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.
Continental, the automotive supplier best known for its brakes and tyres, has announced a new project with the Nokia HERE mapping and location business.
It follows an announcement in September last year, when HERE partnered with Continental Corporation, Magneti Marelli and Mercedes-Benz.
Operator revenue from mobile data roaming is expected to reach $42 billion (£25.5 billion) by 2018, according to a new report from Juniper Research. That means data will generate 47% of all mobile roaming revenue, compared to an estimated 36% last year.
This increase will be driven by increasing data usage, helped by customers moving to 4G and enjoying faster connections.
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).