News Scan: Mobile device makers to focus on security; UK firms investing in mobile apps; more


>> Mobile device security will be manufacturers' focus in 2014

Mobile device security will be the "buzz term" on the lips of device manufacturers this year, predicts Ken Hess with ZDNet. Mobile users are not implementing basic security procedures, such as passwords, VPN connections, software updates and device encryption. Going forward, manufacturers are going to bake security into their devices in order to attract enterprise users, says Hess. Some of these security measures include secure boot, encrypted OS and communications, partitioned devices and app security, he adds. Read more about mobile security efforts.

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>> UK firms up investment in mobile business apps

Enterprises are investing more in mobile business apps for employees than in mobile tools for customers, according to a survey by software vendor IFS. A full 76 percent of enterprises have already invested in a mobility solution for their employees, the survey of 200 UK CIOs and IT managers finds. "We found that the drive towards mobility is happening quickly in most organizations because of the business benefits it brings and that it overrides security concerns," Martin Gunnarson, director of research and strategy at IFS, tells TechRadar. Read more on the U.K. mobility survey.

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>> Smartphones fuel mobile DRAM demand

The popularity of smartphones is fueling the mobile dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) market, which is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a 10.4 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. The development of smartphones with high memory capacity is spurring the use of DRAM in those devices. Key vendors in the mobile DRAM market include Micron Technology, Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Winbond Electronics. TechNavio expects the market to experience consolidation over the next few years as existing vendors and new entrants broaden their portfolio through acquisitions. Read more about the mobile DRAM market.

[More on mobile DRAM: Samsung holding Apple's innovation hostage, warns IHS | 4G smartphones will spur rapid rise in semiconductor revenues]

>> GSMA publishes M2M embedded SIM specs

The European mobile operators association GSMA published specifications to enable remote over-the-air provisioning and management of embedded SIMs for machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. The spec will enable interoperable M2M technical solutions and accelerate M2M deployment. Remote provisioning and management eliminates the need to replace SIM cards in M2M devices, which are often remotely located and sealed, thereby reducing operations and logistics costs, says GSMA. Read more about the M2M spec.

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>> Here comes 5G wireless, whatever that means

Research and development (R&D) spending on 5G wireless technology is on the rise, particularly in Europe and South Korea, reports Network World. The European Commission's recently announced Horizon 2020 plan commits around $172 million for 5G R&D. The South Korean government intends to invest $475 million in a national 5G network, expected to be ready by 2020, according to Yonhap News. However, there is no agreement on what the term 5G means, notes Sathya Atreyam, IDC research manager. "There are many players right now who are claiming that they are investing a lot of dollars in 5G research, [but] they're all investing in different areas of 5G ... somebody's focused on increasing data speeds, somebody's focused on better coverage," he says. Read more about 5G R&D.

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