News Scan: Breaking news is the hot mobile news app; Judge slaps injunction on Seacrest-backed Typo; more
>> Breaking news is most important mobile news app
Around 42 percent of U.S. mobile news app users said that breaking news was the most important news app category for them, according to a survey by StepLeader cited by eMarketer. In a distant second place, national news was identified by only 18 percent as the most important news category. At the same time, fewer than four in 10 U.S. consumers said they use a mobile news app. Read more.
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>> Judge slaps injunction on Seacrest-backed Typo's iPhone keyboard
A California judge has agreed to BlackBerry's request for a temporary injunction on the sale of an iPhone keyboard made by Typo Products--backed by Ryan Seacrest--while the court hears BlackBerry's patent infringement complaint against Typo, according to IDG News Service. "BlackBerry has established a likelihood of proving that Typo infringes the patents at issue and Typo has not presented a substantial question of the validity of those patents," said Judge William Orrick in his March 28 ruling. Read more.
>> BYOD reaches 'tipping point' Down Under
BYOD is reaching a "tipping point" in Australia as employees are becoming frustrated with outdated employer-supplied technology, according to a survey by Workshare cited in a story by ARNnet. "What we are seeing is the consumerisation of technology in the workplace where pro-sumers are motivated by the fact that they can make their own software and hardware choices," says Laureen Smith, vice president for Asia-Pacific at Workshare. Read more.
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>> Smartphone kill switch could save U.S. consumers $2.6B
A smartphone kill switch could save U.S. consumers up to $2.6 billion per year, according to a study by William Duckworth, a professor at Creighton University, cited by ZDNet. A full 83 percent of 1,200 smartphone users surveyed by Duckworth believe that a kill switch would reduce smartphone theft. He estimated that U.S. consumers spend about $580 million annually to replace stolen phones and $4.8 billion on device insurance. Read more.
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>> Remote patient monitoring market to grow at 15.4% CAGR
The remote patient monitoring market is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a 15.4 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. "Vendors are bundling two or more products or services to achieve product differentiation and provide better products…This marketing strategy has helped several vendors to gain a competitive advantage. This trend is expected to have a strong impact on the market during the forecast period," says TechNavio. Read more.