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Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 8, 2013

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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In rolling out its Galaxy Gear, Samsung effectively launched the smartwatch wars, becoming the biggest player in an emerging gadget market that could soon see Apple, Google and others join the fray.  Read Original Content

Sony has confirmed plans to sell two stand-alone lenses that connect to smartphones by WiFi, allowing them to take higher-quality photos.  The devices are compatible with Android and iOS handsets and mark the creation of a new product category.  Read Original Content

Samsung has signed a deal with an anti-virus firm to offer improved protection to its Galaxy-branded Android devices. The feature will be targeted at business users as part of the firm's forthcoming Knox security product.  Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Apple is testing iPhone display screens as large as 6 inches, according to a new report.
The screens, ranging upward from 4.8 inches, would be a pretty massive leap from the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5. But don't expect to see them when Apple rolls out its newest iPhones. Read Original Content

A U.S. judge has imposed restrictions on the agreements technology giant Apple can make with book publishers to prevent it fixing the price of e-books.  The move follows a court ruling in July that Apple conspired with five publishers to control e-book prices.  Read Original Content
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a smartphone trade-in program later this month that will help consumers trade up to the newest phones available.  The world's biggest retailer said consumers will receive a credit from $50 to $300 when they trade in their working, undamaged phone. The credit can be used toward the purchase of a new phone, with a selection of more than 100 devices to choose from.  Read Original Content

For the first time ever, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a traditional upgrade of its iPhone 5 as well as a simpler, cheaper version.  Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are a reaction to a changing smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Smartphones and mobile apps have made sharing photos faster and easier than ever, but privacy has become a growing concern. Designers have created new apps because they said people want to control who sees their content and for how long.  Secret.li, an iPhone app, lets users can take a photo with their iPhone's camera and post it to Facebook knowing it will be automatically deleted an hour, day, or week after it is posted.  Read Original Content

Motorola is shipping 100,000 of its new Moto X phones weekly from a manufacturing facility near Dallas, a modest start for a made-in-the-USA phone that marks the most significant effort to revive the iconic company after Google bought it last year.  Read Original Content

The most impressive feature of the new iPhone 5S may be its ability to turn your finger into a password.  Touch ID is Apple's name for a new fingerprint scanner that would act as a security tool for log-ins and for making purchases from iTunes and other Apple stores.  Read Original Content

Webalo, Inc. has announced that its cloud-based, self-service, mobile app generation platform will be AirWatch enabled. This leverages the user, device, and data protection that AirWatch provides to organizations supporting Bring Your Own Device mobile strategies.  Read Original Content

The Global Strategic Management Institute is excited to announce that the sixth installment of the Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit agenda will feature executives from PayPal, Verizon, Hewlett-Packard, SAP, and HauteLook. The event is set to take place October 2-3, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Read Original Content

Microsoft's planned $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia could help bolster the software giant's position in the federal market, especially when it comes to filling growing demand for mobile computing devices.  The deal will bring Nokia's global phone manufacturing and marketing operation under Microsoft's control, along with patent licenses that include mapping and geospatial tools.  Read Original Content

According to a new MarketsandMarkets research report, the total BYOD and Enterprise Mobility market is expected to reach $181.39 billion by 2017 with a compound annual growth rate of 15.17 percent.  Read Original Content

The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users’ data on all major smartphones, according to a report in German news weekly Der Spiegel.  Read Original Content

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