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Mobility News Weekly

Week of February 16, 2014


The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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The US Army is testing a "smart rifle" technology designed to improve the accuracy of shots. The technology allows the user to place a virtual tag on a target seen through the weapon's scope. If the trigger is pressed, it fires only if the gun is correctly lined up. Read Original Content

New data from Nielsen shows two-thirds (64 percent) of social media users say they log on to social sites at least once a day. And approximately half of all smartphone owners visit social networks on their devices daily. Read Original Content

Google has acquired SlickLogin - an Israeli start-up behind the technology that allows websites to verify a user's identity by using sound waves.  It works by playing a uniquely generated, nearly-silent sound through computer speakers, which is picked up by an app on the user's smartphone. Read Original Content

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Global smartphone AP suppliers will see their shipments to China grow only 13.5 percent on year and drop 3.1 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014. Shipments will total 91.8 million in the first quarter, according to data from a recently published data service report from Digitimes Research. Read Original Content

According to a Pew report, smartphone users made up 39 percent of Chileans, 31 percent of Venezuelans, and 34 percent of Argentines. Read Original Content

Intel is reportedly preparing to launch two new lines of mobile processors at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona. According to a leaked road plan, Intel will launch a new Atom series for smartphones, codenamed Merrifield, and an update to the Bay Trail tablet platform codenamed Bay Trail-T. Read Original Content

China's smartphone market, currently the largest in the world, is expected to get even bigger this year, with its 4G long-term evolution market expected to grow more than five times in the coming months. Read Original Content

According to an ITWeb, EOH and Kofax Mobile Survey, security issues ranked as the main obstacle for organizations planning to implement mobile technologies; followed closely by cost of mobile technology implementation at 21.67 percent. Read Original Content

On Saturday Apple opened its first store in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets and a region that is crucially important to the company. Read Original Content

Samsung's push into the enterprise mobility market has received a boost after it reportedly secured an order for 7,000 devices from the US Army and is apparently close to another order for several thousand devices from the US National Security Agency. Read Original Content

Rakuten, Japan's largest e-commerce company, said it would buy Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media for $900 million, as it expands an overseas empire that includes Canadian e-reader company Kobo. Read Original Content

Research commissioned by the EU suggests European mobile app developers will earn as much as €63 billion (£51.8bn) in revenue by 2018, when the sector will employ almost five million people. Currently, app developers in Europe generate €17.5 billion (£14.4bn) in combined revenue. Read Original Content

Perfecto Mobile released the first MobileCloudTM Device Statistics Report, which found customers testing applications dedicated more testing hours to iOS apps vs. Android apps. Read Original Content

Boeing has now delivered its first B747-8 aircraft that will be completely line fitted with the in flight AeroMobile mobile technology service that will then be expanded across many more. Lufthansa has also stated it will be rolling out the mobile technology throughout all of its long haul fleet before the end of this year. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant View my profile on LinkedIn Learn about mobile strategies at Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Browse the Mobile Solution Directory Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.

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