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Tracking Santa Claus? There's an app for that

Every Dec. 24 since 1955, instead of tracking nuclear missiles, North America's first and last line of defense NORAD tracks Santa Claus and his reindeer. Back then, children had to use rudimentary technology known as the rotary phone and call NORAD. Now, kids can check where Santa is simply by using an app on their smartphone.

2015 will be the year of enterprise mobile apps

Pushed by the accelerating move to mobility, enterprises are expected to dedicate more time, effort and money to custom mobile applications in 2015.

News Scan: iPhone 6 continues to sizzle; California balks at driverless vehicles; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, Dec. 24.

MBaaS bridges divide between mobile device, server stack

Mobile apps are designed to use the native capabilities of mobile devices, requiring a unique design where the app's execution is divided between the local device and server stack. Mobile backend-as-a-service has grown up as a way to bridge that divide.

EMM, IoT ecosystems are consolidating, says Weldon

There has been a gradual consolidation of the machine-to-machine/Internet of Things and enterprise mobility management ecosystems, argues Kathryn Weldon, principal analyst for enterprise mobility at Current Analysis.

News Scan: Enterprises warm to wearables; Salesforce1 platform offers mobile app developers options; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Dec. 23, including how enterprises are preparing for wearables, a review of the new Salesforce1 platform, the effect cheaper tablets and ultrabooks are having on emerging markets, how much NFC-enabled tech will make next year and Microsoft's new fitness Band sells out.

BYOD now the cornerstone of the mobile office

It seems like only a year ago that experts were telling CIOs that BYOD programs were becoming commonplace. Now we learn that they are in fact the cornerstone of the new mobile office.

Biometrics and BYOD: Let's get physical

Biometrics may hold key to solving IT department's BYOD security woes, argues an article at Midsize Insider.

Trends to expect in enterprise apps for 2015

As more companies plan to take advantage of enterprise apps next year, experts share the trends they expect to see across industries.

News Scan: Disney to accept Apple Pay; Industrial IoT use fuels MEMS market; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Monday, Dec. 22, including Disney World's acceptance of Apply Pay and Google Wallet, industrial use of IoT devices and the MEMS market, T-Mobile reaching settlement for cramming, network testing gear may get a boost from problems with VoLTE and mobile broadband's takeover as biggest mobile data revenue generator.

BlackBerry backs Boeing in Black phone project

To address the stringent data security requirements in highly regulated industries, BlackBerry is teaming with Boeing in the aerospace giant's project for a highly secure Android-based smartphone known as the Black phone.

Infographic: BYOD apps mean more security risks for IT departments

As more personally owned mobile devices flood into the enterprises, IT departments are struggling to deal with insecure mobile app downloaded by employees from public app stores.

How to keep 'Big Brother' out of your BYOD policy

Not only do IT folks fear the security risks from BYOD, but employees fear the privacy risks as well.

News Scan: Cloud apps may be just what the employee ordered; AirBnB revamps mobile experience; more

Top news for December 19, 2014, including cloud-based apps, AirBnB's mobile experience and the VA's tablet deployment.

Microsoft provides iOS, Android with SDK to allow offline mobile app access

Proving again that it has shifted its focus to the mobile user, Microsoft announced Thursday that it would offer its offline managed client SDK to the general user base. With the service, users can sync their apps and continue to modify files while they are in unconnected areas.

Employees in highly regulated banking world can work anywhere with Accellion

Once Needham Bank gave employees access to corporate email on iPhones and iPads, the company knew that workers would soon be clamoring to do more work from the devices, said James Gordon, senior vice president of information technology at Needham Bank. Enter Accellion: a mobile content platform that allows Needham Bank to securely send files within and outside of the company.

25% of IT's budget will go to mobile apps by 2017, predicts IDC

2015 is just around the corner, and as more organizations prepare for the new year, they also are preparing their IT budgets.  Research firm IDC recently released budget predictions for 2015 and beyond, and specifically predicts that one-fourth of enterprises' IT budgets will be reserved for development and deployment of mobile applications by 2017.

What the mobile wave means for banks; Is this BlackBerry right for your team?;

The good, bad and the ugly: What the mobile wave means for banks >>Mobile's rise poses a riddle for banks (WSJ) Think twice before putting a smartphone under your boss'--or family...

News Scan: Emory University goes mobile; Tablets to make enterprise comeback; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Dec. 18, including Emory's move to a mobile world, the comeback of the enterprise tablet, the quest for the all-encompassing messaging app, a work around iCloud security and Microsoft reliant on iOS and Android.

Want better BYOD policies? Then, lighten up!

When it comes to BYOD programs, you've been reading for months about the need to keep things safe, and keep things sound. Now you're being told to keep everyone happy as well.