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'Robust selection' of apps will be key to enterprise adoption of smart wearables, says IDC

A key to success for smart wearable devices in the enterprise, as well as the consumer marketplace, will be a "robust selection of third-party applications," observes market research firm IDC.

News Scan: Samsung, Google schemed to steal Apple tech; Mobile payments to top $500B this year; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for April 10, including Apple's allegations against Samsung and Google, how mobile payments will soon top the $500B mark, where the cloud-managed Wi-Fi market is headed, the expected growth of telematics in Western Europe and the increased use of location-based ad campaigns.

Is mobility making the web obsolete?

As people abandon their PCs for their mobile devices, will the web--that seemingly permanent phenomena of the digital world--become obsolete, destined to suffer the fate of the telegraph?

Internet of Things will be a key enabler of the digital business of the future

The Internet of Things, in which billions of smart devices and objects communicate through wired and wireless infrastructure, will be a key enabler for digital business of the future, says Gartner.

Today's schoolchildren will flood BYOD ranks, study reveals

If you thought BYOD programs were popular with today's workers, just wait. New research shows that virtually all middle school and high school students in this country now have access to mobile devices, and two-thirds supply their own devices for schoolwork.

 

The CIO under assault

There is growing dissatisfaction with the performance of chief information officer, even among their own IT staff. No wonder some of them believe CIO stands for "Career Is Over."

News Scan: Apple, Google mull Square buy; Google launches 'Glass at Work'; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for April 9, including rumors of Apple and Google mulling over purchase of Square, Google's new "Glass at Work" program for wearables in the workplace, who tops the mobile point-of-sale vendor list at ABI, the struggles of mobile brand engagement and the development of faster in-flight Internet by provider Gogo.

Fleetmatics leverages mobility with new cloud-based field worker platform

Mobility is the focus of Fleetmatics new cloud-based Work platform that enables field service workers to use smartphones and tablets to manage customers, jobs, schedules, invoices and even payment.

BYOD market becoming lucrative opportunity for device makers

Hang onto your BYOD devices. The BYOD device market is expected to soar to $238.4 billion in just six years, a three-fold increase from last year's figure, according to the latest forecast from Grand View Research.

Mobile is fastest growing advertising area

Mobile advertising is now the fastest growing area of global adspend, with mobile display, search and in-app ads growing six times the rate of desktop Internet advertising.

Kill switches could save consumers $2.6 billion, study says

The adoption of kill switches in mobile phones could save consumers $2.6 billion annually if made mandatory, a move which has strong support by the public, a new study reveals.

3 trends to transform enterprise mobility

It seems everyone has a crystal ball and a prediction for the next big thing in mobility, but when the analysis comes from someone actually putting their money where their mouth is, it's worth pausing to listen.

Twitter buys Android lock-screen app startup

Twitter has acquired Cover, an Android lock-screen app startup, for an undisclosed consideration, the Wall Street Journal reports.

News Scan: Apple's iWatch watches out for sunburn; Freescale buys Mindspeed ARM chip unit; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for April 8, including how the iWatch could help users with harmful UVs, the acquisition of Mindspeed's ARM chip business by Freescale, when you can buy the fast Snapdragon chip ever, what sort of growth connected cars are looking at and how mobile retailers can properly approach millennial moms.

News Scan: Google's Glasshole move at PTO; Bad karma for Credit Karma's mobile app; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for April 7, including Google's failure in the patent office, the settlement Fandango and Credit Karma agreed to, the new audience BBM is being marketed to, the increases in U.S. mobile usage and the expected tablet growth in Latin America.

Want to attract mobile IT talent? Offer a free lunch

If you want to attract the top IT talent in mobile development, you need to offer free lunches. A free gym membership, tuition reimbursement, working with the latest tech and a referral bonus wouldn't hurt either.

3 questions to ask before allowing BYOD

There are three important questions that small and medium-sized businesses should ask before allowing BYOD devices into the workplace, advises Matthew Held, CEO and co-founder of Manawa Networks.

Retailers move in on mobile payments to reduce costs, increase loyalty

The mobile payment market is attracting big retailers who want to reduce transaction costs and increase customer loyalty, Reuters reports.

News Scan: T-Mobile offers BlackBerry customers credit; Sprint Spark phones come up short; more

Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Friday, 4/4 including: T-Mobile's $100 credit offer to BlackBerry customers, the lack of ability to make calls and web browse simultaneously on the Sprint Spark, Google encourages CIOs to get ready for wearables and embrace BYOD, who will dominate the BYOD security market and the decision of Mozilla's new CEO to step down because of his stance on same-sex marriage.

Mobility, BYOD spurs $4.5B mobile security market

Fueled by enterprise mobility and the increasing BYOD trend, the mobile security market is forecast by Visiongain to be $4.5 billion this year.