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This Week’s Mobile News: Apple to Pull the Plug, Samsung’s IoT $$$ & Windows 10 Apps

  • Blakely Thomas-Aguilar By

Apple reportedly set to pull the plug.

The headphone plug, that is. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the tech giant will likely break with its traditional two-year iPhone overhaul. Instead, Apple’s projected to make a few subtle tweaks, including *allegedly* getting rid of their headphone jack. Read the WSJ’s predictions here.

Speaking of Apple …

iOS 9.3’s new classroom innovations upped the ante for education and IT. New VMware AirWatch integration with Apple School Manager and the new Classroom app helps teachers guide student classwork, manage Apple IDs and more. Check out these GIFs to see the technology in action.

A perfect 10…

People are stoked about Windows 10. From the program-writing days of Win1 to the modern sigh-of-relief-inducing Windows 10 ecosystem, modern app management impacts worker productivity and IT’s sanity. Read how here.

In the immortal words of Dr. Evil, “1 BILLION DOLLARS!”

Well, $1.2 billion. That’s the amount Samsung is investing in Internet of Things (IoT) R&D and startups in the U.S. alone. One of the potential use cases for IoT is healthcare, according to the company’s press release. More details here.

“It’s time to imagine the transformative potential of IoT for our societies—and learn how to achieve its human, social benefits at scale.” —Samsung vice chairman and CEO Dr. Oh-Hyun Kwon

Another IoT post you might like: VMware & the Internet of Things: Liota

With these big dollar investments, can IoT live up to the hype?

VMware CTO Shawn Bass has a lot to say about just that topic in his new interview on the podcast Echo ONE. He also chimes in on what “digital transformation” really means, bots and apps, cybersecurity and end-user experience. Listen to the free tech podcast here.

Mobile World Congress—‘Merica.

Never able to make it to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress? Looks like a version of the event is coming to the U.S., thanks to an agreement between cellphone trades GSMA and CTIA. Mobile World Congress America is slated for 2017 in San Francisco. A few more details here on Recode.

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Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a brand journalist for VMware AirWatch by day, sci-fi/fantasy book-aholic (and mom of 3!) by night.

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