It's not a release candidate, but the latest Windows 10 preview has plenty of interesting new features and apps to explore. Here are some first impressions on what's improved and what's still missing in action.
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The Apple Watch Sport edition has been strapped on my wrist for a month and for the most part it has exceeded all of my expectations. It's even better now that I realized I was wearing it wrong.
Forrester Research argued in a research report that Google and Microsoft check off the consumer, commerce, corporate and connected checkboxes to be a business digital app platform. It may make sense to throw other players into the mix too.
This week in Android a report surfaced that showed Android besting iOS in mobile ad revenue. We also saw that the Nexus 9 is not getting updates first, and that Samsung is using Sony camera sensors in the S6 and S6 Edge.
NetSuite also outlined customer wins including Pebble, the smart watch maker.
An upcoming Google I/O developer session promises "Your app, now available hands-free" thanks to Voice Access; a new way to control Android apps through speech.
Instead of using Java for Android apps in the future, Sky could be the framework. The experimental language is based on Google Dart and aims for 120 fps animations.
This marks the first time Pinterest is opening up API access for development of consumer apps tied to the digital scrapbooking phenomenon.
In iOS news this week big numbers dominated with Apple's latest quarterly results, Microsoft Office has a big number of downloads on iOS and Android, and lots of apps available for Apple Watch at launch.
OS X may have a better security reputation than Windows, but it's far from perfect.
Microsoft has made available another new test build of Windows 10 Desktop that includes a number of new features and updates, including new mail and calendar apps.
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The Simplify to Innovate Forum in NYC stressed the important role SAP S4HANA will play in simplifying business and user experience. The event covered the Internet of Things and the Digital Economy and how SAP is helping businesses stay ahead of the their competition. Read the recap of the customer panel discussion in which Deloitte, TE Connectivity, and OpsVeda share how they plan to leverage SAP S4HANA to simplify business and maximize results.
Matthew doesn't convince listeners to buy an particular mobile device this week, but the Apple Watch may find its way to his wrist in the future.
As you go through disabling preloaded Samsung apps on your new Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, make sure to include S Voice. Google Now is more reliable, more functional, and has a quick shortcut to launch.
Some conservative estimates based on reported AppleCare+ pricing for Apple's new smart watch suggest a solid new stream of revenue for the company.
Infor is gunning for Oracle and SAP by focusing on industry specific app suites. Execs outlined the strategy at its analyst day.
In a relatively quiet week in iOS, news surfaced that Android owners are switching to iOS in big numbers, Apple Watch apps are pouring into the app store, and Amazon Prime members can now stream music on iOS.
Is Microsoft's plan -- to get its core apps on every mobile platform -- bringing former customers back into the fold? My experience suggests it is.
Weight Watchers on the surface had a near perfect business model---recurring revenue and a large market of overweight people. Then came wearables, apps and digital competitors. Can Weight Watchers come back?
Interestingly, one spot where Apple has some catching up to do would be streaming sports on mobile devices, according to Adobe's Digital Index survey.
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