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 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:
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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:
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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