News Scan: Tablet games revenue to triple; Apple to change mobile payments market; more

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>> Tablet games revenue to triple by 2019, says Juniper

Revenues from tablet games are forecast by Juniper Research to triple, topping $13 billion by 2019. Growth will be spurred by improved storage capacity of tablets, better graphical capabilities, increasing mobile broadband deployment and consumer preferences. The market research firm says that crowdsource funding will be increasingly used to fund smaller, independent mobile game developers. Read more

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>> Apple to change mobile payment market dynamics, predicts IDC

Apple's apparent intent to become more active in the mobile payment space will change marketplace dynamics, warns IDC. "Apple's unique role as a device manufacturer, OS provider, and online retailer means Apple has the ability to impact the way payments evolve like few other companies. Merchants, issuers, processors, and other payment stakeholders will need to understand that impact and begin adjusting their investments and strategies accordingly," says James Wester, IDC practice director for worldwide payment strategies. Read more

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>> VMware unveils VMware Workspace Suite integrating mobile, desktop devices

VMware has unveiled its VMware Workspace Suite, which is a platform combining AirWatch EMM, AirWatch Secure Content Locker VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Workspace Portal. It provides a unified employee experience across mobile and desktop devices while giving IT greater management capabilities. In addition, VMware said it is expanding its partnership with SAP by enabling joint customers to leverage VMware's AirWatch mobile platform with SAP apps and apps built using SAP technology. Read more

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>> Senator backs DoT's efforts to ban in-flight cellphone calls

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) wants a ban on in-flight cell phone calls, not for safety reasons but because they are annoying, The Hill reports. Alexander is backing a Department of Transportation effort to ban in-flight calls. Alexander teamed with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) last year on a bipartisan bill to ban in-flight calls. The FCC is currently considering lifting restrictions on in-flight cellphone calls. Read more

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>> Mobile commerce spurs double-digit growth in French e-commerce sales

Mobile commerce is fueling double-digit growth in France's e-commerce market, reports eMarketer. Close to two-thirds of retailers polled by CCM Benchmark Group said the mobile commerce was their main driver of growth in 2013. Around 12 percent of online revenues in France were generated by mobile commerce last year, a 5 percentage point gain from 2012. Read more

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