News Scan: T-Mobile offers BlackBerry customers credit; Sprint Spark phones come up short; more

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>>T-Mobile offers BlackBerry customers $100 credit

To retain BlackBerry customers, T-Mobile is offering BlackBerry customers a $100 credit toward any device, according to a report by IDG News Service. T-Mobile pledges to continue service and OS upgrades for BlackBerry customers. Earlier in the week, BlackBerry said it was ending its relationship with T-Mobile as a result of the carrier's promotion of the iPhone 5 to BlackBerry customers. Read more.

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>> Sprint Spark phones can't make calls and surf web at same time

Sprint Spark phones do not support phone calls and data use simultaneously, according to Phonescoop.com. However, non-Spark LTE phones are able to make voice calls and surf the web at the same time. "Sprint Spark devices leverage eCSFB technology (enhanced Circuit Switch Fall Back) which enables single radio functionality in the handset," said Sprint in an email to Phonescoop.com. Read more.

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>> Google tells CIOs to get ready for wearables in the workplace

Google is advising CIOs to embrace wearable technology, according to a report by V3.co.uk. In a speech at Google's Atmosphere London event, Thomas Davies, head of enterprise in Northern Europe at Google, argued that IT managers can't stop employees from bringing wearable devices or other personally owned mobile devices into the workplace. "The reality is there's no such thing as an IT perimeter. We need to find a way to harness the power of consumerization technology and bring it into the enterprise," he said. Read more.

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>> BYOD security market to be dominated by MDM vendors

The BYOD security market is expected to be dominated by AirWatch, Citrix, Good Technology, Fiberlink and MobileIron in the next four years, according to a new report from Research and Markets. The global BYOD Security market is expected to increase at a 32 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018. "MDM enterprise software allows organizations to effectively optimize their security and functionality, thereby reducing the risk of data loss. Therefore, the effective implementation of BYOD security solutions helps protect and control data and configuration across mobile devices in an organizational network," Research and Markets explains. Read more.

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>> New Mozilla CEO Eich steps down over same-sex marriage controversy

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich is stepping down following a controversy about his stance on same-sex marriages. In 2008, he contributed $1,000 to support Proposition 8, a California measure that banned same-sex marriage. "Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community," Mitchell Baker, executive Chairwoman of Mozilla, said in a blog. Read more.

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