Here’s a partnership you may not have seen coming: Apple is teaming up with IBM. The two companies that were once rivals during the personal computer wars are partnering up to create more than one hundred new apps for iPhones and iPads. The deal will also target business clients, with Apple and IBM selling iPhones and iPads preloaded with industry-specific apps. Those devices will be available starting this fall but only for business clients through IBM representatives.
Blackberry has announced a new feature similar to Apple’s Siri and Cortana for Windows phone. It’s a digital personal assistant called “Blackberry Assistant”. The company is trying to build up some steam for its upcoming squared-shaped phone, the Blackberry Passport. The assistant learns as you use it, and can be pulled up by voice just like Google Now.
And, here’s a new app your teenager might like. It’s a music messaging app called La-La. You can’t chat with words in any way on La-La…only music. You use audio snippets of songs to communicate your message. For instance, if you want to send a quick “hello” to a friend, you might select “Hello” by Lionel Richie. You can choose from the app’s selection of music, or search Youtube and clip out a section of a song. You won’t know what song you’ve received until you play it, so that adds to the anticipation. La-La is free, and it’s in the Apple app store.
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