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Seven days of mobile industry news: new products, an acquisition, a break-up and a security update

Podcast - 24th September 2014

This week's podcast begins with the latest news from Phones 4u, where hundreds of jobs have been saved but there are a large number of redundancies as well.

Iain, James and Mark then talk about new products from Amazon, BlackBerry and Panasonic, mobile payment innovation from Indonesia and the UK, the acquisition of IoT specialist Neul and Apple's updated privacy policy.

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BlackBerry expands its Indonesian BBM Money mobile payment solution to Android and iOS

BlackBerry expands its Indonesian BBM Money mobile payment solution to Android and iOS

BlackBerry is expanding its BBM Money mobile payment service to smartphones running Android and Apple iOS from early 2015.

It was launched in Indonesia last year, enabling customers to make real-time payments to any BBM contacts who have signed up to the service.

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Porsche Design and BlackBerry announce their P’9983 luxury smartphone

Porsche Design and BlackBerry announce their P’9983 luxury smartphone

Porsche Design and BlackBerry have announced their third jointly-produced luxury mobile phone: the Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone from BlackBerry.

This new phone runs the BlackBerry 10 operating system on a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and has a glass-like QWERTY keyboard.

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Over two thirds of mobile ads are seen on Samsung and Apple devices

Over two thirds of mobile ads are seen on Samsung and Apple devices

Millennial Media has used data from its mobile advertising platform, which processes billions of mobile ad requests every month, and compiled them in a new Mobile Mix study that focuses on the Europe, Middle East, and Africa device markets.

It reports that 81% of the European population has a mobile phone, with 42% owning smartphones. The overall figures for EMEA are 65% mobile penetration and 25% with a smartphone.

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Windows Phone expected to push BlackBerry out of third place in the UK

Windows Phone expected to push BlackBerry out of third place in the UK

The number of people using Windows-based smartphones in the UK is expected to overtake the number of BlackBerry users this year, according to a new report from digital marketing specialist eMarketer.

It anticipates the number of BlackBerry users dropping by 35.2% this year to 2.4 million, with an even steeper drop in 2015 to just 1.4 million users.

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