With an industry conference just concluded in New York, here's a roundup of this week's Big Data news, featuring new products and services from Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks, Pentaho, Cask, Zoomdata, Blue Talon, Alation, Splice Machine and ODPi.
Facebook announced a beta of its free Analytics for Apps tool that provides cross-platform functionality so developers can track metrics across iOS, Android and Web all in one place.
In announcing a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, Google indicated the final release of the OS for smartwatches won't happen until early next year.
Less than a year after starting the open source Accelerated Mobile Pages initiative to speed up mobile Web browsing, Google announced "Search Results Are Officially AMP'd."
Apache Kafka is increasingly generating buzz in the industry with a Spark-like climb into the Big Data spotlight.
Adobe added new mobile workflows to its XD design tool so app UX/UI designers working on computers can see instant previews on the actual iOS and Android devices that will be running their apps.
Realm has fully open sourced its mobile database while adding an object server to offer a complete enterprise mobile platform.
IBM is applying the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of its Watson technology to a new cloud-based data and analytics platform called Project DataWorks.
A new survey of data analytics frontline pros and executives finds many have experienced project failures, with data inflexibility topping the list of challenges faced by enterprise teams.
Google launched its push into mobile virtual reality, called Daydream, with a new SDK, updated developer site and invitations for select coders to get in on the action early.
In announcing the general availability of the IBM Bluemix Runtime for Swift, the company deemed Apple's young programming language to be "ready for the enterprise."
Oracle announced more than 20 new products and services for the Oracle Cloud Platform at its annual OpenWorld conference last week and took aim at its chief competitor in the cloud infrastructure market.
Who knew that correctly timing push notifications to mobile app users can help developers increase app retention rates and make a lot more money?
Talend, which for years has provided a sandbox to explore the world of Big Data for free, is now powering its offering with Docker container technology.
Cloudera Inc. has teamed up with communications company CenturyLink to provide Cloudera's Apache Hadoop-based Big Data analytics software as a service.
Among the host of cloud technology news items coming from Oracle's OpenWorld conference was this tidbit of special interest to "citizen" mobile developers: a new cloud-based, low-code development platform in the making.
Amazon Web Services simplified its API gateway used by cloud developers to provide back-end functionality for mobile and Web apps.
While the relatively young React Native technology continues to evolve and mature with its new "learn once, write anywhere" approach to mobile app development, individual developers are helping Facebook and other major project backers by contributing their own creations to the community.
Improvements to CA Technologies' API management offerings help mobile developers create app back-ends and use open source components, among other new functionality.
Twitter's MoPub announced a new modular software development kit that can reduce the size of mobile apps by letting developers embed code only for specific ad formats they want to use.