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Smart meters to dominate machine-to-machine connections, says report

In five years' time, smart metering will account for over 40% of the 400 million machine-to-machine connections around the world. That's the prediction of a new Juniper Research report.

Although M2M smart meters don't make as much money per connection as other M2M segments, Juniper says the volume of smart meter deployment will means it's still an important revenue stream.

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Mobile gaming will be worth £10 billion in 2016

Revenue from mobile gaming will exceed $16 billion worldwide in 2016, according to a report from ABI Research.

That's three times more than this year's anticipated total, which isn't expected to reach $5 billion.

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Samsung Galaxy S II sells 5 million units within three months

Samsung Electronics says its Galaxy S II smartphone (also known as the GT-I9100) has passed the milestone of 5 million global sales in just 85 days.

That's 40 days faster than the original Galaxy S took to reach five million units.

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More than 100 million 4G customers expected on MVNOs by 2016

The mobile virtual network operator will be an important factor in the growth of 4G connections, according to ABI Research.

It's predicted there'll be 103 million 4G subscribers connected via MVNOs by 2016, up from just 3.8 million worldwide last year. Around a third of these 103 million subscribers will be from China and Japan.

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Vodafone launches 'official' Facebook prepay mobile phone

Although there have been a number of 'Facebook phones' launched in the last couple of years, the description of Vodafone's latest offering stands out from the crowd.

The company describes the Vodafone 555 Blue as "the world’s first designated prepay phone specifically designed to put the Facebook experience into the heart of the handset". It's been developed in collaboration with Facebook and has been produced exclusively for Vodafone by TCL.

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