News Scan: Apple's iWatch energy experiments; M-commerce drives $1.5T in e-commerce sales; more

>> Apple experiments with solar, kinetic energy to power iWatch, says NYT

Apple is continuing to experiment with solar charging and kinetic energy for mobile devices, including its long-rumored iWatch, according to a report by The New York Times. "Consumers are unlikely to embrace a wristwatch computer like the one being worked on by Apple, or Google's smart glasses, if they work only a few hours between charges and must be removed to be plugged in," the report notes. Apple is also testing a method to charge the iWatch battery wireless through magnetic induction, the report adds. Read more on Apple's iWatch power research.

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>> M-commerce to contribute to $1.5T in B2C e-commerce sales

Mobile commerce sales will contribute to $1.5 trillion in global business-to-commerce (B2C) e-commerce sales this year, says eMarketer. Other factors contributing to this growth are expanding e-commerce sales in emerging markets, advanced shipping and payment options and a push into new global markets by major brands. This year, Asia-Pacific consumers will surpass those in North America in terms of spending on e-commerce purchases, predicts eMarketer. Read more on B2C e-commerce sales.

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>> Responsive web design not a long-term mobility strategy, says survey

Around 63 percent of firms say that responsive web design (RWD) is not a long-term solution for enterprise mobility, according to a survey of 146 U.S. organizations by Forrester Research and Moovweb, a provider of responsive delivery (RD) to optimize websites for mobility. The survey finds that 70 percent of development time, cost and effort on RWD projects go to re-coding application programming interfaces, middleware, database management systems, integration and infrastructure. Forrester principal analyst Jeffrey Hammond recommends that firms leverage their pre-existing systems and optimize them for the mobile channel through responsive delivery. Read more (.pdf) on RWD vs. RD for enterprise mobility.

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>> Parkmobile taps Ford Sync for hands-free parking payment app

Parkmobile is using Ford Sync AppLink to enable drivers to pay for parking using their smartphone hands free, reports Mobile Marketer. To activate the Parkmobile app, drivers press a button on the steering wheel, which prompts the driver to use a voice command to pay for parking using an on-file credit or debit card. The Parkmobile app works with parking lots across the United States; its locations are marked with signs and sticks. Read more on the Parkmobile app.

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>> More than 11 million mobile devices infected with malware, says Kindsight

A staggering 11.6 million mobile devices are infected with malware at any given time, with 60 percent of those infections being on Android smartphones, according to a new report from Alcatel-Lucent's Kindsight Security Labs. Last year, mobile malware infections rose 20 percent, and the number of mobile malware samples experienced a 20-fold increase. With enterprise mobility on the rise, these stats on mobile malware have to be concerning for CIOs and IT security pros struggling to protect their networks from infection. Read more on Kindsight report.

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