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The week's biggest mobile industry news stories, from flying smartphones to falling profits

Podcast - 9th July 2014

We have a varied collection of mobile industry news stories in this week's podcast, including new rules affecting airline passengers with smartphones.

We also talk about BlackBerry giving up its European research centre, Vodafone installing fibre-optic broadband, Samsung's profits, spending on mobile advertising, M2M adoption and WiFi on trains.

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New research shows M2M adoption up 80% year-on-year

A new research report published by Vodafone shows that global M2M adoption has increased by more than 80% since last year, with over a fifth of companies now actively using the technology.

This figure is expected to keep growing, with the number of machine-to-machine connected devices forecast to increase from 4.4 billion this year to 10.3 billion devices by 2018.

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Volkswagen takes over BlackBerry research & development centre in Europe

The Volkswagen Group has agreed to take over BlackBerry’s European research and development centre, which is based in the German city of Bochum.

As part of the acquisition, it’s created a new business called Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH.

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A week of mobile news: 5G technology, takeovers, tablets, tax and trackers

Podcast - 18th June 2014

We open this week's podcast with news about the European Commission and South Korea working together on 5G mobile technology.

There's a quick look at Samsung's new tablet, some acquisition deals to talk about, a tax investigation, research into wearable devices and plenty of other mobile industry news as well.

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Vodafone plans acquisition of in-car connectivity specialist Cobra Automotive Technologies

Vodafone is planning a takeover offer for Cobra Automotive Technologies, an Italian company that provides in-car connectivity and security technology.

Cobra provides pan-European telematics services to companies including Audi, Bentley, Ducati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche and Renault.

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