Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Pioneer have announced a partnership. When Pioneer users plug their iPhones into their vehicles, CarPlay will automatically launch and offer access to its app suite.
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Zebra Technologies is a printer company that is acquiring the Motorola Solutions handheld unit for $3.45 billion. Zebra Technologies is a leader in barcode printing and RTLS technology such as printers, RFID, software and supplies. Zebra and Motorola Solutions have been partners for years so the acquisition seems like a natural fit.
Microsoft Corporation is launching Office Online on the Chrome Web Store soon. Office Online is a web version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Office Online already worked in the Chrome browser, but Microsoft decided to make native apps for its productivity software in the browser. The apps are called Word Online, PowerPoint Online, and OneNote Online. The apps can be used for creating new Office documents online with a single click from the desktop.
Google has added a feature on Gmail that makes it easier for people that back up photos from their smartphone and tablets on Google+ to share through e-mail. You can insert pictures and photos directly into e-mail, resize them with the message, and share them with friends and family. You would need to grab the photos that are pulled through the Auto Backup feature on Google+.
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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has acquired a minority stake in U.S. healthcare IT firm NantHealth. BlackBerry and NantHealth are working together on a smartphone to meet the needs of the healthcare sector with an expected launch of late 2014 or early 2015. The terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has patented technology that involves cameras embedded into contact lenses, which could photograph what the wearer sees and provides input for the visually impaired.
Brandon Eich worked as CEO of Mozilla for a short period of time and now Mozilla has named Chris Beard as the interim CEO. Beard will also joined the Mozilla board of directors. Beard has worked through several positions at Mozilla. He joined Mozilla around eight years ago before joining Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence in July 2013.
Jumei is a Beijing based online retailer that will be going public soon, according to an SEC filing. Jumei offers daily deals on cosmetics and fragrances. Jumei is expected to raise up to $400 million, but the company did not say what exchange it will be listing on. Jumei was founded in 2009 and one of its investors include Sequoia Capital.