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>> Rumor mill: Apple's iOS 8 to include split-screen multitasking feature

Apple's iOS 8 is rumored to provide iPad users the ability to run and view two apps at the same time using a new split-screen multitasking feature, reports 9to5Mac, citing sources familiar with iOS 8 development. "In addition to allowing for two iPad apps to be used at the same time, the feature is designed to allow for apps to more easily interact, according to the sources," the report relates. Microsoft's Surface tablet already offers a multitasking "snap" feature. Read more

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>> BlackBerry opens BB 10 OS to multiple MDM vendors

BlackBerry says it is opening up its BlackBerry 10 (BB 10) operating system (OS) to mobile device management vendors AirWatch, Citrix and IBM. "BlackBerry understands the opportunity and importance of opening our BlackBerry 10 software. This is a natural next step in our enterprise strategy as we seek to provide our customers with maximum choice in how they will meet the full array of employee mobility needs," says Ron Louks, president of devices and emerging solutions at BlackBerry. Read more

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>> CIO tech priorities don't vary much by gender, Gartner finds

Mobility is the third most important technology priority for chief information officers, behind business intelligence/analytics and infrastructure/data center, according to a survey of 2,339 CIOs by Gartner. There was agreement between the genders on the top three tech priorities, Gartner notes. However, male CIOs ranked enterprise resource planning systems as their fourth tech priority, while female CIOs ranked cloud fourth. Read more

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>> mPOS devices to make up half of all POS terminals by 2019, says ABI

Mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) devices are forecast by ABI Research to make up close to half of all POS terminals by 2019. This would mark a fivefold increase over the five-year period. "The mPOS market does present a substantial opportunity for not only the expansion of point of sale solutions by those vendors already active [such as POWA and iZettle] but also by new OTT players who could come into the payments space using mPOS as an entrance point ... There will always be a need for traditional POS solutions driven by large fixed lane checkout applications, but equally there will be merchants looking at simpler cost-effective solutions with added value services," says ABI senior analyst Phil Sealy. Read more

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>> 90% markup on Google Glass based on material costs, estimates IHS

Google Glass's material costs amount to around $152, yet it is being sold by Google for $1,500, according to a teardown by IHS Technology. However, there are substantial non-material costs that have to be factored in, such as non-recurring engineering costs, software and platform development, tooling costs, and other upfront costs, notes Andrew Rassweiler, IHS senior director for cost benchmarking services. "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500, you are getting far, far more than just $152.47 in parts and manufacturing," Rassweiler observes. Read more

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