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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Microsoft makes tablets while Nokia makes cuts

Podcast - 20th June 2012

This week's mobile industry news podcast starts with two very different stories from Nokia and Microsoft: one is announcing closures, the other is expanding its manufacturing.

The ongoing reorganisation at Nokia will see another 10,000 people leaving and two factories closing. Meanwhile Microsoft has revealed Surface, a new range of devices that aim to challenge the iPad's dominance of the tablet market. We also find time to talk about roaming tariffs, mobile money, intelligent vending machines and a handful of recent mobile-related acquisitions.

You can listen to the programme on our website audio player, via iTunes, by using our RSS feed or by downloading the MP3 or OGG audio files directly. Alternatively, install the Android, iOS or webOS Stitcher Radio app and stream the podcast straight to your mobile phone.

00:50 More cuts and more reorganisation at Nokia
06:00 'Surface' tablets coming from Microsoft
13:30 New data roaming tariffs from Three and T-Mobile
17:30 Psion is becoming part of Motorola Solutions
19:25 Sponsor's message: 51Degrees.mobi enhancing PHP
21:00 Tesco and Sainsbury's invest in multimedia companies
22:50 Everything Everywhere launches vending machine partnership
24:50 RBS and NatWest customers can now withdraw cash via mobile
26:40 Carphone Warehouse announces annual results
28:35 Vodafone Booster Brolly offers shelter, coverage and charge

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Mobile & Contactless Payments

James Rosewell offers his opinion on the current state of mobile and contactless payments.

The banking and mobile industries have big plans for Near Field Communication (NFC) as the mobile payment mechanism of the future. Barclaycard has been leading the way from the credit card sector forming a partnership with Orange, having previously worked with O2, and running a catchy TV advert prompting contactless cards using VISA’s paywave system.

However the reality of NFC payments appears a lot further away. The Point of Sale (POS) technology appears to be badly deployed by some of the first-phase retailers mainly made up of low-value high-volume businesses like coffee shops, fast food outlets and newsagents.

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Insecure Mobile Browsers

James Rosewell writes: I note with interest Barclays mobile on-line banking home page extolling the safety of mobile banking whilst claiming it’s as secure as their non-mobile equivalent. This is on the same page that recommends customers use Opera Mini to access Barclays mobile on-line banking.

Yet following the link to the operamini.com web site and looking at the help section we can read Opera’s answer to the question “Is there any end-to-end security between my handset and — for example — paypal.com or my bank?” and the answer is “No. If you need full end-to-end encryption, you should use a full Web browser such as Opera Mobile.”

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Later in the programme, the team anticipates some of the topics that will be hitting the headlines during 2016.

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A month of mobile: O2 counts on 3, Microsoft counts to 10 and Apple counts its profits

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We also discuss Apple's record-breaking quarterly figures, the highlights of CES and the launch of Microsoft Windows 10, as well as saying farewell to the current version of Google Glass.

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