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Apple’s New Drones, Serious Mobile Shopping $$$, 2017 Security Threats & Google Pixel News

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Apple is revving its robotics engine with plans for using drones to help update Apple Maps more quickly, Bloomberg reported this week. The increased focus on improving the quality of its navigation app is also signaled by its acquisition of start-up Indoor.io, leading speculators to believe the tech giant is also trying to add nav insights inside buildings.

Shoppers spend record cash via mobile on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Target reported that the majority of their web shopping traffic came from mobile devices over the busy American shopping weekend. And while many retailers announced they were closing stores for Thanksgiving, they didn’t skip a beat thanks to a record $771 million spent on Thanksgiving Day. TechCrunch crunches the numbers here.

What does the New Year hold for mobile security threats?

A new flipbook from VMware this week showcases the top five enterprise security trends coming to a business near you in 2017. Get it here. Topping the list is the influx of new endpoints into the enterprise, including the mysterious world of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The real effect of Google’s new Pixel phone.

“The Pixel is ultimately a vessel for Google to bring its own mobile vision directly to mainstream users. That benefits Google as a company, and it benefits us as consumers who carry Android phones.”
—J.R. Raphael, ComputerWorld

[Related: Bring the Google Pixel to Work with VMware AirWatch]

What’s the diff? Good vs. great work apps.

The push toward bring consumer app experiences to the enterprise is doubling down in 2017. VMware vice president of applications research and development, Tony Kueh, sheds light on why some work apps are loved and adopted by workers, while others are collecting dust. Watch the video here.

Making secure access to Windows 10 a reality.

We announced this week that AirWatch Tunnel v1.0 for Windows 10 is generally available. The major benefits include unified endpoint management, streamlined access to all apps (Win32, SaaS, universal and remote) via a unified catalog and faster patching and updates on or off the corporate network. Read all the details here.

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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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