Mark Bridge writes:
A brainstorming day run by T-Mobile UK with a dozen farmers, M&C Saatchi Mobile, the National Farmers Union and EBLEX (the organisation for the English beef and sheep industry) has resulted in some fascinating mobile-focussed solutions. The aim was to raise awareness of the benefits that smartphone technology can bring farmers and other small business owners.
This week's podcast starts with news of 17,000 job losses at Nokia Siemens Networks. But we also have some upbeat stories, including a new mobile payment processing service for the UK, new net neutrality guidelines from Ofcom and a couple of luxury smartphones.
Motorola Mobility has confirmed that the MOTOACTV fitness and music device - announced last month at the same time as the new RAZR smartphone - is coming to the UK next month.
It’ll be stocked by sports retailer Sweatshop from the beginning of December. Current pricing is £249.99.
Mobile privacy and security company Whisper Systems, which is probably best known for creating encryption applications that were used by protesters in Egypt earlier this year, has been acquired by Twitter.
Country-specific versions of the RedPhone and TextSecure apps were created in February following the original US-only release.
This year’s Orange Exposure report, an independent study by TNS on behalf of Orange, has revealed a wide range of information about mobile media habits across the UK, France, Spain and Poland. Although this is the fourth annual report, it’s the first time tablet data has been included.
According to the research, smartphones are generally used to ‘kill time’ when access to other screens isn’t available, while tablets are used to ‘save time’ when using other screens would be less efficient.