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A security scare, a new mobile payment service, some quarterly results and loads of money

Podcast - 10th July 2013

We start this week's podcast by talking about an Android security risk - before moving on to new 4G services from EE, a drop in Nook tablet prices and a couple of quarterly results that disappointed the stock market.

In addition we discuss insurance complaints, Bluetooth Smart technology, a new multi-million investment in Shazam and some research about the future of apps.

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Bluetooth Smart technology shows popularity surge in 2013

According to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, the number of new devices equipped for its low-power ‘Bluetooth Smart’ technology has reached record levels.

The number of product listings for Bluetooth Smart Ready devices and Bluetooth Smart accessories has grown by more than 186% year-on-year to the first half of 2013.

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Easily upgrade your Android and iPhone app to access physical objects

Andrea Gerber of baimos technologies writes:

Mobile devices are becoming ever more prevalent in our daily lives and so it comes as no surprise that they are now being utilized in security-relevant scenarios such as car-sharing and shared parking. Mobility solutions such as these increasingly rely on smartphone applications, hence technologies arise that allow the smartphone to morph into a digital key.

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Cars are expected to have 4.3 billion installed apps by the end of 2018

ABI Research expects a dramatic increase in the number of automotive apps downloaded in cars during the next five years.

It forecasts a jump from around 12 million at the end of last year to 4.3 billion at the end of 2018, with revenue of $1.67 billion (£1.08 billion) being generated worldwide.

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The wristwatch phone isn't a new idea… but is it the right time for the Apple iWatch?

Mark Bridge writes:

Apple is rumoured to be planning a wearable mobile device: the iWatch. Whether it’s an iPhone accessory or a stand-alone mobile phone… or a figment of overactive imaginations… remains to be seen, although press reports suggest it could be launched by the end of 2013.

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