Enterprise Tech News: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist For Android, iOS And HoloLens, iOS 12.2 Beta 4 Released, Google Acquires Alooma
08 Mar. 2019 Enterprise Tech News
This tech news roundup features: Microsoft introducing Dynamics 365 services and apps for iOS, Android, and HoloLens, iOS released fourth iOS 12.2 beta version, and Google acquires Alooma.
Microsoft Brings Dynamics 365 Services And Apps For iOS, Android, And HoloLens
Microsoft announced plans to bring Dynamics 365, AI and mixed-reality applications for remote assistance for iOS, Android and HoloLens. It was part of the recent ‘Microsoft Business Forward’ conference in Paris. The expanded portfolio of these applications will be rolled out between April to September of 2019. Though, the updated Dynamics 365 is up for release in April 2019.
The new Dynamics 365 version will include:
- Dynamics 365 Remote Assist For Mobile Devices: It will allow users to work with an Android device along with the HoloLens to remotely collaborate the devices and troubleshoot issues. The app will feature annotations, group calls, and more. It will further integrate with the rest of Microsoft’s Dynamic 365 Field services offerings.
- Dynamics 365 Product Visualize: It is aimed to help companies who sell complex products such as vehicles or heavy equipment. Through Augmented Reality, they can now present a miniature or full-size version of their products to potential customers. Moreover, will be integrated with Dynamics 365 for Sales and Microsoft Teams.
- Dynamics 365 Virtual Agent for Customer Service: The cloud service will enable users to create their personalized virtual assistant.
- Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection: The Fraud Protection cloud service will aim to help eCommerce players improve the online shopping experience, increase bank acceptance rates, and help cut back on fraud loss.
- Dynamics 365 Customer Insights: This app will primarily focus on providing data insights for customer retention and loyalty building. It is unlike the Dynamics 365 AI for Customer Service Insights and Dynamics 365 AI for Market Insights.
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iOS Released Fourth iOS 12.2 Beta Version
Apple released iOS 12.2 beta 4 to developers and testers on Monday, March 4, 2019. The new version includes new icons, new Animojis, and a better Play Now thumbnail.
The iOS 12.2 version will provide support for AirPlay and HomeKit on TVs. With Apple’s focus on Smart TVs, the new version will seamlessly support them. A shark, owl, giraffe, and warthog are few new additions to the Animoji characters along with a few minor changes in features.
The iOS 12.2 beta 2 also brings changes to the AirPlay icon in Control Center plus AT&T ‘5G E’. These changes are currently restricted to a few iPhones and iPads in certain markets. Other changes in existing features that are a part of the iOS 12.2 update include:
- New Screen Mirroring icon in Control Center
- New full-screen Apple TV Remote Control Center interface
- New “Speakers & TVS” in Home app settings
- More detailed Apple Wallet UI for Recent Transactions
- Updated details button in Wallet card UI
- Tap a transaction for more detail
- Card details feature bubbly inset rectangles rows
- Motion & Orientation Data is new Safari toggle in iOS Settings
- Air Quality Index reading in Maps
- Safari warns about websites not supporting HTTPS
- Fill in a search suggestion without submitting the search
- Apple News in Canada
- Keyboard color picker
- Inline Safari music playback
- Album name full song search results in the Music app
- Battery charged bug on lock screen still present (for this build)
- Group FaceTime re-enabled
- Remote tile redesigned for HomeKit TVs and Apple TVs
- About screen in Settings now lists hardware model name
- Apple News header text changed from ‘APPLE NEWS’ to ‘News’
- More detail in redesigned Wallet information screens
Google Acquires Alooma – The New Cloud Migration Platform
Google has just made a new acquisition in the cloud space with Alooma. This cloud migration start-up specializes in integrating data from multiple sources such as BigQuery, Redshift, Snowflake, and Azure to a single data warehouse. Further, beyond data migration to the cloud, Alooma even facilitates cleaning it up and utilizing it also for AI and machine learning based applications.
According to the product management team of Google Cloud Platform, the addition of Alooma will allow them to offer their customers with streamlined, automated migration experience to Google Cloud. It will even give them access to the full range of database services, from managed open source database offerings to solutions like Cloud Spanner and Cloud Bigtable.
Post-acquisition, Alooma will stop supporting its new customers with data migration to any of the competitors. However, customers with the current version of Alooma will retain access to competing for cloud services from Google.
Google or Alooma have not disclosed the financial details of the acquisition so far. Alooma had raised around $15 million from investors such as Lightspeed Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital in early 2016.
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