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Will the in-car charging mat replace the cigarette lighter socket?

Market research company IHS iSuppli has been looking at the trend of incorporating 'wireless charging' cradles or mats in vehicles. It says proprietary solutions are now giving way to industry standards that are compatible with a variety of devices.

The company notes that Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles could include Powermat inductive charging from next year.

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Symbian updates will continue to 2016 at least, says Nokia CEO

Stephen Elop, Nokia's President and CEO, has said that software updates and support for Symbian phones will continue until 2016 at the earliest.

His comments were posted on the Nokia Conversations blog this week.

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Smartphone banking in Europe has increased 40 per cent in less than a year

The latest comScore MobiLens research shows that 20 million mobile phone users across the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy accessed their bank accounts via their mobiles in March.

Overall, that's 8.5% of mobile phone users. In addition, 5.1% accessed credit cards and 5.2% accessed electronic payments via their mobile devices.

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PayPal hits Google with lawsuit

PayPal has filed a lawsuit against Google and two former PayPal employees who now work there.

It's claiming the misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and a number of other complaints.

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Wireless backhaul interview with Gaby Junowicz of Siklu Communication

Mark Bridge writes:

Some parts of the mobile industry have more glamour than others. New handsets often attract celebrity endorsements, while behind-the-scenes technology rarely hits the mainstream headlines unless it goes wrong.

One of the areas most under pressure at the moment is 'backhaul'; essentially the connection between a cell site and the rest of the mobile network.

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