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Apple partners with IBM on new health data analysis

Apple is part of a collective formed by IBM to develop new technology that will help health care companies analyze patient data collected from millions of wearable Apple devices.

Google France a dix ans : opérations séduction auprès des start-up, des PME et des associations.

La branche française de Google lance sa première campagne institutionnelle et accentue des initiatives pro-numériques pour les entreprises et les associations.

Cela fait dix ans que Google est installé en France.

« Comme moi, la société a dû apprendre pour trouver sa place en France », déclare Nick Leeder, Directeur général de Google France (le manager d’origine australienne est en fonction depuis deux ans).

Some teens may indeed be anti-Facebook

Facebook's popularity might be on the decline among some teenagers, the company signaled Wednesday.

For younger teenagers, Facebook has seen a decline in the number of daily users, the company reported during its third-quarter earnings call. Overall, usage among U.S. teens was stable between the second and third quarters, but the decrease in daily usage for some was noted early in the prepared remarks of Facebook's chief financial officer, David Ebersman.

Global IT spending shrinks as dollar strengthens

A rapidly rising U.S. dollar has created a "currency shock," prompting Gartner to decrease its global IT spending forecast. The research firm now expects worldwide IT spending to decrease to $3.66 trillion in 2015, a 1.3 percent dip from last year.

The strength of the dollar against some other currencies, such as the Euro, will affect IT buying. What 1,000 Euros bought in hardware last year, might not be enough for the same hardware this year, and that hurts demand.

Amazon targets network file storage in the cloud at enterprises

Amazon Web Services continues to chip away at the enterprise storage market, with plans for a new service designed to be a nimbler alternative to network attached storage (NAS) appliances.

Facebook's future could include app consolidation

Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has been on a mission to unbundle the company's many services and expand far beyond the single application that transformed it into the largest media platform that's ever existed. Zuckerberg says the changes represent an evolution in Facebook's approach to how it connects people around the world.

Microsoft closes acquisition of R software and services provider

Microsoft today closed its acquisition of Revolution Analytics, a commercial provider of software and services for the R programming language, making it a wholly owned subsidiary.

"R is the world's most popular programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics, used by more than 2 million people worldwide," says Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of Information Management & Machine Learning at Microsoft.

Deloitte, Tendances IT 2015 : les entreprises au carrefour du numérique

Deloitte estime que la stratégie des entreprises, portée par la transformation numérique, va évoluer dans une logique de fusion du business et de l’IT.

Tata Communications seeing significant demand growth for hosted UC services


Anthony Bartolo, the President of Mobility and Collaboration at Tata Communications, has been recently interviewed for getting his perspective on the latest trends. Tata Communications targets the top 2500 multinational corporations and also provides global white label services for other carriers to target the mid-tier and small business market segments. Tata Communications is also a global carrier partner helping Microsoft deliver its Skype for Business services.

Verse, IBM next generation e-mail client.

IBM's new enterprise email aims to organize your day. IBM is going up against cloud-apps powerhouses Google and Microsoft with its next generation e-mail client, called Verse, designed to enrich email with social media and analysis.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise offers new mobility, video features- and some new phones

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise recently announced enhancements to its OpenTouch Suite designed to help a broader group of businesses adopt unified communications.

France. Les TPE/PME utilisent de manière disparate les outils numériques disponibles.

Linkeo constate que les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises s’approprient les outils numériques à leur disposition, mais les exploitent de manière disparate. Quand bien même ils en ont cerné le potentiel en matière de valorisation et de développement commercial, les dirigeants des TPE-PME françaises ont encore un usage relativement disparate des nombreux outils numériques à leur disposition.

Facebook new video app gives you a new way to Riff with friends

Video sharing has become the newest battleground in the social network wars. Facebook new tool lets your friends add to the videos you create.

That's the gist of Facebook's newest app, called Riff, which encourages people to upload videos, tag them with a topic and then invite friends to respond and add content. People can create any topic they want from "#shakeitoff" to "game face."

joyn : Orange veut réinventer le SMS face à la messagerie instantanée

Orange accélère le déploiement, auprès de ses clients, d’un service SMS « nouvelle génération » basé sur la norme joyn.

France: les budgets "Cloud" des entreprises fluctuent.

Vanson Bourne estime que le déploiement du cloud dans les entreprises françaises a entraîné des coûts inattendus… en plus de compliquer la tâche des décideurs informatiques.

With WhatsApp, Facebook aims for immediacy

When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.

On Wednesday Facebook said it was acquiring WhatsApp, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying US$16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.

Google gives enterprise IT more control over Apps files and docs

"Security ranks at the top of the list of concerns that companies have about moving to the cloud," Scott Johnston, Google Drive's director of product management, wrote in a blog post.

For starters, it will now be possible to assign departments different files access rights, allowing for example marketing staffers to share their documents with outside parties, such as an advertising agency, while limiting engineers to collaborating on files only internally.

Internet of Things connections to quadruple by 2020

Here in 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) is already having a massive effect on business, according to a recent report by Verizon, and by 2025 it predicts best-in-class organizations that use IoT extensively will be up to 10 percent more profitable than they are today.

Microsoft adds MDM capabilities to Office 365

Microsoft today announced the general availability of mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for Office 365, which is designed to give administrators the built-in capability to manage access to data in the cloud-based productivity suite across iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. The MDM features are available at no additional cost in all Office 365 commercial plans, according to Microsoft.

OVH révise la grille tarifaire liée à son service de stockage en ligne hubiC

Le timing est idéal pour OVH : souvent présentée comme le principal concurrent français d’Amazon, Google, Microsoft et consorts sur les offres cloud grand public, la société de services IT révise la grille tarifaire liée à son service de stockage en ligne hubiC… à l’heure où celui-ci franchit le seuil symbolique des 500 000 comptes ouverts.

Google Dart crashes into top 20 programming languages

Billed as a JavaScript rival, Dart has faced an uphill climb in its bid to attract developers. But this month's Tiobe Index of language popularity has Dart finally cracking its top 20 list, ranking 17th with a rating of 1.119 percent, slightly behind Ruby but ahead of Microsoft's F# language and Apple's new Swift language. The index gauges language popularity through a formula that assesses searches on sites like Google, Yahoo, and YouTube.

IBM to invest $3B in building Internet of Things business

IBM on Tuesday said that it will create a new Internet of Things unit and invest $3 billion over four years to build it out. The move formalizes IBM's existing Internet of Things efforts. IBM's smarter-planet and smarter-cities businesses are connected to the Internet of Things trend. The rough idea behind the Internet of Things is that sensors will be embedded in everything and networked to create data. This flow of data could improve operations.

Crowdfunding et prêt aux PME : Lendix lève 3,2 millions d’euros

Spécialisé dans le crowdfunding appliqué aux TPE/PME sur le modèle du prêt, Lendix lève 3,2 millions d’euros pour son 2e tour de table institutionnel.

Trois millions d’euros injectés au mois de janvier par Truffle Capital dans, huit millions obtenus à la mi-mars par Unilend avec Ventech et 360 Capital Partners en tête de gondole : les acteurs traditionnels du capital-investissement mettent leurs billes dans les plates-formes de financement participatif.

Snapchat: 71% of US users between 18 and 34.

BlackBerry posts quarterly profit

The struggling smartphone manufacturer posted a surprise profit on Friday for the second quarter in a row, eking out gains thanks to a massive cost-cutting effort and an adjustment to the value of its investment in a broad patent portfolio.

For its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended February 28, BlackBerry posted earnings excluding certain items of 4 cents a share, compared with Wall Street's forecast of a loss of 4 cents a share. BlackBerry shares rose 3.2 percent to $9.60 in premarket trading Friday.

Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M “Nobel Prize in Computing”

Michael Stonebraker, whose database software breakthroughs helped to tame information overload long before we referred to it as big data, is the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, a.k.a. the “Nobel Prize in Computing.”


Microsoft et Fiducial insèrent la tablette Surface dans un pack TPE-PME

Mobilité, cloud (Office 365) et tablette (Surface Pro 3). Tels sont les piliers d’une nouvelle offre packagée par Fiducial Informatique. Microsoft élargit ainsi ses canaux de distribution BtoB.

Facebook pushes Messenger as future of business communication

Facebook is positioning its Messenger app as a way to improve communications between online businesses and their customers.

Amazon fluffs up its cloud services for consumers

Amazon is bolstering its cloud-storage services to consumers, on Thursday rolling out two new unlimited packages that let users stow away either just photos or every kind of file.

Workplace-as-a-Service from Sprint

Sprint announced its Workplace-as-a-Service offer. Sprint will design and manage core communication and key productivity tools, including integration and implementation, service level agreements, and a single source for support.

Service options include WAN connectivity, managed Wi-Fi, voice, audio/video conferencing, mobile device management, and more. Workplace-as-a-Service comes with the option to allow each user to keep wireless service with another provider or to move to Sprint wireless service.

Vonage Grows UcaaS

Vonage has agreed to acquire Simple Signal, a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) provider targeting small and medium businesses (SMBs), for a purchase price of $25.25 million. Simple Signal offers a broad range of voice, video, mobile and app services via the BroadSoft's BroadWorks platform-- that same platform used by Vonage.

Microsoft Rebrands Lync as Skype for Business

In a blog post last week, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Skype Gurdeep Pall revealed changes for Microsoft Lync with a new name, a new user interface, and new features. In his blog, Pall said, "In the first half of 2015, the next version of Lync will become Skype for Business with a new client experience, new server release and updates to the service in Office 365."

Cyanogen raises $80 million with help from Twitter

Cyanogen, the software maker building an Android-based operating system to take on Google, has raised a boatload of cash from some well-known sources.

Microsoft to preinstall more apps on Android with partnerships

Office apps like Microsoft Word will come already downloaded on some Android tablets from Dell, Samsung and other device makers. Microsoft just sharpened its software sword against Google on the search giant's own platform.

Bye bye Novapost, bienvenue à PeopleDoc

L’éditeur français dédié aux solutions SaaS RH Novapost change d’identité et devient PeopleDoc, avec pour ambition de se développer sur les marchés américain et européen.

Cloudwatt: Orange veut piloter seul.

Deux ans et demi après son lancement, Orange consulte ses partenaires Thales et la Caisse des Dépôts pour prendre totalement la main sur Cloudwatt, un des représentants du cloud souverain à la française. Orange a engagé des discussions pour racheter la part du capital de Cloudwatt à ses partenaires, l’entreprise Thales et la Caisse des dépôts.

France. French Tech, outil opérationnel en faveur de l'innovation et du business?

Le gouvernement cherche à monter des passerelles entre les start-up, l’industrie et les leviers de financement. Avec le CES qui s’ouvre, Axelle Lemaire en charge du numérique aborde les enjeux.

C’est le principal enjeu de la French Tech. Comment transformer la promotion du savoir-faire numérique en France en un véritable outil opérationnel en faveur de l’innovation en France ?

France: Unilend lève 8 millions d’euros pour assurer le financement des PME

La plate-forme de crowdlending Unilend a finalisé un tour de table de 8 millons d’euros pour optimiser le développement de son activité de prêts de particuliers à entreprises.

Big data interest still growing

Companies are still scrambling to manage ongoing data growth even as they pursue projects designed to generate more value from the data they already have. For many, even keeping pace remains a challenge.

Google and Avaya to bring Chromebooks and WebRTC to call center

Google and Avaya are chasing companies seeking to install or upgrade call center systems, promising them easier and more affordable deployments via Chromebooks and a WebRTC interface to the Avaya customer support software.