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Biometrics could hold key for secure BYOD

Security remains a concern for companies considering or implementing a BYOD program. One solution to improve the security of mobile devices is biometrics, the use of human characteristics, such as fingerprints, for identification.

News Scan: Microsoft launches 5 MSN apps for iOS; Apple files for flexible display patent; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Dec. 11, including a slew of new MSN apps for iOS, Apple's new flexible tactile display, the expected growth in the Asia-Pacific mobile market, a new partnership with Storm8 and Hasbro and a new productivity app called Workflow.

Enterprises are increasingly opting for the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points

Close to one quarter of all enterprise access points use the latest 802.11ac standard, according to the latest data from Infonetics Research.

Companies can now opt for wearables as part of a corporate wellness program

Companies wanting to spruce up their corporate wellness programs may find the answer in a new mobile health, or mHealth, product called the Activity Kit Health Solution.

Dr. Mobilelove or: How I learned to stop worrying and love BYOD

Say "BYOD is our friend." Repeat, "BYOD is our friend." It's a simple message, but one that bears repeating for IT leaders who fear that BYOD practices will be the undoing of all their hard-fought data security efforts.

Bluetooth connection between smartwatches, smartphones puts enterprise data at risk

The rapid growth of wearable devices and their imminent entry into the workplace poses challenges for IT departments, not the least of which are security issues.

News Scan: Apple, IBM release first 10 mobile enterprise apps; Canvas raises $9M for mobile app platform; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, Dec. 10, including Apple and IBM unveiling first 10 mobile apps for the enterprise, Canvas receiving $9 million to develop enterprise mobile app platform, inconspicuous wearables by 2017, the convergence of mobile and wireline seen in network managed services and the iPhone 6's contribution to the smartphone market in the third quarter.

Microsoft beefs up security features for its Intune device management service

Microsoft has updated its cloud-based device management service, adding new mobile application management capabilties and a number of data security features designed to improve usability for the enterprise, according to a blog by the Microsoft Intune Team.

Asia-Pacific firms look at IoT to drive business innovation next year, says IDC

Asia-Pacific firms are considering deploying the Internet of Things solutions next year in order to drive business transformation, deliver competitive advance and improve the customer experience, predicts market research firm IDC.

Infographic: Three-quarters of firms say BYOD presents greatest security threat

A full 73 percent of C-suite executives and IT pros say that BYOD presents the greatest security risk to their enterprise, according to a survey by computer accessories firm Kensington.

NHS Human Services finds fix to undependable Wi-Fi network

NHS Human Services replaced its Wi-Fi network with an Aruba Networks' wireless infrastructure to obtain the flexibily, security and performance it needed for a client base of over 50,000.

News Scan: Facebook unveils mobile search engine; Walgreens launches mobile medical advice; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Tuesday, Dec. 9, including Facebook bringing its search engine to mobile devices, Walgreens launching mobile app for constant medical advice, smartphone shipments surging 6.1 percent in Western Europe, conservative banks making foray into mobile payments and enterprises showing increased interest in mobile enterprise apps.

Mobility is fueling the social business revolution, says IDC

Mobility is fueling the rapid growth in social business, which is dramatically changing the way we work, says market research firm IDC.

Desktops still office workhorse, but mobile becoming go-to work device

While mobile devices continue to carve a widening niche within the enterprise, various reports find that desktop computers are still needed for complex tasks, and the most efficient repertoire in the near-future will include phones, tablets, wearables and desktops.

News Scan: 5G standards process just beginning; Yahoo battles Twitter as 3rd largest mobile ad platform; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Monday, Dec. 8, including the standards process for 5G technology, a wireless charging system for larger devices, Yahoo's battle with Twitter as third largest mobile ad platform, one-eighth of 4G subs will use LTE-A next year and Mobile DRAM market growth through 2019.

Dutch Schiphol airport migrates entire workforce to BYOD

The Netherland's main international airport Schiphol recently migrated its 2,000-plus workforce to a BYOD program using Good Technology's enterprise mobility platform.

Enterprises confront data security, privacy risks with flood of IoT data

The flood of data that will be generated by Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the enterprise poses data security and privacy risks, warns Mark O'Neill, vice president of innovation at Axway, a provider of software and services to manage enterprise data flow.

Many workplaces will be wireless even for non-mobile devices, predicts Gartner

Reflecting the shift to a wireless workplace, Gartner predicts that 40 percent of enterprises will use Wi-Fi as the default connection even for non-mobile devices, such as desktops, desk phones, projectors, and conference room.

News Scan: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft to end Nook partnership; Intel to invest $1.6B in Chinese mobile chip plant; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Friday, Dec. 5, including Barnes & Noble and Microsoft to end their Nook partnership, Intel's investment of $1.6 billion in a Chinese mobile chip plant, construction and industrial equipment segments driving demand for off-road vehicle telematics, mobile operators spending $5.6 billion per quarter on LTE rollouts and WLAN 802.11ac device market growth in Q3.

California Supreme Court declines to review ruling on reimbursement of work-related BYOD expenses

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition to review the decision of an appeals court concerning employer reimbursement of employees' business use of personal mobile phones, according to Melissa Schafer, an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.