Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Car

Tesla has announced over-the-air software upgrades are coming soon, signaling a shift more automakers will replicate to improve customer satisfaction and slash costs. Soon, over-the-air upgrades will be standard and effortless as our vehicles are parked in driveways or garages overnight.

Software and Services Weekly Wrap

The concept of updating and improving software is evolving. As IBM builds its Watson offerings to new heights, Tesla has announced over-the-air software patches that will keep its vehicles up to date without driver effort. Microsoft is backing a Java platform that translates easily to a host of operating systems, while the email encryption software used around the world for decades is threatened by a dearth of funding. These announcements serve as a reminder that software must evolve to stay relevant, but the impact on the consumer and developer side must also evolve to diminish inconvenience.

IBM Bulks Out Watson for Developers
IBM has added a host of new developer services to its Watson Developer Cloud. IBM is adding speech-to-text, text-to-speech, visual recognition, concept insights, and tradeoff analytics to the Watson fold in an effort to turn the cognitive computing system into a game-changing, money-making machine.

Microsoft Backs Java for Cross-Platform Mobile Apps
Microsoft Open Technologies’ JUniversal tool introduces free native development of cross-platform Java apps. It allows developers to build code how they like in Java, and then translate it to Windows, iOS, and Android scripts if desired.

The Fate of Email Encryption Software Rests on One Man
Werner Koch’s Gnu Privacy Guard software has powered the most popular email encryption programs since 1997, but the Germany-based programmer is running out of funding to keep the project going. The underlying software code has been offered pro bono since its creation, but the project’s underfunding is presenting a new set of challenges to the Internet security landscape.