News Scan: Nike cuts loose most of FuelBand team; PayPal tops for mobile payments; more


>> Nike fires majority of FuelBand staff, puts wearable device projects on hold

Nike is laying off a majority of its FuelBand fitness tracker team and stopping production of the wearable sports device, CNET reports. The company is dismissing between 70 percent and 80 percent of its FuelBand hardware team, which is part of the larger digital sport division. Nike has put all hardware projects in the division, which also makes Nike sportswatches, on hold, the report relates citing anonymous sources. Read more

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>> Slow responsive website loading degrades mobile performance

Only 21 percent of 155 responsive websites load in four seconds or less, delays which significantly impact mobile performance, according to an analysis by Trilibis cited in a Mobile Marketer article. For responsive design sites, "the same codebase and associated images are sent to all devices from PCs to mobile phones. It is best to optimize images for mobile devices at the server level, which delivers lighter pages, faster load times and a better user experience," says Ted Verani, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Trilibis. Read more

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>> PayPal Mobile tops Amazon Payments and Apple's iTunes in mobile payment method

Increasing consumer use of mobile payments is slowing, according to a consumer payments survey conducted by IDC. Around 37.2 percent of respondents reported using a mobile payment method of some kind, a relatively modest gain over IDC's previous survey. PayPal Mobile was used by 58.6 percent of respondents, ahead of both Amazon Payments and Apple's iTunes, which remained at around 40 percent combined. Read more

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>> Connected trucks making the grade

Trucks with in-vehicle communications and connectivity are gaining traction, says Frost & Sullivan. Connected trucks enhance vehicle uptime, driver satisfaction, fleet efficiency and safety. "This year will see a rising proliferation and offering of prognostics solutions that reduce vehicle down time and enhance mobile resource productivity," the research firm predicts. Read more

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>> Wireless network security market to top $15B by 2019

The wireless network security market is forecast by Markets and Markets to reach $15.6 billion by 2019, up from $8.5 billion this year. The market includes firewalls, intrusion prevention/detection systems, encryption, identity and access management, unified threat management and other products. "Rise of wireless networks in enterprises and increase in adoption of mobile devices at workplaces are the primary factors driving the growth for this market," says the market research firm. Read more

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