News Scan: Mobile 'shopping state of mind'; Hacking delivery drones; more

>> Mobile 'shopping state of mind'

Mobile connectivity is fostering a "shopping state of mind" among consumers, who are a just a tap away from making an online purchase, judges eMarketer. As a result, mobile commerce is forecast to make up 26 percent of U.S. retail e-commerce sales next year. "Smartphone use is more or less continuous...The shopping trip starts earlier and ends later than it used to," says Nick Hodson, partner at Booz & Co. Read more on eMarketer's mobile commerce analysis.

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>> Hijacking delivery drones

While drones might be the cutting edge of mobile IT, they are subject to similar security threats as more traditional devices, according to security researcher Samy Kamark. He told eWeek that it is easy and cheap to hack into a drone and use it. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sparked a debate about the use of drones when he said his firm was developing drones to deliver packages. Read more about drone security.

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>> IT pros to invest in mobile apps next year

Close to half of IT professionals say their firm plans investment in mobile applications next year, followed by consumerization of IT and mobile device management, according to the Enterprise Mobility Exchange. In the past 18 months, IT practitioners have invested in a range of enterprise mobility solutions: 44 percent say they have investments in mobile applications, 40 percent in BYOD products, 32 percent in ruggedized mobile devices and 32 percent in mobile device management. Read more about the mobility survey.

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>> BYOD needs a business case

Enterprises should draw up a business case when considering a BYOD policy, advises Ann All with eSecurityPlanet.com. "With any new technology, enterprise IT organizations tend to deploy first, introduce policies later. This policy-as-an-afterthought approach is always problematic, but the potential for trouble is especially high when employees use their personal mobile devices for work purposes," All writes. BYOD security begins with a solid business case and strategy, she adds. Read more on All's analysis.

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>> AT&T breaks from Verizon on mobile pricing

AT&T is reducing monthly fees for people who pay for their own mobile devices, AP reports. AT&T and Verizon have been factoring in phone subsidies into month service fees, whether consumers used the subsidies or not. But AT&T decided to change that policy. So starting Sunday, customers are able to chooser cheaper plans if they buy their own smartphones. Read more of AP's report.

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