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News Scan: Armbands join hands with smartglasses in workplace; Mobile commerce surge expected; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for August 19, including the inclusion of smart armbands in the workforce, the huge expected bump in mobile commerce, the top three telematics companies, what mobile device JetBlue just furnished its in-flight crew with and the growth of the mobile app market.

Don't write a requiem for BYOD just yet

While some headline writers have had fun with the recent California Appeals Court decision about employer phone call reimbursement ("Could Ruling Bring Down BYOD"), an analysis of the court's decision suggests a much more limited impact on BYOD.

Today's best-dressed entrepreneur sports a smartphone

Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but the smartphone has just edged out the laptop as the top business tool among young entrepreneurs.

Asia-Pacific firms adopt mobility without clear strategy, says IDC

Enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly adopting mobility. However, few of those firms have a clear strategy of how to use mobile devices effectively in the workplace, a survey by IDC finds.

News Scan: EU to invest close to $1B in 5G; Apple could sell 75M iPhone 6s by year end; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Aug. 18, including the EU's 5G plan, the massive number of iPhone 6s Apple plans to move by year's end, how enterprises need to learn to love BYOD, the virtual assistant plans between Google and HP and what legal firms are moving their document storage to the cloud.

BYOD is driving SMB storage market growth, says IDC

The BYOD trend, along with strict regulatory requirements for data retention, is fueling demand for data storage at small and medium-sized businesses, IDC analyst Liz Conner tells PC World.

Amazon's push into mobile payments could reflect industry trends

Now that Amazon has decided to compete with Square and PayPal in the mobile payments market, does that mean mobile payments, after sputtering for years, is set to take off? Yes, says Alberto Jimenez, director of mobile payments at IBM.

Running late for a meeting? No problem

Are you running late for a company meeting because of traffic? Well, if you have a Pebble smartwatch, you can let your colleagues know without taking out your iOS or Android smartphone and risking an accident.

News Scan: Venture capitalists grow bullish on mobile tech; Mobile devices causing headaches for courtroom defense teams; more

>> Intel to buy Axxia Networking Business for $650 million Intel agreed this week to drop $650 million in cash to purchase LSI's Axxia Networking Business and its assets. Intel's Rose...

iPhone's biggest security threat could be USB connections

Apple's iPhone may be most vulnerable to malware when connected to a computer, according to IDG News Service.

Report: Consumers 'just don't trust mobile security'

Consumer fears over security and privacy continue to haunt mobile commerce, with a new study finding that nearly half of all consumers would never use mobile payment and banking apps.

Consumers like mobile payments, not mobile wallets

Last year, Forrester predicted the U.S. mobile payment market will reach $90 billion by 2017. Given the popularity of mobile transaction apps like Square, PayPal and the recently launched Amazon Local Wallet, you'd think consumers would eat up the mobile wallet idea. But, no, it hasn't turned out that way at all.

Report highlights cyclical nature of enterprise phone activations

A report released this week by Good Technology revealed a number of things about enterprise mobile tech usage during Q2 of this year, including what apps were the most active, what type of app took home the top title, and which device manufacturers saw surprising growth.

Enterprise virtual assistant tech may be on the horizon

If Apple and Google get their way, Siri and Google Now might soon vie for attention as your virtual secretary. According to news reports, both smartphone manufacturers are looking at ways connect their virtual assistant technology to enterprise data to give workers a whole new way of accessing company apps and information.

News Scan: Canadian CIOs support BYOD to keep the younger workforce happy; Facebook offers marketers new way to monitor consumer behavior across devices; more

>> Facebook offers marketers new way to monitor consumer behavior across devices Facebook launched a new metrics and reporting feature this week designed to help marketers understand consumer...

Amazon Local Register aims to lure retailers away from Square, PayPal

Amazon launched a new mobile payment service Wednesday aimed at luring business away from established competitors like Square and PayPal. Amazon Local Register allows local businesses to accept debit and credit card payments via smartphones and tablets for a flat-rate percentage on all transactions.

BYOx and the underpants strategy

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) is an all-encompassing concept that goes beyond BYOD policies that are mainly aimed at employee-owned smartphones and tablets in the workplace. Driven by the evolution of wearable technology, EMM includes smart watches, glasses, shoes and even underpants--should it come to that.

Beacon tech finds new applications outside of sales, marketing

It's easy to dismiss beacon technology as a gimmick, but even if the idea never takes off for consumers there are still plenty of practical applications at the enterprise level that make it a niche worth watching. 

News Scan: More to rugged tech development than meets the eye; Nvidia offers more detail about new 64-bit processor, Denver; more

Read the hottest MobileIT news for Wednesday, August 13, including what's more to rugged tech development, Nvidia's detail release on Project Denver, advice for T-Mobile to take Illiad seriously, Lookout Mobile Security's eyes on the enterprise and SeaWorld's CIO on mobile app development.

Choosing BYOD vs. CYOD? The path to both is secure data

Whether your organization is embracing a BYOD or a CYOD program, ulitmately what are most important are the steps you take to secure company data. Here are some steps on how to do just that.