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New free mobile app combines real-time train info and secure ticket purchasing

Train operator ScotRail is the latest rail company to launch a mobile phone app.

It says this is currently the only UK app that provides real-time train information for the UK and ticket purchasing for UK rail routes without any additional charge.

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Shazam uses its mobile technology to predict the music stars of 2012

Mobile music discovers service Shazam has been taking a look back at 2011 and predicting the music artists to watch in 2012.

The service, which enables consumers to identify tunes using their mobile phones, has analysed customer data to create a list of the music acts it thinks are most likely to succeed next year.

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Look to the future now: mobile industry predictions for 2012

Mark Bridge writes:

As 2011 draws to a close, many of us start looking towards 2012 and wondering what’ll be happening in the mobile phone industry. Here at The Fonecast we’ve invited a handful of industry experts and business leaders to offer us their thoughts about the coming year.

Today’s podcast contains analysis and insight from Hans Eriksson, Steve Litchfield, Dr Windsor Holden, Dr Mark Smith and Jack Wraith MBE.

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Quarterly results released by RIM

Research In Motion has reported its third quarter results for the three months until 26th November 2011.

It says 14.1 BlackBerry smartphones were shipped in the quarter, along with 150,000 PlayBook tablets. In total, there are now around 75 million BlackBerry users worldwide.

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New research says 35 million NFC phones were shipped this year

A new report by IMS Research says 35 million NFC-equipped mobile phones have been shipped worldwide this year - with the figure expected to approach 80 million by the end of 2012.

The research business also notes the increasing number of partnerships involving Near Field Communications.

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