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News Scan: Lenovo to bid for BlackBerry; Apple issues iOS 8.1; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Oct. 21, including Lenovo making a move for BlackBerry, the release of the Apple Pay update for iOS, how LTE-A will affect matching test equipment, what more sensors will mean for the hands-on approach to mobile devices and how our world become inhabited by more devices than people.

Apple upbeat at it readies first Mobile First apps for the enterprise

Despite consecutive quarters of declining iPad sales, Apple is trying to remain upbeat--banking on its recent enterprise mobility alliance with IBM. The first enterprise apps coming out of the alliance is set to launch next month, says Apple.

40% of U.S. employees use BYOD devices at work; many don't tell their employer

A full 40 percent of U.S. employees at large enterprises use personally owned devices at work, according to a survey of 4,300 U.S. adults conducted by Gartner.

Enterprise at risk if FBI gets backdoor in mobile devices

With Google and Apple vowing to block any effort by the U.S. government to add backdoors in new mobile devices, the debate about mobile device security has escalated even more. For the enterprise, any opening into a device, even one deemed necessary by the government for law enforcement or national security, might lead to an exploitable flaw that could give up company data.

Starbucks boosts mobile offerings for the holidays

Starbucks want to make sure it can get the tired shoppers into its stores this holiday season--particularly those carrying smartphones.

News Scan: Firms to spend more on managed mobility; EMM market to reach $9.6B in 2018; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Monday, Oct. 20, including the U.S. enterpise spending on managed mobility services to grow more than 17 percent per year, enterprise mobility management market to reach $9.6 billion in 2018, mobile commerce set to take off in India according to Gartner, outdoor small cell deployment spurs millimeter wave equipment market and cheaper smartphone sales boost on-cell TFT LCD touch panel shipments.

FCC looks to clear 'land' for 5G mobile service

The next-generation 5G mobile service will need spectrum, the equivalent of "land" for high-speed highways, if cellular operators are going to "pave" the airways for high-speed mobile traffic. The Federal Communications Commission in considering offering the spectrum bands above 24GHz for high-speed 5G cellular service.

Mobile device connectivity fuels growth in European conferencing market, says Frost

The ability to connect to conferencing solutions via mobile devices and improvement in user interfaces are helping to fuel growth in the European conferencing services market, judges Frost & Sullivan.

News Scan: Apple unveils new tablets; Smartwatches to pass 100M by 2019; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Friday, Oct. 17, including Apple's unveiling of new iPads and the projected Apply Pay date, predictions of smartwatches exceeding 100 million by 2019, mobile operators to shift 20 percent of traffic to small cells by 2018, new location-based service firms provide low-cost platforms to carriers and wearable sensor shipments to jump seven-fold by 2019 according to IHS.

Mobility is no longer a nice-to-have for enterprises

Mobility is no longer a nice-to-have for enterprises; it is becoming integral to providing connectivity to employees.

Responsive web design is key to getting reluctant mobile shoppers to buy

A discouraging 90 percent of mobile phone users and 80 percent of tablet users have not made an online purchase using their devices in the past three months, according to a survey of 4,000 U.S. adults by Forrester Research.

Intelligent systems to disrupt manufacturing, energy and transportation systems, predicts IDC

Intelligent systems are expected to disrupt traditional industries, such as manufacturing, energy and transportation, predicts market research firm IDC.

News Scan: Walmart pumps up mobile offerings; Chicago to debut mobile ticketing; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Oct. 16, including a bump in mobile investing for Walmart, bridging the mobile language divide in Canada, how to wirelessly connect your building, Chicago looks to an app for public transportation ticketing and the hidden gift to marketers in iOS 8.

Most retailers losing the speed game with mobile shoppers

Shoppers are in more of a hurry than ever before, especially when it comes to mobile shopping. And the unfortunate reality for many retailers is that their online pages are just too slow for the m-crowd, a new study reveals.

Booker upgrades mobile app for service companies

Booker, a cloud-based software company, now offers a mobile app complete with point-of-sale features, calendar management and customer data.

Minority Report flashback: Atheer Labs brings augmented reality to the enterprise

Watching the demonstration of Atheer Labs' augmented reality goggles here at Compass Intelligence's GoMobile 2014, I had a flashback of Tom Cruise in the movie Minority Report.

News Scan: Facebook to pass Google for mobile ad lead; Salesforce puts Lightning into mobile apps; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT story for Wednesday, Oct. 15, including Facebook passing Google in mobile ad revenue by 2016, Salesforce launching Lightning as a mobile app development platform, how the feds are considering the safety of cell tower workers, how much Indian insurers are spending on mobile devices and Qualcomm's shipment of the world's first 28nm transceiver.

Once an enterprise pariah, Dropbox now courts business customers

Once the bane of IT organizations, cloud file sharing and storage company Dropbox is going after enterprise customers with a vengeance with its Dropbox for Business products, explains Alex Wettreich, head of strategic accounts with Dropbox.

When it comes to BYOD, Republic says garbage in, garbage out

Waste management firm Republic Services is considering implementing a 100 percent BYOD program for smarpthone and tablets by next year. Currently, the company provides corporate-liable devices to its employees.