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April 3, 2013

Technology News Briefs — April 3, 2013

Twilio Joins Google Cloud Platform Program

Cloud communications startup Twilio is joining the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program, integrating Twilio’s communications API platform with Google’s Cloud Platform products “to power next generation communications solutions.”

The partnership gives developers on the platform the ability to integrate voice and messaging services into Google’s web and mobile apps, according to a company press release.

“By using Google Cloud Platform and Twilio, independent developers and enterprises alike can build and scale real world businesses faster than ever,” said Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson. “The real magic comes from connecting the Twilio API to the App Engine platform to make apps communicate; developers benefit from integrating these two incredibly scalable, robust, and reliable platforms — we can’t wait to see what Google App Engine developers build.”

The company, which is headquartered in San Francisco, provides a telephony infrastructure Web service in the cloud, allowing developers to integrate phone calls, text messages and IP voice communications into their Web, mobile and traditional phone applications.

Apple Likely to Launch iPhone 5S This Summer

Apple will begin production on the next edition of its iconic iPhone this quarter in preparation for a summer launch, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

While there does not yet appear to be a set date for the iPhone 5S to hit store shelves, it will do so earlier in the year than its predecessor — the iPhone 5 — which was launched last fall.

Sources also told the WSJ Apple is hard at work on a less expensive iPhone device, although it is to retain the traditional four-inch display of the iPhone 5.

The cheaper iPhone will apparently have a plastic or polycarbonate body, lowering material costs which, in turn, would allow Apple to sell the device at a lower cost. The current iPhone 5 has a metal back.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has refused to comment on any plans his company may have for a cheaper iPhone, although at an investor conference in February, he said Apple “wouldn’t do anything that we consider not a great product.”

‘Facebook Home’ HTC Phone Leaked

A photo of what is thought to be HTC’s Smartphone featuring Facebook Home, a new Android-based OS/experience, has been leaked by ‘evleaks’ on Twitter.

There is no proof the photo is legitimate, however.

Facebook has invited the media to ‘Come See Our New Home on Android’ April 4 at 10 a.m. PST at its Menlo Park, California headquarters.

Rumor has it Facebook will announce Facebook Home, for which HTC has developed a device. The handset is purported to be a bit bigger than the iPhone.

Sources have revealed Facebook and HTC are in discussions with carriers and are in the middle of developing a major ad campaign in Southern California.

 

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