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New devices from BlackBerry, HP and Jolla... plus a new purchase for Yahoo

Podcast - 22nd May 2013

We start this week's podcast by talking about Yahoo and Tumblr before moving on to discuss Google's recent developer conference.

There are product announcements from BlackBerry, HP and the former MeeGo developers at Jolla... and there's some interesting mobile app news as well.

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BlackBerry announces new handset as it expands BBM to iOS and Android

BlackBerry announces new handset as it expands BBM to iOS and Android

BlackBerry is launching Android and Apple iOS apps for its BlackBerry Messenger service this summer.

It means that free BBM instant messaging will no longer be exclusively available on BlackBerry handsets but will also work across other platforms.

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Texting becomes a health tool in Kenya

Joe DeCapua of voanews.com writes:

Mobile phone use in Africa has spread far, wide and fast. By the end of last year, it was estimated that 70 percent of the population would have a mobile phone. Now, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it’s using the technology to save lives.

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Smartphone shipments, multiple messages and a Best Buy buy-out

Podcast - 1st May 2013

This week's news report begins with quarterly figures from Samsung and Apple - and a discussion about what the future may hold for iOS.

We also talk about instant messaging versus SMS, the end of Best Buy's European joint venture with Carphone Warehouse, patent wars, white spaces and connected cars.

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Over-the-top instant messaging has already overtaken person-to-person SMS - and will double this year

New figures from Informa Telecoms &  Media expect twice as many over-the-top instant messages as SMS text messages to be sent between mobile phone users this year.

It says an average of 19.1 billion OTT messages were sent from smartphone apps each day in 2012, compared with an average of 17.6 billion person-to-person SMS messages.

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