The hourly countdown has begun for Mobile World Congress as technology journalists line up their predictions for new releases and anticipate keynote sessions from Mark Zuckerberg and Tom Wheeler of the FCC. The public sector had its fair share of industry news considering new FCC regulations and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s newly accepted monetary transaction.
- In just two days, Mobile World Congress 2015 begins. The Verge lists out its ’10 things to expect’ next week.
- Google is developing a program called Android for Work and AirWatch is supporting it with an integration. The program is designed to unite OEMs, ISVs and EMMs to standardize management operations on Android devices. Read more about the program and how AirWatch is helping.
- For an office that handled $3.73 trillion last year, the way in which it receives money is an important consideration. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has now deemed online payment safer and more efficient than paper payment and will begin using PayPal and Dwolla to receive payment transactions, as reported by CNET.
- As the Wall Street Journal describes the Xiaomi Mi Note, “it’s the best phone you can’t get in America.” Other journalists agree, per Quartz.
- “AirWatch understood something that many of its competitors did not — namely that ‘your smart phone or tablet is your computer’ and that companies would need to go beyond safeguarding email and file sharing to protecting application data in transit as well,” Virginia Backaitis of CMSWire says of Airwatch 8. Announced on Tuesday, AirWatch 8 integrates new technologies within the console and enables productivity. Watch the video describing the new features.
- Earlier this week, @spoonen led a Twitter chat surrounding hot topics such as IoT and wearables. These topics are expected to lead many conversations at Mobile World Congress. Read the Twitter Chat Recap on Storify. And don’t forget to preview the sessions at Connect Barcelona that address these topics.
- In a 3-2 vote yesterday, the Federal Commission Committee (FCC) passed net neutrality laws that would prevent paid prioritization of certain websites by broadband providers. “No one – whether government or corporate – should control free open access to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in an NPR interview. With this new regulation in place, Tom Wheeler might have some added inspiration for his keynote speech next week at Mobile World Congress.