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News Scan: Walmart, Walgreens apps fail on security; Europe moves closer to universal cellphone charger; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for March 27, including how some companies fall short in protecting app user data, Europe's major move toward a universal cellphone charger, the investments banks are putting into mobile banking and the future of mobile data monitoring.

BYOD security depends on data risks, employee behaviors

The best way to implement a secure BYOD program is to focus on data risks and employee behaviors not on the technology, says a panel of IT and legal experts.

Tips for getting mobile advertising right

Mobile advertising is increasingly popular with consumers, but there are some special considerations to keep in mind to do it right.

Wanted: Mobile tech strategy

The main takeaway from a Robert Half Technology survey is that more than one-quarter of CIOs still do not have a mobile tech strategy, even though mobility is a reality at most organizations. Deploying mobile technologies without a well thought out strategy is just asking for trouble.

BYOD certification: Defining the IT skill set

The BYOD phenomenon requires many IT professionals to tap into governance and technical support roles with which they may be less familiar. "Considering the multi-layered complexities around BYOD implementation, security and management, vendor technology certification seems to be a natural step," writes Will Kelly on The Mobility Hub, a Good Technology-sponsored blog.

News Scan: Hospitals mull smartphones for nurses; Can you hear me now?; more

Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, 3/26 including: more than half of hospitals in the works to evaluate enterprise-class nursing smartphone products over the next year and a half, the lag in smartphone audio development, the demand for softphones, tablets and UC clients for enterprises, open standards sought by mobile enterprise app platform providers and Intel's acquisition of a wearable healthcare device supplier.

Macs get thumbs up in the enterprise

Most of the 200 IT decision makers surveyed by Redshift Research on behalf of Parrallels believe that Macs are more reliable than Windows-based PCs, and close to half of their firms offer workers Macs.

News Scan: Finally, a way for BlackBerry to make money; Has mobile made Office obsolete?; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for March 25, including BlackBerry's plans to make money from BBM, the potential dying out of Microsoft Office, non-trucking commercial fleets increasingly turning to telematics, the expected improvements for the wearable device battery industry and the growing market for tablet hybrids.

Mobile e-commerce will be focus of Chinese Internet commerce growth this year

Mobile e-commerce will be the focus of competition in the Chinese e-commerce market this year, predicts market research firm IDC.

Storage vendors could capitalize on MDM

Server backup software--something of a commodity enterprise IT product--appears to be creeping in on the greener mobile device management market. For CIOs, this may mean bundled solutions are on the horizon or a crossover product, mobile device backup/data protection, could gain popularity as vendors attempt to cross sell these solutions to the enterprise, says Nikolay Yamakawa, a 451 Research analyst.

Mobile fuels strong growth in policy management market, says Infonetics

Mobile deployments are fueling strong growth in the policy management market, which reached $1 billion last year and is expected to grow to $2.5 billion by 2018, according to Infonetics Research.

News Scan: Wendy's opts for mobile payments; Lenovo pays $100M for mobile patents; more

Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Monday, 3/24 including: Wendy's new mobile payment app, Lenovo's $100M drop for mobile patents, how some enterprise apps are functioning like consumer apps, Utah's launch of a Google Glass transit-tracking app and the majority of mobile browsing takes place on iOS versus Android devices.

Enterprises rev up Wi-Fi gear speeds

Enterprises are increasingly deploying faster 802.11ac-based Wi-Fi equipment, according to the latest stats from Dell'Oro.

Spending on smart building tech to reach $21.9 billion in 2018, says IDC

Spending on smart building technology will reach $21.9 billion in 2018, up from $6.3 billion in 2013, according market research firm IDC. Key components of smart building technology will be wireless sensor networks and devices.

Internet of Things will transform supply chain, predicts Gartner

The Internet of Things will enable supply chain leaders to provide more differentiated services to customers through a networked ecosystem that can formulate an intelligent response, predicts Gartner.

News Scan: Carriers target enterprises with VoLTE; Will Obama do the Droid?; more

Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT stories for Friday, 3/21 including: the hot demand for VoLTE services by carriers, tests for Android phone use in the traditionally pro-BlackBerry White House has begun, why mobile paid search bargains is ending, BlackBerry's plan to sell more than 3 million square feet of real estate in Canada and the use of iBeacons to offer ticket upgrades to sports fans in the nosebleed section.

Legacy apps hold enterprises back from embracing mobility

The need to support many redundant and outdated applications is holding many enterprises back from embracing mobility, according to a survey of more than 1,000 CIOs and senior IT decision makers by Capgemini, a consulting, technology and outsourcing service provider.

Microsoft snubs channel partners in Surface deal with Delta

Microsoft has snubbed its channel partners in its deal to provide Surface 2 RT tablets running Windows 8.1 to 11,000 Delta Arlines' pilots in order to replace bulky flight manuals, Channelnomics reports.

Explosive mobile biometrics growth fueled by mobile transactions

The mobile biometrics market is forecast by TechNavio to see a 156.9 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. Factors fueling the growth include the use of mobile devices for financial transactions and other security applications.

News Scan: Muscle Milk muscles in on mobile ads; BYOD not worth the risks; more

Check out the latest mobile IT news for March 20, including how Muscle Milk is using mobile marketing and March Madness, one expert's take on BYOD for small businesses, the weak demand for I/O modules, Burger King's latest foray into mobility and why Alibaba invested in a messaging app.