Opening up business data for mobile access makes sense, but business leaders remain skeptical about IT departments' ability to deliver useful apps. That, writes Joe McKendrick, is a good argument for greater attention to mobile apps, giving "development and deployment ... all the care and feeding afforded to more traditional enterprise applications."
Canada and France are two examples of nations trying to impose their own standards on the internet, a global medium, writes Greg Sterling. Google is fighting both moves in other venues, highlighting the absence of any overarching authority.
Mobile gaming revenue reached $12.2 billion in the second quarter, increasing by 32% from the same period last year, a report from Sensor Tower states. Games on iOS and Google Play saw growth and accounted for the majority of earnings in the app stores.
Apple has identified a "potentially serious" threat to iOS devices and Mac computers. A patch has been released to thwart the attack, with a similar fix already released this month for Android devices.
About 80% of US consumers want advanced payment options such as voice control, fingerprint scanning and more, per a survey by Viewpost. Traditional methods of payment are expected to phase out entirely, as about 83% believe the paper check will no longer exist in 20 years, the survey said.
Google parent Alphabet rakes in about a third of digital ad revenue globally, making it the world leader with a projected $73.8 billion in sales this year, two-thirds of which will come from mobile. Trailing well behind is Facebook, with less than half of Alphabet's digital total.
Mobile messaging apps present tough marketing challenges that a growing number of businesses are willing to take up. EMarketer takes a look at four leading apps in the field to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each.