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Last week at The Fonecast: 28th January 2013

Figuring out the figures

Mark Bridge writes:

I didn’t study economics at college, which is probably one of the reasons I have a very simple perspective on quarterly results. As far as I’m concerned, they fall into one of three categories: much as expected, better than expected or worse than expected. Anyway, it’s the time of year when some of the biggest names in the mobile telecoms industry publish their financial results – so here we go.

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UK retail shops are more likely to recommend Samsung than Apple

Staff at major UK retail shops are more likely to recommend a Samsung smartphone or tablet than an Apple device, according to a small survey carried out in London by Informa Telecoms & Media.

A mystery shopper who visited eight shops on Oxford Street in London found that Apple and Samsung were the most promoted brands while Huawei, LG, Motorola, RIM and ZTE had little high-street presence.

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Telefonica announces plans to make a positive difference in Europe by 2015

Telecommunications giant Telefónica, the company behind the O2 network in the UK, has announced a number of initiatives to develop entrepreneurship in Europe by 2015.

Its plans were revealed by the company’s Chief Operating Officer during the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today.

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Amazon gets serious about speech

This week Amazon.com has acquired text-to-speech technology company Ivona Software.

Ivona’s technology is already used on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets and by other businesses, application developers and individuals.

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Twitter introduces Vine video service

Micro-blogging site Twitter has launched its own mobile video sharing service.

It’s called Vine and is currently only available as an app for the iPhone and iPod touch, although versions for other platforms are in the pipeline.

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