According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple acquired Topsy Labs for $200M. The acquisition represents a serious jump into big data analytics in social media for Apple.
The scandal around the National Security Agency could work to the benefit of Canadian firm BlackBerry, especially among foreign governments.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Monday, 11/25 including: the short attention span of mobile shoppers when it comes to retailer mobile apps, the results of the Apple/Samsung patent case, offloading data capacity onto Wi-Fi networks by mobile operators, reported benefits of BYOD and the major success of Windows 8.1.
Apple's enterprise offerings with iOS 7 are "not terribly innovative" compared with services currently offered by enterprise mobility management firms, opening the enterprise door to Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform, judges ABI Research senior analyst Jason McNicol.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Monday, 11/18 including: Oracle's new acquisition of startup Bitzer Mobile, the state of the U.K. in BYOD world, Ford's mobile app development program growth, billionaire investor Carl Icahn's beef with Apple and more disappointment stemming from iPhone 5C.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Wednesday, 11/13 including: China's Keen Team breaching iPhone security, a far more intelligent smartphone than the user in the coming years, an increasing correlation between mobile device usage and DPI, China's telematics market and the fate of smartglasses.
Apple's smartphone OS market share declined again in the third quarter, while Android and Windows Phone grabbed more market share, according to the latest stats from IDC.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Tuesday, 11/12 including: the increase of enterprise-relevant apps in app stores, Apple's Maps victory over Google, a second chance for Nokia by way of HERE, the real truth behind Heins resignation at BlackBerry and the area of the world most economically affected by mobile industry.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Friday, 11/8 including: mobile communications spending in the enterprise, Sephora's attempt to make mobile customers first priority, the newest innovation from Office, a halt in Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch shipments and the continuing legal battle between Apple and Samsung.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Thursday, 11/7 including: the fate of the global telematics market, Gatwick Aiport's switch from BlackBerry to BYOD, Apple's use of Bluetooth over Wi-Fi, the unveiling of the Google barge mystery and stats on the leaders in mobile IT for the month of September.