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Enterprise Tech News: Microsoft Announces Connected Field Service For Dynamics CRM 2016 , Google Trust API To Kill Passwords, PHP 7.1 Expected Features

27 May 2016

This week’s tech news roundup features: Microsoft Dynamic CRM update includes a new IoT tool, Google’s Trust API intends to kill passwords, and PHP 7.1 update focuses on speed enhancements.

Microsoft Dynamic CRM Update Adds A New IoT Tool


Microsoft released an update for its Dynamic CRM software along with a brand new IoT (internet of things) tool. The IoT tool offer companies an option to monitor the IoT devices.


The Spring 2016 Wave of MS Dynamics CRM gets Connected Field Service, a new product that will help companies leverage the power of predictive maintenance through IoT devices. The Connected Field Service constantly monitors IoT-enabled systems for anomalies, creating service tickets and workflow as per the service level agreements, or alerts that trigger automated actions.


“For many service-oriented businesses, this represents a truly revolutionary shift from more of a reactive break-fix posture to a model that is built on predictive service,” explained Param Kahlon, general manager of program management for Dynamics CRM.


The Connected Field Service will be available for preview in June.


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Google’s Trust API Will Allow Password-Free Login To Users


Google plans to kill passwords and replace it with its trust system. The Trust API is developed on Project Abacus which uses the sensors in a mobile device to recognize the user via speech, keystroke, and other patterns.


The Trust API will move the authentication burden from the users to the Android devices. This trust systems will run in the background while always tracking the biometrics so that it recognizes you when you try to unlock your Android device. It will make use of some basic biometric indicators like your face print, voice patterns, your typing speed, current location, how you swipe your screen and even the way you walk. Combining it all, it will provide you with a trust score.


The company intends to make the technology available to developers by the end of this year.

PHP 7.1 Update Focuses On Speed Improvements Over Syntax


PHP’s latest version 7.1, alike its predecessor 7.0, continues to focus on speed enhancements over new syntaxes. Although the feature set keeps fluctuating, continuous speed improvement remains to be a critical goal, says Zeev Suraski, CTO of Zend. This has led to the development of the engine for PHP. “We’re continuing to work on performance, although we won’t be seeing anything nearly as dramatic as what we’ve seen in 7.0.”


The features in PHP 7.1 includes catching of various exception types in a single catch statement, nullable types, curl HTTP/2 server push support, taking action that does not return anything, void return types, and generalized negative string offset support. The 7.1 version will also feature alerts for invalid strings in arithmetic, and a class constant visibility modifiers capability present modifiers to mirror properties and methods.


PHP 7.1’s tentative release is scheduled for this November but the actual release may extend to 2018.


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