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The rise of OTT messaging and the future of SMS: we talk to Stacy Adams of mBlox

Podcast - 7th March 2014

Messaging was very much on the agenda at Mobile World Congress this year, following Facebook's announcement that it was planning to acquire WhatsApp in a 19 billion dollar deal. So if the future for this type of internet-based 'over the top' messaging service looks good, what does this mean for SMS?

To find out more, we spoke to Stacy Adams of mBlox to learn what was happening in the messaging world, to find out how SMS is being integrated with mobile apps - and to discover some of the other ways SMS was being used by businesses today.

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WhatsApp promises voice calls are coming to its messaging app

Messaging service WhatsApp, which is due to become part of Facebook, says it’s working to add voice calls to its mobile application.

The new service would be seen as a challenger to existing VoIP services such as Skype and Viber as well as a threat to network operator revenue.

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Nokia confirms Android rumours: three new 'Nokia X' smartphones revealed

Nokia has announced a new software platform - Nokia X - that’s based on the Android Open Source Project.

Initially the handset manufacturer plans to release three new devices running Nokia X. They’ll join the company’s Windows Phone (Lumia) and Series 40 (Asha) smartphones.

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Facebook to acquire instant messaging app WhatsApp

Facebook has agreed to acquire cross-platform instant messaging app WhatsApp for around $16 billion (£9.6 billion).

The deal to buy the five-year-old company includes $4 billion in cash and around $12 billion in Facebook shares.

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SMS security and text message spam

Podcast - 14th February 2014

In the past few months, the topics of security and privacy have gripped the mobile industry. The humble SMS text message has been subjected to particular attention, both on its own and in association with smartphone apps.

John Murtagh, CTO at text message specialist Anam Technologies, explains more about the risks involved with SMS, the challenges for mobile network operators and the solutions that can protect consumers.

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