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Around half of the world's population will be using the mobile internet by 2020, says GSMA report

A new report by the GSMA forecasts that half of the world’s population will be using mobile devices to access the internet by 2020.

Almost all of the additional mobile internet users expected during the next six years will come from developing markets, according to the report.

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UK consumers are expected to spend over £100 million on wearable technology this Christmas

UK consumers are expected to spend over £100 million on wearable technology this Christmas

New research from Samsung Electronics predicts that people in the UK will spend £104.7 million on wearable technology this Christmas, putting them ahead of consumers in Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.

That’s a 181% increase in revenue from Christmas 2013, with unit sales up 120.8% on 2013.

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Juniper Research estimates that almost 317 million smartphones were shipped in Q3 2014

Juniper Research estimates that almost 317 million smartphones were shipped in Q3 2014

Figures from Juniper Research show Samsung and Apple continuing to dominate the smartphone market, with newly-expanded Lenovo in third place.

It estimates that 316.6 million smartphones were shipped in the third quarter of 2014. That’s a 13.1% increase year-on-year.

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There'll be one WiFi hotspot for every 20 people on Earth by 2018, says new research

International WiFi service provider iPass has published a growth map that shows how public WiFi hotspots are being deployed around the world.

It uses data from wireless market analysts Maravedis-Rethink, revealing there’ll be 47.7 million public WiFi hotspots available worldwide by the end of 2014.

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More than 500 million mobile users expected to use NFC contactless payments in 2019

More than 500 million mobile users expected to use NFC contactless payments in 2019

This year, 101 million people worldwide are expected to use NFC (Near Field Communication) contactless payment services on a mobile device.

However, that figure is expected to increase to 516 million mobile users by the end of 2019.

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