RIM Buys tinyHippos for Emulator Tech
Research In Motion today announced that it has acquired a company called tinyHippos for an undisclosed sum. tinyHippos makes a mobile environment emulator called Ripple. The company also has web and mobile widget development chops, which RIM says it is adding to the BlackBerry Developer team. RIM recently announced that its QNX-based PlayBook tablet will use "app players" (i.e., emulators) to allow Android and Java-based applications to run on the PlayBook.
Google Releases Final Developer Preview of Android 7 Nougat
Google today made the fifth and final preview of Android 7 Nougat available to app developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Apple Buys Database Startup
Apple has acquired a Virginia-based startup called FoundationDB. The company develops efficient database technology that can be used to process information at extremely high speeds at very low costs.
Yahoo Buys Blink Messaging App
Yahoo has purchased Blink, an app that lets users send self-destructing messages, for an undisclosed sum. Blink functions similar to Snapchat, but allows users to choose when their message disappears from the recipient's inbox.
Microsoft's Android-App-Porting Tool May Be Shelved
Microsoft has dialed back efforts to port Android apps to the Windows 10 platform, reports Windows Central. In April, Microsoft announced plans to allow app writers to port iOS, web, Win32, and Android apps to the Windows 10 platform.