Retail, Grocery, And Hospitality IT News For VARs — November 24, 2014

In the news, research shows grocery shoppers are more open to the idea of using wearable technology while shopping. Also, with the holiday shopping season under way, POS malware continues to be a concern among your merchant IT clients, and this year, the gift giving via digital gift cards is expected to increase.  

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    Mobile marketing company Artisan Mobile has released the results of a September 2014 research campaign revealing that mobile apps will drive a bigger part of holiday sales this year.

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    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the US Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II. 

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