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News Scan: Riskiest mobile apps; Ambient intelligence coming; more

Check out the hottest mobile IT news for March 18, including what apps are the riskiest to use, the future of ambient intelligence, the incoming boom for the mobile wallet market, how CMOs plan to use mobile to reach their audience and what the entertainment industry plans to use location-based marketing for.

Roadnet launches MobileCast fleet tracking app for iOS

Transportation logistics software provider Roadnet Technologies is rolling out MobileCast Proof-of-Delivery, a new fleet tracking application optimized for devices running Apple's iOS.

Sprint debuts NFC-based Pinsight Touch platform for payment, transit apps

Sprint introduced Pinsight Touch, an open platform enabling businesses to integrate Near Field Communications technology into their branded mobile applications.

Nokia launches incremental HERE map updates to reduce data consumption

Nokia is revamping offline mapping across its HERE real-time location services platform, introducing incremental updates designed to reduce data consumption.

Spotlight: Jewelry retailer tests Swirl mobile app

Rhode Island-based jewelry retailer Alex and Ani is testing its Swirl mobile app, which provides discounts for in-store shoppers using location-based data, CIO Magazine reports.

Post-season is not the only thing Major League Baseball is preparing for

As Major League Baseball prepares for the post-season playoffs, it's also laying the groundwork for teams to take advantage of fans with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones.

Google expands Android Device Manager with remote lock, password reset

Google is enhancing its fledgling Android Device Manager security tool, enabling consumers to remotely lock down lost or stolen smartphones via the Internet.

Google buys Bump content sharing app to rival Apple's AirDrop

Google has acquired Bump, whose wireless content sharing application emerged as one of the first breakout hits of the app store era. Financial terms were not disclosed, although a source close to the transaction told  AllThingsD  that Google paid at least $30 million and possibly as much as $60 million.

Report: McDonald's trialing mobile ordering, payments system

Fast-food giant McDonald's is trialing a new mobile ordering and payment application at selected locations in the Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas markets,  Bloomberg  reports.

Study: Smartphones, tablets drive close to half of all online banking

Forty-three percent of all online banking activity in the U.S. now occurs on smartphones and tablets, according to the annual xAd/Telmetrics Mobile Path to Purchase Study.