News scan: BYOD stipends a thing of the past?; DIY mobile app platform hot with firms; more


>> BYOD wireless service stipends might be a thing of the past

Corporate stipends for wireless service bills incurred by employees who bring their own devices to work might be a thing of the past, according to a report at CIO. IT decisions at companies that allow BYOD are pushing for the end of stipends, the report notes. "As with any large expenditure, I think everyone has this on their radar screen," Jim Gay, vice president of information delivery at insurance giant Nationwide, tells CIO. Read more

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>> Como's DIY mobile app is popular with businesses

Israeli-based Como's do-it-yourself mobile app platform is a big hit with businesses, according to the Times of Israel. "It's a major revolution in the app business, no doubt about it ... The feedback we have had from app users and the businesses creating the apps is fantastic," says Como Chief Harel Tayeb. Read more

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>> Mobile broadband services in India to top $7B by 2017

Mobile broadband services are forecast by IDC to reach $7 billion in India by 2017. "For India, mobile broadband market in 2014 will continue to have strong growth compared to other mobile services market ... 3G subs will hold the highest five-year CAGR of 68% compared to other mobile technology. This is mainly due to more 3G services coverage across the country, especially in the big cities. With this trend, operators should focus more on their mobile broadband strategy," says Ashadi Cahyadi, senior research manager at IDC Asia/Pacific Telecommunication Group. Read more

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>> LBS are ready to support location-based advertising, judges ABI

Location-based services (LBS) are ready to support location-based advertising, judges ABI Research. ABI is forecasting a four-fold increase in LBS revenues in developed market, with the next generation of LBS offering retail/shopping, ambient intelligence, hyperlocal social and personal asset tracking/BLE beacon applications. Read more

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>> Lenovo posed to disrupt smartphone market with Motorola buy

Lenovo is poised to disrupt the smartphone market with its pending purchase of Motorola Mobility, judges Strategy Analytics. "Lenovo might be seen as just another smartphone vendor among many operating mainly or totally in the Chinese market--but it grew from a similar position in PCs, using IBM's 'Think' brand to help take the world number one PC position recently. I believe Lenovo is using that know-how to try a similar move in smartphones, with a potentially huge impact on market share and margins at a time when most vendors are already struggling for margin," says Richard Guppy, executive director of Strategy Analytics' strategic competitor intelligence program. Read more

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