Mobile Industry on the Move February 15

— February 15, 2014

AirWatch/FeedHenry
FeedHenry, a provider of a cloud-based next-generation mobile application platform for the enterprise, announced a technology partnership with AirWatch, an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider. The joint solution enables the simple and rapid creation of mobile enterprise applications that can be immediately deployed and managed within the AirWatch app catalog.

The integration of the solutions allows organizations to develop, integrate and secure enterprise apps and content on mobile devices, while letting IT manage policies and access controls at the enterprise level.

“The integration of our next generation Mobile Application Platform with AirWatch’s EMM solution now gives enterprises secure device management along with the ability to develop, host and manage native, hybrid and HTML5 applications,” said Cathal McGloin, CEO, FeedHenry. “Most mobile enterprise deployments have been focused on the development of one off tactical applications for specific groups of employees or customers. Increasingly however, organizations are looking towards more advanced mobilization of a broader set of assets and back-end data sets. We believe that agile, cloud-based mobile application platforms, alongside MDM solutions, will play an important role in this enablement.”

Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc. and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) entered into a five-year, $10 million partnership highlighted by an industry-first mobile toolkit that will enable CMU researchers to easily experiment with Yahoo’s real-time data services, letting them test new ways that machine learning and interface technologies can improve personalized user experiences.

Dr. Ron Brachman, Chief Scientist and Head of Yahoo Labs said, “By creating a way for Carnegie Mellon University researchers to work directly with Yahoo software and infrastructure, we hope to speed up the pace of mobile and personalization research and create a better user experience.”

The mobile toolkit serves as the infrastructure for a living laboratory for researchers to explore new approaches to understanding human behavior by using machine learning algorithms to more accurately predict user needs and intentions. It is also expected to enable the development of new personalization techniques and interfaces to provide a more compelling user experience.

 Members of the CMU community who opt-in to use the experimental mobile software will provide researchers access to real user data and the opportunity to rapidly iterate on the technologies.

The partnership, named Project InMind, also includes a new Yahoo-sponsored fellowship program at CMU. The program will provide financial and research support to computer science students and faculty members. Yahoo Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue research in disciplines such as machine learning, mobile technologies, human-computer interaction, personalization, novel interaction techniques, and natural language processing, with annual financial support from Yahoo and mentorship from world-class computer scientists at Yahoo Labs and CMU.

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our students and faculty to work directly with a team of leading-edge researchers from Yahoo Labs on technologies that could benefit hundreds of millions of mobile users,” said Dr. Randal E. Bryant, University Professor and Dean of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.

Since its establishment in 2005, Yahoo Labs has served as the Company’s incubator for bold experimentation and continues to innovate across numerous research areas including machine learning, personalization, mobile, advertising science, image processing, natural language processing and more.
The Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science, now celebrating the 25th anniversary of its transformation from a department to a school, is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top computer science schools.

Departures
BlackBerry: In a statement, BlackBerry said that Andrew Bocking, EVP of BBM, the company’s instant messaging business, has left the company. According to reports,  John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions, will oversee this platform. 

Motorola Mobility: Google confirmed to the Wall Street Journal  that Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola Mobility will leave the organization to become the COO of Dropbox. This move happens on the heels of Google’s sale of this part of its business to Lenovo.
 

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