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Is a wearable walkie-talkie in your workers' future?

Much of the corporate sector has embraced BYOD practices, but are employers prepared to do the same for wearables? One San Francisco startup says "absolutely" and is marketing a $99 hands-free clip-on device that enables employees to use their cellphone as a two-way radio.

News Scan: Microsoft unveils free Office apps for iPhone; Glu Mobile sues Hothead for copying its mobile game; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Nov. 6, including Microsoft revamping its Office apps for iOS, game developers at odds over copyrights, the boost IoT is giving semiconductor, how Africa has moved to mostly mobile and Bluetooth vs. WAN in wearables.

Lowe's takes steps to change IoT business model

Brick-and-mortar retailer Lowe's Home Improvement may have more influence on the Internet of Things than you think, according to a Forbes contributor.

EMM and IoT are a match made in the enterprise

The convergence of the Internet of Things and enterprise mobility management will be a key enterprise trend in the coming years. Vendors that can bring these two capabilities together successfully will find enthusiastic enterprise customers.

News Scan: Judge orders documents released in GT bankruptcy; Verizon, AT&T work on VoLTE interoperability; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, Nov. 5, including a federal judge's orders to publicly release documents related to the bankruptcy of Apple's sapphire supplier GT, Verizon and AT&T's work for VoLTE interoperability by next year, Google and LG's long-term patent cross-licensing agreement, retailers targeting mobile promotions to capitalize on unique features of smartphones and the 49ers use Aruba Networks stadium beacon network and location-based app.

Workday incorporates consumer app design into enterprise mobile app

While designed for the enterprise, Workday's updated mobile app for its cloud-based human resources and financial software has taken design cues from the consumer world, explains Joe Korngiebel, vice president of user experience at Workday.

Worldwide smartphone shipments exceed 300M in a quarter for first time

Worldwide smartphone shipments increased 23 percent year over year, exceeded 300 million units in the third quarter of 2014--the first time that shipments have reached that total in a quarter--according to Canalys stats.

Lengthy time to market, lack of consumer use case will stall smartglasses shipment

Due to lengthy time to market and lack of consumer use case, smartglasses shipments will only reach 10 million units per year by 2017, predicts Juniper Research.

News Scan: Microsoft, Dropbox team on mobile file sharing; Wristband that becomes a drone; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Nov. 4, including a team up between Microsoft and Dropbox, Disney streaming service now available on Android, a rock climbing drone that zips to hard to reach places, the potlitical savvy's move to mobile and a new payments system from American Express.

Mobile device use spurs carrier investment in small cells, Wi-Fi hotspots

Mobile device use is spurring investment by wireless carriers in small cells and Wi-Fi hotspots, says ABI Research.

Gartner: Mobile marketing, digital ads duke it out for most digital marketing dollars in 2015

Next year, mobile marketing and digital advertising will share the top rank for digital marketing spend, according to Gartner.

Wireless service providers injecting 'perma-cookies' users cannot opt out of

Companies doing their best to secure and encrypt mobile devices used to transmit sensitive data may be undermined by an injection of a "perma-cookie" from their service providers, recent reports indicate.

Evernote adds chat function to enterprise note-taking, collaboration software

Note-taking and collaboration software provider Evernote has launched a new "Work Chat" function for its enterprise web and mobile applications that enables users to chat about ideas and projects on the Evernote interface, reports TechCrunch.

News Scan: Microsoft caught off guard; Time out for BBM users; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Monday, Nov. 3, including Microsoft getting caught off guard by strong demand for Xim mobile photo-sharing app, BlackBerry adding time messages to its BBM messaging service, GSMA, WHO team to develop Ebola Mobile Response Blueprint, Korean mobile devices exports dip 16.3 percent in October and IoT market to reach $757B this year, says Visiongain.

Smaller field services firms drag feet on mobility

Many smaller field services firms have yet to integrate mobility into their field services operations and applications.

Aging US population spurs mobile health, remote patient monitoring

As the U.S. population continues to age, the demand for remote patient monitoring, video telemedicine and mobile health will intensify, predicts Frost & Sullivan.

IT executives think IoT is over-hyped

Nearly half of 297 IT executives surveyed by the nonprofit IT association CompTIA believe that the Internet of Things is over-hyped.

News Scan: Sony names new mobile chief; Verizon, FireEye team on mobile security; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Friday, Oct. 31, including Sony's new mobile chief, Verizon's partnership with FireEye on mobile security options for enterprises, Smartphone shipments topping 316 million in Q3, video standards supporting next-generation mobile video services and smart transport systems fueling freight management market.

VoLTE network deployments, subscribership to take off next year, says Infonetics

More than 30 commercial voice-over-LTE networks and 51 million VoLTE subscribers are expected in North America and the Asia-Pacific region by the end of 2014, forecasts Infonetics Research.

Infographic: Mobile app usage set to explode

Mobile app downloads are expected to soar to 269 billion by 2017, up from 180 billion this year, according to stats compiled by Forbes and Statista in an infographic.