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Enterprise mobility news recap Dec 15 – 19

  • Maddie Cook By

Blackberry launches a revitalized classic and the hospitality industry checks in with CheckMate

‘Tis the season for tech-optimized packaging and shipping, new devices and apps and MDM predictions for 2015.

  • This holiday season, Amazon hired its own fleet of elves named Kiva robots. In an effort to meet online ordering demand, Amazon purchased 15,0000 programmed robots to help optimize parcel shipping. For most U.S. states, the shipping deadline for Christmas is today. Watch the Kiva elves in action.
  • On Wednesday, Blackberry launched the Blackberry Classic. The initial release of this model dates back to 2011 when it was titled Blackberry 9900. As reported by CIO, Blackberry analyst Warren Pamukoff says this new phone is targeting “people using a 9900 who haven’t given it up.”
  • Buzzfeed pumps up the ammunition on its upcoming mobile app. Recently acquired by Buzzfeed, developer company Hyper IQ is developing an app for Android and iOS devices. Hyper IQ hopes to differentiate it from other social media apps by collecting user patterns and data.
  • Apple’s most recent software updates enable a more seamless managed IT environment across Apple devices, and AirWatch solutions embrace this vision. Read about the additions our team has made to the AirWatch Mac Management solution, enabling IT departments to streamline iOS and Mac OS X device management in a single console.
  • Church on-the-go is becoming a popular method for some congregants. Lately, more churchgoers are streaming from home or congregating around mobile devices or tablets where they can stream a recorded or live podcast of their favorite celebrity pastor.
  • At hotels around the country, mobile check-in is gaining traction with the CheckMate app. CheckMate is integrating with Google Now to assist guests with check-in, upgrades or adjustments to their room selection. Hospitality providers in turn will be able to collect data about customer preferences, which could improve customer loyalty programs.
  • 451 Research reveals that IT departments plan to spend more on MDM in 2015. In the report, AirWatch by VMware was the top technology contender in 2014 and for 2015.
Maddie Cook

Maddie Cook

Maddie has a variety of journalism experience as a science and technology reporter, editorial editor and production manager. As a writer for the AirWatch blog, Maddie looks forward to being a resource for mobility professionals.

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