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Super Mario Run Breaks Records, Google’s New Android Things & More Top Mobile News

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It’s-a me, Mario! I’m a-gonna win!

The much-anticipated Super Mario Run debuted in the Apple App Store on Thursday and promptly rocketed to No. 1 on the highest grossing list, according to Apple Insider. The mad rush to get the free-to-download app temporarily crashed Apple’s online storefronts. IMHO: totally worth the wait.

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‘Tis the season to look back on 2016—the good, the bad, the terrifying.

Security blogger John Britton reflects back on the biggest mobile security threats from 2016 and how VMware AirWatch innovated to protect enterprises, including:

  • Next-gen certificate-based authentication and access control;
  • Cryptographic security modules;
  • Industry certifications, including FedRAMP and FIPS 140-2 encryption;
  • End-user privacy initiatives; and
  • Much more.

Read his blog here.

It’s the little Things in life.

Google announced this week a dev preview for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform. The tech giant’s  new Android Things ecosystem of dev tools and APIs delivers “a comprehensive way to build IoT products with the power of Android,” Google said in the announcement. The Verge reported that while the name Android Things might be new, it is built on the backbone of the Brillo operating system (OS).

Passwords, schmasswords…

John was a busy blogger bee this week, writing this time about the future of passwords and the new tech emerging to eliminate the annoying little things. He dives into how IT is rethinking how they manage heterogeneous device and app access to corporate data and information with solutions like  derived credentials. Dive into his insights and the tech here.

More IoT goodness, this time with Windows 10.

According to TechCrunch, Cortana is coming into some new virtual assistant powers with the upcoming Creators Update. Trying to get in the thick of it against competitors like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, the new Windows 10 update is slated to expand Cortana from an assistant and into the smart home.

Chasing the single device dream.

“It’s important to remember that your employees are your customers, too, and the same way that they are delighted at home, using apps like Uber or Waze, is the same way they want to work.” —Brian Katz

Blogger and mobile aficionado Brian Katz dropped some wisdom this week about today’s mobile workforce—and popping IT’s single mobile ecosystem bubble. Click here to read about Brian’s “FUN principle” to help enterprise mobility leaders fight against Shadow IT and develop a common end-user experience strategy.

Coming to a small screen near you.

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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