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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.

What the IBM-Apple alliance might mean for wearables in the enterprise

Certainly, the IBM-Apple enterprise mobility alliance will help corporate adoption of the iPad. But the alliance could also help the adoption of wearables in the enterprise, argues Valentine Matula with Avaya.

Many workers won't be unplugging during the holidays thanks to BYOD

Mobility might mean increased worker productivity, but it also means employees have to be available 24/7/365. Or at least that's how it seems for many. In fact, a survey found that a majority of workers will spend two or more hours a day working remotely during the holidays this year.

Things to include in your BYOD policy

Employees are bringing personal mobile devices into the workplace, whether sanctioned by their employer or not. The time has come for IT departments that are ignoring BYOD to take their heads out of the sands and develop a comprehensive BYOD policy.

News Scan: New enterprise mobility bundles released by BlackBerry; Google introduces mobile museum app; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, Dec. 17, including BlackBerry launching two new enterprise mobility bundles, Google's mobile app offering to museums, enterprise mobility platforms to be moved to the next generation in 2015, rugged mobile devices getting a lift in third quarter and the FCC charging Sprint with $105 million for cramming.

SpaceCurve unveils geospatial platform to help enterprises cope with flood of data

Enterprises are being overwhelmed by the flood of data coming from devices, apps, social media and sensors. To help them cope, Seattle startup SpaceCurve has just launched a geospatial data platform designed to help enterprises organize and analyze machine-generated data sources.

When it comes to EMM, denial ain't just a river in Egypt

IT teams that have not deployed enterprise mobility management either have no data protect or are living in denial, observes Michael Finneran, president and mobile analyst with dBrn Associates.

With enterprise shift to mobility, employees clamor for mobile-optimized apps

As more enterprises fully adopt mobility, employees will clamor for enterprise apps that are optimized for mobility.

News Scan: Merchants can provide on-the-go feedback with Yelp app; Jailbroken iPhones vulnerable to eavesdropping malware; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Dec. 16, including the latest feature Yelp is providing business owners, how jailbreaking an iPhone affects its security, the ever-increasing mobile transactions market, more and more cell phone users turning to smartphones and the fastest growing mobile device by ownership.

iPad users in the enterprise: Looking for Mr. Good Doc

For enterprise users of iPad who need to work with business documents, don't fret. There are alternatives to the Microsoft Office for iPad app, notes James Kendrick with ZDNet.