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Mobile payments deals slow, but consumer market poised for rapid growth

The number and total value of merger and acquisition activity in the mobile payments sector dropped significantly last year, but the sector is poised for strong growth, says Mooreland Partners.

News Scan: Will Nokia become Microsoft Mobile?; Windows Phone bets on security; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for April 22, including the rumored change for Nokia to Microsoft Mobile, Microsoft basing their mobile expectations on its positive security record, an acceleration in the Latin 4G LTE market, the new 'immersive' Barneys app and how mobile use is taking over TV time.

3 ways the Z-axis gives mobile content more than just depth

With such a wide variety of screen sizes on the mobile market, developers have been honing flexible mobile content strategies that adapt to an array of devices. There are plenty of best practices to ensure mobile content has the X- and Y-axis covered. But what about Z?

Enterprises turn to M2M to gain a competitive advantage

Enterprises are fueling the growth of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections as they strive to gain an advantage over competitors, improve business agility and lower operational costs, judges Godfrey Chua with Infonetics Research.

News Scan: Nike cuts loose most of FuelBand team; PayPal tops for mobile payments; more

Read the latest in mobile IT news for April 21, including how Nike slashed most of its FuelBand team, why slow response times kill mobile sites, which mobile payment service was the most used, the benefits of connected trucks and vehicles and the expected growth in the wireless network security market.

Report: Facebook ramps up mobile ad network

Facebook is planning to launch a mobile ad network this month, Re/code reports.

HTC tops list of manufacturers with Heartbleed-vulnerable smartphones, says Lookout

HTC produces the three most popular Android smartphones vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug--the HTC Evo, One S and One X--according to data compiled by security firm Lookout from 100,000 Heartbleed Detector users.

LinkedIn expands mobile app portfolio, mobile partnerships

LinkedIn is expanding its mobile app portfolio to meet the demands of increasing mobile traffic to its site, which is expected to make up a majority of its visitors by the end of the year.

Taking BYOD from the cubicle to the conference room

BYOD programs are in place at most organizations today, and a growing number of companies are using BYOD to improve the quality of staff meetings.

News Scan: Yahoo's Apple plan not yet ripe; For mobile ads, think audio; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news April 17, including Yahoo's plan to unseat Google in iOS, the inception of the first telco-based mobile ad exchange platform, why audio quality is more important than video quality in mobile ads, the expected surge of M2M devices in the oil and gas industry and the cautious expansion of mobile technologies in Eastern Europe.

Marketers need to adopt mobile-unique approach to mobile ads

Marketers need to adopt a mobile-unique approach to mobile advertising, rather than a mobile-first approach, advises Forrester Research.

Mexican mobile operator Iusacell sues IBM for $2.5B, alleging fraud

Iusacell, Mexico's third largest mobile phone operator, is suing IBM for $2.5 billion, alleging that Big Blue made fraudulent claims that caused Iusacell to lose that amount in profits, Reuters reports. 

News Scan: Facebook's mobile payments move; Wearables drive healthcare big data; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for April 16, including Facebook's expanding mobile payment presence in Ireland, just how much Western European healthcare providers are shelling out this year for clinical mobility, fitness wearables driving big data adoption by healthcare organizations, the strong performance by U.S. wireless carriers in Q4 and the predicted growth of the mobile education market.

Smartphone innovation is slowing, judges Frost & Sullivan

Smartphone innovation is slowing, as evidenced by Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone, judges Lawrence Lundy, an information and communications technology consultant with Frost & Sullivan.

Will Apple become 'irrelevant' without an iWatch soon?

The company really needs to explore new markets, such as launching a smartwatch worthy of the Apple name. Otherwise, the views of Wall Street analysts will win out in terms of the firm's stock price, which ultimately has an impact on the resources it has to innovate.

Enterprise architecture must 'refactor' for APIs, says industry exec

The proliferation of mobile applications and growing dependence on services built on application programming interfaces, or APIs, are driving a sea change in enterprise architecture, says one industry executive.

Rich shoppers to retailers: Go mobile if you want a piece of me

New research reveals that if retailers want to lure the cream-of-the-crop shoppers, they'd better arm sales associates with mobile devices.

Heartbleed flaw present in millions of Android devices

The Heartbleed flaw, a hole in the OpenSSL software that enables two-thirds of websites to encrypt data, is also present in millions of Android devices, reports Ars Technica.

News Scan: Zebra buys Motorola's enterprise unit for $3.5B; Mobile shoppers just want coupons; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news April 15, including Zebra's acquisition of Motorola Solutions, what mobile shoppers really want from an app, the expected jump in smart connected appliances, Italy at the forefront of mobile shopping and the mobile display revenue surpasses TV display revenue.

E-tailers opting for dedicated mobile sites rather than responsive design

Only 9 percent of the top 100 online-only retail stores are using responsive design, finds a recent scorecard from The Search Agency. Instead, 59 percent were using dedicated mobile sites, which loaded faster on mobile devices than their responsive counterparts, according to a recent post at Marketing Land.