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Employees to employers: Be flexible

I came across an interesting survey this week. It seems that most employees want a flexible working environment for their next job. Flexibility, of course, includes support for mobile technology and remote work.

Wireless is bright spot in an otherwise gloomy semiconductor market

Wireless was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy semiconductor market last year, growing almost 4 percent to more than $56 billion, while total semiconductor revenue fell 2 percent to $347 billion, according to the latest stats from market research firm IHS Technology.

Spotlight: US ITC launches probe into alleged patent infringement by smartphone makers

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating seven smartphone companies for patent infringement of certain media player technology in response to a complaint filed by Singapore-based Creative Technology.

Retail's Wi-Fi indoor analytics installations jumped 400% last year

Total Wi-Fi indoor analytics installations in retail were up almost 400 percent year over year in 2015, according to the latest stats from ABI.

New digital assistant Viv coming next week could beat out Siri, Cortana

Next week, a new digital assistant launches – and it's supposed to be the most powerful yet. It's called Viv, and it's been in the making for four years, according to an article at the Washington Post.

Apple gets an enterprise boost thanks to SAP partnership

The iPhone and iPad just became more enterprise friendly with the announcement of a partnership between tech giants Apple and SAP.

Spotlight: Apperian gets US patent for its Dynamic Policy Engine

Apperian announced Wednesday that it was awarded a U.S. patent for its Dynamic Policy Engine, which allows IT and app administrators to add security, identity and management policies to apps without requiring software development kits or code modification.

ProtonMail adds Apple TouchID, auto lock to latest iOS app update

Secure email ProtonMail is adding Apple's TouchID so that iPhone users can use their fingerprint instead of passwords. The TouchID feature is included Proton Mail iOS v1.2.3, which was released in the Apple App Store this week.

More than 20B Wi-Fi chipsets will be shipped between 2016 and 2021, says ABI

As Wi-Fi-based products expand into new use scenarios, frequency bands, device types, and performance requirements, Wi-Fi chipset shipments will surpass 20 billion between 2016 and 2021, forecasts ABI Research.

Microsoft updates SharePoint, will release mobile apps starting this quarter

Microsoft is beefing up its document-sharing platform SharePoint to steal some spotlight away from collaboration platform companies like Slack and Box, and will be introducing iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile apps, according to an article at The Wall Street Journal.

BBM for Android and iOS finally gets beta video calling feature

BlackBerry made its BBM Video feature available to Android and iOS users in the U.S. and Canada less than one week after it announced a beta version solely for Android users, and this reporter took it for a spin.

Spotlight: Issuu launched collaboration platform for publishing teams

Digital publishing company Issuu is launching a collaboration platform called Collaborate to enable teams to work better together creating content, reported TechCrunch.

Okta adds support for Apple's Touch ID in new Verify updates

Okta, a startup known for its two-factor authentication and secure identity technology, is putting a special focus on its mobile capabilities for its Verify product as it pushed out updates Monday.

Who you calling dumb? Feature phones make a comeback

Stop the presses. Feature phones are making a comeback, at least in emerging markets. That is one conclusion of market research firm ABI Research, which recently looked at the stats on mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones.

Enterprises increasingly buying wireless gear directly from suppliers

There has been a fundamental shift in the business model for wireless equipment, with enterprises increasingly buying mobile infrastructure directly from suppliers, according to a new report from market research firm Mobile Experts.

Infographic: Most companies plan the same or increased investment in mobility

Most companies are planning the same or increased funding for mobility initiatives in order to provide greater flexibility for workers and to increase their productivity and satisfaction.

Spotlight: IoT mergers and acquisitions have surged so far this year

There were nearly two dozen major mergers and acquisitions in the Internet of Things and related market segments in the first four months of 2016, according to the latest data from Strategy Analytics.

Samsung makes deeper commitment to enterprise IoT with ARTIK Cloud platform

Enterprises and developers may be pleased to know Samsung took an even deeper dive into the Internet of Things with the release of its ARTIK Cloud platform this week.

SAP Business One Sales mobile app designed for the mobile sales professional

Enterprise application giant SAP announced this week the launch of the SAP Business One Sales mobile app, leveraging the SAP HANA platform.

Tablet shipments take a nose dive, says Strategy Analytics

Tablet shipments fell 10 percent year-over-year to 46.5 million units during the first quarter of 2016, the lowest level since the third quarter of 2012, according to the latest stats from market research firm Strategy Analytics.