IBM to Buy Worklight
IBM today indicated that it intends to purchase Worklight, a company that specializes in software for smartphones and tablets. With the purchase, IBM will be able to offer its customers a platform that helps speed the delivery of existing and new mobile applications to multiple devices. It also helps smartphones and tablets connect to corporate systems securely. Worklight's tools will allow IBM to write applications once that run on Android, BlackBerry, and iOS smartphones. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Samsung Releases Focus, a Combined Email and Calendar App
Samsung recently made a new productivity app called Samsung Focus available to its Android devices. Focus handles basic productivity functions, including email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and memos all in a single application.
Apple and IBM Release First Wave of Enterprise Apps
Apple and IBM have followed through on an announcement made earlier this year and delivered a range of mobile applications aimed at large businesses. The IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps rely on IBM's cloud services, which bring data and analytics tools to enterprise users of Apple's iPhone and iPad.
BlackBerry Acquires Movirtu
BlackBerry today revealed it has acquired a British firm called Movirtu. Movirtu develops virtual SIM card solutions that allow multiple phone numbers to be used on a single device.
Asus to Preload Microsoft Apps Thanks to Licensing Deal
Asus and Microsoft has expanded the scale of an existing patent-licensing agreement between them and expect the change to benefit customers. The cross-licensing deal will allow Asus and Microsoft to use one another's technologies in their own products.
BlackBerry CEO Says 2016 May Be Last Year for Smartphones
BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen today said its smartphone business needs to generate a profit in 2016, "Otherwise, I have to think twice about what I do there." Chen's comments offer more insight into BlackBerry's frame of mind regarding smartphones.