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Silicon Valley gets unlikely ally in encryption battle

Silicon Valley just lined up an unlikely ally in its fight against the U.S. government and law enforcement over smartphone encryption – U.S. Congress.

Spotlight: Google gets patent for self-driving delivery vehicle

Google has received a U.S. patent for an autonomous delivery vehicle, RCR Wireless reported Wednesday.

Appmobi integrates Intel XDK into its secure mobile app platform, launches Secure Cloud service

Appmobi announced this week that it is integrating its Appmobi Secure Mobile Platform with the Intel XDK cross-platform app development tool and offering its services from free to mobile app developers through its new Secure Cloud service for up to 500 devices.

5 real‐world mobile device security practices for SMBs

A vast majority of employees today work from mobile devices, but managing mobile devices – both company and employee owned – is a universal challenge. This challenge is equally as pressing for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as it is for large enterprises. Chris Pyle, president and CEO of Champion Solutions Group, offers five ways SMBs can improve their mobile security posture.

Apple open sources Swift Benchmarking Suite for app developers

Apple announced this week that its Swift Benchmarking Suite is now open source and ready for developers who want to track performance of their iOS, WatchOS and OS X applications written in the Swift programming language.

Experts see business prospects of autonomous vehicles as far-reaching

Perhaps most important for the future of autonomous vehicles are the business factors driving their development. Automakers, software developers, and other related businesses are not going to enter the space unless they can find surefire ways to make money.

VMware's Workspace One platform designed to unify devices, apps in BYOD, hybrid environments

VMware unveiled Tuesday its Workspace One platform designed to provide secure digital workspaces for company that support BYOD, corporate-owned and hybrid mobile work environments.

Security issue with Trane ComfortLink II thermostats highlights broader IoT security risk, says Cisco's Talos

Cisco's Talos Group has identified security vulnerabilities in commercial smart thermostats made by Trane that could enable an attacker to gain access to the entire network through the vulnerable devices.

Spotlight: HERE Maps updates app, expands number of cities with transit directions

HERE Maps updated Monday its iOS and Android apps, adding a number of new cities for which it provides transit directions

Commercial boon in drone tech will not be confined to air vehicles, predicts investment banker

There will be continued broad commercial applications for drone technology, not just air-based, but land- and sea-based systems as well, predicted Jon Rubin, a partner and head of the drone practice at investment bank Westbury Group.

Apple plugs more than 100 flaws in its latest iOS security update

Apple has issued a security update for iOS 9 that plugs more than a hundred security flaws in the mobile operating system.

Business users should find Android Wear update something to shout about

Business users of Android Wear smartwatches should be happy with the recent updates made by Google to its Android Wear software.

India's HCL teams with Microsoft on IoT incubation center in Redmond

The Internet of Things knows no geographic boundaries, as evidenced by the alliance announced Monday between India's HCL Technologies and Microsoft to launch an IoT incubation center in Redmond.

Will IoT force fundamental rethink of chip design?

It seems that the Internet of Things could force chip makers like Intel to overhaul their chip making techniques.

EagleView's netted enclosure lab could be boon for commercial applications of drone tech

EagleView Technology is working on an outdoor research lab aimed at drone research and flight training that will give researchers a chance to test drones in outdoor environments, which could bring a number of rapid strides in drone research and development, particularly for commercial applications.

Regulations, cybersecurity main hurdles left for autonomous vehicles

Connected cars and autonomous vehicles are coming; it's just a matter of when and how. The technology is essentially viable, and now it's up to U.S. lawmakers, government agency officials and industry executives to come to an agreement on making these rolling mobile devices street legal.

Northbridge Financial opts for Encircle app, PRIV phone to update insurance claims processing system

Northbridge Financial, a commercial property and casualty insurance management firm based in Toronto, wanted to update its legacy claims processing system. The company opted to use the Encircle platform, a suite of mobile productivity tools for claims adjusters and policyholders, and to run the platform on BlackBerry's new Android-powered PRIV smartphone.

Despite Windows 10 Mobile troubles, VAIO joins ranks of firms offering smartphones running the OS

Despite Windows 10 Mobile's rocky start, yet another manufacturer has signed up to make a smartphone running the mobile operating system. The manufacturer is none other than VAIO, the former laptop unit of Sony that is now owned by Japan Industrial Partners, which just launched its VAIO Phone Biz.

Couchbase updates mobile app platform with improved management controls, data-at-rest encryption

To help enterprises address the exploding demand for mobile apps, Couchbase on Thursday unveiled the latest version of its mobile app development platform, Mobile 1.2.

Spotlight: Mozilla shuts down its Firefox OS for smartphones

Mozilla put the final nail in the Firefox OS for smartphones coffin on Thursday, declaring that it would end develop of the OS after the version 2.6 release in an email to developers.