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Weekly Mobile News Roundup June 13, 2016



This week: Predictions about Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Visa’s new platform supports mobile banking, and Facebook’s move to secure dominance in the chat app space.

What to Expect from Apple at Its Worldwide Developer’s Conference

Experts predict the focus will be on operating systems at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Rather than new “gadgetry,” Apple will talk about new developments in iOS, Mac OS, watchOS, and tvOS—for example, Siri advances and moving deeper into Apple’s operating systems and the possible launch of a free-standing intelligent home assistant device like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Read more predictions around the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference at Fast Company.


Google’s Android Kill Switch Goes Beyond Remote Data Wipe

Another potential win in the battle against cyber criminals: Google has developed a kill switch that has the ability to remotely “brick” stolen Android devices. The kill switch secures the data and personal information on smartphone and tablets beyond the traditional remote data wipe, allowing users to prevent someone from booting up their device and adding an extra layer of protection.

Read more about Google’s Android kill switch at InformationWeek.


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Talks about AI, Space, and Donald Trump

An interview with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last week was so thoughtful and interesting that it left veteran journalist Walt Mossberg “teeming with ideas.” Although Bezos is not perfect and has had his battles, he has great ideas, encourages his employees to brainstorm, and is “stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details.” In the interview, he discussed everything from artificial intelligence as being the next big innovation in technology to his plans for his private space company, Blue Origin.

Read more of Walt Mossberg’s interview with Jeff Bezos at The Verge.


Visa Strengthens Mobile Payments Position with Support for Bank Apps

Visa’s new Digital Commerce Platform offers financial institutions the ability to launch their own consumer-facing apps, strengthening its position in the mobile payment arena. The new platform, which already has more than 40 institutions using it, was designed to provide resourced needed by participating banks to create mobile offerings with card management services.

Read more about Visa’s new Digital Commerce platform for banks at Mobile Commerce Daily.


Facebook Makes Moves to Secure Position of Dominance in Messaging Apps

In an effort to secure its dominance in the chat app space, Facebook is disabling messaging capabilities on its mobile website. The goal of this move is to push users to the standalone Messenger app, which they could previously access through other channels. Competing chat apps like WeChat have been unable to gain much ground due to Facebook’s reach.

Read more about Facebook’s latest move and the state of the chat app market at Business Insider.

Don Addington

Don Addington

Don Addington has over 35 years of domestic and international executive management experience in the B2B technology sector. He is currently President & CEO of Atlanta-based Mobile Labs, a pioneer in enterprise solutions for mobile application testing. Don started his career managing customer support operations for hardware leaders Control Data and Amdahl. He moved into the software market with application development tool start-up KnowledgeWare where, during his 10 year tenure, he served as Director of Sales, VP of Sales & Marketing, EVP and COO. From 1996 to 2007, Don was CEO of Netherlands-based application integration and modernization infrastructure vendor Seagull Software; growing revenues from $1.8M to $37M, again establishing the company as a global leader in its market. In addition to his long-standing involvement with the Technology Association of GA, he participates in the Atlanta CEO High Tech Council and the Atlanta Technology Executives Roundtable.

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