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Google acquires Nest, O2 closes its Wallet, SMS usage falls... plus the rest of the week's mobile industry news

Podcast - 15th January 2014

This week's podcast starts with talk about money, as Google buys smart thermostat company Nest Labs while O2 UK closes its mobile Wallet product.

We're also looking at the decline of SMS text messaging in the UK, the end of the Cash4phones recycling business, an alleged security breach that wasn't what it seemed, mobile service on the Channel tunnel and the growth of 4G.

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Google acquires intelligent thermostat company Nest Labs

Google is moving further into the 'Internet of Things' with its latest acquisition.

It's agreed to buy Nest Labs - a company best known for its intelligent wireless thermostat - for $3.2 billion (just under £2 billion).

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Predictions for 2014 and beyond with Florent Stroppa of OnMobile

Podcast - 10th January 2014

Mark Bridge talks to Florent Stroppa, General Manager Europe for mobile value-added service specialist OnMobile.

In today's programme Florent explains what 2014 holds for the mobile industry, what he thinks will happen in the slightly more-distant future - and what lessons we can learn from 2013.

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New tablet range for Samsung

Plus a new 'smart home' initiative

Samsung has revealed four new tablets at CES 2014: one Samsung Galaxy NotePRO device and three TabPRO devices.

In addition, Samsung has announced the ‘Samsung Smart Home’ service that’ll help consumers manage Smart TVs, home appliances and smartphones through a single platform.

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MEF predictions: ten key mobile trends for 2014

MEF, the global trade association for companies engaged in mobile content and commerce, has revealed its mobile industry predictions for the next 12 months.

Its forecast combines insights from the group’s Global Board of Directors with research from the recent Global Mobile Consumer Survey.

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