AT&T Acquires Plusmo
Today AT&T announced that it has acquire Plusmo, a privately held company that supplies open standards technology that makes mobile application development easier. Plusmo's tools allow developers to write an application in one environment and then easily port it to multiple platforms. This makes creating applications for many devices at once much faster. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Plusmo will be folded into AT&T's Interactive group.
Microsoft Redesigns Mobile Outlook App for Android and iOS
Microsoft has released an overhauled build of its Outlook mobile email application for both the Android and iOS platforms. The update targets several specific functions of the app to smooth over performance.
Twitter Makes Privately Sharing Tweets Easier
Twitter is adding a new button to its Android and iOS apps today that makes it simple to send tweets directly to other users. The tool is meant to help take public content private, so it can be shared and discussed with individuals in direct messages.
Google Acquires VR Firm Owlchemy Labs
Google today said it has acquired Owlchemy Labs, a company that develops virtual reality content. Google was attracted to the company due to its "really thoughtful interactive experiences that are responsive, intuitive, and feel natural." Google went on to praise the company's sense of humor and said, "We'll be working to create engaging, immersive games and developing new interaction models across many different platforms to continue bringing the best VR experiences to life." Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Google Acquires Pixate
Google today said it has acquired Pixate, a service that lets developers create mobile app user interface prototypes for Android and iOS devices. Pixate was formed in Palo Alto in 2012 with the goal of helping developers more easily design apps.