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This week in the world of technology, Microsoft and SAP built a deeper partnership, Amazon introduced the AWS IoT Button, Google announced a number of new products at Google I/O, and more LinkedIn credentials were revealed to be stolen from its 2012 data breach.
Microsoft and SAP love grows stronger in the cloud – TechCrunch, May 17
Don’t you love it when our enterprise softwares play well with one another? At this week’s SAP SAPPHIRE NOW conference, the CEOs of Microsoft and SAP announced that the two tech powerhouses will take their relationship to the next level – SAP’s database management software, HANA, can now run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. Previously, customers were only able to build HANA applications on Azure. With Microsoft now providing full support for HANA, customers are able to run large workloads in production on Azure while benefiting from Azure’s security and management capabilities. This is just the beginning of deeper links between Microsoft and SAP products. We can anticipate integrations rolling out between Microsoft Office 365 and SAP cloud applications such as Concur, SuccessFactors, and Ariba.
Key takeaway: As businesses transform to be ever more software-dependent, we can expect to see an increasing amount of integrations and partnerships between software companies. This is a smart play on Microsoft and SAP’s parts, as they both dominate the enterprise software space with many of the same clients. Having their products more deeply connected will make it easier for customers to fully adopt their solutions.
Amazon Introduces a Dash Button for Cloud Services Because Why Not? – Fortune, May 16
Amazon revealed a beefed up version of its Dash button – for the Internet of Things (IoT)! What is a Dash button, you may ask? The original Amazon Dash button, introduced in 2015, is a small Wi-FI-enabled device intended for placement near common household supplies and can be programmed to reorder specific household items from Amazon when it’s clicked. The new button, AWS IoT Button, is less consumer-friendly as it is designed for programmers to use to connect with AWS IoT services. Without having to write device-specific code, developers can configure an endless possibility of IoT services for when the button is clicked, including starting a car, remotely controlling home appliances, or placing a pizza order. The non-rechargeable button costs $19.95 USD and lasts an average of 1,000 pushes before its battery is drained. Is it worth it? Many seem to think so – the AWS IoT Button sold out within hours of its release.
Key takeaway: While the highly customizable Dash button can encourage innovation and IoT usage, there is criticism surrounding the battery life of the device. The Dash button can be configured for very useful functions, but for some functions, such as controlling Netflix or opening a garage door – something that a remote can do already, it may not be worth it to pay $0.02 per click, which is what it breaks down to. Additionally, for most Wi-Fi connected “things,” there are existing apps that will allow users to remotely control those objects, making the use of the Dash button unnecessary. In any case, this is still a great tool which enables developers to get innovative with the possibilities of IoT.
The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2016 – The Verge, May 18
At Google’s annual I/O developer conference this year, Google announced a number of new products. In the world of virtual reality (VR), Google revealed its mobile VR platform, Daydream, and a design for a VR headset. Google also unveiled two new messaging apps – Allo, which comes with a built-in AI assistant, and Duo, a video messaging app. It looks like the Amazon Echo will now have some competition in the smart speaker space as Google announces its own version, the Google Home. And of course, new and improved versions of Google Assistant and Google smart devices are also coming.
Key Takeaway: Google is making strides in some of the currently hottest areas in technology – virtual reality, mobile messaging, and smart assistants. It seems that in areas such as smart assistants, Google’s technology has already reached cutting-edge, while Google’s new focus in VR still has a lot of room for development and maturity.
LinkedIn 2012 Data Breach May Have Hit Over 100 Million – The Wall Street Journal, May 19
Do you recall, in 2012, when LinkedIn was hacked for 6.5 million usernames and passwords? Well, it seems that the data breach is far more serious than everyone had initially thought. Just recently, Russian hackers were found selling over 100 million LinkedIn credentials on a crime forum, believed to be credentials stolen from the 2012 incident. LinkedIn has acknowledged the release of the additional usernames and passwords, and have already began prompting users who are thought to be affected to reset their passwords.
Key Takeaway: Although stories of data breaches are becoming more common, the level of security risks that result from hacked data remain the same. Don’t wait for LinkedIn to prompt you to reset your password (why aren’t they making all their users do it, anyway?), read these account security best practices and change your passwords now.
Other top tech stories:
- Netflix Launches Fast.com, New Tool To Check Your Internet Speed – Forbes
- Why Google’s Privacy Fight in France is Significant for Everyone – Fortune
- Meet Uber’s first self-driving car – The Verge
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