Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Monday, 2/24 including: what Microsoft is doing to enhance security with next Windows Phone update, what Verizon paid to get the rest of Verizon Wireless from Vodafone, investment of mobile web/video optimization goes up, P&G's emotional strategy works in the hearts of Superbowl and Olympics viewers and the increase of product purchases via smartphones in the U.K.
The pursuit of competitive advantage is the number one driver for enterprises to adopt machine-to-machine services, according to a survey of IT purchase decision makers at 163 North American enterprises by market research firm Infonetics.
Quick takes on the latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, 1/28 including: HR departments' embrace of mobility in 2014, a slow but hopeful adoption of mobility in Africa, what Verizon and Vodafone shareholders have agreed to in the Verizon Wireless deal, Android's stake in the embedded device market and what the Dell'Oro group predicts for the future of the microwave transmission gear market.
The top 20 players in the mobile health market generated $2.8 billion in revenues last year, according to market research firm Visiongain.
Four backup tapes containing 600,000 phones numbers, medical appointments, and invitations to social events, as well as 14,500 employee emails were stolen from Swisscom, Switzerland's largest carrier, and given to the Neue Zuercher Zeitung newspaper, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Verizon is close to inking a deal to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for a whopping $130 billion, according to sources consulted by Bloomberg.
Deutsche Telekom, Sprint and Vodafone top the rankings of carriers in the connected car market, according to the latest report from Informa Telecoms & Media.
Half of organizations will adopt machine-to-machine communications by 2015, according to a survey by Circle Research and Analysys Mason of 327 executives involved in setting M2M strategy.
Enterprise mobility was identified as a "game changer" for the 1,100 IT executives surveyed by enterprise communications provider CommScope last month. Close to half of respondents said that the widespread use of mobile technology in the enterprise is a game-changer for IT.
Samsung and Apple are bucking the overall decline in the United Kingdom's mobile phone market by posting healthy growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the latest stats from Strategy Analytics.