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Apple and SAP Launch Cloud Platform SDK for iOS

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Apple and SAP Launch Cloud Platform SDK for iOS

Apple and SAP release the fruit of the team up announced back in 2016-- the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, a toolset for developers wanting to build "enterprise-grade" iDevice apps

The SDK uses the Apple Swift programming language, and offers a selection of pre-built UI components and easy access to iPhone features (such as built-in sensors), all governed by business and security rules. As the name might suggest it also handles the data stored on the SAP Cloud Platform.

Also included in the bundle is Assistant, a Mac app that helps set up projects, and UI elements for the SAP Fiori design language conforming with the Apple Human Interface Guidelines.

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Apple Files $1bn Suit Against Qualcomm

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Apple Files $1bn Suit Against Qualcomm

Apple accuses Qualcomm of employing extortion, price-gouging and other monopolistic practices-- and as a result the iPhone maker is filing a $1 billion lawsuit against the semiconductor giant.

The lawsuit is filed in US District Court for the Southern district of California, and claims Qualcomm overcharges for chips and refuses to pay $1bn in promised rebates on "exclusivity or de facto exclusivity from Apple." It adds Qualcomm withheld the rebates because Apple is in discussions with the S. Korean antitrust regulator, the Korea Fair Trade Commission.

"If that were not enough, Qualcomm then attempted to extort Apple into changing its responses and providing false information to the KFTC in exchange for Qualcomm's release of those payments to Apple. Apple refused," the lawsuit reads.

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BlackBerry Presents Mobile Security Platform

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BlackBerry Presents Mobile Security Platform

BlackBerry combines a number of previously acquired technologies in a single management for what it calls the "Enterprise of Things"-- BlackBerry Secure, a software suite connecting and securing all enterprise devices and endpoints.

The acquisitions in question include Good Technology, WatchDox, Athoc and Encription. As the company puts it, data breaches and cybersecurity threats remain the biggest roadblocks in realising the potential of the smart connected devices, bringing about a need for a mobile security platform able to manage and secure communications for all messaging and file types.

BlackBerry adds the platform helps prevent hackers from penetrating devices and PCs, provides intelligence for secure supply chain communications, ensures patient confidentiality in healthcare and safeguards assets in the financial industry.

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HP's Tough Laptop for Schools

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HP's Tough Laptop for Schools

HP announces a laptop it claims is "tested to military field standards"-- the ProBook x360 11 Education Edition, an 11-inch convertible laptop aimed at the educational segment featuring a rugged build.

The military standard mentioned by the company is MIL-STD-810G, a standard covering a wide array of resitances, including drops of around 75cm and liquid spills on the keyboard. Construction is in hard industrial rubber, and Gorilla Glass displays come as an optional extra.

Being a convertible device, the ProBook x360 features touchscreen and active pen support, together with a hinge offering 4 different usage modes. An "explorer mode" dual-camera system allows users to take videos in tablet mode while viewing what is being recorded in real-time.

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IBM iOS Apps Get Watson

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IBM iOS Apps Get Watson

IBM adds more power to the MobileFirst iOS apps with Watson, providing "a broad set of conversational and cognitive capabilities to help increase the productivity and improve the experience of enterprise employees."

The Watson capabilities introduced to the MobileFirst apps include conversational interaction and deep insights to end users, making for more convenient and easier to use apps complete with ands-free control. For example, users can speak to the Find & Fix app while servicing equipment on the field, using voice prompts to ask for suggestions to solve specific problems through the app tapping into technical equipment manuals.

Another example has retail staff using the Sales Assist app to access data across different resources, such as customer databases and product forums, for deeper insight into customer preferences and purchasing trends.

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