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Microsoft Ups Mobile Game With EMS, iPad Office

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Microsoft confirms the "mobile first, cloud first" ethos of CEO Saya Nadella with two mobile- and cloud-related announcements-- the iPad version Office and a BYOD bundle in the shape of the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

Satya Nadella Cloud“Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device," Nadella says. "It’s a unique approach that centers on people-— enabling the devices you love, work with the services you love, and in a way that works for IT and developers.”

Office for iPad has been a long time coming, and sees launch before the Surface-tailored version. It includes Word, PowerPoint and Excel as redesigned with a touch-first UI and OneDrive cloud storage integration. Users can create regular Office documents and edit files created in other versions of the software, and Microsoft insists the app wholly preserves document formatting and visual fidelity (something the current OneDrive app fails at with distressing regularity).

The app requires an Office 365 subscription, and one subcription cover allows installation on up to 5 tablets and 5 PCs/Macs.

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NuVo iOS App Adds Streaming

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NuVo adds a new feature to version 1.8.1 of its iOS Player Portfolio App-- the streaming of content stored on any iDevice running iOS 6 or later directly to the NuVo system.

NuVo streamAudio files stored on the iDevice are accessible provided both device and NuVo Player Portfolio system are on the same network. Once connected, each iPhone or iPad becomes an audio source available as a library within the app.

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iControl Connects With Autos

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Smart home provider iControl Networks gets a first OpenHome Partner Program member with connected auto experience-- connected-car service developer Zubie.

Zubie AutoThe two companies say the partnership will bring about "connected lifestyle" solutions unifying home automation, cars and phones into a single customer experience-- such as switching thermostats off as customers leave the house in their vehicles, or doors unlocked and lights turned on upon return.

Another example is a home dashboard providing the real-time locations of family members on the road and emergency alerts.

Zubie sells a hardware device users plug into auto On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port. It connects with a companion smartphone app and provides safety alerts, real-time location data and vehicle diagnostics, even when the car is not running.

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BlackBerry Intros Enterprise Services, Devices

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Mobile World Congress 2014 sees BlackBerry refuse to throw the towel as it launches new services and products-- a new version of BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES), the enterprise BBM (eBBM) suite and the Z3 and Q20 handsets.

BBM MWCThe company claims BES12 unifies the best of BES10 and BES5 in one backwards-compatible platform. It allows the development and quick deployment of enterprise-grade app on BlackBerry and other devices, with flexible and scalable architecture handling secure movement from on-premise to the cloud.

It comes in two tiers-- Silver (includes device, app, email and security management for BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices) and Gold (adds Secure Work Space containerisation separating work and personal data).

Addressing recent NSA-fueled privacy concerns on messaging services is the eBBM suite, a mobile communications solution that "brings together the core strengths of BBM with features and capabilities aimed at enterprises." The first eBBM product is BBM Protected, a messaging service equipped with end-to-end communications encryption via symmetric encryption keys.

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Apple Buys SnappyCam Developer

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SnappyCamApple confirms the acquisition of SnappyLabs, the one-man team behind SnappyCam, an app allowing iPhone users to rapidly take high-resolution photos, for an undisclosed sum. 

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company states to Re/Code. 

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