• Samsung Stalls Siri Killer, Stateside
    Samsung is reportedly holding off on the U.S. debut of its voice-activated assistant until the end of June at the earlier. “Samsung officials had aimed internally for a late May U.S. rollout of Bixby, the Galaxy S8’s artificial-intelligence service,” The Wall Street Journal writes. “But the English-language Bixby is still weeks away from being finished.”
  • Mobile Carriers Sign Up For Microsoft's 'Always Connected' PCs
    AT&T, Vodafone, and Orange are among the first mobile carriers to support Windows 10 “Always Connected” PCs, Microsoft announced this week. Expected to hit the market later this year, the computers are expected to include support for built-in LTE/eSIM technology, ZDNet reports. “eSIM is an electronic SIM technology that will make it easier for users to choose and activate their data plans,” it writes.
  • Twilio Unveils Serverless App Platform
    Twilio this week debuted a platform on which developers can build communications apps without a server. “The move follows the success of Amazon Web Services’ Lambda, a serverless offering, and similar efforts,” ZDNet reports. “The general idea is to abstract compute resources so developers can stick to the code without managing things like provisioning and scaling servers.”
  • Enterprise App Development Platform Appian Sees $75M IPO
    Appian investors celebrated a $75 million IPO, on Thursday. “Appian helps make it easier for companies to build unique applications and automate their businesses with a ‘low-code’ development software platform,” CNBC writes. “Its 280 clients include 37 Fortune 500 companies.”
  • Apple Unveils New App Development Curriculum
    Supporting the next generation of iPhone apps, Apple is rolling out a new app development curriculum. “The course is available for free on iBooks (plus teacher’s guide) for anyone to download, and builds on the Everyone Can Code series Apple already publishes,”  9To5Mac reports. “This fall, Apple says six American community colleges will teach the curriculum.”
  • GitHub Debuts App Marketplace
    GitHub just unveiled a new Marketplace designed to help developers more easily find and buy apps. “The freshly introduced platform essentially makes it possible for developers to get started with new tools without the need to create multiple accounts or set up separate payment methods,” The Next Web reports. “The Marketplace is currently divided into five different categories, including code quality, code review, continuous integration, monitoring and project management.”
  • Verizon Planning OTT Service For Yahoo, AOL Users
    Verizon is planning to test an over-the-top service across the entire user base of Yahoo and AOL, Variety reports, citing comments from chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. “The exec didn’t provide any additional details on a possible OTT offering, which would be in addition to the telco’s Go90 ad-supported mobile video service,” Variety writes.
  • Messaging App Telegram Now Supports Chatbot Payments
    Messaging app Telegram can now support chatbot payments. “Telegram, which puts a focus on security, introduced chatbots nearly two years ago, and now it is bringing support for payments for chatbots,” TechCrunch reports. As part of a new update, “It has also added short video messages and new design options for its Instant View reading mode.”
  • Google Invites App Makers To Advertise On 'Play' Home Page
    App makers can now put ads on the Google Play home page and app listing pages, Google announced this week. “These ads are an expansion of Google’s previously announced ‘Universal Ad Campaigns,’ which are designed to simplify the process of advertising across Google’s online properties,” TechCrunch reports. “The new Google Play Store ads will only be available through Universal Ad Campaigns.”
  • Symphony Soaks Up More Funding At $1B Valuation
    Secure messaging app Symphony is close to raising another $63 million at a valuation of around $1 billion, TechCrunch reports, citing sources. Notes TC: “To date, Symphony has built its business primarily targeting the financial services sector with a messaging service that not only lets those within a company communicate with each other, but also lets them speak with contacts outside their organizations using the same secure framework.”
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