercriminals have developed an effective way to clone chip-and-pin cards, according to research from Kaspersky Lab. The Prilex campaign has been active for over three years and is designed to subvert the latest protections introduced by card companies.

Microsoft patches 'critical' flaw in Windows' Remote Desktop

Microsoft has issued a preliminary fix for a serious vulnerability in Windows' Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). An attacker could leverage the flaw to steal authentication details from a remote desktop session and gain control of a network domain.
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