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Microsoft launches its own wearable fitness device: the Microsoft Band

Microsoft launches its own wearable fitness device: the Microsoft Band

Microsoft has launched a wearable fitness-monitoring device. It’s called the Microsoft Band and is currently available in the USA for $199 (around £124).

The device can link via an iOS, Android or Windows Phone app to the new cloud-based Microsoft Health service.

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Big numbers for EE, Apple, smartwatches and the Internet of Things

Podcast - 29th October 2014

We start this week's podcast with news that EE now has the largest 4G customer base in Europe, with 5.6 million UK connections.

There's also talk about a new DIY product for the Internet of Things, the disappearance of Nokia branded smartphones, quarterly results for Apple, increasing M2M connections and a growing market for smartwatches.

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Microsoft prepares for its first own-brand Lumia smartphone

Microsoft prepares for its first own-brand Lumia smartphone

Nokia branding currently being dropped from web sites

Microsoft has confirmed it’s started changing its smartphone branding from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.

It follows Microsoft’s acquisition of the Nokia Devices & Services business in April.

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A split for HP, a separation for eBay and a billion dollar disagreement for Samsung

Podcast - 8th October 2014

We begin this week's podcast with stories that go beyond the mobile industry, as HP plans to split into two companies and eBay prepares to separate itself from PayPal.

We're also talking about the Microsoft/Samsung legal case, a new Tesco tablet, BT's updated text relay service, a new way to avoid buying a stolen iPhone... and #Hairgate.

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Samsung has paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android royalties

Samsung has paid Microsoft $1 billion in Android royalties

Figures from court documents show that Samsung paid Microsoft around $1 billion (£622 million) in a year to use the Android operating system.

The two companies signed a patent licensing agreement in 2011, with Samsung agreeing to pay Microsoft, although the amount was undisclosed at the time.

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