News Scan: Wireless traffic to surpass wired by 2018; MapQuest teams with MLB; more


>> Wireless Internet traffic to surpass wired by 2018, predicts Cisco

Internet traffic from wireless and mobile devices will surpass traffic from wired devices by 2018, according to Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index Global Forecast and Service Adoption report. By 2018, "wired devices will account for 39 percent of IP traffic, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 61 percent of IP traffic. In 2013, wired devices accounted for the majority of IP traffic at 56 percent," says Cisco. Read more.

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>> Most IT leaders ignore impact of mobile apps on infrastructure

Most IT leaders are failing to consider the "deep impact" that mobile apps are having on their information infrastructure, warns market research firm Gartner. By 2015, most mobile apps will sync, collect and analyze deep data about users, and by 2017 wearable devices will drive half of total app interactions, Gartner predicts. "IT leaders should ensure they have infrastructure in place that takes into account data collected, not only via mobile apps, but also from apps running on wearable devices," says Roxane Edjlali, research director at Gartner. Read more.

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>> Wearable band shipments total 2.7M in first quarter

Wearable band shipments reached 2.7 million in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest stats from market research firm Canalys. Fitbit controls nearly 50 percent of the wearable band market, despite a recent allergy-related recall of its Fitbit Force band. In the smart band segment, Pebble leads the way with a 35 percent market share, while Sony is second with 29 percent and Samsung is third with 23 percent, according to Canalys. Read more.

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>> Internet of Things app developers on the rise

The number of app developers involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast by ABI Research to total 1.7 million by the end of this year, rising to 3 million in 2019. "Currently, the IoT activity is largely polarized between hobbyists and makers at one end, and enterprise-level developers at the other end. But owing to a combination of various enablers, we can also see a growing number of startups taking the commercial plunge and starting to productize the concepts they've prototyped earlier with Arduino or Raspberry Pi. That productization, however, can be an extremely difficult feat to pull off, requiring very diverse skillsets," says ABI principal analyst Aapo Markkanen. Read more.

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>> MapQuest, MLB team on mobile app for traveling baseball fans

MapQuest and are teaming on video, in-app integration, Gameday Guides on smartphones and other mobile content for baseball fans who like to travel to watch their favorite teams, according to a report by MobileMarketer. "Major League Baseball is America's national past time and the season takes place predominantly over the heavy summer travel months--peak season for MapQuest across all devices. Looking at our data, we know that millions of our users are searching for and routing to baseball related events," says Brian McMahon, general manager of MapQuest. Read more.

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