News Round-Up 8/4/2012: App Devs Choose Apple, Windows Dominance Crumbling, USDA Chooses iPad and more


Apple Wins Enterprise App Devs, Android Vies for Consumer Devs (Where's Microsoft?) 

Apple iOS is pulling ahead in the battle for the hearts and minds of enterprise mobile app developers in the wake of enterprise concerns about Android fragmentation and malware. Will Android's current weakness in the enterprise give Microsoft and Windows 8 the opportunity it needs?


iPad's Dominance Helped by Enterprise, Education Markets 

Apple CEO Tim Cook, following sales of 17 million iPads during the second quarter and strong sales to the education market, said he has yet to see any competitor gain “any level of traction.”


Microsoft Windows dominance fades as Apple beats HP, Canalys claims 

Microsoft's Windows hegemony is crumbling with Apple the current main beneficiary in the mobile device space.


Apple enhances enterprise mobile device security with biometrics 

Apple's consumer devices offer some security provisions, including device encryption, application sandboxing, application code signing, which prevents unsigned code from being run, and the configurator utility for mobile device management (MDM). But the technology Apple will gain from the Florida-based company gives Apple a way to deliver more of the security features IT pros have hoped for.


USDA Rolls Out Thousands Of iPads, Says Other Tablets Don’t Measure Up 

The USDA is working its way through an ambitious iPad deployment that may come to serve as a model for a range of government agencies within the U.S. and around the world.


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