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News Scan: Disney feels the mobile Force; Citrix's enterprise mobility sales surge; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Friday, Aug. 22, including Disney targeting "midcore" game players with the new Star Wars mobile game, a 100 percent revenue jump in its enterprise mobility business, the enterprise need for flexible IT services fuels custom app development market, automotive BYOD to reach $26.4B in revenue and how the Samsung smartphone has been recommended twice over Apple.

Infographic: What do most workers do during mobile conference calls? It's not work

Mobile conferencing is on the rise, but not everyone is doing work when they listen in on a conference call using their mobile phone.

Reining in BYOD expenses

BYOD is here to stay, and enterprises need to figure out a way to manage the costs associated with a BYOD program. Here are some tips to keep BYOD expenses from getting out of control.

Wearable band shipments soared 684% in the first half of the year, says Canalys

Wearable band shipments soared 684 percent year-over-year in the first half of 2014, according to the latest stats from industry analyst firm Canalys.

News Scan: eBay to spin off PayPal; Pivotal takes enterprise cloud mobile; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Aug. 21, including the potential spin off for PayPal, Pivotal's ascension to the cloud, a proposed Android security framework, how music streaming is boosting revenues and what milestone the worldwide radio access network is reaching.

Utah leads state governments in mobile-friendly strategy

Mobile devices have become the tech tool of choice among Americans, and Utah has responded by becoming the most mobile-friendly state government in the nation.

Shadow IT can obscure BYOD security risks

Blocking or ignoring BYOD can cause employees to take matters into their own hands, resulting in shadow IT that can pose security risks for the enterprise.

Wells Fargo picks mobile banking-related startups as first participants in accelerator program

Wells Fargo has taken three mobile banking-related startups under its wing as part of its first official accelerator program.

Businesses need mobile broadband ASAP

More mobile broadband is badly needed for U.S. companies as well as consumers. I hope that the interest of the NAB, the FCC and the CTIA sides to settle their dispute quickly leads to timely resolution so the auction can take place on schedule.

MDM vendors come up short on security

While BYOD has increased the productivity of today's workers, it has also introduced a range of security threats, such as malware, direct attacks, data loss or theft and social engineering.

Healthcare mobility is balancing act between security and usability

Protecting some of the most personally sensitive information for the most security-conscious government agencies is no small task, and a panel of government healthcare experts said their primary challenge is to balance security with the ease of use that mobility brings.

News Scan: PayPal rolls out mobile checkout app; US, Japan ready for VoLTE launches;

The latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, August 20, including PayPal rolling out One Touch mobile checkout app, BYOD fueling online video platform market, U.S. and Japan are ready for VoLTE launches this year, Apple and Samsung losing grip on tablet market dominance and IoT pushing wireless connected device installed base to 41B in 2020.

News Scan: Armbands join hands with smartglasses in workplace; Mobile commerce surge expected; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for August 19, including the inclusion of smart armbands in the workforce, the huge expected bump in mobile commerce, the top three telematics companies, what mobile device JetBlue just furnished its in-flight crew with and the growth of the mobile app market.

Don't write a requiem for BYOD just yet

While some headline writers have had fun with the recent California Appeals Court decision about employer phone call reimbursement ("Could Ruling Bring Down BYOD"), an analysis of the court's decision suggests a much more limited impact on BYOD.

Today's best-dressed entrepreneur sports a smartphone

Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but the smartphone has just edged out the laptop as the top business tool among young entrepreneurs.

Asia-Pacific firms adopt mobility without clear strategy, says IDC

Enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly adopting mobility. However, few of those firms have a clear strategy of how to use mobile devices effectively in the workplace, a survey by IDC finds.

News Scan: EU to invest close to $1B in 5G; Apple could sell 75M iPhone 6s by year end; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Aug. 18, including the EU's 5G plan, the massive number of iPhone 6s Apple plans to move by year's end, how enterprises need to learn to love BYOD, the virtual assistant plans between Google and HP and what legal firms are moving their document storage to the cloud.

BYOD is driving SMB storage market growth, says IDC

The BYOD trend, along with strict regulatory requirements for data retention, is fueling demand for data storage at small and medium-sized businesses, IDC analyst Liz Conner tells PC World.

Amazon's push into mobile payments could reflect industry trends

Now that Amazon has decided to compete with Square and PayPal in the mobile payments market, does that mean mobile payments, after sputtering for years, is set to take off? Yes, says Alberto Jimenez, director of mobile payments at IBM.