News Scan: FCC okays T-Mobile-Verizon spectrum deal; Employees lax over mobile security; more


>> FCC okays T-Mobile purchase of LTE spectrum from Verizon

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved T-Mobile's acquisition of 700 MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon, according to Wireless Week. "T-Mobile is pleased by the FCC's prompt approval of our acquisition of 700 MHz A-Block spectrum, which will provide the company with low-band spectrum in a number of key markets across the country," T-Mobile vice president of federal regulatory affairs Kathleen Ham said in a statement emailed to Wireless Week. T-Mobile will use the spectrum to deploy LTE this year. Read more

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>> Many employees access sensitive corporate data over public Wi-Fi

A disturbing 43 percent of employees have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal devices while on an unsecured Wi-Fi network, according to a survey of 500 employees by Osterman Research on behalf of BYOD security firm Centrify. In addition, 10 percent of respondents do not have a password, PIN or other security measure enabled on their personal device used for work. And 15 percent of respondents believe they have a level of responsibility of "none to minimal" to protect corporate data stored on personal devices. Read more

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>> Close to three-quarters of mobile shoppers don't want to be tracked

Around 71 percent of mobile shoppers say they do not like the idea of being tracked into a store via their smartphones, and 56 percent say they are not interested in receiving push notifications while shopping, according to a survey of more 3,000 iOS and Android users by Retale. The survey found that three-quarters of respondents were unaware that iBeacon exists, while only 11 percent of Android owners use Google Wallet, and only 23 percent of iOS users have used Passbook for coupon shopping offers. Read more

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>> Quip releases API for mobile browser-based word processor

Startup Quip has released an application programming interface for its mobile and desktop browser-based word processor, a move aimed at enterprise app developers, IDG News Service reports. Led by former Facebook Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor, Quip is also considering launching spreadsheet and presentation apps this year, giving enterprise users access to the three of the most used components of the Microsoft Office Suite using a browser. Read more

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>> Mobile operators should deploy Wi-Fi with small cells, says ABI

Mobile operators should deploy carrier-grade Wi-Fi with their outdoor small cells to maximize their investment return, advises ABI Research. "Wi-Fi is an integral part of the smartphone and tablet experience, and operators will do well to make carrier Wi-Fi a part of that experience," says Joe Hoffman, ABI practice director for mobile networks. Read more

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