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This week, the hottest technology and software discussions centered around Apple’s device announcements, Microsoft’s acquisition of Adallom, Internet governance and the importance of speed index.
Apple Unveils The iPad Pro – TechCrunch, September 9
Apple CEO, Tim Cook, kicked off its fall press event with a long-rumored device announcement— the bigger, better and faster, iPad Pro.
The 12.9-inch device is a larger and heavier version of the iPad Air, equipped with an aluminum cover, thin bezels and rounded edges. True iPad fanatics will be pleased with the latest enhancements, including Retina Display, LTE-compatible model, faster flash storage and a longer battery life. Each device includes a front and rear camera and four speakers, significantly improving the audio. The bigger display screen allows for split screen multitasking capabilities, allowing users to run apps side-by-side. The most notable addition to the iPad Pro are the accessories— the smart keyboard and stylus, the Apple Pencil. Both accessories can charge simply by attaching to the smart connector and port on the side of the iPad. However, the Apple Pencil came as a shock, as it was widely reported that Steve Jobs hated the idea of a stylus. The question many of us are left asking is, what would Steve Jobs think?
Key takeaway: Apple announced several upgrades to existing devices, some more significant than others. The new iPad Pro, available in November, is designed for true iPad lovers and creative professionals looking to create content on various programs. Additional announcements were upgrades to the Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPhones (iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus), iOS 9 Launch, and iPhone Upgrade Program.
Justice Department Says Other Nations May Access Customer Data Stored in U.S. – The Wall Street Journal, September 9
Microsoft has been a hot topic this week as the tech company continues fighting a U.S. Department of Justice search warrant, requesting access to a criminal suspect’s emails held on a server in Ireland. The company argued that if the department has the authority to extend data search warrants overseas, foreign governments will be able to gain access to data held in the U.S. The Justice Department recognized the argument on Wednesday, but demanded digital documents be treated as business records, and therefore be handed over.
Key takeaway: This case raises concerns around law enforcement authority and data privacy, and could ultimately impact how the Internet is governed. If individuals outside of the U.S. doubt such companies can protect customer data, technology and security companies are at risk of damaging their brands and hindering customer and business relations. Is the Justice Department overstepping its authority or do they have a right to obtain customer data? A ruling will be determined in upcoming months.
Microsoft confirms it has acquired cloud security platform Adallom – VentureBeat, September 8
Microsoft announced this week its acquisition of the cloud security platform, Adallom. Adallom builds software used to monitor cloud-based services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Box, Salesforce, Google Apps and Dropbox. Adallom’s software will work in accompaniment to Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics, a tool that identifies threats and provides an actionable report for enterprises. While the price of the acquisition remains undisclosed, rumors of a potential $320 million deal between the two technology companies started a few months ago.
Key takeaway: This isn’t the first major acquisition for Microsoft, who purchased enterprise security startup, Aorato, and the company behind the productivity app, Wunderlist, last year. Microsoft continues to beef up its cloud credentials, as the company announced its mission last June to focus on building the intelligent cloud platform.
Mobile app performance: Optimizing the end-to-end experience – TechBeacon, September 8
Improvement and optimizing end-to-end performance are critical for companies looking to successfully develop mobile apps. In this digital age of technology and applications, use of smartphones continues to skyrocket and our level of dependency only increases. As we rely more heavily on mobile, so do the expectation and standards we have for applications (think constant updates, personalized touches, instant load times). Cue mobile application performance monitoring (APM)— a monitoring system allows for those performance expectations to be met, by placing user experience in the center of the performance equation.
Key takeaway: Effective mobile monitoring not only focuses on front-end monitoring (how the app performs on the device), but the back-end too. You want complete visibility into all the factors that impact the user’s experience of the app. Implementing end-to-end monitoring tools helps diminish performance issues and maintains performance levels that exceed user expectations. With new technologies and product advancements, companies can now more easily adopt monitoring systems to ensure a seamless app performance.
Here’s Your Website on Speed: Why Speed Index Matters for Retail – DZone, September 3
As a mobile consumer, one of the most frustrating things to happen when you’re browsing on your smartphone or tablet is slow and poor web performance. In an effort to improve performance monitoring, online retailers are focusing on speed index, an approach that measures the average time page contents are displayed. The faster a page loads, the better sales are (typically). Concentrating on speed index (average response times) allows for companies to gain insightful and actionable metrics they can use to ultimately improve application performance.
Key takeaway: AppDynamics currently has 26 global cloud-based agents that can target sites at request and pull information on web performance and response times. These highly insightful analytics can provide businesses with actionable metrics to further improve web performance. Response time is a critical component to providing increasingly outstanding results not limited to online retailers, but other online businesses too (think video and news sites).
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