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News Scan: Apple unveils new tablets; Smartwatches to pass 100M by 2019; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Friday, Oct. 17, including Apple's unveiling of new iPads and the projected Apply Pay date, predictions of smartwatches exceeding 100 million by 2019, mobile operators to shift 20 percent of traffic to small cells by 2018, new location-based service firms provide low-cost platforms to carriers and wearable sensor shipments to jump seven-fold by 2019 according to IHS.

Mobility is no longer a nice-to-have for enterprises

Mobility is no longer a nice-to-have for enterprises; it is becoming integral to providing connectivity to employees.

Responsive web design is key to getting reluctant mobile shoppers to buy

A discouraging 90 percent of mobile phone users and 80 percent of tablet users have not made an online purchase using their devices in the past three months, according to a survey of 4,000 U.S. adults by Forrester Research.

Intelligent systems to disrupt manufacturing, energy and transportation systems, predicts IDC

Intelligent systems are expected to disrupt traditional industries, such as manufacturing, energy and transportation, predicts market research firm IDC.

News Scan: Walmart pumps up mobile offerings; Chicago to debut mobile ticketing; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Oct. 16, including a bump in mobile investing for Walmart, bridging the mobile language divide in Canada, how to wirelessly connect your building, Chicago looks to an app for public transportation ticketing and the hidden gift to marketers in iOS 8.

Most retailers losing the speed game with mobile shoppers

Shoppers are in more of a hurry than ever before, especially when it comes to mobile shopping. And the unfortunate reality for many retailers is that their online pages are just too slow for the m-crowd, a new study reveals.

Booker upgrades mobile app for service companies

Booker, a cloud-based software company, now offers a mobile app complete with point-of-sale features, calendar management and customer data.

Minority Report flashback: Atheer Labs brings augmented reality to the enterprise

Watching the demonstration of Atheer Labs' augmented reality goggles here at Compass Intelligence's GoMobile 2014, I had a flashback of Tom Cruise in the movie Minority Report.

News Scan: Facebook to pass Google for mobile ad lead; Salesforce puts Lightning into mobile apps; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT story for Wednesday, Oct. 15, including Facebook passing Google in mobile ad revenue by 2016, Salesforce launching Lightning as a mobile app development platform, how the feds are considering the safety of cell tower workers, how much Indian insurers are spending on mobile devices and Qualcomm's shipment of the world's first 28nm transceiver.

Once an enterprise pariah, Dropbox now courts business customers

Once the bane of IT organizations, cloud file sharing and storage company Dropbox is going after enterprise customers with a vengeance with its Dropbox for Business products, explains Alex Wettreich, head of strategic accounts with Dropbox.

When it comes to BYOD, Republic says garbage in, garbage out

Waste management firm Republic Services is considering implementing a 100 percent BYOD program for smarpthone and tablets by next year. Currently, the company provides corporate-liable devices to its employees.

Bad tech at work puts pressure on enterprises to go BYOD

Enterprises are being pushed into BYOD because of employee dissatisfaction with technology provided by IT at work.

Samsung reports breakthrough in Wi-Fi transmission speeds

Samsung announced Sunday the development of Wi-Fi technology that will allow it to make use of the 60 GHz millimeter-wave band spectrum, which was previously impossible due to a number of barriers. Technology based around the new finding will increase speeds on enabled networks by up to five times the top speed currently available.

VMware's AirWatch to partner with HP to enhance mobile workforce

VMware has announced that its AirWatch enterprise mobility management unit will partner with HP's enterprise unit to help better enable a mobile workforce.

News Scan: Iliad drops bid for T-Mobile US; Report: Apple to unveil new iPad Air, Retina iMacs; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Oct. 14, including Iliad finally stepping away from T-Mobile, the expected announcements from Apple on Oct. 16, the latest breakthrough in battery efficiency, how fast can Apple move its new phones and the jump in the mobile market for Africa and the Middle East.

Twitter beats Facebook to peer-to-peer mobile payment punch

Twitter has seized the initiative and launched a mobile payments service based on its social network in France, Reuters reports.

News Scan: Zapp gears up for UK mobile payments next year; Larger iPad might be delayed; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Monday, Oct. 13, including Zapp adding big retailers to UK mobile payments push, why the iPhone 6 could delay the larger iPad, Apple and Samsung driving fourfold increase in fingerprint sensor market by 2020, Apple and Google's rank as highest-value brands based on mobile strength and smartphones as one factor in display driver IC market growth.

Texas bank tests BYOD waters by offering corporate email access using personal devices

Financial institutions generally are reluctant to implement a BYOD program because they operate in a highly regulated industry. First State Bank of Bedias in Texas decided to test the BYOD waters by offering corporate email access to personally owned devices.

Security 'not the norm' for IoT devices, warns ABI

As enterprises increasingly deploy Internet of Things devices to improve efficiency while reducing costs, the security of all of these ends points will become a challenge for IT departments. Unfortunately, secure product development is "not the norm for connected things," warns ABI Research.