News Scan: Armbands join hands with smartglasses in workplace; Mobile commerce surge expected; more

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>> Smart armbands join with smartglasses for work-related tasks

Thalmic Labs, maker of Myo gesture-controlled armbands, has formed partnerships to integrate its armbands with smartglasses for use in enterprise environments, CIO reports. Integration of Myo with smartglasses is well suited for work environments where users can't or don't want to touch their smartglasses or where noise makes voice control difficult. Read more

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>> Leading mobile commerce retailers expect sales surge this year

Leading mobile commerce retailers expect sales via mobile devices to grow 80 percent this year to $84 billion, according to a study by Internet Retailer. Mobile sales will account for 21 percent of total web sales by retailers in the Mobile 500 guide, which ranks the top 500 retailers by 2014 sales on smartphones and tablets. Read more

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>> Trimble, Telogis and TomTom are top commercial telematics vendors, says ABI

Trimble, Telogis and TomTom are the top commercial vehicle telematics suppliers, according to a competitive vendor assessment by ABI Research. Telogis and TomTom scored high in both innovation and market share. The innovation categories include user interface, features, navigation, vehicle monitoring and sensors, and convergence and standardization. Read more

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>> JetBlue supplies iPad minis to in-flight crew

JetBlue is providing iPad minis to its in-flight crew for use as a point-of-sale and document management device, reports Mobile Marketer. Crew members on JetBlue's Mint premium service between New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco will be the first to get the iPad minis. By April of next year, all crew members will have a device for in-flight use. Read more

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>> Mobile app market to reach $60B in 2018, says Strategy Analytics

The mobile apps market is forecast by Strategy Analytics to reach $60 billion in 2018, up from $21.4 billion last year. Google is expected to overtake Apple in terms of app revenue by 2016, the research firm predicts. At the same time, the Windows Phone Store and Amazon Appstore are growing and will battle for third place. Read more

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