Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. The company is rolling out Google Pay app for Android and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make its payment service ubiquitous — both in stores and on the internet. Google Pay home screen now shows you relevant stores around you where you can pay with Google Pay. In addition, Google is also launching a redesign of the Google Wallet app for sending and requesting money — and it’s now called Google Pay Send.
Gmail Go is the new app in the Android Go line. It takes up less storage space on users’ smartphones and makes better use of mobile data compared with the regular version of Gmail. The app also offers standard Gmail features like multiple account support, conversation view, attachments, and push notifications for new messages. It also prioritizes messages from friends and family first, while categorizing promotional and social emails in separate tabs, as Gmail does.
LogMeIn, the company that offers conferencing services like GoToMeeting and join.me as well as authentication and other online services to businesses and others, announced that it would acquire Jive Communications for $342 million. Jive Communications is not to be confused with Jive Software, the Slack competitor. Jive Communications is a Utah-based startup. Its primary focus is on VoIP for enterprises, and specifically hosted VoIP. Jive Communications has 20,000 customers globally The deal will add a suite of unified communications services that will complement and expand on LogMeIn’s existing collaboration products.
Messaging app Telegram rolled out a web login widget. The new feature will allow website owners (business owners) to connect with Telegram users right from their site using a Telegram bot. Matching the bot with a web plugin creates a system that could allow businesses to send reminders, confirmation of sales, updates and more information direct to customers via chats. Recall, that Facebook last year launched a plug-in that lets businesses connect with users via Messenger, while it is also developing business-focused apps to let companies tap into its 1.5 billion monthly userbase with payments set to arrive soon, too.
Google Drive makes it easier for teams and agencies to use a mix of G Suite and Microsoft Office while working with their colleagues and customers. From now Google Drive users can easily comment on Office files, PDFs and images in the Drive preview pane without having to use (and potentially pay for) tools like Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader — or having to convert them to Google Docs, Sheets or Slides files. That’s not quite the real-time commenting feature you get from G Suite or Office 365, but it’s still better than having to constantly convert documents back and forth between Office and G Suite.
Zoho introduced the new version of its website-builder Zoho Sites. It feautures new UI and some new features. Pre-built website sections like layouts and templates can help you quickly find design solutions. New page elements, like content containers, icons, and dividers give you more creative tools for experimenting with page design. And the new Element editor expands the customizations available in the product. You can now add videos and parallax images to the background of your web pages. Besides, you can make your website private, restrict its visibility even within your organization, and publish websites solely for intranet usage.
Recruiting service Zoho Recruit recently integrated with five job boards: Hirist, Reed, Nexxt, Total Jobs, PNet. Job boards are not just a place for recruiters to post requisitions. Rather, they have transformed into dynamic pages where candidates maintain resumes so that recruiters can find them with ease. Consequently, choosing the right job board is more important than ever for attracting the right talent.
Asana, the productivity and collaboration service, is getting $75 million Series D investment. Asana said in a blog post that 45 percent of its 30,000 paying customer base is located outside of the U.S.. Some of its high-profile names include Tesco, Sky, Danone, Chanel and Spotify. In that light, it is planning to introduce Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese versions of its service having recently rolled out support for French and German. This new round included, Asana has now raised $168 million from investors. Business Insider reported that the startup is now valued at $900 million.
Instagram now allows businesses to schedule their posts. Before, there were unofficial means to aid with this – like tools that would send out a push notification to remind you to publish a post at a given time, for example. Unfortunately, the official support for post scheduling doesn’t extend to ads, nor is it directly available with the product itself. Instead, the support is being added to Instagram’s API – meaning that social media software applications like Hootsuite, Sprout Social or SocialFlow now have access to the functionality, which they can then add to their own products. Instagram says the API is available to all of Facebook’s Marketing Partners and Instagram Partners.
Zoho Flow is a new integration platform that ties all your cloud apps together. Zoho Flow lets you create workflows (or Flows as we call them) that connect cloud applications without having to write code. From moving info between apps to executing a complex business process, you can automate a whole range of tasks with Zoho Flow. Creating a Flow is simple. You just set a trigger, add a series of actions, switch it on, and you’re done! For example, you can create a Flow that triggers when a ticket is submitted to your help desk, then automatically adds or updates the lead in your CRM system, and sends an update to your team chat application.
Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software’s launch last year. The focus of the new set of features is allowing users to better work with apps – something Microsoft Teams accomplishes via Slack-like integrations, search and discovery features, commands, and more. For example, Microsoft Teams now offers a way to search for apps from the new app store where you can browse by category or search by name, category or integration type – like Project Management or BI. Slack, of course, also has its own app directory, which has allowed it to highlight all the work tools that currently work with its team collaboration resource – a move that helped it gain traction in the workplace.
Payroll provider ADP acquired WorkMarket, a startup that specializes in workforce management software that operates across a wide range of employees and contractors. The software aims to create a kind of unified interface for managing an extended workforce that can include a variety of workers with different employment status, from contractors and freelancers to full-time employees. WorkMarket includes payment systems, management for extended employee networks, as well as a marketplace for piecing together a workforce that can fill the gaps for a company that’s looking to operate outside of the traditional range that full-time employees might operate. For ADP, it would seem to give the company that traditionally specializes in payroll another tool to convince enterprises to use it as part of a larger system of workforce products.
Google launched AutoML - a new service on Google Compute Engine that helps developers — including those with no machine learning (ML) expertise - build custom image recognition models. It’s no secret that it’s virtually impossible for businesses to hire machine learning experts and data scientists these days. There is simply too much demand and not enough supply. The new service allow virtually anybody to bring their images, upload them (and import their tags or create them in the app) and then have Google’s systems automatically create a customer machine learning model for them. The whole process, from importing data to tagging it and training the model, is done through a drag and drop interface. We’re not talking about something akin to Microsoft’s Azure ML studio here, though, where you can use a Yahoo Pipes-like interface to build, train and evaluate models.
Okta and ServiceNow got together to build an app that helps ServiceNow customers using their security operations tools find security issues related to identity and take action immediately. Okta launched the Identity Cloud for Security Operations app today. It’s available in the ServiceNow app store and has been designed for customers who are using both toolsets. When a customer downloads and installs the app, it adds a layer of identity information inside the ServiceNow security operations interface, giving the operations team access to information about who specifically is involved with a security problem without having to exit their tool to find the information.
WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout. Aimed at smaller businesses, the free app – Android-only for now – helps companies better connect with their customers and establish an official presence on WhatsApp’s service. Essentially, it’s the WhatsApp version of a Facebook Page. With the new app arriving today, small companies can set up their WhatsApp Business profiles by filling out information like a business description, email, address and website.
Email snippets in Zoho Mail now highlight your e-commerce based emails, if the emails have the correct schema format. So when you receive an email with the schema embedded, the email displayed to you will have dedicated icons placed in the mail listing and important details from the email highlighted in short. The developers also added sticky notes, to let you pin notes right to your mailbox, user profile enhancements for admin. The significant addition in Zoho Mail for Zoho CRM users: they can now choose default calendar to save your event invites.
Google launched a new tool Security Center for G Suite admins that gives them a better view of the state of their organization’s security. It is only available to G Suite Enterprise users, features two main components. The first is a dashboard that gives admins an overview of current security metrics across services like Gmail (think incoming phishing emails), Google Drive and Mobile Management. The second main feature is a security health checkup that provides a quick overview of current security settings and recommendations for potential improvements.
Zoho came up with more upgrades for its project management app Zoho Projects, including an enhanced Gantt chart that supports all four types of task dependencies, custom views for tasks, and plenty more. The new Zoho People integration brings in vacation or time-off details about your team members into Projects, so that you can make sure tasks or bugs don’t wait on them when they are unavailable. The task and bug timers can now be paused and resumed instead of stopping and restarting from the beginning. With the new Zoho Meeting integration, you can simply click Meet Now on the Task Details page to meet your team online and clarify questions, resolve problems, or make decisions. Recall that in October last year Zoho launched another project management tool - Zoho Sprints.
Apple has acquired Buddybuild, an app tools startup that describes itself as “mobile iteration platform” focused on continuous integration and debugging tools — essentially giving an app development team a simple workflow for iterating and pushing their apps out into the world through GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab. As part of the acquisition, Buddybuild will be rolled into Xcode, Apple’s suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, although Apple and Buddybuild have not given a specific timeline of when that will happen.