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Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft buys Xamarin, the company behind its cross-platform apps

Microsoft has announced the purchase of Xamarin, a company that allows mobile apps to be developed for multiple platforms simultaneously. The startup's technology basically lets developers write the code for their apps in a single language, and then easily adapts it for iOS, Android, and Windows. Seeing as how Microsoft has quickly moved to offering its apps on iOS and Android in the last few years, such as the mobile versions of Office, the acquisition makes perfect sense.

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Runkeeper app bought by shoe-maker ASICS

Runkeeper app bought by shoe-maker ASICS

One of the growing trends in the world of mobile app acquisitions is for sportswear companies to grab up apps that provide some sort of fitness tracking and social sharing features. This trend can be seen in Adidas' purchase of Runtastic, Under Armour's acquisition of MyFitnessPal, and the latest being ASICS buying Runkeeper. Jason Jacobs, CEO of Runkeeper, made the announcement in a post on Medium, although the amount of money involved was not disclosed.

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Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft tipped to have bought SwiftKey for its AI

Microsoft already has a "smart" virtual keyboard for both tablets and smartphones. In fact, it was just recently rumored that it would be bringing its keyboard to Android and iOS, the latter with possibly some interesting special features. So it might, at first, be surprising to hear about its acquisition of UK-based SwiftKey, makers of one of the more popular mobile keyboards. But old Redmond isn't paying $250 million just for a keyboard. It is, in truth, more interested in the AI talent and software behind it.

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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple has acquired the education startup LearnSprout, the company has confirmed. LearnSprout offers a simplistic but robust way for schools and educators to monitor their students’ academic performance, and according to its website, thousands of school districts across the United States already use the platform. The acquisition is reportedly to help Apple bolster the educational tools available on its iPad.

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Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

Apple acquires Emotient for AI emotion detection

This morning it became apparent that Apple had acquired Emotient, an artificial intelligence startup. This startup works with emotion KPIs, meaning they're in the business of watching your face and body to decide how you feel. With that information, Emotient aims to detect attention, engagement, and sentiment. Implications from their public presentation of business suggests that they've been aiming their business at advertisers - as well as other odd product creators on mobile platforms.

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Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Today Intel has announced that they'll be acquiring a drone company by the name of Ascending Technologies. This is a small company, just 75 people large, and Intel suggests that they're sending offers to the whole lot to join the company. Intel suggests that they are no discussing product roadmaps or financial terms at this time. Ascending Technologies is a German company that appeared at last year's Intel/Brian Krzanich keynote at CES 2015.

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Activision reportedly buys Major League Gaming in $46M acquisition

Activision reportedly buys Major League Gaming in $46M acquisition

Activision Blizzard, the gaming giant behind the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft franchises, is believed to have purchased Major League Gaming (MLG), the e-sports organization, taking over "substantially all" of its assets in a $46 million acquisition. According to a report from eSports Observer, which says it learned of the deal through documents related to the sale, the deal was approved by MLG's board of directors on December 21st.

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Microsoft nabs Talko to boost Skype ‘innovation’

Microsoft nabs Talko to boost Skype ‘innovation’

Talko has been acquired by Microsoft, the company announced in a statement today. Talko is a self-described business team communications app, and it’s fairly new to the industry, having launched a little over a year ago. According to Talko, it has been acquired to improve Skype and Skype for Business, though precise details about what that means haven't been stated.

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Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple acquires motion capture startup Faceshift

Apple has acquired Faceshift, the startup behind motion capture technology used to capture facial expressions. The tech has been used for theatrical projects, not the least of which is Star Wars, as well as games. How Apple plans to use the technology isn't known, though some speculate it could be part of a virtual reality project. Past rumors claimed that Apple would acquire Faceshift, something the company has only recently confirmed.

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Fossil grabs Misfit to make fashion accessories smarter

Fossil grabs Misfit to make fashion accessories smarter

Just a few weeks ago, fashion brand Fossil unveiled a new series of Q watches, including the Android Wear Q Founder. It seems, however, that that isn't the end of its smart wearable plans. Perhaps inspired by the recent outing of luxury smartwatches, like the TAG Heuer Connected, Fossil has announced its acquisition of Misfit, one of the more known names in the wearable market, particularly in smart fitness bands. By joining forces, Fossil hopes to expand its portfolio to embrace the growing number of wearable devices in the market today.

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Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft reveals plan to acquire Secure Islands

Microsoft has announced a plan to acquire Secure Islands, confirming recent rumors that have cropped up. Secure Islands is an Israeli security company offering “advanced information protection solutions,” says Microsoft, and through the acquisition it will help Microsoft business customers secure their sensitive data. Secure Islands is already used by some big name companies for data protection, including Vodafone.

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