eWeek Newsbreak, October 13, 2008

Apple's iPhone may finally have some competition. Last week RIM and Verizon Wireless unveiled the new touch screen smartphone called the Blackberry Thunder. Speaking of smart phones, the work force is fast becoming a mobile one. Whether they??re using company issued Blackberries or their personal iPhone, users are accessing data, applications, e-mail and schedules. It??s often unofficial and outside the bounds of IT, but Gartner research shows it??s only a matter of time before they make it official and ask for IT support. The study also breaks down who's footing the bill, and how soon your company could be too. Security vendors such as Symantec, Trend Micro, Secure Computing, CA and Sophos made no fewer than 11 significant acquisitions in 2008. Find out who's buying who and how hefty the price tag. Own a Mac OS X 10.5 or Mac OS X 10.4.11? If you do, Apple has just released a massive security update. Ashley explains where you can go to download it.