News Scan: Mobile devices spur French e-commerce; Apple's enterprise presence grows; more
>> Mobile devices are spurring e-commerce in France
Mobile devices are spurring an increase in e-commerce in France, according to a poll by Ifop reported by eMarketer. The availability of mobile devices is increasing French consumers' inclination to shop online, the poll of 1,000 French adults finds. For smartphone and tablet owners, 70 percent say they make purchases online at least monthly, compared with 62 percent of the wider population. Read more on the Ifop poll.
>> Apple to secure 11 percent of enterprise spending on computers, tablets by 2015
Apple is forecast by Forrester Research to snag 11 percent of enterprise and government spending on computers and tablets by 2015, up from just 1 percent in 2009, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The estimate excludes the iPhone, which is Apple's gateway into the enterprise through BYOD, the report notes. For example, at Cisco iPhones and iPads account for close to three-fourths of the 70,000-plus mobile devices supported by the firm's IT department. Read more on Apple's enterprise rise.
>> Yahoo buys Aviate startup for $80 million
Yahoo purchased Aviate, a startup that provides contextual information on Android home screens, for $80 million, TechCrunch reports. Yahoo explains what Aviate does in a blog post: "Aviate auto-categorizes apps on your Android phone and intelligently gathers them into 'spaces.' By using signals to understand your context--WIFI, GPS, Accelerometer, Time, etc--Aviate automatically surfaces information at the moment it's useful." Aviate is currently in private beta. Read more on the Aviate acquisition.
>> OpenPeak unveils SAMBA enterprise mobility tool
OpenPeak launched the cloud-based SAMBA (safe mobile business apps) enterprise mobility platform for Deutsche Telekom's customers, CIOL reports. DT customers can employ SAMBA to manage company-issued and BYOD devices and apps securely, says OpenPeak. SAMBA is able to remotely push and delete apps, set password policies, configure virtual private networks, define policies and lock and wipe company-owned devices remotely, the firm adds. Read more on SAMBA.
>> Citrix beefs up VDI to mobile devices with Framehawk buy
Citrix acquired Framehawk to increase delivery of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to mobile devices over wireless networks, reports eWeek. Citrix plans to integrate Framehawk's desktop-as-a-service technology with the HDX IT deliver technology it uses for the XenApp and XenDesktop platforms. Framehawk's platform makes business apps available to mobile workers on their mobile devices using either Wi-Fi or cellular networks, according to Citrix. Read more on Citrix's Framework buy.